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For the purpose of this chapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
APPROVED COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL. Wood, or materials not more combustible than wood, and approved combustible plastics.
APPROVED COMBUSTIBLE PLASTICS. Only those plastics which when tested meet industrial standards for flammability of plastics.
COMBINATION SIGN. Any sign which combines the characteristics of two or more types of sign including roof projecting and ground projecting signs.
DISPLAY SURFACE. The entire area within a single continuous perimeter enclosing the extreme limits of a sign. However, such perimeter shall not include any structural elements lying outside the limits of such sign and not forming an integral part of the display.
FACING. The surface of the sign upon, against, or through which the message of the sign is exhibited.
FRONT FEET. The distance along a roadway measured in feet rounded to the nearest foot, as verified by the records in the City Assessor’s office, or amount of store front when common property is involved with two or more commercial businesses.
GROUND SIGN and BILLBOARDS. A sign which is supported by one or more poles, uprights, or braces in or upon the signs as defined in this chapter.
ILLUMINATED. Any sign which has characters, letters, figures, designs, faces, backgrounds, or outlines illuminated by incandescent or fluorescent lamps or luminous tubes as part of the sign proper, these light sources being external or internal.
JOINT IDENTIFICATION (ID) SIGN. A sign that serves as a common identification for two or more businesses on the same parcel or property. Such sign shall contain or serve as general identification only for such developments such as shopping center and the like.
MARQUEE. A fixed shelter used only as a roof and extending over a building line which is entirely supported by the building to which it is attached.
MARQUEE SIGN. A sign which is attached to a marquee.
NAME PLATE. A one-sided sign or a two-sided sign designating the owner or occupant of the premises.
PROJECTING SIGN. A sign other than a wall sign suspended from or supported by a building or structure or steel column and projecting out therefrom. Projection means distance by which a sign extends over public property or beyond the property line.
PYLON, POLE SIGN, or BANJO SIGN. A sign supported by or suspended from a free standing column or columns of structural steel, pipe or poles.
ROOF SIGN. A sign erected upon or above a roof or parapet of a building.
SIGN. Any outdoor advertising that is a structure or that is attached to or painted on a building or that is leaned against a structure or displayed on a premises. Sign shall mean and include every sign, billboard, ground sign, wall sign, roof sign, illuminated sign, projecting sign, temporary sign, pylon or pole sign, marquee, awning, canopy, and street clock, and shall include any announcement, declaration, demonstration, display illustration or insignia used to advertise or promote the interests of any person when the same is placed out of doors in view of the general public.
(1) ACCESSORY SIGN. A sign which is accessory to the principal use of the premises.
(2) NON-ACCESSORY SIGN. A sign which is not accessory to the principal use of the premises.
SKELETON PARAPET SIGN. Individual letters mounted on a wall.
STRUCTURE. The supports, uprights, bracing and framework for the sign or outdoor display.
STRUCTURAL TRIM. The moulding, battens, capping, nailing strips, latticing, platforms and letters, figures, characters or representations in cut-out or irregular form which are attached to the sign structure.
TEMPORARY SIGN. A sign of cloth or other combustible material, with or without a frame which is usually attached to the outside of a building on a wall or store front for a limited period of time.
WALL SIGN. A sign attached to, or erected against, the wall of a building or structure with the exposed face of the sign in a plane approximately parallel to the plane of the wall.
(Ord. passed 6-14-88; Am. Ord. passed 7-13-99; Am. Ord. eff. 6-5-04)