Chapter 30.27
GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS - SIGNS

Sections:

30.27.010    Signs: general requirements.

30.27.015    Message substitution clause.

30.27.016    Digital sign requirements.

30.27.017    Zones where digital signs are permitted.

30.27.020    Signs: single family residences.

30.27.030    Signs: binding site plan sites.

30.27.035    Signs: LDMR and MR zones.

30.27.040    Signs: NB, CB, GC, LI, HI, CRC, RB, and RI zones.

30.27.045    Signs: PCB, BP, and IP zones.

30.27.047    Additional sign requirements for the UC zone.

30.27.050    Signs: FS and RFS zones.

30.27.051    Permitted signs and standards in designated farmlands and land zoned A-10.

30.27.060    Signs for particular uses.

30.27.070    Political signs.

30.27.080    Billboards.

30.27.090    Sign area examples.

30.27.095    Sign structure examples.

30.27.010 Signs: general requirements.

The following regulations shall pertain to signs in all zones where signs are allowed unless modified by more specific regulations within this chapter:

(1) Signs not exceeding 15 square feet in area for each building site may be displayed for the purpose of advertising the sale or lease of the real property upon which displayed.

(2) No sign may be constructed, installed, structurally modified, converted from static to digital display, expanded or displayed without first obtaining a sign permit:

(a) Application materials shall be submitted as required by the department pursuant to SCC 30.70.030.

(b) Along with all other application materials, the director or hearing examiner, as applicable, when making a decision, shall consider any comments received.

(3) No sign or advertising display is permitted that will:

(a) Obstruct in any way the vision of motorists entering or leaving public or private rights-of-way;

(b) Cause hazards for vehicular or pedestrian traffic by reason of location; or

(c) Appear in the background of a traffic signal as viewed by the driver of a motor vehicle approaching the signal.

(4) At street intersections, signs or advertising displays shall be so located that they permit an unobstructed sight distance of at least 300 feet along the intersecting rights-of-way. Supports for signs or advertising displays do not constitute an obstruction.

(5) Signs shall comply with the height regulations of the zone in which they are located.

(6) Artificial lighting, excluding digital signs, shall be hooded or shaded so that direct light of lamps will not result in glare when viewed from the surrounding property or rights-of-way.

(7) All signs must be a distance of 100 feet or more from all road crossings of railroad rights-of-way. They must be placed in a manner that they do not block the view of the crossing by operating personnel aboard the trains or by motorists approaching the crossing from either direction.

(8) Where required by chapter 30.53A SCC, those areas of drive aisles where parking is prohibited shall be designated as "no parking" areas on the approved administrative site plan for a single family detached unit development. Designation of "no parking" areas shall be with either striping, signage, or a combination thereof. Signs, when used, shall not be required to be spaced closer than every 100 feet; provided, however, signs may be required closer than 100 feet apart if necessitated by site topography. The approved striping, signage, or combination thereof shall be installed before the first certificate of occupancy is issued for that phase of the single family detached unit development. Provisions for enforcement of "no parking" areas shall be included in the covenants, conditions and restrictions for single family detached unit developments required pursuant to SCC 30.41F.030(3).

(9) No sign or advertising display is permitted in a critical area or required buffers designated pursuant to chapter 30.62A SCC except as provided in SCC 30.62A.160(5).

(10) Signs shall be stationary and have no moving or revolving parts except for tri-vision billboards.

(11) All signs shall comply with chapter 47.42 RCW, Highway Advertising Control Act - Scenic Vistas Act, and chapter 468-66 WAC, Highway Advertising Control Act.

(12) All signs shall comply with the Snohomish County Shoreline Management Program.

(13) The following are prohibited on all signs:

(a) Animation or the display in any form of special visual effects of any kind;

(b) Blinking, flashing or display lights that go on and off sequentially;

(c) Variable intensity lighting;

(d) Audio;

(e) Video;

(f) 3-D;

(g) Movies; and

(h) The scrolling of messages or the continuation of a message from one visual image to another. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit consecutive, non-related messages by the same advertiser or consecutive messages for the same product so long as the second message is not a continuation of the first message.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007; Amended Ord. 06-061, Aug. 1, 2007, Eff date Oct. 1, 2007; Amended by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013; Amended by Ord. 13-074, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.015 Message substitution clause.

