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The following signs are prohibited:
(a) Any sign not expressly permitted.
(b) Any sign, which by reason of its position, shape, wording, location or color, obstructs the vision of drivers or of pedestrian traffic.
(c) Signs which incorporate flashing, blinking, or moving lights.
(d) Moving signs, including any sign that has any visible moving parts, visible revolving parts, visible mechanical movement, or other visible movement achieved by electrical, electronic, or mechanical means, including electric pulsations or movement caused by normal wind current.
(e) Any sign or structure which:
(1) Is structurally unsafe;
(2) Constitutes a hazard to safety or health by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, or abandonment;
(3) Is capable of causing electrical shock; or
(4) Is not kept in good repair, such that it has broken parts, missing letters, or non-operational lights.
(f) Any sign erected on a tree, fence, or utility pole, except regulatory signs or signs specifically permitted by the Village of Franklin, the Road Commission for Oakland County, the Michigan Department of Transportation, or other governing body with jurisdiction over a road right-of-way.
(g) Obsolete signs, as specified in Section 1474.06.
(h) Signs affixed to a parked vehicle or truck trailer, which is being used principally for advertising purposes, rather than for transportation purposes.
(i) Any sign unlawfully installed, erected or maintained.
(j) Roof signs.
(k) Signs affixed to street furniture, such as benches and trash receptacles, except signs of an area not greater than one (1) square foot indicating the servicing company owning such street furniture.
(l) Off-premise advertising signs.
(m) Internally illuminated signs.
(n) Exposed neon tubing and other types of outline tubing signs including LED or similar lighting.
(o) Signs painted directly onto a building surface.
(p) Box type signs.
(q) Cylindrical signs.
(r) Banners, pennants, spinners, and streamers, unless specifically permitted elsewhere in this chapter.
(s) Any sign that is erected, constructed, or maintained so as to obstruct a fire escape, required exit, or window or door opening used as a means of access to or egress from a structure.
(t) Any sign that covers significant architectural features.
(u) Alley signs (signs that project beyond public alley lines).
(v) Any sign that is attached in a manner that interferes with an opening required for ventilation, except that signs may be erected in front of transom windows when not in violation of the provisions of this chapter.
(Ord. 2008-06. Passed 7-14-08; Ord. 2012-08. Passed 12-10-12; Ord. 2019-01. Passed 1-14-19.)