Chapter 18.44
SIGNS

Sections:

18.44.010    Purpose – Applicability.

18.44.015    Definitions.

18.44.020    Compliance required.

18.44.030    Off-premises signs.

18.44.040    Height regulations – Front or side yard setback area.

18.44.050    Permit – Required.

18.44.060    Permit – Application.

18.44.070    Exemptions.

18.44.075    Conditional exemptions.

18.44.080    Prohibited signs.

18.44.090    Existing signs.

18.44.100    Inspection.

18.44.110    Maintenance.

18.44.120    Removal.

18.44.130    Area measurements.

18.44.140    Residential zone districts.

18.44.150    Commercial and industrial zone districts.

18.44.155    Multiple building complexes and multiple tenant buildings.

18.44.157    Reserved.

18.44.160    Greenbelt and open space zone districts.

18.44.170    Exterior lighting.

18.44.010 Purpose – Applicability.

A.    It is the intent of this chapter to recognize that an attractive city will encourage desirable economic development and to ensure that signing works to the advantage of all citizens by reasonable control of the size, number and location of signs.

B.    It is the intent of these regulations to protect public safety, and to protect the economic base, and the right of businesses, civic, philanthropic, educational, and religious organizations to properly advertise and to enhance both the overall economy and environment of the city.

C.    This chapter shall not regulate traffic and directional signs installed by a government entity; signs not intended to be viewed from and not readable from a public right-of-way; window merchandise displays; point-of-purchase advertising displays, legal notices required by law; barber poles; historic site plaques; gravestones; structures intended for a separate use, such as phone booths, Goodwill containers and recycling containers; lettering or symbols painted directly on or attached to an operable motor vehicle operating in the normal course of business.

(Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.015 Definitions.

Definitions as used in this chapter, unless additional meaning clearly appears from the context, shall have the following meanings:

A.    “A-board sign” or “sandwich board sign” means a portable sign consisting of two sign faces hinged at the top and separated at the bottom to make it self standing.

B.    “Advertising vehicle” means any vehicle or trailer placed on a public right-of-way, on public property, or on private property, having attached thereto or located thereon any sign or advertising device which advertises a product, business or service, or directs people to a business or activity located on the same or nearby property or any premises. This provision is not to be construed as prohibiting the identification of a firm or its principal products on a vehicle operated during the normal course of business. Franchised buses or taxis are specifically excluded from this definition.

C.    “Awning” means a rigid shelter that projects outward from a building and has a cloth or lightweight cover, through which light cannot pass.

D.    “Awning, illuminated” means a rigid shelter that projects outward from a building and has a cloth or lightweight cover, which is designed to be illuminated from within.

E.    “Banner” means any sign of lightweight fabric or similar material.

F.    “Business day” means any day other than Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday.

G.    “Canopy” means a rigid shelter that projects outward from a building and has a rigid cover.

H.    “Corporate flag” means a flag that carries a logo, trademark or corporate seal of a company or organization and does not carry another commercial message.

I.    “Exterior wall” means any wall or element of a wall or any member or group of members which defines the exterior boundaries or courts of a building and which has a slope of sixty degrees or greater with the horizontal plane.

J.    “Fascia” means any relatively narrow vertical surface that is projected or cantilevered or supported on columns or on an element other than a wall below.

K.    “Flag” means a piece of cloth, attached to a staff or pole, with distinctive colors, patterns or symbolic devices, used as a symbol for a government, corporation, or other organization.

L.    “Freestanding sign” means any sign which is supported by one or more uprights, poles or braces permanently mounted in or upon the ground.

M.    “Hours of operation” means the actual hours when the building is open for business or in preparation of opening or closing.

N.    “Indirect lighting” means a method of illuminating signs in which light shines onto the sign from a light source not visible from public view.

O.    “Industrial park” means a multiple building complex.

P.    “Inflatable signs” means balloons or other gas-filled figures. For purposes of this section, inflatable signs shall be treated as temporary signs.

Q.    “Mansard roof” means a roof or roof-like facade with a slope of sixty degrees or more from the horizontal and architecturally able to be treated as a building wall.

R.    “Monument sign” means a freestanding sign in which the entire bottom of the sign is mounted on and permanently attached to the ground. A monument sign shall not be more than six feet in height.

S.    “Multiple building complex” means a group of two or more commercial or industrial structures sharing a common development plan.

