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CHAPTER 156

Sign Regulations

Section

General Provisions

156.01 Purposes; applicability; effect

156.02 Definitions

156.03 Exemptions

156.04 Prohibited signs

156.05 Nonconforming signs; time of compliance

156.06 Violations

156.07 Enforcement; remedies

156.08 Appeals

Specific Requirements

156.20 Computations of area and height

156.21 Signs allowed on private property

156.22 Design, construction and maintenance

156.23 Common signage plan

156.24 Signs in the public right-of-way

Permits Required; Procedure

156.40 Permits required

156.41 General permit procedures

156.42 Permits for construction or modification

156.43 Temporary signs

156.44 Special exceptions

Appendix A Sign Districts

Appendix B Permitted Signs by Type and Sign District

Appendix C Area Requirements

Appendix D Number, Dimensions, and Location of Individual Signs by Sign District

Appendix E Maximum Sign Dimensions

Appendix F Sign Characteristics

GENERAL PROVISIONS

156.01 PURPOSES; APPLICABILITY; EFFECT.

(A) Signs constitute a separate and distinct use of the premises upon which they are placed and affect the use of adjacent roads, streets, walkways, and other properties. The provisions of this chapter are made to establish reasonable and objective regulations for all signs which are visible to the public, in order to protect the general public health, safety, welfare, convenience and aesthetics. This chapter is also intended to serve the public’s need to be given helpful directions, and to be informed of available products, businesses, and services. The intent of the city is to reasonably accommodate competing interests of the public and of individuals. All signs in the City of Rio Rancho shall be subject to this chapter except for those signs deemed exempt in § 156.03.

(B) This chapter is adopted under the zoning authority of the city in furtherance of the more general purposes set forth in Chapter 154 of this code.

(C) A sign may be erected, placed, established, painted, created or maintained in the city only in conformance with the standards, procedures, exemptions and other requirements of this chapter.

(D) The effect of this chapter as more specifically set forth herein is:

(1) To establish a permit system to allow a variety of types of signs in commercial and industrial zones, and a limited variety of signs in other zones, subject to the standards and the permit procedures of this chapter;

(2) To allow certain signs that are unobtrusive and incidental to the principal use of the respective lots on which they are located, subject to the substantive requirements of this chapter;

(3) To provide for temporary signs in limited circumstances in the public right-of-way;

(4) To prohibit all signs not expressly permitted by this chapter; and

(5) To provide for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-2) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

Cross-reference:

Adult business sign requirements, see § 111.06

Planning and Zoning, see Chapter 154

Subdivisions, see Chapter 155

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156.02 DEFINITIONS.

(A) For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

(B) Words and phrases not defined in this section, but defined in Chapter 154 of this code of the city, shall be given the meanings set forth in Chapter 154. Standards for computing sign area and sign height are contained in § 156.03. All words and phrases shall be given their common, ordinary meaning, unless the context clearly requires otherwise. Section headings or captions are for reference purposes only and shall not be used in the interpretation of this chapter.

A-FRAME SIGN. Any freestanding, temporary, and/or movable sign usually constructed of two separate wood or metal sign faces attached at the top.

ABANDONED SIGN. Any sign that describes, directs attention to, gives directions for locating any business or establishment no longer in operation, or advertises a product no longer being marketed or any sign structure lacking sign face or sign copy for a period that exceeds six months.

ANIMATED SIGN. Any sign that uses movement or change of lighting to depict action or create a special effect or scene.

ATTACHED SIGN. Any sign that is fastened, attached, connected, or supported in whole or in part by a building.

AWNING SIGN. Any sign that is painted, stamped, perforated, stitched, or otherwise applied on a valance of an awning.

BANNER. Any sign of lightweight fabric or similar material that is not permanently mounted to a pole or a building by a permanent frame at one or more edges. National flags, state or municipal flags, or the official flap of any institutions or business shall not be considered BANNERS.

BEACON. Any light with one or more beams directed into the atmosphere or directed at one or more points not on the same zone lot as the light source; also, any light with one or more beams that rotate or move.

BILLBOARD. Any sign which directs attention to a business, activity, commodity, service, entertainment or communication which is not conducted, sold or offered at the premises on which the sign is located, or which does not pertain to the premises upon which the sign is located.

BUILDING FACADE. Any exterior wall of a building including windows, doors, and mansard, but not including a pitched roof.

BUILDING MARKER. Any sign indicating the name of a building and date and incidental information about its construction, which sign is cut into a masonry surface or made of bronze or other permanent material.

BUILDING SIGN. Any sign attached to any part of a building as contrasted to a freestanding sign.

BUILDING IDENTIFICATION SIGN. Any sign that serves to identify only the name, address, and lawful use of the premises upon which it is located and provides no other advertisements or product identification.

CABINET SIGN. Any sign that contains all the text and/or logo symbols within a single enclosed case.

CANOPY SIGN. Any sign that is a part of or attached to an awning, canopy or other fabric, plastic or structural protective cover over a door, entrance, window or outdoor service area. A marquee is not a CANOPY SIGN.

CHANGEABLE COPY. Any sign designed to allow changing of copy manually.

CLEAR SIGHT TRIANGLE. An area of unobstructed vision at street intersections between 30 inches and 7 feet above the gutter line and is a triangular area at the street corner. Three points and the corresponding lines that connect those three points shall define the area of the CLEAR SIGHT TRIANGLE for any given street comer. Point A shall be the intersection of the two centerlines of the two intersecting rights-of-way (middle of the intersection in most cases). Points B and C shall be the appropriate distance along the centerline of each of the intersecting rights-of-way. Appropriate distance is determined by street classification as follows: local street, 75 feet; collector, 100 feet; and arterial street, 150 feet. When extraordinary conditions exist as determined by Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, the City Engineer has the authority to determine the clear sight triangle area.

COMMERCIAL MESSAGE. Any sign wording, logo or other representation that, directly or indirectly, names, advertises or calls attention to a business, product, service or other commercial activity.

