Temporary signs shall not require a sign permit, but will require registration at the Planning Department prior to their use or display. The registration shall state when the signs will first be displayed and when they will be removed. Temporary signs will be regulated further as follows:
   (A)   No off-site temporary signs are allowed.
   (B)   Temporary public interest signs, including portable signs, inflatables, wind-operated devices and banners announcing activities or other events of a public, civic, philanthropic or religious organization, shall be subject to the following:
      (1)   Signs shall be a maximum size of 50 square feet.
      (2)   Only one such sign shall be allowed per tract ownership per street frontage.
      (3)   No temporary sign shall be located within 100 feet of another temporary sign.
      (4)   Temporary signs shall be permitted for a maximum period of 30 days, and no additional temporary sign shall be permitted on the same tract for a period of 30 days after removal of the previous sign. Upon expiration, the sign, along with any straps, ties, stakes, t-posts, or any other items installed for the placement of the sign, must be removed.
      (5)   Temporary signs must meet all other requirements of this Sign Code.
   (C)   Fence signs are prohibited; however, advertising signs may be permitted at athletic fields owned and operated by tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations, as follows: At baseball fields, signs may be hung or painted on the outfield fences, so that the signs face only inward toward the playing field; at other athletic fields, signs may be displayed so long as the sign content cannot be discerned by persons passing by the outside of the stadium or field. No such sign shall extend beyond the dimensions of the fence to which it is attached.
   (D)   Political signs.
      (1)   Duration.  Political signs must be removed five days after the election.  Political signs cannot be placed more than 60 days in advance of an election.
      (2)   Location.
         (a)   Public locations:  Political signs shall not be placed within any park, boulevard, street, parkway, median, public right-of-way, or easement under the control of or maintained by the city.
         (b)   Private locations: Signs may be placed on private property only with the owner’s permission. Signs must be placed on the house side of the sidewalk. If no sidewalk exists, the signs must be placed either at least 15 feet from the curb or street edge, or outside of the street right-of-way, whichever is greater.
         (c)   Historic District: political signs to be placed in the Historic District must conform to Historic Preservation Sign Guidelines, in accordance with Article 12 of this chapter.
      (3)   Disposal.  Any signs found in violation shall be collected by the Code Enforcement Department and disposed of.
      (4)   Size.  Political signs in Commercial and Industrial Zones shall not exceed 50 square feet in size. Political signs in Residential Zones shall not exceed 24 by 30 feet in size.
   (E)   Grand opening signs shall not be displayed more than 15 days.
   (F)   Real estate signs.
      (1)   Real estate For Sale signs are allowed and must be removed within 15 days after the premises are rented, leased or sold.
      (2)   On and off-premises Home For Sale and Open House signs are subject to the following:
         (a)   Open House signs shall not be placed more than 24 hours in advance and shall be removed immediately following the event.
         (b)   Signs shall not exceed 24 inches by 30 inches in size, nor shall they be installed more than four feet above grade.
         (c)   Signs shall have a minimum separation of 25 feet and signs for any one advertiser must be at least 200 feet apart.
         (d)   Signs shall not be located in the public right-of-way.
         (e)   Signs shall not be located more than three miles from the subject property.
         (f)   Signs shall be rigid, two-dimensional displays.
         (g)   Written permission shall be obtained from owners of property where the sign is located. Only one directional sign shall be allowed on any property.
      (3)   Subdivision directional signs will be subject to the following:
         (a)   Signs shall be a maximum size of 32 square feet.
         (b)   Signs must be placed upon unimproved property with the permission of the owner.
         (c)   Signs must be placed at least 100 feet from any other subdivision or developer signs.
         (d)   Signs may be erected for a maximum of one year unless additional one-year approval is given by the Board of Adjustment. A maximum of two one-year approvals shall be permitted by the Board of Adjustment.
         (e)   Signs shall meet all requirements of the Sign Code, including permitting requirements.
(Ord. 3215, passed 10-18-10)