§ 10.06  INSTALLATION, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS.
   10.06.01   Location.
   (A)   No sign shall be located so that it obstructs access to or from a doorway, fire escape or required escape window.
   (B)   No sign shall be located so that it blocks the free air flow through windows in residential units.
   (C)   No sign located within a clear sight triangle shall obstruct the vision of motorists or pedestrians between a height of 30 inches and 108 inches off the ground.
   (D)   No sign shall be located within eight vertical feet or four horizontal feet of overhead electrical or other wires.
   10.06.02   No Projections Over Streets or Alleys. Projecting signs are allowed in some zoning districts. No sign shall project over a public right-of- way unless the sign owner has obtained an encroachment permit for such sign. No sign shall project over any portion of a right-of-way used as a street, alley or other way for vehicular travel; encroachment permits are limited to allowing projecting signs to extend over sidewalks.
   10.06.03   Sign Maintenance.
   (A)   The sign owner shall be liable to maintain such sign, including its illumination sources, in neat and orderly condition and good working order at all times and to prevent the development of any deterioration in the safety of such sign.
   (B)   Nothing in this article shall prohibit the routine maintenance of any nonconforming sign or the changing of the copy or content of any nonconforming sign, except where such maintenance or change in copy would increase the degree of its nonconformity.
   10.06.04   Flashing Signs, Moving Signs, and Changeable Copy Signs.
   (A)   General rule. Signs that move, flash or simulate movement are prohibited except as allowed under this section. A changeable copy sign is considered a different classification of sign under this Article; conversion of an existing sign to a changeable copy sign or to add changeable copy elements to it is allowed only if the modified sign will conform with all standards in this section and with all other applicable standards related to the location, height, size and other characteristics of the sign.
   (B)   Rules for changeable copy signs allowed under this article. Automatic changeable copy signs shall be allowed only in those districts in which “changeable copy sign, automatic” is listed as a permitted sign type and shall be subject to the following additional restrictions:
      (1)   Such technology shall be programmed so that the message or image on the sign changes no more often than every eight seconds.
      (2)   There shall be no effects of movement, flashing, scintillation, or similar effects in the individual images.
      (3)   Changes of image shall be substantially instantaneous as seen by the human eye and shall not use fading, rolling, window shading, dissolving or similar effects as part of the change.
      (4)   Video technology in signs shall use automatic level controls to reduce light levels at night and under cloudy or other darkened conditions, in accordance with the following standards.
         (a)   All electronic or digital display unit message boards shall have installed ambient light monitors, and shall at all times allow such monitors to automatically adjust the brightness level of the electronic board based on ambient light conditions.
         (b)   Maximum brightness levels for electronic or digital display boards shall not exceed 5,000 nits when measured from the billboard's face at its maximum brightness, during daylight hours and 500 nits when measured from the board face at its maximum brightness between dusk and dawn, i.e., the time of day between sunrise and sunset.
      (5)   Any sign using electronic or electro-mechanical technology for changeable copy message boards, which malfunctions, fails, or ceases to operate in its usual or normal programmed manner causing therein motion movement flashing or any other similar effects, shall be repaired or disconnected within 48 hours by the owner or operator of such billboard.
      (6)   The area of a sign consisting of electronic or electro-mechanical message board elements shall not constitute more than 200 square feet of a sign.
      (7)   The following limitations shall apply to the location of signs using electronic or electro-mechanical technology for a message board:
         (a)   A sign on which the electronic or electro-mechanical message board includes 100 or more square feet of sign area shall not be erected within 500 feet of property falling in one of the City of Covington residential zoning districts, although this restriction shall not apply to mixed use districts and commercial districts allowing residential uses.
         (b)   A sign on which the electronic or electro-mechanical message board includes 20 or more square feet of sign area but less than 100 square feet of sign area shall not be erected within 200 feet of property falling in one of the City of Covington residential zoning districts, although this restriction shall not apply to mixed use districts and commercial districts allowing residential use.
         (c)   A sign on which the electronic or electro-mechanical message board includes less than 20 square feet of sign area shall not be erected within 100 feet of property zoned and used exclusively for single family uses; it is the express intent of this provision to allow the use of such technology on signs for institutional uses located in residential districts, provided that the required separation is maintained between the sign and any property zoned and exclusively used for a single- family use.
(Ord. O-37-08, passed 9-9-08; Am. Ord. O-24-10, passed 6-24-10)