DEVELOPMENT SIGN. Any sign used to announce the name of a development being, or to be, constructed. A DEVELOPMENT SIGN may include on it all firms involved in the project who wish to advertise (to include licensing numbers where appropriate).

DIRECTIONAL SIGN. Any sign limited to directional messages such as “enter” or “exit.” Logos and business names are permitted as needed to complete the directional message.

DIRECTOR. The Director of City Development or his or her designee.

ELECTRONIC MESSAGE SIGN. Any sign containing a display consisting of any array of light sources, panels, or disks that are electronically activated. The definition of animated sign is also applicable.

EMBELLISHMENT. Structural or decorative elements of a sign incorporating representations of significant architectural features of the associated building or development. Embellishment does not include letters, numerals, figures, emblems, logos, colored bands or other features conveying a commercial advertising message.

FIXED BALLOON. Any lighter-than-air or gas-filled inflatable object attached by a tether to a fixed place.

FLAG. Any fabric, banner or bunting containing distinctive colors, patterns or symbols, used as a symbol of a government, political subdivision or other entity.

FLAG, DECORATIVE. Any sheet of fabric, square, rectangular or triangular shape which is mounted on a pole, cable, or rope at one end which may or may not contain text or graphics.

FREESTANDING SIGN. Any sign supported by structures or supports that are placed on, or anchored in, the ground and that are independent from any building or other structure. Types of FREESTANDING SIGNS include pedestal and monument.

GOVERNMENT SIGN. A sign erected and maintained pursuant to and in discharge of any government functions, or required by law, ordinance or other regulation, including legal notices, advertisements, traffic, identification, direction, and information signs on government property. Such signs are exempt from regulation.

GRADE. The height of the top of the curb, or if no curb exists, the height of the edge of the pavement in the lane of travel adjacent to the sign.

HANGING SIGN. Any sign that is suspended from, and located entirely under a covered porch, covered walkway, or an awning.

IDENTIFICATION SIGN. Any sign of an identification or of informational nature bearing no advertising.

ILLUMINATED, DIRECT. Illumination, which is arranged so the light is directed into the eyes of the viewer from the light source.

ILLUMINATION, INDIRECT. Illumination, which is arranged so that the light is reflected from the sign to the eyes of the viewer.

ILLUMINATED SIGN. Any sign that is illuminated by electric lights or luminous tube located within the interior of the sign.

INCIDENTAL SIGN. Any sign, generally informational, that has a purpose secondary to the use of the zone lot on which it is located, such as “no parking,” “entrance,” “loading only,” “telephone” and other similar directives. No sign with a commercial message legible from a position off the zone lot on which the sign is located shall be considered an INCIDENTAL SIGN.

KIOSK SIGN. A freestanding and multiple-sided structure owned by the city and located in public rights-of-way that displays directional information.

LOT and ZONE LOT. A parcel of land, the boundaries of which have been established by a legal instrument of record, that is recognized and intended for the purposes of transfer of ownership, that is of sufficient size to meet minimum zoning requirements for area coverage and use, and that can provide yards and other open spaces as required by the zoning regulations.

MARQUEE. Any permanent roof-like structure projecting beyond a building or extending along and projecting beyond the wall of the building, generally designed and constructed to provide protection from the weather.

MARQUEE SIGN. Any sign attached to, in any manner, or made a part of a marquee.

MODEL HOME SIGN. Any sign which is located on a lot with an approved model home.

MONUMENT SIGN. Any freestanding sign, which announces the name of a commercial activity but does not exceed seven feet in height. The non-message area (framework, supporting structures, and the like) of a monument may not exceed the message area by more than 25%.

MURAL. Any picture or graphic illustration applied directly to a wall of a building which does not advertise or promote a particular business, service, or product.

NONCONFORMING SIGN. Any sign existing at the effective date of this chapter that does not conform to the requirements of the chapter.

OFF-PREMISE SIGN. Any sign which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, sold, offered, or existing elsewhere than upon the same lot where such sign is displayed (includes billboards).

ON-PREMISE SIGN. Any sign which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, sold, offered, or existing on the same lot where such sign is displayed, provided that an on-site sign may also display a noncommercial message.

OPEN HOUSE. A sign used to announce a house held open for sale/tour by potential buyers. This applies to new and existing homes.

PARAPET WALL. The vertical extension of a building exterior wall projecting above the plate line of the building.

PEDESTAL SIGN. Any freestanding sign that exceeds seven feet in height and is no lower than seven feet from the bottom of the sign to the ground.

PENNANT. Any lightweight plastic, fabric or other material, whether or not containing a message of any kind, suspended from a rope, wire or string, usually in series, designed to move in the wind.

PERMANENT SIGN. Any sign permanently affixed to the ground or wall.

PERSON. Any individual, any association, company, corporation, firm, organization, or partnership, singular or plural, of any kind.

PLATE LINE. The point at which any part of the roof structure first touches or bears upon an external wall.

PORTABLE SIGN. Any sign not permanently attached to the ground or other permanent structure, or a sign designed to be transported, including, but not limited to signs designed to be transported by means of wheels; signs converted to A- or T-frames; menu and sandwich board signs; balloons used as signs; umbrellas used for advertising; and signs attached to or painted on vehicles parked and visible from the public right-of-way, unless the vehicle is used in the normal day-to-day operations of the business (see definition of VEHICLE SIGN).

PRINCIPAL BUILDING. The building in which is conducted the principal use of the zone lot on which it is located. Zone lots with multiple principal uses may have multiple PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS, but accessory structures shall not be considered PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS.

PROJECTING SIGN. Any sign affixed to a building or wall in a manner that its leading edge extends more than six inches beyond the surface of the building or wall.

REAL ESTATE SIGN. Any temporary sign placed upon property for the purpose of advertising to the public the sale or lease of the property.

RESIDENTIAL SIGN. Any sign located on a zone lot zoned for residential uses that contains no commercial message except advertising for goods and services legally offered on the premises where the sign is located, if offering such service at such location conforms with all requirements of the zoning ordinance.

