10.17.01   Unless a particular sign is exempt it from the permit requirement under an explicit provision of this article or other applicable law, then a permit for such sign is required.
   (A)   When required.
      (1)   Replacements.
         (a)   If any sign is removed and any new sign is erected in its place, a permit shall be obtained the same as if a new sign were erected at a new location, subject to all requirements enumerated herein.
      (2)   Maintenance.
         (a)   If any sign is removed for maintenance and replaced on the same supports, a new permit will not be deemed necessary if the size or type of sign is not changed.
      (3)   Relocation of Signs.
         (a)   If any sign is removed from one location and erected at a new location, a new permit shall be obtained.
      (4)   Alteration.
         (a)   Alteration or enlargement of any sign shall require a permit the same as for a new sign. Any change in technology for a sign shall be considered an alteration; this shall expressly apply but not be limited to the conversion of a sign to changeable copy technology of any type.
   (B)   Application.
      (1)   No permit shall be granted until and after an application has been filed with the designated administrative official, showing the plans and specifications, including application fees, dimensions, materials, and details of construction of the proposed structure and meeting all provisions of this article.
   (C)   Application Form.
      (1) The Zoning Administrator shall prepare and provide a form to be used as an application for a sign permit. The same form may constitute a permit, when duly approved. Multiple signs may be listed on a single permit only when they are all on the same lot or parcel, or are part of a single development.
   (D)   Information on Application.
      (1)   The sign application form shall include the following information:
         (a)   Name and contact information for the applicant, and if separate, the name, address and consent of the property owner;
         (b)   Street address and Property Identification Number (PIDN) of the site;
         (c)   Accurate site plan to scale describing   the design, dimensions, proposed placement, structural and electrical characteristics and appearance of the sign(s), including the location of existing buildings, signs and other structures on the same site as the proposed sign(s);
         (d)   If the plans and drawings require an engineer's or architect's seal, signature or certificate, such shall show current Kentucky registration or licensure;
         (e)   Any signs or other structures to be removed or relocated;
         (f)   Dimensions and heights of all existing and proposed sign(s);
         (g)   Information regarding electrification, trenching, demolition, plumbing,
temporary street closure, or encroachment into the public right-of-way;
         (h)   Any known uncorrected violations of zoning laws on the site.
         (i)   Name, address and any licensing/bonding information for any sign contractors;
         (j)   Technical drawings, specifications, structural safety calculations for the sign structure;
         (k)   An expressed representation that the sign will not be used for the display of offsite commercial messages;
         (l)   The graphic design or proposed message of the sign is optional with the applicant;
         (m)   If the sign is subject to any of the safety codes (building, electrical, etc.), then all information required to determine compliance with such codes or to satisfy the requirements of such codes;
         (n)   The length of each occupant's/tenant/s lineal wall frontage;
         (o)   Workers' compensation and liability documents and occupational licenses for all contractor's.
   (E)   Initial Review. 
      (1)   Unless a given sign is exempt from the permit requirement, all sign permit applications shall be reviewed by the Zoning Administrator, and approved or denied on the basis of whether the proposed sign satisfies all requirements of this Article, and all other applicable laws rules and regulations. If it does then the permit shall be issued. If it does not, then the denial notice shall specify the point(s) of noncompliance. Decisions on sign permit applications shall be made in writing by the Zoning Administrator, and are subject to the appeal procedures provided herein. When applicable, permits under building and electrical codes then in effect are also required; sign permits may be approved subject to compliance with building and electrical code requirements.
   (F)   Completeness.
      (1)   Initial review of an application will be for the purpose of determining if the application is complete. If the application is found incomplete, written notice of the finding of incompleteness will be given to the applicant within 15 working days of submission, detailing the points of incompleteness. Notice is deemed effective when mailed or personally. After notice of incompleteness, the applicant shall have thirty calendar days in which to resubmit the application, with all noted items of incompleteness cured. If the application is resubmitted within that time, no additional fee shall be required, and the application, if complete, shall then be processed in accordance with this section. If no notice of incompleteness is timely provided, the application shall be deemed complete as of the last day on which the notice of incompleteness could have been given.
   (G)   Time for Decision.
      (1)   The Zoning Administrator shall render a decision on each complete sign permit application within five working days of when the application was complete.
   (H)   Noncompliance with Permit.
      (1)   All signs shall conform to the requirements of the permit, and all other applicable laws. Any sign not erected or constructed as represented on the application upon which the permit was issued shall not be construed as a hardship case, but shall be construed as a misrepresentation of facts on the application and a violation of this article. Any noncomplying sign which is not removed or corrected within the required time shall be a deemed public nuisances and a violation of the zoning ordinance, and may be abated in the same manner as any public nuisance or zoning ordinance violation.
(Ord. O-37-08, passed 9-9-08)