The following signs are exempt from this subchapter:
   (A)   Government signs including, but not limited to, traffic warning or regulatory signs including building identification, directional, information and welcome signs.
   (B)   Trade names and graphics which are located on newspaper, soft drink, gasoline pumps and similar vending devices.
   (C)   Flags or insignia of any governmental or non-profit organization when not displayed as an advertising device.
   (D)   Warning signs posted by utility or construction companies.
   (E)   Commemorative tablets, markers or monuments constructed by or with the permission of the Ashe County Board of Commissioners.
   (F)   Signs on operational motor vehicles indicating the name of a business, when the vehicle is not intended to be used solely for a display of signs.
   (G)   Signs required by law, statute or ordinance.
   (H)   Directional signs to commercial business or direction for sale of real estate or personal property, such as temporary realtors’ signs, agricultural signs and yard sale signs.
      (1)   Directional signs shall not exceed 16 square feet in area per sign face and shall not exceed eight feet in height or length per sign face and shall have a maximum height of 12 feet.
      (2)   Not more than three off-premises directional signs shall contain directions to the same activity or business location on the same road.
      (3)   Garage sale and/or yard sale signs may be posted for a maximum of seven days.
      (4)   Temporary signs, decorations or displays which are associated with any national, local or religious holiday or celebration for a maximum time period of 30 calendar days before and ten calendar days after.
(Ord. passed 1-22-08)