RIGHT-OF-WAY. The public property adjacent to a roadway, excluding medians, which is under the jurisdiction of the City of Rio Rancho.

ROOF SIGN. Any sign erected and constructed wholly on and over the roof of a building, supported by the roof structure. A sign attached to an exterior wall of a building but whose face extends above the roofline or plate line by less than 50% of the face of a sign shall not be considered a roof sign.

ROOF SIGN, INTEGRAL. Any sign erected or constructed as an integral or essentially integral part of a normal roof structure of any design, such that no part of the sign extends vertically above the highest portion of the roof and such that no part of the sign is separated from the rest of the roof by a space of more than six inches.

SETBACK. The distance from the property line to the nearest part of the applicable building, structure or sign, measured perpendicularly to the property line.

SHOPPING CENTER. A group of two or more retail or other commercial establishments, having any or all of the following characteristics:

(a) The establishments are connected by a party wall, partitions, canopies, or similar features;

(b) Some or all of the establishments are located in separate buildings which are designed as a single commercial group sharing common parking areas and vehicular ways and which are connected by walkways or other access ways;

(c) The establishments are under the same management or association for the purpose of enforcing reciprocal agreements controlling management or parking.

SIGN. Any device, fixture, placard or structure that uses any colors, form graphic, illumination, symbol or writing to advertise, announce the purpose of, or identify the purpose of a person or entity, or to communicate information of any kind to the public.

SIGN DISTRICT. The classification of a geographical area assigned for the purpose of calculating the signage allowed for a particular zone lot.

STREET. A strip of land or way subject to vehicular traffic (as well as pedestrian traffic) that provides direct or indirect access to property, including, but not limited to alleys, avenues, boulevards, courts, drives, highways, lanes, places, roads, terraces, trails or other thoroughfares.

STREET BLIMPS. Parked or traveling cars used primarily for advertising sometimes referred to as STREET BLIMPS due to the large area of display. Street blimps are subject to the same restrictions as a vehicle sign, however, the parking of street blimps in a residential area is strictly prohibited.

STREET FRONTAGE. The distance for which a lot line of a zone lot adjoins a public street, from one lot line intersecting the street to the furthest distant lot line intersecting the same street.

SUBDIVISION DIRECTIONAL SIGN. A temporary sign that is designed and erected for the purpose of directing the public to a recorded residential subdivision for the sale of homes or lots thereon. These signs may be placed on property other than property located within the subdivision.

SUBDIVISION SIGN. Any permanent sign placed on private property, in a private easement at the entrance of residential or commercial subdivisions for the purpose of identification of the subdivision, or the occupants, tenants or businesses located within a commercial subdivision. SUBDIVISION SIGNAGE shall be exempt from the requirements of Appendices B and C.

SUSPENDED SIGN. Any sign that is suspended from the underside of a plane surface and is supported by the surface.

TEMPORARY SIGN. A sign that is intended for a temporary period of posting on public or private property; is typically constructed from semi-durable materials; and does not constitute a permanent structure.

VEHICLE SIGN. Any sign placed or painted on any motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, trailer, or other moveable device that reasonably indicates the use of the vehicle, trailer, or device as a sign. Except where an activity is legally offered, this includes the parking of a vehicle, trailer, or device in a manner to constitute a sign, or when vehicles and equipment are used as static displays to advertise a product, service, or business.

WALL SIGN. Any sign attached parallel to, but within six inches of, a wall, painted on the wall surface of, or erected and confined within the limits of an outside wall of any building or structure, which is supported by the wall or building, and which displays only one sign surface.

WINDOW SIGN. Any sign, pictures, symbol, or combination thereof, designed to communicate information about an activity, business, commodity, event, sale, or service, that is placed inside a window or upon the windowpanes or glass and is visible from the exterior of the window.

(’87 Code. § 9-5-3) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.03 EXEMPTIONS.

The following signs shall be exempt from regulation under this chapter:

(A) Any public notice or warning required by a valid and applicable federal, state or local law, regulation or ordinance;

(B) Any sign inside a building, not attached to a window or door, that is not legible from a distance of more than three feet beyond the lot line of the zone lot or parcel on which the sign is located;

(C) Works of art that do not include a commercial message;

(D) Holiday lights and decorations with no commercial message, except that the decorations may contain sponsor names that are uniform in design with no other advertising, logos or any other words or graphics that are unique to a sponsor; and

(E) Traffic control signs on private property, such as “Stop,” “ Yield “ and similar signs, the face of which meet Department of Transportation standards and which contain no commercial message of any sort.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-10) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.04 PROHIBITED SIGNS.

All signs not expressly permitted under this chapter or exempt from regulation hereunder in accordance with the previous section are prohibited in the city.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-11) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.05 NONCONFORMING SIGNS; TIME OF COMPLIANCE.

(A) Except as may be provided by the terms of this section, signs lawfully established before the effective date of new regulations may continue to be displayed without modifications to their dimensions, appearance or location, notwithstanding the effect of any more restrictive regulation. As used herein, “ modification “ shall not include alternations caused by ordinary maintenance and minor repairs, which do not increase the useful life of the sign, or are required for safety reasons.

(B) All of the regulations contained in this chapter shall apply to the following categories of non-conforming signs:

(1) Any sign established or maintained without first complying with all provisions of this code in effect at the time the sign is established;

(2) Any sign lawfully established once the use of the sign has been discontinued, or its owner has abandoned the structure or use, with which the sign has been associated for a period of at least 90 days;

(3) Any sign which has been destroyed or damaged, other than by destruction or damage to its sign faces, to an extent greater than 50% of its in-place replacement cost, when repair or replacement of the design does not occur within 30 days of the damage;

(4) Any sign whose owner is required by this code to obtain either permission to remodel the sign, and remodels the sign; or permission to expand or enlarge the building or land use with which the sign is associated, and the sign is affected by the expansion or enlargement, and expands or enlarges the building or use. REMODEL means any change other than a change of copy, sign face or color of the sign structure;

(5) Any sign whose owner seeks permission to relocate the sign;

(6) Any temporary sign;

(7) Any sign which is unsafe or which is a hazard to the public.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-17) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.06 VIOLATIONS.

