(a) This section is limited to signs maintained for a period of 60 days or less. Signs used for a longer period must conform to the requirements of a permanent sign.
(b) A cloth-type sign panel shall not exceed 30 square feet in area and shall be suspended by wire or rope securely anchored.
(c) The Division of Building and Safety Inspection may order any temporary sign in a dilapidated condition removed, regardless of the period of time since its installation.
(d) The term TEMPORARY SIGN shall include, but shall not be limited to, construction signs, real estate signs, political signs and overhead or suspended signs.
(e) There shall be one construction sign per project which may identify all of the architects, engineers, contractors and other individuals or firms involved with the construction at the site of the sign, and there may be one sign announcing the character of the building enterprise or the purpose for which the building under construction is intended, but neither of the signs shall include any advertisement of any product and each such sign shall be limited to a combined total maximum area of 64 square feet and shall be confined to the site of construction and shall be removed within 30 days after the beginning of the intended use of the project.
(f) Real estate signs shall be limited to a total area of six square feet, but the limit shall be increased to 32 square feet of total area in commercial and manufacturing districts. Such signs shall be removed within 20 days after the sale, rental or lease of the property.
(g) Political signs (temporary) shall be limited to a maximum size of six square feet in residential districts but the area limit shall be increased to 32 square feet of total area in commercial and manufacturing districts. This size provision shall not prohibit the use of permanent signs of any size or location legally authorized herein for political advertisement. Political signs (temporary) are exempt from the requirements for permits under the Basic Building Code; they are exempt from the requirements for installation by a licensed bonded sign hanger, and they are exempt from the requirements for authorization or ratification in writing of the owner of the property as required herein, however, oral permission shall be required. Such exception, however, shall not be construed to relieve the owner of the sign from responsibility for its erection, maintenance and safety. The earliest time that political (temporary) signs may be installed is 40 days before an election. Political signs (temporary) shall be removed within 20 days of the election. Nothing herein shall prohibit political signs for general election candidates to remain on location between the primary and general election.
(h) The attaching and removal of political signs and other signs of a temporary nature shall comply in all respects with subsections (a) through (f) of this section, and in addition, shall comply with the following provisions.
(1) Location. No person shall, by himself or herself or by another, attach any signs except such as may be expressly authorized by law on any street or sidewalk, or upon any public place or object in the City, or on any fence, building, or property belonging to the City, or upon any street, telegraph pole, electric light pole, or tower or any other utility pole, in or on any public tree, street or alley in the City. This section shall not prohibit the City from developing and leasing or licensing public property to a private person for advertising purposes.
(2) Attachment of signs. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, except a public officer or employee in the performance of a public duty, or a private person in giving a valid legal notice, to attach any sign or notice of any kind upon any property, public or private, or cause or authorize the same to be done, without consent, authorization or ratification in writing of the owner, holder, occupant, lessee, agent or trustee thereof; provided, however, that this provision shall not apply to the distribution of handbills, advertisements or other printed matter that are not securely affixed to the premises.
(3) Installation. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to install any signs or notice of any kind upon any property, private or public, or cause or authorize the same to be done unless the person, firm or corporation shall affix thereto on either lower corner a notice, in letters not less than one-quarter inch high, stating the name and address of the person, firm or corporation, engage in or employed to do the physical installation of such signs.
(4) Removal. The person, firm or corporation, whose name appears on the sign shall be responsible for the removal of such sign or notice and the same shall be removed from the property, private or public, within 20 days after the occurrence of the event for which the sign was installed.
(5) Sale signs. “For sale” signs of the so-called “garage sale,” “rummage sale,” “yard sale” or “antique sale” type shall be restricted to the property where the sale is being held and such sign shall remain posted no longer than nine days, nor more than two occasions within a 12-month period.
(Ord. 2504, passed 6-23-1975; Ord. 2726, passed 7-23-1979; Ord. 3254, passed 9-27-1993; Ord. 3305, passed 8-14-1995)