(a)   Sign Permits.  Applications for sign permits, including temporary signs if applicable, shall be made to the Building and Engineering Department and shall contain or have attached thereto the following information:
      (1)   The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
      (2)   Letter of approval, which outlines the consent of the property owner, if different from the applicant.
      (3)   The location of the building, structure or lot to which or upon which the sign or other advertising structures is to be attached or erected.
      (4)   The location of the sign or other advertising structures in relation to nearby buildings, improvements and property lines.
      (5)   Photographs showing the location of the proposed sign and adjacent properties including structures and signs.
      (6)   Two sets of plans and specifications indicating the method of construction and attachment to the building or in the ground.
      (7)   A copy of the stress sheets and calculations showing the structure is designed for dead load and wind pressure in any direction in the amount required by the current Michigan Building Code. Where the Building Official deems necessary, a registered engineer shall approve the structural design.
      (8)   The name of the person or company erecting the structure.
      (9)   The signature of the Electrical Inspector, certifying the approval of the permit, in all cases where wiring is to be used in connection with the structure, as compliance with the current Michigan Electric Code is mandatory in such cases.
      (10)   An elevation of the proposed sign with dimensions, colors and wording.
      (11)   Any other information deemed necessary by the Building Official to ensure compliance with this chapter and all other provisions of these Codified Ordinances.
   (b)   Master Sign Plans.  Buildings or clusters of buildings, within a project, having more than one tenant shall submit a master sign plan with the sign permit application. The master sign plan shall include locations, area, height, colors and fonts of all freestanding and wall signs. Elevations of the freestanding signs shall also be included. The sign plan must be designed so that it establishes a common theme or design, uses similar construction methods, has compatible colors, size and scale. The sign plan must also indicate the area designated for individual tenant signs on permitted freestanding signs.
   (c)   Permit Application Review.
      (1)   Building Official.  It shall be the duty of the Building Official to review applications for new sign permits, temporary sign permits and sign permits for a change to an existing sign. The Building Official shall examine the application material, plans and specifications and other data pertinent to the regulations of this chapter and other Codified Ordinances. If the proposed request meets all the requirements of these Codified Ordinances, a permit shall be issued.
      (2)   Community Development Department.  It shall be the duty of the Community Development Department to review applications for new permanent sign permits as part of new construction per the requirements of Site Plan Approval, Chapter 1276, or as outlined within this chapter. The Community Development Department shall examine the application materials, plans, specifications and other data pertinent to the regulations of this chapter and other Codified Ordinances. If the proposed request meets all the requirements of these Codified Ordinances, a permit shall be issued by the Building and Engineering Department.
   (d)   Fees.  Applications for sign permits require a fee to be paid to the City Treasurer as set forth in Chapter 210 of the Administration Code prior to the issuance of a sign permit. If any sign is erected prior to receiving a permit for the same, a fee for such sign shall be as indicated in the fee schedule.
   (e)   Inspections.  Periodically, the Building Official shall inspect signs or other advertising structures regulated by this chapter for the purpose of ascertaining whether the same is in need of repair or removal. If the sign does not pass inspection, the provisions of Section 1280.04(k) shall apply.
   (f)   Permit Revocation and Expiration.  All rights and privileges acquired by any person under the provisions of this chapter are mere licenses and may be revoked upon violation of any of the conditions contained in this chapter. If the work authorized under a permit has not been started within six months after the date of issuance, the permit shall become null and void.
   (g)   Appeals.  Any person filing an application for a permanent or temporary sign permit who feels that he or she has been aggrieved by the decision of the Building Official may appeal such decision to the Zoning Board of Appeals, provided that such appeal is filed with the City Clerk.
(Ord. 2002-30.  Passed 11-4-02.)