Any of the following shall be a violation of this chapter and shall be subject to the enforcement remedies and penalties provided by Chapter 150 of this code and by state law:

(A) To install, create, erect, or maintain any sign in a way that is inconsistent with any plan or, permit governing the sign or the zone lot on which the sign is located;

(B) To install, create, erect, or maintain any sign requiring a permit without a permit;

(C) To fail to remove any sign that is installed, created, erected or maintained in violation of this chapter, or for which the sign permit has lapsed: or

(D) To continue any violation. Each day of a continued violation of this chapter shall be considered a separate violation when applying the penalty portions of this chapter.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-18) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.07 ENFORCEMENT; REMEDIES.

(A) Any violation or attempted violation of this chapter or of any condition or requirement adopted pursuant hereto may be restrained, corrected or abated, as the case may be, by injunction or other appropriate proceedings pursuant to state law or municipal ordinance. A violation of this chapter shall be considered a violation of Chapter 154 of this code. The remedies shall include the following:

(1) Issuing a stop-work order for all work on any signs on the same lot;

(2) Seeking an injunction or other order of restraint or abatement that requires the removal of the sign or the correction of the nonconformity;

(3) Imposing any penalties that can be imposed directly by the city under Chapter 150 of this code;

(4) Seeking in any court of competent jurisdiction, the imposition of any penalties that can be imposed by the court under Chapter 150 of this code; and

(5) In the case of a sign that poses an immediate danger to the public health or safety, taking measures as are available to the city under the applicable provisions of Chapter 150 of this code and the building code for such circumstances.

(6) The enforcement process shall be as outlined in Chapter 150 of this code except that signs posted in the public right-of-way contrary to this chapter shall be removed by the Enforcement Officer. The city will be responsible for the storage of signs for a maximum of 72 hours. Confiscated signs may be destroyed anytime thereafter.

(B) The city shall have other remedies as are and as may from time to time be provided for or allowed by state law or municipal ordinances for the violation of this chapter.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-19) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.08 APPEALS.

Any person aggrieved by any decision or order of the Director of City Development or any decision or order of the Planning and Zoning Board may appeal such decision. Appeals shall be processed in accordance with Chapter 150 of the city code of ordinances.

(Ord. 04-005)

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

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156.20 COMPUTATIONS OF AREA AND HEIGHT.

The following principles shall control the computation of sign area and sign height:

(A) Computation of area of individual signs. The area of a sign face (which is also the sign area of a wall sign or other sign with only one face) shall be computed by means of the smallest square, circle, rectangle, triangle or combination thereof that will encompass the extreme limits of the writing, representation, emblem or other display, together with any material or color forming an integral part of the background of the display or used to differentiate the sign from the backdrop or structure against which it is placed, but not including any supporting framework, bracing or decorative fence or wall when the fence or wall otherwise meets zoning ordinance regulations and is clearly incidental to the display itself.

(B) Computation of area of multi-faced signs. The sign area for a sign with more than one face shall be computed by adding together the area of all sign faces visible from any one point. When two identical sign faces are placed back to back, so that both faces cannot be viewed from any point at the same time, and when the sign faces are part of the same sign structure and are not more than 42 inches apart, the sign area shall be computed by the measurement of one of the faces.

(C) Computation of height. The height of a sign shall be computed as the distance from the base of the sign at normal grade to the top of the highest attached component of the sign. Normal grade shall be construed to be the lower of:

(1) Existing grade prior to construction; or

(2) The newly established grade after construction, exclusive of any filling, boring, mounding, or excavating solely for the purpose of locating the sign. In cases in which the normal grade cannot reasonably be determined, sign height shall be computed on the assumption that the elevation of the normal grade at the base of the sign is equal to the elevation of the nearest point of the crown of a public street or the grade of the land at the principal entrance to the principal structure on the zone lot, whichever is lower.

(D) Computation of maximum total permitted sign area for a zone lot. The permitted sum area of all signs on a zone lot shall be:

(1) The maximum square feet noted in Appendix C; or

(2) The sum area as computed by applying the formula to the linear street frontage of the zone lot or to the ground floor area of the principal building, for the sign district in which the lot is located.

(a) Lots fronting on two or more streets are allowed a freestanding sign for each street frontage unless otherwise restricted in Appendix D.

(b) The total sign area that is oriented towards a particular street may not exceed the portion of the lot’s total sign area allocation that is derived from the lot, building, wall area, or frontage on that street.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-4) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.21 SIGNS ALLOWED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

(A) Signs shall be allowed on private property in the city in accordance with Appendix B.

(B) Although permitted under the previous paragraph, a sign designated by a “Y” or “P” in Appendix B shall be allowed only if:

(1) The sum of the area of all building and freestanding signs on the zone lot conforms with the maximum permitted sign area as determined by the formula for the sign district in which the lot is located as specified in Appendix C. Subdivision signage as defined herein shall not be computed as a part of total signage allocation for any zone lot provided that application for subdivision signage has been reviewed and approved by the Department of City Development or the Planning and Zoning Board, whichever is applicable.

(2) The size, location, and number of signs on the lot conform to the requirements of Appendices D and E, which establish permitted sign dimensions by sign type, and with any additional limitations listed in Appendix B; and all signs shall be posted only on the property to which they pertain.

(3) The characteristics of the sign conform with the limitations of Appendix F and to any additional limitations on characteristics listed in Appendix B.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-5) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.22 DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE.

All signs shall be designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with the following standards:

(A) All signs shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Uniform Building Code and the electrical code of the city.

(B) Except for banners, flags, window signs, and other temporary signs conforming in all respects with the requirements of this chapter, all signs shall be constructed of permanent materials and shall be permanently attached to the ground, a building or another structure by direct attachment to a rigid wall, frame or structure.

(C) All signs shall be maintained in good structural condition, in compliance with all building and electrical codes, and in conformance with this code.

(D) The numerical address of the business/development shall be placed upon freestanding signage.

