1280.06  EXEMPT AND PROHIBITED SIGNS.
   (a)   Prohibited Signs.  The following signs are prohibited:
      (1)   Strings of light bulbs, pennants, streamers, banners, beacons or other portable signs are prohibited, except as allowed in division (c) of this section or Section 1280.07.
      (2)   Flashing signs that employ any flashing, moving, oscillating, blinking or variable intensity of light and are not either animated or reader board signs.
      (3)   Roof signs and integral roof signs, except temporary balloon signs.
      (4)   Projecting signs except as outlined in Section 1280.04(h) or as permitted by Section 1280.04(n).
      (5)   Murals are prohibited unless utilized only for aesthetic and architectural purposes and approved by City Council.
      (6)   Billboard or off-premises signs.
      (7)   Vehicle business signs.
      (8)   Temporary window signs that exceed 25% of the area of the window and door on which such signs are located.
   (b)   Exempt Signs.  The following signs are exempt from the regulations of this chapter, including sign permits:
      (1)   Highway and street signs erected by a State, County or Municipal road agency identifying highways, giving direction to streets or places of interest or establishing restrictions or conditions of use for streets and highways. This exemption shall further include all such signs authorized by a road agency in conjunction with infrastructure improvements.
      (2)   Historic markers placed under the authority of the local, State or Federal government.
      (3)   Essential service signs.
      (4)   Placards not exceeding two square feet.
      (5)   Building marker not exceeding two square feet.
      (6)   Flags of any nation, state, city, corporation, educational institution, college, university or nonprofit organization.
      (7)   Decorative, seasonal or temporary signs displayed by the City. Such displays shall be only in commemoration of a national holiday or some other civic purpose of general public interest.
   (c)   Signs Exempt from Permits.  The following signs shall not require a sign permit but shall comply in all other respects with the regulations set forth herein:
      (1)   Government signs.
      (2)   Political signs provided that permission to display the political sign is given from the property owner or occupant of the property. Such sign shall not be displayed prior to 90 days before, or ten days after the election for which the sign is an announcement, advertisement or statement of support. Political signs shall be a maximum size of six square feet for a single surface area or 12 square feet for signs of two or more faces.
      (3)   Real estate signs are allowed in any residential zoning district, provided that they shall not have a surface area greater than six square feet for a single surface area or 12 square feet for signs of two or more faces, or a height of four feet, nor shall there be more than two signs on any one lot. Real estate signs are permitted in any nonresidential zoning district, provided that they shall not have a surface area greater than 32 square feet for a single surface area or 64 square feet for signs of two or more faces. Real estate signs must be removed within 10 days of the sale, rent or lease of the property.
      (4)   Construction signs are allowed within any zoning district provided a building permit has been issued for the project. Construction signs shall not exceed 32 square feet in area for a single surface area or 64 square feet for signs of two or more faces or six feet in height. Construction signs must be removed from the property within five days of receipt of certificate of occupancy.
      (5)   Directional signs are allowed provided they are limited to the identification of functions such as traffic control, loading areas, etc. on the lot and do not exceed five feet in height or six square feet in area for a single surface area or 12 square for signs of two or more faces.
      (6)   One temporary sign is allowed for the promotion of a special event or activity of a church, nonprofit or educational institution, provided the sign is no larger than 32 square feet for a single surface area or 64 square feet for signs of two or more faces, and is displayed for no more than two weeks prior to the event or activity, and that it be removed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event or activity.
      (7)   Temporary garage or yard sale signs are allowed for residential properties, provided they are not placed in the public right-of-way and do not exceed six square feet for a single surface area or 12 square feet for signs of two or more faces. Garage and yard-sale signs shall be removed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event or activity.
      (8)   Temporary window signs are allowed, provided they are located on the ground floor and shall not be illuminated, and provided that the total area of such signs does not exceed 25% of the area of the window or door in which such signs are located.
      (9)   Temporary signs in the form of streamers may be displayed by businesses that are licensed by the State of Michigan for the sale of new or used vehicles, providing such signs are strung at least ten feet above the ground and not placed within the public right-of-way.
(Ord. 2002-30.  Passed 11-4-02; Ord. 2009-10.  Passed 5-19-09.)