32-98.16   Real Estate Signs.
   The following three (3) types of real estate signs are intended to be utilized when a property is for sale and/or lease. The purpose of this section is to regulate the size, number, location and duration of these temporary signs.
   a.   On-Site Real Estate Sign - Residential Conditions:
      1.   Area. One (1) real estate sign per premises, not to exceed six (6) square feet in area (including sign riders).
      2.   Height. The maximum height shall be six (6') feet, measured from grade level to top of sign.
      3.   Location. Signs located at the corner of a lot shall be placed a minimum of ten (10') feet back from the right of way line or ten (10') feet back from edge of pavement (whichever is greater). All signs shall be situated so they do not encroach into the pedestrian walkway or obstruct the line of sight of motorists.
      4.   Message. Information on the sign shall be restricted to the sale, lease or rental of the premises on which the sign is located.
      5.   Period of Use. The sign shall be removed from the premises within ten (10) days after the property is no longer for sale, lease or rent. For purposes of this article, "sale" means the close of escrow and "lease/rent" means occupancy by a tenant.
   b.   Off-Site Real Estate - Open House/ Directional Signs - Residential. Off-site real estate - Open house/directional signs - residential directing public to an open house are permitted in the public right-of-way under the following conditions:
      1.   Area. The signs may be double-faced and each side shall not be more than four (4) square feet in area.
      2.   Height. Maximum height limit shall be three (3') feet from grade level to top of sign.
      3.   Number. Each real estate company may place only one (1) sign per leg (direction) at any one (1) intersection. (For example: Only one (1) off-site real estate sign per corner per real estate company shall be permitted no matter how many listings are located in that direction.)
      4.   Location. Signs are permitted on major arterial/collector intersections (see Figure 7 in the Danville 2005 General Plan), with a maximum of eight (8) signs per intersection at any one (1) time, when placed such that the sign does not encroach into the pedestrian walkway or obstruct the line of sight of a motorist.
      Signs are permitted on secondary streets with a maximum of four (4) signs per intersection at any one (1) time, when permission from the affected property owner has been secured, if the sign is to be placed on privately owned property. No signs shall be allowed on fences, utility poles, sidewalks, median strips, traffic islands, or within a travel way of a street.
      5.   Message. Sign "riders" are not allowed to be placed on any off-site real estate - open house/directional - residential sign.
      6.   Period of Use. Use of these signs are only permitted on one (1) weekday (Agent Tour Day), plus Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between 10:00 a.m. and sunset, provided a representative of the real estate firm or the property owner is present on the property at all times while such signs are displayed. The signs must be removed after the closing of the open house. Use of these signs may be permitted during prohibited days and hours when authorized through a sign permit. Examples of use would be a special open house promotion.
      7.   Violations. All signs in violation are subject to seizure by the Town of Danville. (Note: These signs will be removed and stored at the Town Offices for a maximum of ten (10) days. After ten (10) days  the Town will dispose of the sign if not claimed. Signs may be retrieved by contacting the Community Preservation Division and paying a fifteen ($15.00) dollar retrieval fee per sign).
   c.   On-Site Commercial Real Estate Signs. On-site commercial real estate signs are permitted for multiple family investment property, commercial, industrial and office projects after construction under the following conditions:
      1.   Area. On-site commercial signs shall meet the following standards:
         (a)   In the case of commercial, industrial, office or multiple family investment properties for sale, the following sign area standards shall apply:
            (1)   Lots with a minimum of one hundred twenty-five (125') lineal feet of street frontage are allowed one (1) double faced sign not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area for each face of the sign. In the case of corner lots, two (2) double faced signs with each face not to exceed sixteen (16) square feet; or lots with less than one hundred twenty-five (125') lineal feet of street frontage are allowed one (1) sign no larger than sixteen (16) square feet in area or in the case of corner lots, two (2) double faced signs with each face not to exceed eight (8) square feet.
         (b)   In the case of commercial, industrial, office or multiple family investment properties for lease or rent, the maximum sign area shall be sixteen (16) square feet.
      2.   Height. Wall signs shall not exceed a height limit of fifteen (15') feet from finished grade. Ground signs shall not exceed a height limit of seven (7') feet from finished grade, unless set back a minimum of thirty (30') feet from any public right-of-way in such case the maximum height limit shall be twelve (12') feet.
      3.   Number. One (1) nonilluminated sign on each street frontage which serves solely to advertise the sale, lease or rental of the premises where the sign is located, is permitted in commercial, office, industrial and planned commercial developments.
      4.   Location. Each sign must be situated so it does not encroach into the pedestrian walkway or obstruct the line of sight of a motorist.
      5.   Message. Information on the sign shall be limited to the sale, lease or rental of the premises where the sign is located.
      6.   Period of Use. The sign shall be removed from the premises within ten (10) days after the property is no longer for sale, lease or rent. For purposes of this article, "sale" means the close of escrow and "lease/rent" means occupancy by a tenant.
(Ord. #91-30, §2; Ord. #95-06, §3)