Signs containing noncommercial speech are permitted anywhere that signs regulated by this chapter are permitted, subject to the same regulations applicable to such signs.

(Added by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013; Amended by Ord. 13-074, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.016 Digital sign requirements.

This section establishes requirements for digital signs except digital billboards. Digital billboard requirements are contained in SCC 30.27.080.

(1) A digital sign may comprise a portion of the total allowable sign face area allowed for advertising or business identification signs under this chapter.

(2) The minimum message display time shall not be less than eight seconds during all hours of operation, unless a longer display time is specified by the director or hearing examiner.

(3) Digital signs shall include ambient light monitors that automatically adjust the brightness level of the sign based on ambient light conditions subject to the limits of subsections (4) and (5) of this section.

(4) The maximum brightness levels for digital signs shall not exceed 5,000 nits when measured from the sign face at its maximum brightness, during daylight hours.

(5) The maximum brightness levels for digital signs shall not exceed 500 nits when measured from the sign face at its maximum brightness, between sunset and sunrise, as those times are determined by the National Weather Service.

(6) The transition time between messages shall be completed in no more than one second.

(7) A manual override function accessible to emergency responders shall be provided.

(8) The setback for a new digital sign shall be from the existing right-of-way line or the right-of-way reservation line pursuant to SCC 30.23.049(5) when the county requires additional right-of-way, whichever is greater.

(9) The setback for a replacement digital sign shall be calculated from the right-of-way reservation line pursuant to SCC 30.23.049(5) if this setback is greater than the existing setback. Alternatively, the existing setback may be maintained if the property owner and the digital sign owner sign a notarized affidavit that agrees that the county, or a subsequent jurisdiction upon annexation of the property, shall not be responsible for any costs, including lost or future revenue, associated with either the relocation or removal of the digital sign when it is necessary to widen the public right-of-way.

(10) The freestanding sign structure on which a digital sign is to be attached shall not be located closer than 300 feet from any residential unit, on the date the sign is installed, unless the residential unit is a nonconforming unit. The distance shall be measured from the edge of the sign to the closest wall of the residential structure.

(11) When a digital sign is proposed adjacent to a right-of-way under the jurisdiction of either the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) or a city or town, the department shall request comment from the applicable jurisdiction.

(12) The department shall make a determination to approve, approve with conditions, or deny an application for a digital sign structure following submittal of materials as required by the department pursuant to SCC 30.70.030.

(13) Digital signs shall only be located within certain zones as identified in Table 30.27.017(1).

(14) The maximum size allowed for digital signs is the maximum size allowed under the zone for which the digital sign is located.

(Added by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.017 Zones where digital signs are permitted.

Digital signs shall only be allowed in the zones identified in Table 30.27.017(1). This section does not include digital billboards, the location of which is provided in chapter 30.22 SCC.

Table 30.27.017(1)

LDMR

MR

NB

PCB

CB

GC

FS

IP

BP

LI

HI

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

(Added by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.020 Signs: single family residences.

(1) A residence may display one unlighted single- or double-faced sign, not to exceed two square feet in area per face, containing the name of the occupant.

(2) A residence may display:

(a) One sign not exceeding 12 square feet in area per side for identification of the premises or advertising products sold thereon, in the SA-1, RC, R-5, F, RU, and A-10 zones. Such signs shall not be located in any required setback;

(b) In the RD zone, such signs as described in subsection (a) above, are allowed with a maximum size of 30 square feet per face. Such signs shall not be located in any required setback; and

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of SCC 30.27.020(a) and (b) above, signs for home occupations located in the referenced zones shall comply with the provisions of SCC 30.28.050(1).

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.27.030 Signs: binding site plan sites.

