Chapter 20.20
BILLBOARDS

Sections:

20.20.010    Scope.

20.20.020    Defined.

20.20.030    License fee – Payment required.

20.20.040    Conformance to designated standards.

20.20.050    Placement.

20.20.060    Metal surface.

20.20.070    Posting restrictions.

20.20.080    Materials – Littering prohibited.

20.20.090    Permit – Required.

20.20.100    Subject matter restricted.

20.20.110    License tax – Established.

20.20.010 Scope.

This chapter does not apply to any person, firm, or corporation having a fixed place of business in the city who erects or maintains any advertising sign on the premises where the business is carried on; provided, that such advertising sign shall advertise only the business carried on at the premises. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 3, 1929).

20.20.020 Defined.

All fences and all sides of buildings upon which any advertising is shown, painted, or displayed in any way shall, for the purpose of this chapter, be billboards. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 2, 1929).

20.20.030 License fee – Payment required.

No person, firm, or corporation shall erect or maintain within the city any billboard or any other board, fence, sign, or structure on which advertising is shown, painted, or displayed in any way, except as is specified in this chapter, and only after having paid the license fee as imposed by ordinance of the city. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 1, 1929).

20.20.040 Conformance to designated standards.

All billboards shall be built according to the specifications of the Outdoor Advertising Association, or its successors; a set of blueprints of the same being filed with the city clerk. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 4, 1929).

20.20.050 Placement.

No billboard can be erected closer than 25 feet to any dwelling, nor closer to the street than adjacent buildings. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 5, 1929).

20.20.060 Metal surface.

All billboards or other boards with a surface area exceeding 20 square feet shall have an advertising surface of metal. Ornamental moldings or pilasters placed around same may be of wood. This section shall not apply to fences and sides of buildings. All advertising matter shall be securely fastened or glued to the billboard. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 6, 1929).

20.20.070 Posting restrictions.

It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation, except a public officer or employee in performance of a public duty, to paste, paint, print, nail, tack, or otherwise fasten any handbill, sign, poster, advertisement or notice of any kind, or cause the same to be done, on any curbstone, lamppost, pole, hitching post, watering trough, hydrant, bridge, or tree upon a public street or public property within the city except as may be required by the ordinances of the city or the laws of the state, or upon any property without the written consent of the owner, holder, lessee, agent or trustee thereof. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 7, 1929).

20.20.080 Materials – Littering prohibited.

No person, firm or corporation shall scatter, daub or leave any paint, paste, glue, or other substance used for painting or affixing advertising matter upon any public street or sidewalk, or scatter or permit to be scattered or thrown, any bills, waste matter, paper, cloth or material of whatsoever kind removed from billboards, or from other boards mentioned in BMC 20.20.030 on any public property. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 8, 1929).

20.20.090 Permit – Required.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect any billboard or other board described in BMC 20.20.020, except real estate signs having an area of six square feet or less without making application therefor and obtaining a permit from the city clerk. Said application shall contain the name of the applicant, the proposed location of the billboard, the number of surface square feet of the same, and shall be accompanied by specifications showing compliance with the provisions of this chapter for such billboard or other board, and a fee of $1.00. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 9, 1929).

20.20.100 Subject matter restricted.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to display for advertising purpose upon any billboard or advertising signboard, or upon or in any window, or upon any building or fence, or in any public place any delineation of any nude figure, or any matter or thing of an indecent or immoral nature. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 91 § 10, 1929).

20.20.110 License tax – Established.

For every person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of advertising by means of billboards or of posting, sticking, tacking, fixing, affixing, or painting advertising matter upon signs, fences, billboards, advertising signboards, buildings or other structures used in whole or in part for advertising purposes, an annual license tax is established and levied, the amount of which shall be $10.00 a year, and in addition two percent of the gross income per year, such amount to be paid at the end of each calendar year. A statement signed by a notary showing the gross income for the year must be filed with the city clerk yearly. (Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 472 § 1, 1965; Ord. 91 § 11, 1929).