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(a) Awning and Canopy Signs - Awning and canopy signs may be permitted only as an integral part of the awning or canopy to which they are attached or applied and shall meet the following conditions:
(1) Location - Signs may be placed only on awnings that are located on first- and second-story building frontages, including those fronting a parking lot or pedestrian way.
(2) Extension - Such signs shall not extend more than three (3) feet from the face of the building to which they are attached.
(3) Minimum clearance - A minimum clearance of ten (10) feet shall be maintained above sidewalks.
(4) Setbacks - The awning shall comply with the same setbacks established for the building.
(5) Copy - The copy on an awning sign shall not exceed fifty (50) percent of the sign’s total area.
(6) Illumination - Internal illumination is prohibited.
(b) Blade Signs -
(1) Location - Blade signs shall be placed only on a ground floor facade, except for businesses located above the ground level with direct exterior pedestrian access.
(2) Height above finished grade - The lowest point of a blade signs shall be at least eight (8) feet but no more than fifteen (15) feet above finished grade. Blade signs shall not extend vertically above the roof line.
(3) Sign structure - Sign supports and brackets shall be compatible with the design and scale of the sign. Brackets and/or hardware for the sign may not extend more than four inches from the outside face of the sign.
(4) Square footage - A maximum of six (6) square feet will be allowed.
(5) Illumination - Internal illumination is prohibited.
(c) Banner or Pennant Signs - Banner or Pennant Signs are Temporary Signs and subject to the following conditions:
(1) Maximum Number - Banner and Pennant Signs are subject to the same number requirements as any other Temporary Sign governed by1165.06(b)(2). No more than one (1) banner may be displayed on the property at any one time.
(2) Maximum Area and Height - The maximum area and height of the Banner or Pennant Sign shall not exceed that allowed for a Permanent Wall Sign in the applicable zoning district.
(3) Permits per year - Banner and Pennant signs are subject to the same display periods as any other Temporary Sign governed by 1165.06(b)(7).
(4) The Banner or Pennant Sign shall not be displayed above the roof line of any structure.
(5) The Banner or Pennant Sign shall be safely secured to a building, structure, pole, framing, or stake. If a stake or structure is used, the stake or structure must be removed at the time the banner is removed.
(6) The Banner or Pennant Sign shall have ventilated faces to reduce wind load if the banner is more than five (5) feet in length.
(d) Freestanding Signs -
(1) Posts - Pylon signs shall not have posts with a diameter greater than twelve (12) inches. Posts may not be higher than two (2) feet above finished grade and no more than two (2) posts may be used. The height of the posts will be included in the maximum height permitted for the sign
(2) Base material of Monument Signs - The base of monument signs shall be brick, stone, or stucco. The exposed base of a monument sign may not exceed two (2) feet in height. The height of the base will be included when calculating the height of the sign.
(3) Cantilever signs - The post used to anchor cantilever signs shall be wood or another natural material such as brick or stone.
(4) Landscaping - Landscaping shall be provided at the base of the supporting structure equal to twice the area of one face of the sign. Landscaping is not required on temporary, freestanding signs
(5) Location - The sign must be located along frontage adjoining a public street.
(6) Setbacks - The front setback for freestanding signs shall be ten (10) feet from the public right-of-way line unless otherwise stated. The sign must also meet the side yard setback for the applicable zoning district unless otherwise stated.
(e) Joint Identification Signs -
(1) Type. Primary and secondary freestanding joint identification signs must be monument signs.
(2) Setbacks - The front setback for freestanding joint identification signs shall be ten (10) feet from the public right-of-way. The sign must also meet the side yard setback for the applicable zoning district unless otherwise stated.
(f) Sandwich Board Signs -
(1) Zoning districts where permitted - Sandwich Board signs are only permitted in Neighborhood B Commercial (N-C) and Commercial B Downtown (C-D) zoning districts.
(2) Maximum area and height - Such signs shall be not more than four (4) feet high and three (3) feet in width. There shall be no more than two (2) sides to such sign.
(3) Illumination - Sandwich Board signs shall not be illuminated.
(4) Use during operating hours - The sign shall be taken inside the establishment when the business closes each night and shall not be placed outside again until the business opens each morning. Three (3) or more violations of this provision during any sixty day (60) period shall be grounds for the City of Kent to suspend or revoke the right of the violator to have a sandwich board sign.
(5) Placement - The sign shall be located directly in front of the business establishment and within ten (10) feet of the principal public entrance to the establishment. The sign shall be placed in a manner where it does not obstruct the public sidewalk or present a danger or hazard to the public. The City may order the relocation or removal of such signs which are considered hazardous or a danger to the pubic.
(6) Permit requirements - A permit is not required.
(g) Wall Signs -
(1) Location - All wall signs shall be mounted on the building which houses the establishment advertised by such signs, except as otherwise specifically authorized by this Zoning Code. Such signs shall be located on or along a wall of such a building which faces a street, parking lot, or service drive, and shall not project above the roof line or the cap of parapets of such building, whichever is higher.
(2) Projection from wall - All wall signs shall be parallel to the wall on which they are installed. The sign shall not project above the edge of the roof of the structure and from the surface upon which it is attached more than twelve (12) inches in a non-residential district. In a residential district, a wall sign shall not project more than three (3) inches.
(3) A single multi-tenant building has one primary frontage, the allowable sign area for which may be distributed at the discretion of the owner; however, in no event shall the combined sign area for all tenants exceed the allowable sign area for the building.
(h) Window Signs - Window Signs are permitted in any non-residential zoning district and do not require a Sign Permit. However, unless further restricted in this Chapter, all window signs shall meet the following conditions:
(1) Number - No more than one (1) Window Sign is permitted per window.
(2) Surface Coverage - Window Signs may not be larger than twenty-five percent (25%) of each Window Area.
(3) Illumination - Window Signs may be illuminated internally.
(Ord. 2013-83. Passed 8-21-13.)