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A. Each single-family, residential property is allowed an on-site, cumulative sign area of six square feet, not exceeding six feet in height unless attached to a wall or structure, with no limit on the number of signs. Illumination of signage is prohibited.
1. Sign area measurement:
a. Background panel: A sign placed on a background panel is measured as the area contained within the outside dimensions of the background panel.
b. Individual letters or symbols: A sign with individual letters or symbols placed separately on a building wall, awning or other structure without a background panel, is measured as the sum of the smallest rectangular shape needed to enclose each letter or symbol;
c. Illuminated panel: A sign in an illuminated panel is measured as the entire illuminated surface area;
d. Multiple components: A sign displayed in more than one component e.g., a service station identification and price sign, is measured as the area enclosed by the smallest rectangle encompassing all the components.
2. Sign height is measured as the vertical distance from the average finished grade beneath the sign to the topmost feature of the sign; except that if the sign location has an average finished grade lower than the adjoining grade of the road, the sign height is measured from the top of the curb (or crown of the road nearest the property if no curb exists) to the topmost feature of the sign.
C. Multiple components: A sign which is subject to more than one classification shall meet the requirements for the classification to which each portion is subject.
1. Signs may be illuminated, except where expressly prohibited in this chapter.
2. A sign shall comply with the standards of the Outdoor Lighting Code (Chapter 15.12).
3. A light source of a sign shall not be visible from:
a. Above except as allowed in the Outdoor Lighting Code (Chapter 15.12), and,
b. An adjacent property or street.
1. The sign-property owner or the sign-property owner's representative may apply for a sign permit. A sign-property owner's representative shall provide an authorization letter from the owner of the property on which the sign is to be installed.
2. Except as expressly allowed in subparagraph 3 below, a sign permit is required prior to constructing, installing, placing, altering, or relocating any sign.
3. A sign permit is not required for any of the following:
a. Change of sign copy;
b. An exempt sign as defined in this chapter;
c. A sign allowed by a state or federal law preemption of this chapter; or,
d. Sign maintenance that does not change the design of the sign.
4. Permit fees. In accordance with the fee schedule adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
a. The sign portion of a permit application shall be submitted for all signs requiring a permit.
b. The sign portion of a permit application must be accompanied by all items required by the application checklist.
6. Permit suspension or revocation. In addition to enforcement pursuant to Chapter 18.95 (COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT), the zoning inspector may suspend or revoke a sign permit issued as a result of the applicant's material omission or misstatement of fact. The planning official shall give notice of any suspension or revocation to the applicant and to the sign-property owner.
F. Address identification. A sign shall conform to the requirements of Chapter 18.83 (ADDRESSING STANDARDS) and the Official Address Guide for Pima County, Arizona.
(Ord. 2020-41, § 5 (part), 2020)