(E) Traditional freestanding signage shall be skirted or enclosed in a manner so that the width and depth of the pedestal skirting is appropriately scaled in relation to the width and the depth of the sign.

(87 Code, § 9-5-7) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.23 COMMON SIGNAGE PLAN.

(A) Common signage plan.

(1) If the owners of two or more contiguous zone lots (disregarding intervening streets) or the owner of a single lot with more than one building not including any accessory building or more than one business file with the Director for the zone lots a common signage plan conforming with the provisions of this section, a 25% increase in the maximum total sign area shall be allowed for each included zone lot.

(2) The increase in maximum total sign area shall be allocated within each zone lot as the owners elect subject to the approval of the Department of City Development.

(B) Provisions of common signage plan. The common signage plan shall contain all of the following information and shall specify standards for consistency among all signs on the zone lots affected by the plan with regard to color scheme, lettering or graphic style, lighting, location of each sign on the buildings, material, and sign proportions.

(C) Showing window signs. A common signage plan including window signs may simply indicate the areas of the windows to be covered by window signs and the general type of the window signs (e.g., paper affixed to window, painted, etched on glass or some other material hung inside window) and need not specify the exact dimension or nature of every window sign.

(D) Limit on number of freestanding signs under common signage plan. The common signage plan, for all zone lots with multiple uses or multiple users, shall limit the number of freestanding signs to a total of one for each street on which the zone lots included in the plan have frontage and shall provide for shared or common usage of the signs.

(E) Other provisions. The common signage plan may contain restrictions as the owners of the zone lots may reasonably determine.

(F) Consent. All owners shall sign the common signage plan or their authorized agents in such form as the Director shall require.

(G) Procedures. A common signage plan may be included in any development plan, site plan, planned unit development plan or other official plan required by the city for the proposed development and may be processed simultaneously with the other plan.

(H) Amendment. Filing a new common signage plan that conforms with all requirements of the chapter then in effect may amend a common signage plan.

(I) Existing signs not conforming to common signage plan. If any new or amended common signage plan is filed for a property on which existing signs are located, it shall include a schedule for bringing into conformance, within three years, all signs not conforming to the proposed amended plan or to the requirements of this chapter in effect on the date of submission.

(J) Binding effect.

(1) After approval of a common signage plan, no sign shall be erected, placed, painted or maintained, except in conformance with the plan, and the plan may be enforced in the same way as any provision of this chapter.

(2) In case of any conflict between the provisions of a plan and any provision of this chapter, this chapter shall control.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-8) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.24 SIGNS IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY.

No signs shall be allowed in the public right-of-way, except for the following:

(A) Permanent signs. Permanent signs, including: public signs erected by or on behalf of a governmental body to post legal notices, governmental approved community signs (Adopt-A-Spot), signs to identify public property, convey public information and direct or regulate pedestrian and vehicular traffic; bus stop signs erected by a public transit company; and informational signs of a public utility regarding its poles, lines, pipes or facilities.

(B) Temporary signs. Temporary signs posted in accordance with § 156.43.

(C) Warning signs. Emergency warning signs erected by a governmental agency, a public utility company or a contractor doing authorized or permitted work within the public right-of-way.

(D) Other signs forfeited.

(1) Any sign installed or placed on public property, except in conformance with the requirements of this section, shall be forfeited to the public and subject to confiscation.

(2) In addition to other remedies hereunder, the city shall have the right to recover from the owner or person placing a sign the full costs of removal and disposal of the sign.

(E) For the purpose of this chapter, right-of-way excludes State of New Mexico right-of-way (e.g., NMSR 528, NMSR 550, and NMSR 448).

(’87 Code, § 9-5-9) (Ord, 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

PERMITS REQUIRED; PROCEDURE

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156.40 PERMITS REQUIRED.

(A) If a sign requiring a permit under the provision of this chapter is to be placed, constructed, erected, or modified on a zone lot, the owner of the lot shall secure a sign permit prior to the construction, placement, erection or modification of a sign in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.

(B) No signs shall be erected in the public right-of-way except in accordance with §§ 156.24 and 156.43.

(C) No sign permit of any kind shall be issued for an existing or proposed sign unless the sign is consistent with the requirements of this chapter (including those protecting existing signs) in every respect and with the common signage plan in effect for the property.

(Code § 9-5-6) (Ord. 89-013; Am Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.41 GENERAL PERMIT PROCEDURES.

The following procedures shall govern the application for, and issuance of, all sign permits under this chapter, and the submission and review of common signage plans, and subdivision signage.

(A) Applications. All applications for sign permits of any kind and for approval of a common signage plan shall be submitted to the Director or his or her designee on an application form or in accordance with application specifications published by the Director.

(B) Fees. A sign permit is not valid until such time that the applicable fees set forth by the city have been paid.

(C) Completeness. Within five working days of receiving an application for a sign permit, subdivision signage or for a common signage plan, the Director shall review it for completeness. If the Director finds that it is incomplete, the Director shall, within the five-day period, notify the applicant of the specific ways in which the application is deficient, with appropriate references to the applicable sections of this chapter.

(D) Action. Within ten working days of the submission of a complete application for a sign permit, the Director shall either:

(1) Issue the sign permit, if the sign conforms in every respect with the requirements of this chapter and of the applicable common signage plan; or

(2) Reject the sign permit if the sign fails in any way to conform to the requirements of this chapter and of the applicable common signage plan. In case of a rejection, the Director shall specify in the rejection the section or sections of the chapter or applicable plan with which the sign is inconsistent.

(E) Action on common signage plan. On any application for approval of a common signage plan, the Director shall take action on the applicable one of the following dates:

(1) Fifteen working days after the submission of a complete application if the application is for signs for existing buildings; or

(2) On the date of final action on any related application for building permit, site plan or development plan for signs involving new construction.

(3) On or before the applicable date, the Director shall either:

(a) Approve the proposed plan if the sign as shown on the plan and the plan itself conforms in every respect with the requirements of this chapter; or

(b) Reject the proposed plan if the sign as shown on the plan or the plan itself fails in any way to conform to the requirements of this chapter. In case of a rejection, the Director shall specify in the rejection the section or sections of the chapter with which the plan is inconsistent.