T.    “Multiple tenant building” means a single structure housing two or more commercial or industrial businesses that share the same lot, access and/or parking facilities.

U.    “Off-premises sign” means any sign used for the purpose of identifying or directing attention to a business, product or service not located on the lot where such sign is displayed.

V.    “Parapet wall” means that part of any wall entirely above the roofline.

W.    “Pedestrian-oriented sign” means any sign intended to attract pedestrian traffic that is at a ninety-degree angle to the adjacent building face. The sign may either be suspended beneath a pedestrian weather protection structure or be attached to and project from the building wall.

X.    “Pennants” means any lightweight plastic, fabric, or other material, whether or not containing a message of any kind, suspended from a rope, wire, string, or other device, usually in series, designed to move in the wind.

Y.    “Point-of-purchase sign” means any exterior sign that suggests a specific product or service being available for purchase at or near the sign location. An example of this type of sign is a menu board at a drive-up window.

Z.    “Pole banner” means a banner mounted to city-owned facilities for the purpose of identifying the city, a district, a subarea, a neighborhood, public education facilities, or city-sponsored events.

AA.    “Public facade” means any side of a commercial building having a doorway open for regular ingress and egress by customers. For purposes of determining sign size allowances on multiple tenant facilities having individual entrances for businesses, the “public facade” of a particular business shall mean that portion of the total public facade upon which the business has frontage.

BB.     “Ribbons” has the same meaning as pennants.

CC.     “Roofline” means where a wall meets the roof.

DD.     “Shopping center” means multiple building complex.

EE.     “Sign” means any visual communication device, structure or fixture that is intended to aid an establishment in identification and to advertise and/or promote a business, service, activity or interest. A sign shall not be considered to be a building or structural design, but shall be restricted solely to graphics, symbols or written copy that is meant to be used in the aforementioned way set forth in this section.

FF.     “Sign of an official nature” means any sign posted by a local government agency that is necessary to protect and regulate the public health, safety and welfare. Such signs include traffic or pedestrian directional and control signs, public safety warnings or hazards signs, and official public notice signs.

GG.     “Sign structure” means any structure that supports or is capable of supporting any sign defined in this code.

HH.     “Streamers” has the same meaning as pennants.

II.     “Street banner” means a banner advertising a community event occurring in Tumwater or an event funded by the Tumwater lodging tax intended to increase tourism and advertise events for the enjoyment of the community that is suspended over a city street and mounted on either side to city-owned banner mounting facilities in compliance with the Tumwater Street Banner Policy.

JJ.     “Temporary sign” means any sign, banner, pennant, valance, or advertising display constructed of cloth, canvas, light fabric, cardboard, wall board or other light materials, with or without frames, intended to be displayed for a limited period of time only.

KK.     “Translucent panels” means a method of illuminating signs in which the light source is obscured from view by a panel that allows light to pass through but diffuses it so that the lighting source cannot be distinguished.

LL.     “Valance” means the leading edge or vertical surface of an awning or canopy.

MM.     “Wall sign” means any sign attached to or painted directly on a wall, or erected against a wall of a building being parallel to said wall; and does not exceed a distance of fifteen inches from said wall.

NN.    “Wayfinding sign” means a city-owned sign that is used, as part of an organized plan, to direct, welcome, and orient people toward destinations and attractions.

(Ord. O2014-020, Amended, 11/18/2014; Ord. O2014-006, Amended, 6/17/2014; Ord. O2009-004, Amended, 05/19/2009; Ord. O2006-034, Amended, 07/17/2007; Ord. O2000-004, Amended, 07/18/2000; Ord. O96-022, Amended, 12/17/1996; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Added, 07/19/1994)

18.44.020 Compliance required.

No sign shall be permitted in the city or urban growth area unless it conforms to the provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.030 Off-premises signs.

This chapter prohibits off-premises signs except as provided in TMC Chapter 18.56.

(Ord. O2013-025, Amended, 01/07/2014; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.040 Height regulations – Front or side yard setback area.

Signs located within the front or side yard setback area shall comply with fence height regulations as outlined in TMC 18.46.030. Multiple tenant building and multiple building complex identification signs are exempted from these requirements as provided in TMC 18.44.155(A). Signs located within the front or side yard setback areas shall not be higher than forty-two inches in height except as otherwise exempted in TMC 18.44.155(A).

(Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 1254, Amended, 02/05/1991; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.050 Permit – Required.

