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A. Building Code Conformance: All signs shall conform to the international building code, as adopted by the city.
B. Location Restriction: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to place, erect, construct or use any signs in residential zoned districts, except residential nameplates, lease or for sale signs, temporary signs displayed during construction and in connections with construction operations, and temporary signs pertaining to the sale of an addition or subdivision, or temporary political signs that also conform to other sections within this subchapter.
1. No sign shall be erected on or over public property in a manner which interferes with any fire hydrants, traffic lights or streetlights, or which hampers the functions of the fire department, or unreasonably blocks the view of any existing sign.
2. No person shall place or maintain an off premises sign of any kind on any federal or state maintained street or highway, unless a permit is granted by the state highway commission for such sign.
3. Only nonintermittent white lighting on signs shall be permitted; message center signs are permitted.
4. No sign will be permitted in those areas identified as floodway or the 100-year floodplain without compliance with the requirements for a special development permit.
C. Prohibited Sign Supports: Trees, rocks, bridges, fences, windmills, towers, utility poles and dilapidated buildings shall not be used for sign supports.
D. Electric Wiring: Electrically illuminated signs or signs which are equipped in any way with electrical devices or appliances shall conform to the provisions of the city electrical code.
E. Sign Inspections: The building inspector shall have the right to visit any site where a sign is being erected, or enter any building where a sign is being constructed for installation within the city for the purpose of making any inspection necessary.
F. Public Right Of Way:
1. Signs projecting from a building or extending over public right of way in industrial or commercial business districts shall maintain a clear height of eight feet (8') above the sidewalk or grade. Freestanding signs shall maintain a ten foot (10') setback from the curb line or zero feet (0') from the property line, whichever is greater. A maximum height of thirty five feet (35') shall be allowed at the property line.
2. No pole, post or standard used to support any sign or floodlight shall be set in or upon any sidewalk, street, other public property or easement.
G. Sign Area Calculation: In calculating the area of a sign, the perimeter of the area shall be a line including the outer extremities of all letters, figures, characters and delineations, or a line including the outer extremities or the framework of background upon which the sign is placed, whichever line includes the larger area.
H. Billboards: Upon passage of this subchapter, billboard signs, as defined in section 150.180 of this chapter, will no longer be allowed within the corporate city limits, as now established or hereafter annexed into the city. (2001 Code § 150.183)