(F) Action on subdivision signage plan. On any application for approval of commercial subdivision signage, the Planning and Zoning Board shall review the request at a regularly scheduled meeting within 30 working days of receipt of the application. The Board shall either approve or disapprove the request as per the following design standard policies:

(1) Generally, signage should be limited for businesses that do not have frontage or are not clearly visible from arterial/collector streets from which they derive their customers.

(2) Generally, signage should be located at the corner of an intersection or face the intersection that provides access to the subdivision or business district.

(3) Signs should be designed in a manner so the architecture, facade, colors, and other elements of the sign are compatible with existing development.

(4) Signs shall be located on private property and in accordance with rules and regulations pertaining to the clear sight triangle.

(5) Sign message area should be determined based upon the total number of participants with no more than half of the message area dedicated to a single business.

(6) Generally, signs shall be consistent with the standards established for monument freestanding signs. Sign illumination should be consistent with established lighting standards.

(7) Signs should be constructed in a manner to accommodate changes to message area.

(8) Subdivision signage for residential subdivisions is allowed with a permit approved by the Director of City Development; however, at the discretion of the Director of City Development, approval of residential subdivision signage may be subject to review by the Planning and Zoning Board at the time of subdivision approval.

(G) Appeal of any decision of the Department of City Development or the Planning and Zoning Board shall be processed in accordance with Chapter 150 of the city code.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-12) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.42 PERMITS FOR CONSTRUCTION OR MODIFICATION.

(A) Signs identified as “S “ on Appendix B shall be erected, installed or created only in accordance with a duly issued and valid sign construction permit from the Director.

(B) Permits shall be issued only in accordance with the following requirements and procedures:

(1) Permit for new sign or for sign modification. An application for construction, creation or installation of a new sign or for modification of an existing sign shall be accompanied by detailed drawings to show the dimensions, design, structure and location of each particular sign, to the extent that the details are not contained on a common signage plan then in effect for the zone lot. One application and permit may include multiple signs on the same zone lot.

(2) Inspection.

(a) The Director shall cause an inspection of the zone lot for which each permit for a new sign or for modification of an existing sign issued no later than the sixth month after the issuance of the permit or at an earlier date as the owner may request. If the construction is not substantially complete at the time of inspection, the permit shall lapse and become void. If the construction is complete and in full compliance with this chapter and with the building and electrical codes, the Director shall cause the issuance of a notice of compliance with this chapter.

(b) If the construction is substantially complete but not in full compliance with this chapter and applicable codes, the Director shall give the owner or applicant notice of deficiencies and shall allow an additional 30 days from the date of inspection for the deficiencies to be corrected. If the deficiencies are not corrected by the date, the permit shall lapse. If the deficiencies are then complete, the Director shall cause the issuance of a notice of compliance with this chapter.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-13) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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156.43 TEMPORARY SIGNS.

(A) Temporary signs are allowed only so long as they do not violate the intent of this chapter and the goals of the city’s general plan.

(B) Temporary signs may be posted on property in all zones of the city, subject to the following requirements and those applicable provisions stated elsewhere in this chapter:

(1) A temporary sign may be posted only with the consent of the property owner or occupant.

(2) All temporary signs must be constructed and designed of materials durable enough to withstand the elements to which the sign is to be subjected. No temporary sign shall be illuminated or painted with light-reflecting paint.

(3) No temporary sign shall be located in the clear sight triangle, obstruct or impair access to a public sidewalk, public or private street or driveway, traffic control sign, bus stop, fire hydrant, or any other type of street furniture, or otherwise create a hazard, including a tripping hazard.

(4) Signs in the right-of-way may not be posted on medians, trees, utility poles, or other utility structures located in the right-of-way.

(5) Nuisances. If any temporary sign becomes a nuisance as defined elsewhere in the code, such signs may be subject to removal, relocation, or other actions to eliminate the nuisance.

(C) Temporary signs in residential zones (private property).

(1) The total square footage for temporary signs posted on a zone lot in a residential sign district, in the aggregate, shall not exceed 32 square feet, with no individual sign exceeding eight square feet, except that one sign not to exceed 32 square feet may be placed at the entrance of a subdivision or model home village until the subdivision is complete.

(2) A temporary sign may be posted for a period of up to 90 days or, if applicable, for a period of 48 hours after the conclusion of the event for which the sign is created, at which time the sign shall be removed or replaced.

(3) No temporary sign in a residential zone shall advertise or promote any commercial enterprise, except that pre-existing, off-premise development directional signs on private property, not to exceed 32 square feet in size and two signs per development, shall be allowed for a maximum of six months following the enactment of this chapter or, until implementation of a kiosk sign program. Such signs shall be removed thereafter.

(D) Temporary signs in commercial zones (private property).

(1) A temporary sign shall not advertise or promote any commercial enterprise or event not conducted on the same zone lot. Pre-existing, off-premise development directional signs on private property, not to exceed 32 square feet in size and two signs per development, shall be allowed for a maximum of six months following the enactment of this chapter, or until implementation of a kiosk sign program. Such signs shall be removed thereafter.

(2) The total square footage for temporary signs posted on a zone lot in all commercial (non-residential sign districts), in the aggregate, shall not exceed 64 square feet with no individual sign exceeding 32 square feet.

(3) Temporary signage may be posted for one calendar month per year, except that temporary political signs may be displayed for a period of 60 days preceding the election to which they apply.

(E) Temporary signs in the public right-of-way. The following temporary signs are allowed. A permit is required for subdivision directional and political signs.

(1) Subdivision directional signs. Permits for temporary signs in the public right-of-way are allowed on a limited basis during periods of new construction activity, which require the need for subdivision directional signs. Directional signs may only be used to direct traffic to subdivisions that are less than 90% completed. The purpose of such signs is to minimize confusion among prospective purchasers who wish to inspect development projects, while promoting traffic safety and reducing the visual blight of sign proliferation. This type of sign is allowed as follows:

(a) Signs which do not exceed eight square feet may be posted on the weekends from Friday at 12:00 noon through Monday at 12:00 noon.

