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For the purpose of this chapter, the following types of signs, parts of signs or descriptions are defined as follows:
SIGN: Any object, device, display, or structure, or part thereof, situated outdoors or indoors, which is used to advertise, identify, display, direct, or attract attention to an object, person, institution, organization, business, product, service, event, idea, position or location by any means, including words, letters, figures, design, symbols, fixtures, colors, illumination, or projected images.
Animated Or Moving: Any sign that changes physical position or light intensity by any movement or rotation or that gives the visual impression of such movement or rotation.
Awning, Canopy, Or Marquee: A sign that is mounted, painted, or attached to an awning, canopy, or marquee that is otherwise permitted by ordinance.
Billboard: A sign that directs attention to a business, commodity, service, or entertainment conducted, sold, or offered at a location other than the premises on which the sign is located.
Business: A sign that directs attention to a business or profession conducted, or to a commodity or service sold, offered, or manufactured, or to an entertainment offered on the premises where the sign is located.
Construction: A temporary sign erected on the premises on which construction is taking place, during the period of such construction, indicating the names of the architects, engineers, landscape architects, contractors or similar artisans, and the owners, financial supporters, sponsors, and similar individuals or firms having a role or interest with respect to the structure or project.
Directional: Signs limited to directional messages, principally for pedestrian or vehicular traffic, such as "one- way", "entrance", and "exit".
Electronic Message Board: Any sign that uses changing lights to form a sign message or messages wherein the sequence of messages and the rate of change is electronically programmed and can be modified by electronic process.
Face: The area or display surface used for the message.
Flashing: Any directly or indirectly illuminated sign that exhibits changing natural or artificial light or color effects by any means whatsoever.
Freestanding: Any nonmovable sign not affixed to a building, i.e., pole sign, ground sign, and construction signs.
Ground: Any sign, other than a pole sign, in which the entire bottom is in contact with or is close to the ground and is independent of any other structure.
Identification: A sign giving the nature, logo, trademark, or other identifying symbol; address; or any combination of the name, symbol, and address of a building, business, development, or establishment on the premises where it is located.
Illuminated: A sign lighted by or exposed to internal or external artificial lighting.
Nameplate: A sign, located on the premises, giving the name or address, or both, of the owner or occupant of a building or premises.
Permanent: A sign that will be permanently affixed to the ground or permanently affixed to another structure. For purposes of this chapter, a "permanent sign" shall mean any sign that has a foundation, will be attached to a structure with a foundation, and will be standing for more than one hundred twenty (120) days.
Pole: A sign that is mounted on a freestanding pole or other support so that the bottom edge of the sign face is six feet (6') or more above grade.
Portable: A sign that is not permanent, affixed to a building, structure, or the ground, including, but not limited to, signs to be transported on wheels.
Projecting: A sign that is wholly or partly dependent upon a building for support and that projects more than twelve inches (12") from such building. This type of sign is commonly known as a shingle sign.
Roof: A sign that is mounted on the roof of a building or that is wholly dependent upon a building for support and that projects: above the top walk or edge of a building with a flat roof; above the eave line of a building with a gambrel, gable, or hip roof; or, above the deck line of a building with a mansard roof.
Wall: A sign fastened to or painted on the wall of a building or structure in such a manner that the wall becomes the supporting structure for, or forms the background surface of, the sign and that does not project more than twelve inches (12") from such building or structure.
SIGN AREA: The entire face of a sign, including the advertising surface and any framing, trim, or molding, but not including the supporting structure.
SIGN PROJECTION: The distance from the exterior wall surface to the sign's furthest physical point. (Ord. 08-08, 7-21-2008)