For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   AWNING. Any fixed or retractable structure made of cloth, metal or other material that is attached to a building. If the sign is on an awning, then only the awning area covered by the actual lettering or symbol shall be used in calculating the sign area. If the awning is illuminated then the entire lit area shall be included in computing the sign area.
      (1)   A temporary sign constructed of cloth, canvas, plastic fabric, or similar lightweight non-rigid material and fastened at all corners or edges to a building or other structure.
      (2)   Any sign of lightweight fabric or similar material that is mounted to a pole or a building at 1 or more edges. See § 174.13, Banner Signs, for additional information.
   COMMISSION. The Town of Chandler Advisory Plan Commission.
   COPY. Any word, number, letter, picture or emblem that is a feature of a sign.
   ELECTRONIC MESSAGE SIGN (EMS). A sign capable of displaying words, symbols, figures or images that can be electronically or mechanically changed by remote or automatic means.
   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. The Executive Director of the Advisory Plan Commission.
   FLAG. A geometric shaped cloth, fabric or other lightweight non-rigid material normally fastened to a stringer which is secured or tethered to a building, flag pole or other permanent structure so as to allow movement of the flag caused by movement in the atmosphere.
   FLASHING SIGN. One that employs a pattern of changing light where the sign illumination suddenly, instantaneously, rapidly and/or repeatedly changes for the purpose of drawing attention. The term excludes signs illuminated by an exterior light source.
   FLAT WALL SIGN. Signs attached directly to or painted on or otherwise inscribed on the exterior walls or surface of a building and confined within the limits thereof of any building, no part of which projects or extends more than 12 inches out from that surface at all points.
   HIGHWAY SIGN. A pole sign, banner sign, or EMS that is erected and maintained for the purpose of being within the view of motorists who are driving on a state or federal highway.
   MARQUEE SIGN. A canopy or covered structure bearing a signboard or copy projecting from and attached to a building.
   MONUMENT SIGN. An identification device permanently embedded in the ground, upon which is affixed only the name and/or symbol of a particular neighborhood, subdivision, municipality, commercial or industrial development.
   NON-ELECTRONIC MESSAGE SIGN. A sign capable of displaying words, symbols. figures or images that cannot be electronically or mechanically changed by remote or automatic means.
   POLE SIGN. A sign supported by 1 or more poles which elevate the sign. Also see FREESTANDING SIGN.
   PORTABLE SIGN. Any sign not permanently attached to the ground or other permanently attached to the ground or other permanent structure, or sign designed to be transported, including, but not limited to “A” or “T” frames; menu and sandwich board 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 operation of the business.
   REGULATORY SIGN. Traffic and other municipal signs, legal notices, railroad crossings, danger, and other such necessary, temporary, emergency, or non-advertising signs. REGULATORY SIGNS do not required a sign permit.
   ROOF SIGN. A sign erected upon or above a roof or parapet wall of a building and which is wholly or partially support by said building. A ROOF SIGN shall not be larger than 40 square feet in total area.
   SIGN. A name, identification, description, display, or illustration, which is affixed to, painted, or represented directly or indirectly upon a building or other outdoor surface which directs attention to or is designed or intended to direct attention to the sign face or to an object, product, place, activity, person, institution, organization, or business. Signs located completely within an enclosed building, and not exposed to view from a street, shall not be considered a SIGN. Each display surface of a sign or sign face must be considered to be a SIGN.
      (1)   That area within a line including the outer extremities of all the characters of words, numbers, graphics, or design, or within a line including the outer extremities of the framework or background of the sign whichever line includes the larger area. The supporting structure shall not be included in the SIGN AREA.
      (2)   Where attached directly to a building wall or surface, the space within the outline enclosing all the characters of the words, numbers, graphics or design.
      (3)   The supporting structure shall not be included in the SIGN AREA, unless the supporting structure provides back-lighting for the sign, then the back-lighting portion will be calculated as part of the SIGN AREA.
   SIGN FACE. The entire display surface area of a sign upon, against, or through which copy is placed.
   SIGN PERMIT. An improvement location permit for a sign, issued in accordance with this chapter by the Executive Director of the Plan Commission.
   SNIPE SIGN. Any sign of any size, made of any material, including paper, cardboard, wood, and metal, when such sign is tacked, nailed, posted, pasted, glued or otherwise attached to trees, poles, fences, or other objects, and the advertising matter appearing thereon is not applicable to the premises upon which said sign is located.
   TEMPORARY SIGN. A banner, pennant, poster, or advertising display constructed of paper, cloth, canvas, plastic sheet, cardboard, wallboard, plywood, or other like materials and that appears to be intended or is determined by the Commission to be displayed for a limited period of time. Properties that have an electronic message sign shall not be eligible to have TEMPORARY SIGNS.
   VEHICLE SIGN. Any sign attached to or displayed on a vehicle.
(Ord. 2017-02, passed 2-20-2018; Am. Ord. 2022-06, passed 8-15-2022)