(b) The maximum number of signs that may be posted with a permit is 12 signs per builder.

(c) A permit is valid for one calendar month, however permits may be purchased in advance for a period not to exceed 12 months.

(d) The sign message on signs of this type is limited to the builder’s name, subdivision identification, and an arrow.

(e) Directional kiosk signs. The purpose of a kiosk sign is to provide a uniform, coordinated method of offering developers a means of providing directional signs to their projects. City-owned directional kiosk signs in the public right-of-way may be erected at sites approved by and as per policies and procedures set forth by the City Administrator.

(2) Political signs. Temporary political signs may be placed in the right-of-way as follows:

(a) The maximum number of signs allowed in the right-of-way is 25 per candidate or per political issue.

(b) Political signs may not exceed eight square feet in size.

(3) Directional, noncommercial, special event and single event signs. The purpose of directional, noncommercial, special event or single event signs is to provide a method of providing the public with directions to events of a limited duration with changing locations. These signs include, but are not limited to, signs that provide direction to garage sales, open house events and public community meetings such as neighborhood association meetings. A special event is as defined and permitted in Chapter 154 of the code.

(a) These signs may be placed in the right-of-way no sooner than one week before the event and must be removed no later than 24 hours after the conclusion of the event.

(b) The maximum number of signs that may be posted is six per event.

(c) Due to the limited duration of these types of events, no permit is required for this type of sign.

(d) The maximum square feet allowed for this sign is eight square feet.

(Ord. 04-011)

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156.44 SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS.

(A) An application for special exception may be applied for by submittal of an application to the Director or his or her designee, to be processed and submitted for review by the Planning and Zoning Board. A special exception may be requested to deviate from certain requirements herein specified for signage including but not limited to area, dimensions, height, location and any other sign characteristics.

(B) A special exception may be granted by the Planning and Zoning Board if the Board deems a special circumstance exists which warrants the signage requested. The following criteria shall be used in the review and approval of requests:

(1) A literal application of the code would not allow the property to be used at its highest and best use as zoned;

(2) The granting of the requested exception would not be materially detrimental to the property owners in the vicinity;

(3) Conditions exist which are unique to the property or type and size of development that would cause hardship under a literal interpretation of the sign code;

(4) The granting of the special exception is in the best interests of the public at large and would not be contrary to the general objectives of the sign code and adopted land use plans.

(C) The Planning and Zoning Board may attach any additional requirements necessary to maintain the intent and purpose of this chapter, in the interest of the public.

(D) An application for special exception shall be scheduled for review by the Planning and Zoning Board within 30 working days of receipt of the application and payment of the applicable fees as set from time to time by the city.

(E) Notice shall be given to all property owners within 100 feet of the proposed sign location via certified letter no less than 15 days prior to the scheduled hearing date.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-14) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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APPENDIX A: SIGN DISTRICTS

The various zoning districts within Chapter 154 of this code have been grouped together and classified as sign districts. Sign districts therefore need not represent specific zoning districts and may represent unique geographical areas. The Director of City Development is responsible for determining which is the most applicable sign district for any zone lot. More than one sign district may apply to a zone lot if the zone lot has more than one street frontage. On the tables in this chapter, the headings have the following meanings:

RSF. Residential, single-family. This sign district may include any single-family residential development areas: residential developments in the R-1, R-2, R-4, A-R, E-1, and SU: special use for R-1 zoning districts.

RMF. Residential, multi-family. This sign district may include any multi-family residential development areas: residential developments in the R-2, R-3 and SU, special use for multi-family zoning districts.

RMH. Residential mobile homes. This sign district may include all residential mobile/manufactured housing developments; MH zoning district.

HIS. Historical district. This sign district is for any properties designated as historical.

INS. Institutions. This sign district applies to institutional uses permitted under Chapter 154 of this code that are located in residential zoning districts. The uses may include, but are not necessarily limited to, churches, schools, funeral homes and cemeteries.

NBD. Neighborhood business district. This sign district is used for non-residential developments that are in close proximity to residential developments (such as, nonresidential developments on Golf Course Road which are directly across from residential development).

COM. Commercial business district. This sign district includes all non-residential development typically found in the C-1, retail commercial; C-2, wholesale and warehousing commercial; SU, special use for commercial; O-1 and O-2, office districts; and the -1 zoning district.

HWC. Highway commercial business district. This sign district includes all non-residential developments found in the zoning districts listed in the commercial business district except that the zone lots have frontage adjacent to or in close proximity to a highway, e.g., NMSR 528.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-5) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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APPENDIX B: PERMITTED SIGNS BY TYPE AND SIGN DISTRICT

The following table contains the type of signs permitted in certain sign districts:

(A) If the letter “P” appears for a sign type in a column, the sign is allowed without prior permit approval in the sign districts represented by that column.

(B) If the letter “S” appears for a sign type in a column, the sign is allowed only with prior permit approval in the sign districts represented by that column. Special conditions may apply in some cases.

(C) If the letter “N” appears for a sign type in a column, a sign is not allowed in the sign district.

Sign Type All RSF All RMF All RMH HIS INS (a) NBD COM HWC
Freestanding:
Residential (b) P P P N N N N N
Nonresidential N N N S S S S S
Incidental (c) N P (d) P (d) P P P (d) P P
Building:
Building marker (e) P P P P P P P P
Canopy N N N S S S S S
Identification (d) P P P P P P P P
Incidental (c) N P (f) P (f) P P P (c) P P
Marquee N N N N S S S S
Projecting N N N S S S S S
Residential (b) P P P N N N N N
Roof N N N N N N S S
Roof, Integral N N N S S S S S
Suspended N N N S S S S S
Wall N N N S S S S S
Window N N N N S S S S
Miscellaneous:
Flag Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Portable (h) N N N N Y Y Y Y
Subdivision S S S S S S S S
Subdivision flags P P P N N N N N
Temporary (g) (h) P P P P P P P P
NOTES TO TABLE:

(a) – This column does not represent a zoning district. It applies to nonresidential uses permitted under the zoning ordinance in residential zoning districts. Such uses may include, but are not limited to, churches and schools.

