§ 153.03  EXEMPTED SIGNS.
   (A)   The following signs are exempt from the requirements of this chapter:
      (1)   Public signs, street signs, warning signs, railroad crossing signs, and signs of public service companies for the purpose of safety.
      (2)   Private traffic directional signs of not over eight square feet; such signs shall not be placed in the public right-of-way.
      (3)   Decorative banners attached to light poles, provided such decorative banners are part of a community promotion program approved by the right-of-way authority.
      (4)   Signs containing the name and logo of a business located on public right-of-way, when part of a logo signing program conducted by the right-of-way authority.
      (5)   Temporary portable special events signs in residential districts, when such signs are used to announce weddings, anniversaries, graduation parties, real estate open houses or similar special events, do not exceed 32 square feet in area, are not displayed for more than 72 hours in any 30-day period, and are not located in the public right-of-way.
   (B)   The following signs shall be permitted and do not require a permit or permit fee. The other requirements of this chapter shall apply.
      (1)   Temporary political campaign signs. (See § 153.18)
      (2)   Temporary real estate signs pertaining only to the sale, rental or development of the premises upon which displayed. (See § 153.18)
      (3)   Construction signs designating the architects, lending institutions, engineers or contractors, when placed on a site where construction is to begin within 90 days. (See § 153.18)
      (4)   Temporary window signs in a commercial or industrial district. (See § 153.18)
      (5)   Other exterior temporary signs of under 20 square feet.
      (6)   Signs approved on a site plan submitted for review under §§ 155.160 through 155.171 of this title.
      (7)   Informational signs not exceeding two square feet in area displayed strictly for the convenience of the public, including signs which identify rest rooms, waste receptacles, addresses, doorbells, mailboxes or building entrances; such signs shall not be placed in public right-of-way.
      (8)   Memorial plaques, cornerstones and historical tablets.
      (9)   Wall, marquee, awning or canopy signs giving the name, logo or profession of a business, provided the sign does not exceed four square feet in area.
      (10) Sponsorship signs within parks or adjacent to recreational trails, provided such sign does not exceed four square feet in area, any commercial message is limited to the name or logo of a business sponsoring said park or recreational trail, the message on such sign is not legible from property used for residential purposes, and the sign is not placed in public right-of-way.
      (11) Signs advertising a short-term sale accessory to a residence, such as a rummage or garage sale, provided such signs are not in place for more than 72 hours, there are no more than two signs per street frontage on a lot, no sign is greater than four square feet in area, and no sign is placed in a public right-of-way.
(Ord. 857, passed 3-9-98; Am. Ord. 993, passed 9-25-06)  Penalty, see § 153.99