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Signs listed in this section are permitted in all zoning districts and shall not require a permit, except as otherwise noted, and shall not be counted when calculating the quantity of signs and total allowable sign area. However, such signs shall conform to all other applicable regulations:
(a) Name and Address Signs. Signs, not exceeding two square feet in sign area, which indicate the name of the occupant or the address of the premises. Such signs may be illuminated but shall not contain any commercial advertising.
(b) Trespassing Signs. "No Trespassing" or other signs regulating the use of the property on which the signs are located. No more than two such signs, each with a maximum sign area of two square feet, are permitted on a lot or premises within the residential zoning districts. No more than four such signs, each with a maximum sign area of four square feet, are permitted on a lot or premises within the nonresidential zoning districts. However, in situations where there are exceptional circumstances, the Municipal Administrator may permit additional signs if determined to be warranted.
(c) Bulletin Boards. Bulletin boards for public, non-profit service organizations, charitable, or religious institutions when located on the property thereof, provided the area of such signs does not exceed 25 square feet and bears no commercial advertising. Such signs may be illuminated. Such signs shall also require a permit, but the fee for the permit shall be waived.
(d) Directional or Instructional Signs. Signs, not exceeding four square feet in sign area, which provide direction or instruction to guide persons to facilities intended to serve the public, provided that such signs contain no advertising of any kind. Such signs include those identifying entrances, offices, restrooms, public telephones, public walkways, affiliation with motor clubs, acceptance of designated credit cards, and other similar signs providing direction or instruction to persons using a facility. Advertising material of any kind is strictly prohibited. There shall be no more than one sign for each activity. Such signs may be illuminated.
(e) Parking Lot Directional and Instructional Signs.
(1) Directional signs. Signs designating parking area entrances and exits limited to one sign for each entrance and exit and not exceeding four square feet in sign area. Parking lot directional signs shall not project more than five feet in height, as measured from the established grade of the parking area to which the signs are accessory .Such signs shall not be placed where they will obstruct the visibility of traffic entering or exiting the parking area. Such signs may be illuminated.
(2) Instructional signs. Signs designating the conditions of use or the identity of parking areas and not exceeding ten square feet in sign area. Parking lot instructional signs shall not project higher than ten feet for wall-mounted signs and seven feet for free-standing signs, as measured from the established grade of the parking areas to which such signs are accessory. Such signs shall not be placed where they will obstruct the visibility of, traffic entering or exiting the parking area. Only one such sign per parking area shall be permitted, unless otherwise approved by the Municipal Administrator. Such signs may be illuminated.
(f) Governmental Signs. Governmental signs for control of traffic and other regulatory and informational purposes including street signs, directional signs, warning signs, railroad crossing signs, traffic-control signs, entrance signs, corporation limit signs, and other similar signs. Such signs may be illuminated.
(g) Memorial Signs. Memorial plaques or tablets, grave markers, statutory or other: remembrances of persons or events that are non-commercial in nature. Memorial signs in residential districts shall not exceed one and one-half (1½) square feet in area.
(h) Plaques. A plaque, nameplate, tablet, or memorial sign denoting the date of erection of the building to which it is attached.
(i) Flags, emblems, or insignia of any governmental, educational, religious charitable, fraternal, or corporate organizations. Flagpoles shall not exceed twenty-five (25) feet in height from ground level or ten (10) feet in height when building mounted.
(j) Residential Development Signs. Permanent residential development signs at major entrances into the development, designed merely to identify the development without any commercial advertising. Such signs may not exceed 15 Square feet in sign area, but may be illuminated. Such signs shall require a permit.
(k) Public Institutions. Signs of a church, religious institution, school, museum, community recreational facility, library, municipal building, or other similar public institution, indicating the name and current displays or activities. Such signs may not exceed 25 square feet in sign area, but may be illuminated. Such signs shall require a permit, but the fee for the permit shall be waived.
(l) Business Signs. Signs incidental to the administration of a business, indicating hours of operation, credit cards, business affiliations, and the like, provided that the aggregate area of all such signs for a single business does not exceed two square feet per business entrance. Such signs shall not be displayed in residential zoning districts.
(m) Symbols or Insignia. Religious symbols, commemorative plaques of recognized historical agencies, or identification emblems of religious orders or historical agencies. Such signs shall not exceed two square feet in total sign area.
(n) Holiday Decorations. Signs, decorations, or other materials temporarily displayed on traditionally accepted civic, patriotic, or religious holidays.
(o) Vending Machine Signs. Permanent, non-flashing signs on vending machines, gasoline pumps, ice or milk containers, or other similar machines indicating only the contents of such devices, the prices of the contents contained within, directional or instructional information as to use, and other similar information. Such signs shall not be displayed in residential zoning districts.
(p) Interior Signs. Signs which are fully located within the interior of any building, or within a lobby or court of any building which are intended solely for information relating to the interior operation of the building in which they are located.
(q) Window Signs. Signs located inside the window of any business or office, provided that the aggregate area of all such signs shall not exceed more than 50% of the area of the window.
(r) Places of Worship or School Directional Signs. Any bona fide church, religious sect, congregation, or school may erect up to three directional signs within the municipality subject to the provisions of this section. All church and school signs shall be of uniform design, size, and construction as specified by the Municipal Administrator. The location of the signs shall be approved by the Municipal Administrator.
(Ord. 14-07. Passed 8-28-07.)
(Ord. 14-07. Passed 8-28-07.)
(s) Non-Residential Development Identification Signs. Identification signs at the intersections of public streets within the development with other public streets at major entrances into a non-residential development such as a subdivision, an industrial park, an office park, or a planned business park may be permitted, subject to the following restrictions:
(1) The sign may contain only the name of the development without any commercial advertising.
(2) The sign must be located on private property within an easement allowing the placement and maintenance of the sign.
(3) All portions of the sign located within the triangular area defined by the point of intersection of the right-of-way lines and the two points along such lines 25 feet from the intersection point shall not exceed 36 inches in height.
(4) Except as otherwise provided, the maximum height of the sign shall not exceed six feet above ground level and the total area of the sign shall not exceed 45 square feet.
(5) Such signs shall require a permit. (Ord. 20-14. Passed 7-28-14.)