Signage for binding site plan (BSP) sites shall be regulated by the requirements of the underlying zone, and signage provisions shall be applied to the entire BSP site as a whole, subject to recorded covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CCRs).

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.27.035 Signs: LDMR and MR zones.

(1) Signs affixed to a building shall be located no higher than the abutting wall of the building.

(2) Signs not affixed to a building shall not exceed 12 feet in height.

(3) The total area for all signs upon any property shall not exceed 15 square feet.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.040 Signs: NB, CB, GC, LI, HI, CRC, RB, and RI zones.

(1) Signs for identification purposes shall be permitted to have an area not to exceed one square foot for each linear foot of business property frontage. For examples of sign area calculations, see Figures at SCC 30.27.090.

(2) Advertising displays or signs may have an area not to exceed 150 square feet in NB, CB, CRC, RB, and RI zones, and may be divided into not more than four single- or double-faced signs.

(3) Signs may extend to the front property line; provided that they do not violate other requirements of this chapter.

(4) Advertising displays or signs may have a total sign area not to exceed 500 square feet in GC, LI and HI zones, and may be divided into not more than six single- or double-faced signs.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013; Amended by Ord. 13-074, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.045 Signs: PCB, BP, and IP zones.

(1) Signs for business identification or advertising of products shall conform to the approved sign design scheme submitted with the final plan.

(2) Each business establishment shall have no more than one business identification sign per building face and in no event more than two identification signs per establishment.

(3) No business identification sign shall have a surface area greater than 90 square feet per face.

(4) Business identification signs shall be attached to the principal building unless otherwise approved by the county in the sign design scheme. The uppermost portion of the sign shall not extend more than five feet higher than the principal building at its highest point, subject further to the overall height regulations of this zone.

(5) In addition to the business identification sign, advertising displays or signs pertaining only to the uses or sales on the property where displayed may be permitted where attached to the principal building; provided that the total surface area of all such signs shall not exceed 50 square feet, and no single surface area shall exceed 25 square feet.

(6) Signs which are an integral part of a window shall occupy no more than 25 percent of the total window area.

(7) Projecting signs or graphics, and their supportive members, shall project outward no more than four feet from a building and be no lower than eight feet above ground level.

(8) The entire zone development may be identified by one freestanding sign, which sign shall not exceed 35 feet in height, nor have a surface area greater than 150 square feet per face; or, as an alternative in the BP and IP zones, one freestanding sign at each road entrance to the development, which signs shall not exceed four feet in height, nor have a surface area greater than 60 square feet per face.

(9) Minor signing modifications may be approved by the director of the department where it is demonstrated that the overall business park identification and internal directional needs will be served without reduction to the aesthetic quality of the business park or adjoining properties.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.047 Additional sign requirements for the UC zone.

In addition to the requirements contained in this chapter and chapter 30.52A SCC, developments in the UC zone shall also comply with the requirements of this section and SCC Table 30.27.047(1). The purpose of this section is to permit businesses to inform, identify, and communicate effectively while requiring appropriate design, scale, and placement of signs.

(1) Signs shall be designed and placed to minimize their light and glare impacts on surrounding uses.

(2) Reader boards and signs whose display can be electronically or mechanically changed by remote or automatic means are prohibited. Changeable copy or advertising by nonelectronic means may be utilized on any permitted sign.

(3) Any sign that does not conform to this section is a nonconforming sign. The following requirements shall apply instead of the requirements of SCC 30.28.070, SCC 30.28.072 and SCC 30.28.075:

(a) Temporary signage shall not be considered nonconforming signage under this section.

(b) A nonconforming sign shall not be altered, modified or reconstructed except:

(i) When such alteration, modification or reconstruction would bring such sign into conformity with these regulations;

(ii) When such alteration, modification or reconstruction is necessary because the existing use has new ownership which results in a change in the name or logo of the use or business on the property, and such change complies with subsection (3)(c) of this section;

(iii) When the space is reoccupied by a similar use and the new occupant requires no external building or site renovation, and such change complies with subsection (3)(c) of this section; or

(iv) When a sign is accidentally or intentionally destroyed and the sign is reconstructed exactly as it was and in the same location prior to being destroyed.

