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All permanent signs shall also comply with the following requirements and with the height, area and setback requirements of § 153.161.
(A) Wall Signs. Wall signs are permitted for any business or use not identified by a ground sign.
(a) Wall signs shall not protrude more than 14 inches from the wall or face of the building to which it is attached, whether or not a raceway is used.
(b) Signs may be attached to a building wall or architecturally integrated extension which faces a street, parking lot or service drive, or may be attached to a canopy which projects beyond the building, provided that no part of the sign may extend above the roof or canopy.
(2) Height. Refer to § 153.161 for height limitations according to use. The height of a wall sign is measured from the established grade line to the top of the sign. Note that corporate office signs along interstate districts have no height, but in no case shall the sign extend above the roof line of the building.
(a) Signs may be attached to a building facade which faces a street, parking lot or service drive. It may be attached to a canopy which projects beyond the building, provided that no part of the sign extends above the roof or canopy.
(3) Size. The maximum allowable size for any wall sign shall be one square foot for every lineal foot of width of the building face to which the sign is attached, but shall not exceed the maximum size allowed for the use by § 153.161 unless located in the Interstate District.
(4) Number. Wall signs shall be limited in number to one per building or use. For buildings or uses on corner lots having at least 100 feet of lot frontage on each of two public rights-of-way, a second wall sign is permitted facing the second right-of-way. Each sign is limited to one square foot in area for every lineal foot of width of the building face to which the sign is attached, not exceeding the installed maximum size allowed for the use by § 153.161. The distance between the signs shall not be less than two-thirds the length of the longest elevation to which the sign is attached. The distance will be measured by two straight lines along the elevations of the building, from edge of sign to edge of sign. In no case shall two wall signs be closer than 30 feet apart. The provision for a second sign does not apply to individual tenants in a multi-tenant building.
(B) Ground Signs. Ground signs shall include free-standing, pole, pylon and monument signs. A ground sign is permitted only when all of the following conditions are fulfilled:
(a) The sign is located on the property to which it refers;
(b) The use is free-standing on its individual lot, is accessible by automobile and has off- street parking;
(c) The use has no wall sign visible from the public right-of-way or adjacent property; and
(d) Such signs shall not be located in such a way that they interfere with the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
(2) Size. The maximum allowable size for any ground sign shall be in accordance with § 153.161.
(3) Height. Refer to § 153.161 for height limitation according to use. The height shall be measured from the established grade line to the highest point of the sign or its frame/support. The height may not be artificially increased by the use of mounding.
(4) Setback. All ground signs must be set back a minimum of eight feet from any public right-of-way or property boundary line unless such signs are specifically exempted of this requirement, refer to § 153.161.
(5) Number. Ground signs shall be limited in number to one per lot or multiple lots if devoted to one specific use or user. Buildings on corner lots having at least 100 feet of frontage on two public rights-of-way may be entitled to two ground signs, one facing each public right-of-way, if they meet the following criteria:
(a) The total combined height of both signs shall not exceed one and one-third times the maximum permitted height of a single ground sign for that use.
(b) The total combined area of both signs shall not exceed one and one-third times the maximum permitted area of a single ground sign for that use.
(c) The two signs shall be no closer than two-thirds the length of the longest public right-of-way frontage. The distance shall be measured by drawing two straight lines, measured from the edge of each sign, forming a 90 degree angle.
(C) Window Signs. Window signs shall be permitted for the use specified in § 153.161 in addition to any permitted wall sign or ground sign. The sum of the area of the window signs and the area of the wall or ground sign may not exceed the maximum allowable area for the wall or ground sign.
(1) Placement. Window signs shall be limited to the ground floor or first floor windows only, unless a use is located in the second or higher stories of a building and has no first floor occupancy.
(2) Number. Window signs shall be limited to one sign per window.
(3) Size. The total area of all such window signs is not to exceed 10% of the total window area of the establishment or ten square feet, whichever is less. The maximum allowable area on the second floor may not exceed that of the first floor.
('80 Code, § 1189.10) (Ord. 66-94, passed 3-20-95; Am. Ord. 103-95, passed 12-18-95; Am. Ord. 12-21, passed 4-12-21) Penalty, see § 153.999