A.    No sign shall be erected, altered or relocated without a sign permit issued by the city, except where only the actual sign face or wording is changed, to include the change in business occupancy, repainted, cleaned, repaired or maintained without structural or size alterations. The signs listed in TMC 18.44.070 under exempt signs are exempt from the requirements of this subsection.

B.    State electrical permits shall be obtained for all electric signs.

C.    No permit for any sign shall be issued unless the sign complies with all requirements of this chapter and applicable regulations of the building code as adopted in TMC Title 15.

(Ord. O2010-017, Amended, 12/21/2010; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.060 Permit – Application.

The application for a sign permit shall be filed with the city on forms furnished by the city. The application shall contain the location of the sign structure, the name and address of the sign owner and of the sign erector, drawings or photographs showing the design and location of the sign, and such other pertinent information as deemed necessary by the administrative official to ensure compliance with the ordinances of the city. A sign permit fee and a plan review fee shall be paid in accordance with the fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Tumwater city council.

(Ord. O2010-017, Amended, 12/21/2010; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 1147, Amended, 12/15/1987; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.070 Exemptions.

The following signs are exempt from the permit requirements of this chapter, and shall not be included in the computation of sign size area for regulated signs. This shall not be construed as relieving the owner of the sign from the responsibility of its erection and maintenance and its compliance with any other applicable law or ordinance. Exempt signs are:

A.    Construction signs which identify the future use of a site, architects, engineers, contractors, financial institutions, and other individuals or firms involved with the construction of a project, but not including advertisement of any products, during the construction period, and thirty days after an occupancy permit has been issued, to a maximum area of thirty-two square feet per surface with a total of sixty-four square feet per user, not to exceed four signs per project;

B.    1. Signs pertaining to the sale, lease or rental of developed residential property or buildings up to eight square feet in area, limited to one sign per street frontage;

2.    Signs advertising undeveloped residential property for sale, or the sale, lease or rental of commercial or industrial property of buildings up to thirty-two square feet in sign area;

C.    Names of buildings, commemorative tablets and the like when carved into stone, concrete or similar material, or made of bronze, aluminum or other permanent-type construction, made an integral part of the structure, and projecting no more than two inches from the wall;

D.    Signs directing traffic movement or parking into a premises or within a premises, not exceeding four square feet in area, and between three and five feet in height for each sign. Such sign may include an identification logo, but no wording except as related to directions;

E.    Signs not exceeding four square feet in area, attached flat against a building, stationary and not lighted, announcing only the names or occupation of the building tenant; provided, that not more than one such sign shall be allowed on any face of a building;

F.    Governmental or corporate flags with a total area of thirty square feet or less, which are flown from a permanent pole or standard in conjunction with the national flag of the United States in conformance with United States Public Law 93-344;

G.    Signs which are within a ball park or other similar public or nonprofit recreational facility and are intended to be primarily viewed from within that facility;

H.    Seasonal displays and decorations not advertising a product, service or entertainment;

I.    Signs warning the public against hunting, fishing, trespassing, dangerous conditions, animals, swimming, or the like;

J.    Official notices or advertisements posted or displayed by or under the direction of any public or court officer in the performance of his official or directed duties;

K.    Political campaign signs advertising a candidate or candidates for public elective office, or a political party, or a sign urging a particular vote on a public issue decided by ballot may be erected on any privately owned lot or parcel, excluding the right-of-way. Each sign shall be removed within fifteen days after that election. For a successful candidate in a primary election, the sign may remain until the final election but shall be removed within fifteen days after that election. The candidate or committee for which the sign is displayed shall be responsible for its removal and subject to the penalties as provided in this title;

L.    Protest or picket signs;

M.    Any special event signs or displays such as search lights, pennants, streamers, ribbons, air-filled figures or gas-filled figures, subject to the following restrictions:

1.    Such displays shall conform to the height restrictions for permitted signs; and

2.    Such displays shall be allowed for a period of time not to exceed fourteen days in any calendar year; and

N.    Signs up to four square feet which show the meeting location for a service club or fraternal organization.

(Ord. O2014-020, Amended, 11/18/2014; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 1254, Amended, 02/05/1991; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.075 Conditional exemptions.

Except to the extent that permits may be required under the International Building Code, the following signs are conditionally exempt from the permit requirements of this chapter, but they shall be included in the computation of sign size area for regulated signs. An application for a conditionally exempt sign must be completed on forms available at the community development department and accompanied by a fee as established by resolution of the city council. The application shall require such information as deemed necessary by the community development director, including but not limited to specific location and sign design.

