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This section sets out the procedures for review and approval of sign plans and sign permits for signs requiring permits under § 151.173.
(A) Sign plans.
(1) Applicability. Sign plan approval shall be required for any site containing or proposed to contain more than one sign. No sign permit shall be issued for a site that is subject to sign plan requirements until a sign plan has been approved. Temporary signs shall be exempt from sign plan requirements.
(2) Application filing. Sign plan applications shall be submitted to the Planning, Building and Development Department on forms available from the Planning, Building and Development Department.
(3) Staff review and action. The Planning, Building and Development Director shall review each proposed sign plan application in accordance with the sign plan review criteria set forth in § 151.055(A)(4) and act to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the sign plan.
(4) Sign plan approval criteria. A sign plan may be approved only if the Planning, Building and Development Director determines that all of the following approval criteria have been met:
(a) The sign plan complies with all applicable standards of this chapter, including the sign regulations of § 151.173;
(b) The sign plan is consistent with any approved or concurrently proposed PUD, subdivision, or site plan for the site, including the parking and landscaping provisions of the plan; and
(c) All aspects of the sign plan are consistent with any conditions imposed on the site under any applicable approvals.
(5) Simultaneous review. An applicant for approval of a planned unit development (§ 151.051), conditional use permit (§ 151.050), site plan, or subdivision plat may submit an application for approval of a sign plan concurrently with the application for approval of the plan or permit and the two shall be reviewed and acted on simultaneously.
(B) Individual sign permits.
(1) Applicability. Signs identified with a “P” in Table 151.173(G) shall be erected, installed, or created only in accordance with a duly issued and valid sign permit.
(2) Application filing. Sign permit applications shall be submitted to the Planning, Building and Development Department on forms available from the Planning, Building and Development Department.
(3) Staff review and action. The Planning, Building and Development Director shall review each proposed sign permit application for the purpose of determining whether the proposed sign complies with all applicable sign regulations of § 151.173 and the sign plan, if applicable. Based on that review, the Planning, Building and Development Director shall:
(a) Issue the sign permit, if the sign complies in every respect with the standards of § 151.173 and the sign plan, if applicable; or
(b) Deny the sign permit if the sign fails in any way to comply with the standards of § 151.173 or the applicable sign plan.
(4) Lapse of approval/inspections.
(a) If an approved sign has not been erected or put in place within six months of the issuance of the sign permit, the sign permit shall lapse and be of no further effect.
(b) The applicant shall request that the county inspect the sign at the end of the six-month period following issuance of the sign permit.
(c) If, upon inspection, the construction is substantially incomplete, the Planning, Building and Development Director shall give the property owner or tenant notice that the sign permit has lapsed.
(d) If, upon inspection, the construction is found to be substantially complete but not in full compliance with § 151.173 or other applicable codes, the Planning, Building and Development Director shall give the property owner or tenant notice of the deficiencies and shall allow an additional 30 days from the date of inspection for the deficiencies to be corrected.
(e) If the deficiencies are not corrected by that date, the sign permit shall lapse and the sign shall be removed immediately.
(f) The failure to remove a sign for which a permit has lapsed shall be unlawful.
(Ord., § 3.11, passed 10-13-2009) Penalty, see § 10.99