(c) Any alteration, modification or reconstruction permitted under subsection (3)(b)(ii) or (iii) of this section shall be limited to the replacement of a sign panel, and individual letters and logos within the same area or repainting a sign face. No changes to the structure, framing, erection or relocation of the sign are permitted.

(4) Whenever any sign, either conforming or nonconforming to these regulations, is required to be removed for the purpose of repair, relettering or repainting, the work may be done without a permit; provided, that all of the following conditions are met:

(a) There is no alteration or remodeling to the structure or the sign mount itself;

(b) There is no enlargement or increase in any of the dimensions of the sign or its structure;

(c) The sign is accessory to a permitted, conditional or nonconforming use; and

(d) The requirements of chapter 30.52A SCC are met.

(5) If a sign design scheme was approved for the property, any future new or replacement signs shall be consistent with the approved sign design scheme.

 

Table 30.27.047(1)

Urban Center Zone Sign Regulations 

Sign Type

Sign Description

Number of Signs Permitted

Maximum Height (feet)

Maximum Area per
Sign Face
(square feet)

Other Requirements

Freestanding, Pole, or Pylon

Not attached to a building, has its own support structure such as poles and is typically secured to a foundation

One per urban center development

15

60

•    

Utilize materials and architectural design elements that are consistent with the architecture of the buildings and have a substantial base that is at least half as wide and thick (measured horizontally) as the sign itself

•    

If the whole sign face is illuminated, then the background color shall be darker than the lettering and logo to avoid glare

•    

The base shall be planted with shrubs or seasonal flowers in accordance with SCC 30.25.015(5) and (6)

Monument or Ground

Supported by and integrated with a solid base, as opposed to poles, posts, or other such supports

One per public road fronting the urban center development

8

40

•    

Utilize materials and architectural design elements that are consistent with the architecture of the buildings and have a substantial base that is at least half as wide and thick (measured horizontally) as the sign itself

•    

If the whole sign face is illuminated, then the background color shall be darker than the lettering and logo to avoid glare

•    

The base shall be planted with shrubs or seasonal flowers in accordance with SCC 30.25.015(5) and (6)

Building-Mounted, Wall or Fascia

Attached flush with a building and is only visible from one side

One per facade that is visible from a road, drive aisle or customer parking lot

Not applicable

20

•    

Utilize materials and architectural design elements that are consistent with the architecture of the buildings

•    

Shall be centered, proportional and shaped to the architectural features of the buildings

•    

Shall not cover windows, building trim, or ornamentation including areas between vertical piers or columns, blank areas on a gabled roof, or upper reaches of a false-fronted building

•    

Shall be mounted plumb with the building with a maximum protrusion of one foot unless the sign incorporates sculptural elements or architectural devices

•    

The sign frame shall be concealed or integrated into the building’s architectural character in terms of form, color, and materials

•    

The sign and sign supports shall not extend more than 10 feet higher than the highest point of the principal building

•    

No sign and sign supports shall exceed the maximum building height of the UC zone

Accessory, Directional, Directory or Regulatory

Attached flush with a building, only visible from one side and is secondary to a wall sign. Examples include menu boards, hours of operation, directory, directional and signs concerning rules, ordinances, or laws

The number shall be determined by the property owner

Not applicable

4

•    

Shall be designed consistent with the architecture of the buildings

•    

Shall be proportional and shaped to the architectural features of the buildings

•    

Shall not cover windows, building trim, or ornamentation including blank areas above canopies, areas between vertical piers or columns, blank areas on a gabled roof, or upper reaches of a false-fronted building

•    

Shall be mounted plumb with the building, with a maximum protrusion of six inches

Awning, Canopy or Marquee

Mounted on or underneath a canopy, awning, or marquee

One per business

Not applicable

8

•    

Shall be designed consistent with the architecture of the buildings

•    

Shall maintain a minimum clearance of eight feet between the walkway and the bottom of the sign