A.    Any temporary sign, inflatable sign or point-of-purchase sign that does not otherwise violate this chapter.

B.    Signs flush-mounted or painted directly on the wall of a building, or erected against the wall of a building parallel or approximately parallel to the wall and not extending further than fifteen inches from the wall.

C.    Product dispensers. An example of this type of sign is a vending machine.

D.    A-board or sandwich board signs that do not otherwise violate this chapter, subject to but not limited to the following restrictions:

1.    The sign must be located on the premises for which it is advertising;

2.    The sign must be placed on the ground and cannot be elevated in any way;

3.    The sign shall be no more than sixteen square feet total, including all faces of the sign, provided that no one sign face is larger than fifty percent of the total allowable sign area. The sign shall not exceed four feet in height;

4.    The sign shall not be illuminated nor have any flags, pennants or balloons attached to it;

5.    Permanent lettering for the business name and/or logo are required on sandwich boards;

6.    The sign shall be displayed during operating hours of the business only;

7.    Signs shall be constructed out of materials able to withstand typical Northwest weather. Such materials may be metal, finished wood, chalkboard, whiteboard or plastic. Signs and copy shall be of professional quality. Owners of sandwich board signs shall be required to keep their signs legible, intact, clean, graffiti free and in good repair;

8.    Owners of such signs shall assume liability for damage or injury resulting from their use and must sign a form provided by the city holding the city harmless and indemnifying the city for such resulting loss and/or injury. Alternately, the applicant may provide a signed document in substantially the same form, provided such document is satisfactory to the city attorney;

9.    No more than one such sign may be displayed per business. For developments with two or more businesses on a single property, no more than two such signs may be displayed per single property.

(Ord. O2011-002, Amended, 03/01/2011; Ord. O2009-004, Amended, 05/19/2009; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Added, 07/19/1994)

18.44.080 Prohibited signs.

The following signs are prohibited:

A.    Signs which are of a size, location, movement, content, coloring or manner of illumination which may be confused with or construed as a traffic-control device or which hides from view any traffic or street sign or signal, or which obstructs the view in any direction at a street or road intersection;

B.    Signs which purport to be, or are, an imitation of or resemble an official traffic sign or signal, and which bear the words “stop,” “caution,” “danger,” “warning,” or similar words;

C.    Signs which contain or consist of spinners, strings of light bulbs, blinking or fluctuating lights, or other similar or moving devices, except public service signs, or changing message center signs which show time and temperature only;

D.    Signs which are pasted or attached to utility poles, trees, other signs, rocks, or other natural features. This does not prohibit the use of pole banners, wayfinding signs, or engraved rocks used as monument signs;

E.    Except as provided in TMC 18.44.075, any sign which is not permanently anchored or affixed to the ground, structure or building, including any sign displayed on an abandoned vehicle or trailer. This regulation shall not be deemed to prohibit advertising on moving vehicles on public streets;

F.    Signs erected upon, against or directly above the roof or on top of or above the parapet of a building, or located on any portion of a parapet which is located more than twenty-four inches higher than the main roofline of a building (for the purposes of this section, the face of a mansard roof or fascia shall not be considered to be a part of the roof);

G.    Signs which are the primary use of the land on which they are located, except those allowed under this chapter, except also those allowed by conditional use permit;

H.    Any sign or illumination that causes any direct glare into or upon any building other than the building to which the sign may be related;

I.    Signs which are located upon or projecting over public streets, sidewalks or rights-of-way, except signs of an official nature, pole banners, wayfinding signs, or street banners;

J.    Signs which are attached to fences, except those signs erected in conformance with TMC 11.20.100(G) and 18.44.070(G); and

K.    Freestanding signs which are greater than thirty feet in height.

(Ord. O2014-020, Amended, 11/18/2014; Ord. O2014-006, Amended, 6/17/2014; Ord. O2006-034, Amended, 07/17/2007; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.090 Existing signs.

Any existing sign may continue to be in operation and be maintained after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter and shall be a legal nonconforming sign provided:

A.    The burden of establishing a sign to be legally nonconforming under this section rests upon the person or persons, firm or corporation claiming legal status for a sign.

B.    A nonconforming sign may not be structurally altered or relocated. However, if such alteration or relocation is required as a result of government action, then said action is exempt.