(b) – No commercial message allowed on sign, except for a commercial message drawing attention to an activity legally offered on the premises.

(c) – No commercial message of any kind allowed on sign if such message is legible from any location off the zone lot on which the sign is located.

(d) – Only address and name of occupant allowed on sign.

(e) – May include only building name, date of construction, or historical data on historic site, must be cut or etched into masonry, bronze, or similar material.

(f) – No commercial message of any kind allowed on sign.

(g) – The conditions of § 156.43 of this chapter apply.

(h) – Signs with changeable copy (letters) and signs that are mounted on wheeled structures are not allowed.

(’87 Code, § 9-5-5) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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APPENDIX C: AREA REQUIREMENTS

The maximum total area of all signs on a zone lot except incidental, building marker, and identification signs, and flags (b) shall not exceed the greater of the following:

RSF RMF (a) RMH (a) HIS INS (b) NBD COM HWC
Maximum number of total square feet 8 100 100 100 120 200 500 1,000
Percentage of ground floor area of principal building N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1% 2% 3%
Square feet of signage per linear foot street frontage N/A N/A N/A N/A .5 1.0 3.0 5.0
NOTES TO TABLE:

(a) – The maximum sign area shown pertains to the allotment allowed for identification of the multi-family development and not an individual unit. Individual units are allowed signage as per the RSF sign district.

(b) – This column does not represent a zoning district. It applies to institutional uses permitted under the zoning ordinance in residential zoning districts. Such uses may include, but are not necessarily limited to, churches and schools.

(‘87 Code, § 9-5-5) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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APPENDIX D: NUMBER, DIMENSIONS, AND LOCATION OF INDIVIDUAL SIGNS BY SIGN DISTRICT

Individual signs shall not exceed the applicable maximum number or dimensions shown on this table and on the table in Appendix E.

Sign type All RSF All RMF* All RMH* HIS INS NBD COM HWC
Freestanding area (sq. ft.)
Single tenant building 6 40* 40* 40 40 60 60 135
Multiple tenant building N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 80 60 sq. ft. plus 12 sq. ft. per tenant listed, not to exceed 150 sq. ft. 135 sq. ft. plus 12 sq. ft. per tenant listed, not to exceed 200 sq. ft.
Height (ft.) 7 7 16 16 16 16 16 24
Number permitted per zone lot 1/lot N/A N/A 1/lot N/A N/A N/A N/A
Per linear feet of street frontage (a) N/A 1/200 1/200 N/A 1/200 1/200 1/200 1/300
Building:
Area (max. sq. ft. 2 60* 60* 60 80 N/A N/A N/A
Wall area (percent) (b) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10% 10% 20%
NOTES TO TABLE:

* – The maximum sign area shown in RMF and RMH pertains to the allotment allowed for identification of the multifamily development and not an individual unit. Individual units are allowed signage as per the RSF sign district.

(a) – Lots fronting on two or more streets are allowed the permitted signage fro each street frontage, but signage cannot be accumulated and used on one street in excess of that allowed for lots with only one street frontage.

(b) – The percentage figure here shall mean the maximum area of any wall that may be covered with signage irrespective of the maximum square footage allowed.

(‘87 Code, § 9-5-5) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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APPENDIX E: MAXIMUM SIGN DIMENSIONS

No sign shall exceed any applicable maximum numbers or dimensions or encroach on any applicable minimum clearance shown on this table.

Sign type Number allowed Maximum sign area Vertical clearance
From sidewalk or drive From public street
Freestanding signs:
Residential, other and incidental building signs See Appendix D See Appendix D N/A N/A
Banner (c) 1 per building 60 sq. ft. 9 ft. 12 ft.
Building marker 1 per building 4 sq. ft. N/A N/A
Canopy 1 per building 25% of vertical surface of canopy 9 ft. 12 ft.
Identification 1 per building N/A N/A N/A
Incidental No set number N/A N/A N/A
Marquee 1 per building See Appendix C 9 ft. 12 ft.
Projecting 1 per building 40 sq. ft. 9 ft. 12 ft.
Residential 1 per principal building N/A N/A N/A
Roof (d) 40 sq. ft. N/A N/A
Roof, integral 2 per principal building See Appendix C N/A N/A
Suspended 1 per entrance See Appendix C 9 ft. N/A
Temporary See § 156.43 See § 156.43 N/A N/A
Wall See Appendix D See Appendix D N/A N/A
Window N/A 25% of total window area N/A N/A
Miscellaneous signs:
Flag N/A N/A 9 ft. 12 ft.
Portable 1 per calendar month, once per year 6 sq. ft. N/A N/A
Subdivision (a) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Subdivision flags 6 flags per subdivision 15 sq. ft. 9 ft. 12 ft.
Temporary (b) N/A N/A N/A N/A
NOTES TO TABLE:

(a) – Permitted in accordance with § 156.41

(b) – Permitted in accordance with § 156.43

(c) – Banners may be placed on buildings only and may be displayed for a maximum of 30 days per quarter year.

(d) – No roof sign shall extend higher than 8 feet above the roof.

(‘87 Code, § 9-5-5) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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APPENDIX F: SIGN CHARACTERISTICS

The following are sign characteristics permitted by zoning district.

Sign characteristics All RSF All RMF All RMH HIS INS NBD COM HWY
Animated N N N N N N S S
Changeable copy N N N S S S S S
Illumination, internal N N N S S S S S
Illumination, external N N N S S S S S
Illumination, exposed bulbs or neon N N N N S S S S
Note to Table:

P = Allowed without a sign permit

S = Allowed with a sign permit

N = Not allowed

(‘87 Code, § 9-5-5) (Ord. 89-013; Am. Ord. 95-035; Am. Ord. 97-004; Am. Ord. 04-005)

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