Window

Painted on or attached to a window and is visible to pedestrian or vehicular traffic

See maximum area per sign face

Not applicable

25% of the area of a window and the total area of all window signs, including both permanent and temporary, shall not exceed 50% of the window area

No additional requirements

Portable

Not affixed to a structure or the ground (e.g., A-frame or sandwich-board signs)

One per business

4

8

•    

Signs shall be located within 20 feet of the applicable building entrance

•    

Signs shall be located to maintain at least eight feet of horizontal clearance on the sidewalk for pedestrian movement

•    

Signs shall be removed during nonbusiness hours

•    

Portable signs shall not be illuminated

(Added by Amended Ord. 13-007, Sep. 11, 2013, Eff date Oct. 3, 2013)

30.27.050 Signs: FS and RFS zones.

(1) A business in the FS or RFS zone may erect the following signs; provided that one freestanding sign for business identification may be permitted in place of the sign permitted in SCC 30.27.050(1)(a) or (1)(b):

(a) One wall-mounted sign identifying the business conducted therein may be permitted. The sign must be solely supported by the attachment and the uppermost portion shall not extend more than five feet higher than the building at its highest point, subject further to the overall height regulation of this zone. Such sign may be an attached, single-faced sign or a back-to-back, double-faced sign and shall have a surface area not to exceed 150 square feet per face; and

(b) One additional business identification sign, having a surface area not in excess of 50 square feet, may be permitted when attached flat to one wall of the building, but not to extend above the exterior wall top plate line to which attached.

(2) An application for a freestanding sign pursuant to SCC 30.27.050(1) shall be a Type 1 permit application subject to the following conditions:

(a) Where permitted, the uppermost portion of the freestanding sign shall be a height not greater than 35 feet above the ground as measured from the average finished grade at the front face of the principal building;

(b) Such freestanding sign shall be located no farther than 100 feet from the principal building; and

(c) Freestanding, single-faced identification signs, or back-to-back, double-faced identification signs, shall have a surface area not to exceed 150 square feet per face. A V-shaped, double-faced sign with an interior angle of 60 degrees or less shall have a total surface area not to exceed 150 square feet. All other sign configurations shall have a surface area not to exceed 300 square feet, with no single face to exceed 100 square feet.

(3) Advertising displays or signs may be permitted subject to the following limitations:

(a) Such signs shall not identify the business, but shall be limited to advertising the product and/or service offered;

(b) The total surface area of all such signs shall not exceed 50 square feet, and no single surface area shall exceed 25 square feet;

(c) No business shall divide its display into more than four single sign faces or display surfaces;

(d) In no case shall the top of any display surface be more than seven feet above the ground as measured from the sign base; and

(e) No advertising sign shall be located as to be readable primarily from a limited access highway.

(4) Signs may be illuminated, but no rotating sign, flashing beacon, or variable intensity light shall be permitted.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.27.051 Permitted signs and standards in designated farmlands and land zoned A-10.

(1) For lands designated in the Snohomish County GMA Plan - General Policy Plan as riverway commercial farmland, upland commercial farmland, or local commercial farmland, and for land zoned A-10 Agriculture, signs shall be allowed as follows:

Sign Type

Number of Signs

Square feet per face

Height in Feet

Location on Farm Site

Special Setbacks from Residential Property

Seasonal Limits

Business Identification- Large

 

64

16

Within 200 feet of the primary driveway entrance to the farm building cluster Not limited

If sign has integrated reader board and/or is illuminated 50 feet setback required

None

Business Identification- Small

4

16

6

Not limited

If sign has integrated reader board and/or is illuminated 50 feet setback required

None

Location/ Directions

Not limited

12

Not limited

Not limited

If illuminated 50 feet setback required

Only during growing & harvesting season

Reader Board-Free Standing

6

32

Not limited

Not limited

If illuminated 50 feet setback required

Only during growing & harvesting season

Product Availability

Not limited

32

Not limited

Not limited

None

Only during growing & harvesting season

(2) Signs allowed pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall also meet the following requirements:

(a) Signs shall be stationary and shall be externally and indirectly illuminated only. Signs that are flashing, blinking, or of variable intensity are prohibited;

(b) Illuminated signs shall be located at least 50 feet from any adjacent residential property; and

(c) Signs attached to buildings shall not be placed on the roof and shall not extend beyond the roofline.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-074, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug. 23, 2004)

30.27.060 Signs for particular uses.

(1) The department may approve on-site signs for identifying residential subdivisions provided the following criteria are met:

(a) The subdivision identification sign message does not exceed six feet in height from adjacent finished grade nor have a surface area greater than 40 square feet. Surface area is measured as the smallest rectangle or circle that encloses the total message;

(b) There are a maximum of two such identification signs for each road entrance to the subdivision;

(c) Signs are located so they permit an unobstructed sight distance along road rights-of-way in accordance with the EDDS; and

(d) SCC 30.23.100(3) provisions are met.

(2) The hearing examiner may approve on-site or off-site subdivision identification signs in conjunction with preliminary plat approval. The hearing examiner may approve signs that do not meet the criteria in subsection (1) of this section only when such sign(s) are compatible with the immediate neighborhood and surrounding property values are not adversely affected.

(3) Schools, churches, community clubs, and public structures/buildings shall display two single- or double-faced signs for identification purposes subject to the following conditions:

(a) The signs shall not exceed 20 square feet per face and total signage shall not exceed 60 square feet of surface area;

(b) Freestanding signs shall not be more than eight feet in height and are to be stationary; and

(c) A portion of the identification sign allotment may be used for activity reader boards or digital signs. Digital signs may be allowed as part of the conditional use process per chapter 30.42C SCC.

(4) A sign for a bed and breakfast guesthouse or inn may be allowed in conjunction with a conditional use permit if the sign is stationary and, if illuminated, is lit with indirect lighting.

(a) In the MR, LDMR, R-20,000, R-12,500, R-9,600, R-8,400, and R-7,200 zones, the sign shall be a single-faced sign with dimensions not exceeding four square feet in area.

(b) In the F, F&R, A-10, R-5, RC, RD, and SA-1 zones, the sign may be single- or double-faced with dimensions not exceeding 15 square feet per face. The applicant shall submit, as part of the application for a conditional use permit, sign designs and elevations that are compatible with the bed and breakfast structure and the surrounding rural character and neighborhood in which the guesthouse or inn is located.

(5) Off-road vehicle use areas and motocross racetracks shall be permitted to display two single- or double-faced signs for identification purposes subject to the following conditions:

(a) The signs shall not exceed 20 square feet per face and total signage shall not exceed 60 square feet of surface area;

(b) Freestanding signs shall be no more than eight feet in height and are to be stationary;

(c) Digital signs are prohibited; and

(d) Internal boundary, interpretive, regulatory, safety and directional signage shall be permitted if approved in conjunction with a conditional use permit.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended Ord. 05-146, Jan. 18 2006, Eff date Feb. 12, 2006; Amended Ord. 06-137, December 13, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007; Amended by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.070 Political signs.

The following regulations shall apply exclusively to political signs:

(1) Such signs shall bear the name and address of the person or organization responsible for the sign, except for political yard signs where exempt in accordance with RCW 42.17.510(4);

(2) No section of this code prohibiting the use of signs within specified zones, or regulating the total number or square footage of signs on a property, shall apply to political signs;

(3) Signs erected upon the right-of-way of any public road shall comply with the requirements of SCC 13.10.050(6);

(4) No political sign is permitted that obstructs sight distance requirements in accordance with the EDDS, for motorists entering or leaving public or private rights-of-way or motorists at intersections; and

(5) Political signs shall comply with any provision of this title regulating the height of signs or the use of moving signs or lighted signs.

30.27.080 Billboards.

(1) In no case shall any portion of a billboard structure be located closer than 15 feet to the rear and front property lines or five feet from the side property lines.