C.    A nonconforming sign will cease to be a legal nonconforming sign if a structural alteration or relocation increases its nonconforming status. An increase in nonconforming status will be construed to be a violation of this chapter and such sign will be subject to removal as provided in this chapter and TMC Chapter 18.54. Changes in the sign face wording of a nonconforming sign shall not be deemed an alteration under this section.

D.    A nonconforming sign will cease to be a legal nonconforming sign if improvements are made to the property on which the sign is located amounting to twenty-five percent or greater of the assessed valuation of the property within any twelve-month period. Improvements to single-family dwellings shall be exempt from this requirement. Improvements made to any residential structure due to fire, earthquake or storm damage, or other natural disasters shall be exempt from this requirement.

E.    Any permanent nonconforming sign located in an area annexed into the city after January 1, 1996, shall be brought into compliance within five years of the date of annexation. Any temporary nonconforming sign located in an area annexed into the city after January 1, 1996, shall be brought into compliance within ninety days of the date of annexation.

(Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.100 Inspection.

Signs may be inspected periodically by the administrative official for compliance with this and other codes of the municipality.

(Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.110 Maintenance.

All signs and components thereof shall be kept in good repair and in a safe, neat, clean and attractive condition. Any sign not maintained in accordance with this section shall be subject to the enforcement and removal provisions contained in TMC 18.44.120.

(Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.120 Removal.

A.    If any permanent sign shall be unlawfully installed, erected or maintained in violation of any provisions of this chapter, the owner or the person or firm maintaining same shall, upon written notice by the administrative official, make such sign conform to the provisions of this chapter, or shall remove it within thirty days. Said party shall only be authorized to exercise the appeal rights set forth in TMC Chapter 18.62 after application has been made and permit fees paid, if applicable. Provided, the thirty-day appeal period shall commence upon the date of notice, whether a permit was applied for or not.

B.    If any temporary sign shall be unlawfully installed, erected or maintained in violation of any provisions of this section, the owner or the person or firm maintaining same shall, upon written notice by the administrative official, make such sign conform to the provisions of this chapter, or shall remove it within two business days. Administrative review shall not be authorized for interpretations regarding temporary signs. In the event compliance is not obtained, enforcement action including the imposition of penalties shall be brought by the city attorney.

C.    If any order of the administrative official, as set forth in subsection A or B of this section, is not complied with, the administrative official may cause such sign to be removed at the expense of the owner or lessee.

D.    Signs which the administrative official finds upon public streets, sidewalks, rights-of-way, or other public property may be immediately removed by the administrative official without prior notice. For signs that appear to the code administrator to have substantial value (that is other than poster board types of signs such as political and real estate signs), the sign will be retained for five business days and the code administrator should make a reasonable attempt to notify the sign owner that the sign has been confiscated and extend an offer for the owner to retrieve the sign within this five-business-day time period. Hazardous signs shall be removed in accordance with the International Building Code.

1.    This section does not create any liability by the city for failing to retain the sign for the time specified or for the manner in which the sign is stored, maintained or disposed of, or for failure to notify the owner.

(Ord. O2009-004, Amended, 05/19/2009; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.130 Area measurements.

A.    The sign area of a freestanding sign is the entire background of a sign upon which a message could be placed, counting all faces including the frame but not other supporting structure unless such supporting structure conveys a message. Of the total area of freestanding sign, not more than fifty percent may be on one face. For ease in converting to percentages, the examples set forth in Diagram 18.44.130 are based on a total of one hundred square feet.

B.    Unless otherwise clearly shown by a frame or border, the sign area of a wall-mounted sign is measured by the smallest regularly shaped figure or contiguous figures which may be drawn around the message shown. Examples are set forth in Diagram 18.44.130.

C.    Structures requiring separate building permits for architectural and identifications for access entrance to long plat housing projects, commercial parks, or industrial parks (none of which are parks only) shall be considered buildings.

(Amended during 2011 reformat; O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 1254, Amended, 02/05/1991; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.140 Residential zone districts.

The following regulations shall apply to all residential zone districts (RSR, residential/sensitive resource; SFL, single-family low density residential; SFM, single-family medium density residential; MFM, multifamily medium density residential; MFH, multifamily high density residential):

A.    A sign not to exceed six square feet may be permitted to identify the occupant, permitted home occupation and address;

B.    One thirty-two-square-foot monument sign may be permitted for each street frontage to identify the name of the multiple-unit residential building of five units or more;

C.    One thirty-two-square-foot monument sign may be permitted to identify the name of a neighborhood association or residential development of five units or more at each entrance;

D.    Any sign located within the front or side yard area shall comply with fence height regulations, as outlined in TMC Chapter 18.46; and

E.    One sign having a total of twelve square feet may be permitted to identify each nonresidential use, except home occupations which are limited by subsection A of this section.

