§ 155-15.60  NONCONFORMING SIGNS.
   (A)   Description.  A nonconforming sign is a sign that was lawfully established but that no longer complies with applicable zoning ordinance regulations because of the adoption or amendment of regulations after the sign was established.
   (B)   Advertising signs.  Nonconforming advertising signs may continue subject to the following provisions:
      (1)   If an advertising sign is nonconforming by reason of restrictions on its brightness or illumination or its use of dynamic displays, strobe or beacon lights, the sign must be immediately removed or made to conform.
      (2)   If a nonconforming advertising sign is damaged or partially destroyed to the extent of more than 50% of its replacement cost at the time of damage, the sign must be removed or made to conform to all applicable regulations within 90 days of the date of damage or destruction.
      (3)   If a nonconforming advertising sign is not used for advertising purposes for a period of 180 consecutive days, the nonconforming advertising sign is deemed to have been abandoned and must be removed. A sign that directs attention to the sign owner's outdoor advertising business, commodity, or service is not considered “advertising” for purposes administering and enforcing the provisions of this paragraph.
   (C)   Other signs. The regulations of this subsection apply to all signs except advertising signs. Such signs may continue subject to the following provisions:
      (1)   If sign is nonconforming by reason of restrictions on its brightness or illumination or its use of dynamic displays, strobe or beacon lights, the sign must be immediately removed or made to conform.
      (2)   A window sign that is nonconforming by reason of restrictions on its sign area must be immediately removed or made to conform.
      (3)   If a nonconforming sign is damaged or partially destroyed to the extent of more than 50% of its replacement cost at the time of damage, the sign must be removed or made to conform to all applicable regulations within 90 days of the date of the date of damage or destruction.
      (4)   If the on-premise sign is not used for advertising purposes for a period of 180 consecutive days, the sign is deemed abandoned and must be removed.
(Ord. effective 10-1-2012; Ord. 18-1, passed 1-18-2018)