(2) No billboard shall be located within a 1,000-foot radius of any other billboard structure, to be measured from the main support of the billboard structure. The billboards or billboard structures for which a permit was first issued shall be used to establish the initial point from which minimum distances are measured.

(3) For an example of billboard sign area, see Figure 30.27.090(2). For examples of v-type and back-to-back billboard structure types, see SCC 30.27.095.

(4) Billboards shall only be located on sites as allowed in chapter 30.22 SCC.

(5) Billboards are prohibited in all shoreline environment designations.

(6) Applicants proposing a billboard shall comply with the State Environmental Policy Act requirements of chapter 30.61 SCC.

(7) Non-digital billboards shall have a total sign area not to exceed 1,344 square feet per sign structure, and are subject to the following conditions:

(a) Billboards may be single-faced, back-to-back, or v-type. For the purposes of this subsection sign structures with single-faced, back-to-back and v-type signs are considered one structure. The maximum sign area for a single sign face shall not exceed 672 square feet.

(b) New or replacement sign faces of a billboard shall be consistent with the dimensions of the other face of that billboard unless otherwise prohibited.

(c) New or replacement sign faces allowed under this subsection shall only contain static images that are not projected by any electronic or digital means.

(d) The support structure (pole) and footing (base) must be demonstrated or modified to have the physical structural support and the capacity to carry the proposed sign face(s) and comply with applicable county building codes.

(8) Digital billboards shall have a maximum sign area not to exceed a total of 500 square feet per sign structure and are subject to the following:

(a) For the purposes of this subsection sign structures with single-faced, back-to-back and v-type signs are considered one structure. The maximum sign area for a single sign face shall not exceed 500 square feet.

(b) The minimum message display time shall not be less than eight seconds during all hours of operation, unless the director or hearing examiner specifies a longer display time.

(c) The transition time between messages shall be completed in no more than one second.

(d) The maximum brightness levels shall not exceed 5,000 nits when measured from the sign’s face at its maximum brightness, during daylight hours.

(e) The maximum brightness levels shall not exceed 500 nits when measured from the sign’s face at its maximum brightness, between sunset and sunrise, as those times are determined by the National Weather Service.

(f) A digital billboard shall not be located within 300 feet of an inadequate road condition, as determined pursuant to SCC 30.66B.210, that exists at the time of sign permit issuance unless the county engineer determines that the existing site conditions attributed to the inadequate road condition are such that the presence of a digital billboard will not present or create a public safety concern.

(g) A digital billboard shall be rendered inoperable if an inadequate road condition is designated within 300 feet of the digital billboard, and the digital billboard is determined by the county engineer to be either the cause of, or a contributing factor to, the inadequate road condition designation, and shall remain inoperable until the inadequate road condition has been removed.

(h) A digital billboard shall not be located closer than 300 feet from any residential unit, on the date the sign is installed, unless the residential unit is a nonconforming unit. The distance shall be measured from the edge of the sign to the closest wall of the residential structure.

(i) A digital billboard shall be operated with systems and monitoring in place to either turn the display off or show a “full black” image on the display in the event of a malfunction that affects more than 50 percent of the sign area.

(j) A digital billboard shall be turned off between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. when located within 500 feet of any residential unit.

(k) Owners of digital billboards may, in the event of a regional public emergency, coordinate with law enforcement and emergency management authorities to display, when appropriate, regional emergency information important to the traveling public including, but not limited to, Amber Alerts or emergency management information.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013; Amended by Ord. 13-074, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)

30.27.090 Sign area examples.

Figure 30.27.090(1)

WALL SIGNS (AREA)

FIGURE 30.27.090(2)

BILLBOARD SIGN

Figure 30.27.090(3)

MONUMENT SIGN AREA

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.27.095 Sign structure examples.

Figure 30.27.095(1)

BACK-TO-BACK SIGN STRUCTURE

Figure 30.27.095(2)

V-TYPE SIGN STRUCTURE

(Added by Ord. 13-073, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013; Amended by Ord. 13-074, Dec. 11, 2013, Eff date Dec. 26, 2013)