10.24.040   Height Measurement and Exceptions.
   A.   Height Measurement.
      1.   Structure height shall be measured as the vertical distance between the lowest ground elevation or finished grade and the highest point of the subject structure. The highest point shall be the coping of a flat roof, deck line of a mansard roof, or peak of the highest gable of a pitch or hip roof, exclusive of vents, air conditioners, chimneys, and the like. See Figure 3-2.
Figure 3-2
Roof Types and Measurement of Structure Height
      2.   For sloped lots or structures with varied floor elevations, the height shall be measured as the vertical distance from the average level of the ground under the structure to the top-most point of the roof. The average level of the ground is determined by adding the elevations of the lowest and highest points of the part of the lot covered by a structure, and dividing by two.
Figure 3-3
Measurement of Height on Through Lots
      3.     On through lots 150 feet or less in depth, the height of a structure on such lot shall be measured from the sidewalk level of the street upon which the structure fronts.
      4.   On through lots more than 150 in depth, the height regulations and basis of height measurements for the street permitting the greater height shall apply. However, such height allowance may extend no more than 150 from that street. See Figure 3-3.
   B.   Exceptions to Height Limits. The following exceptions to height limits are allowed, provided compliance is achieved with all other applicable permit requirements and development standards of this Zoning Code.
      1.   Uninhabited architectural design features such as towers, spires, steeples, domes, and cupolas, as well as any permitted rooftop equipment, may exceed the specified height limit by a maximum of 10 percent, subject to approval by the Director.
      2.   Flagpoles and chimneys may exceed the specified height limit by a maximum of 20 percent.
      3.   Electrical transmission lines and towers are exempt from the provisions of this Chapter.
      4.   Height exceptions for wireless communications facilities are set forth in Chapter 10.50.200 (Wireless Communications Facilities) of this Zoning Code. (Ord. 935 § 3, 2015)