F.    In all residential zone districts, the height of any freestanding sign shall not exceed six feet.

G.    Agriculture uses on lots less than one acre in size are allowed a single twelve-square-foot sign. Agriculture uses on lots one acre and larger are allowed a single thirty-two-square-foot sign for each street frontage.

(Ord. O2014-020, Amended, 11/18/2014; Ord. O2010-029, Amended, 06/07/2011; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.150 Commercial and industrial zone districts.

A.    The following general regulations shall apply to the following zone districts: NC, neighborhood commercial; CS, community services; MU, mixed use; GC, general commercial; LI, light industrial; HI, heavy industrial; ARI, airport related industry; TC, town center; CBC, Capitol Boulevard Community; BD, brewery district; and BP, business park:

1.    Any sign located within the front yard area shall comply with fence height regulations, as outlined in TMC Chapter 18.46.

2.    Signs shall be located at least two feet from the curb line or a service drive or travel lane.

3.    All wall signs shall be flush against the building and shall not project above the roofline.

4.    No freestanding sign shall be permitted to be higher than the principal building on the lot; provided, that no sign shall be higher than thirty feet; and provided also, that the height of any freestanding sign shall be limited to the heights set forth within each zoning district.

B.    Signs in the NC neighborhood commercial zone district shall be limited to a total of eighty square feet on all faces of all permanent freestanding signs; provided, that no one sign face is larger than fifty percent of the total allowable sign area. Wall signs shall be limited to an area not to exceed twenty percent of the public facade; provided, that the total area of signs on an individual public facade or other wall of a building does not exceed fifty percent of the sign area allowed for freestanding signs. Twenty-five square feet shall be allowed for temporary signs; however, the temporary sign allowance shall be included in the signage amounts allowed for permanent signs. No freestanding sign shall be higher than ten feet. Pedestrian-oriented signs shall not exceed eight square feet per sign face; provided, that such signs located below a pedestrian weather protection structure shall not exceed four square feet. One such sign is allowed for each public entry of the first floor use onto the adjacent street. The bottom of any sign of this type shall be at least nine feet above the sidewalk and shall not contain commercial messages other than the name of the use or business. The maximum height of a pedestrian-oriented sign shall not exceed fifteen feet above the sidewalk. A pedestrian-oriented sign shall not be free-swinging and must not extend horizontally beyond the limits of a pedestrian weather protection structure.

C.    Signs in the CS community service zone district, and in the TC town center zone district, shall be limited to a total of one hundred forty square feet on all faces of all permanent freestanding signs; provided, that no one sign face is larger than fifty percent of the total allowable sign area. Wall signs shall be limited to an area not to exceed twenty percent of the public facade; provided, that the total area of signs on an individual public facade or other wall of a building does not exceed fifty percent of the sign area allowed for freestanding signs. Freestanding signs are limited to monument type only, and no freestanding sign shall be higher than six feet. Pedestrian-oriented signs shall not exceed eight square feet per sign face; provided, that such signs located below a pedestrian weather protection structure shall not exceed four square feet. One such sign is allowed for each public entry of the first floor use onto the adjacent street. The bottom of any sign of this type shall be at least nine feet above the sidewalk and shall not contain commercial messages other than the name of the use or business. The maximum height of a pedestrian-oriented sign shall not exceed fifteen feet above the sidewalk. A pedestrian-oriented sign shall not be free-swinging and must not extend horizontally beyond the limits of a pedestrian weather protection structure.

D.    Signs in the MU mixed use, GC general commercial, LI light industrial, CBC Capitol Boulevard Community, BD brewery district, and HI heavy industrial zone districts shall be limited to a total of two hundred square feet on all faces of all permanent freestanding signs; provided, that no one sign face is larger than fifty percent of the total allowable sign area. Wall signs shall be limited to an area not to exceed twenty percent of the public facade; provided, that the total area of signs on an individual public facade or other wall of a building does not exceed fifty percent of the sign area allowed for freestanding signs. Seventy-five square feet shall be allowed for temporary signs; however, the temporary sign allowance shall be included in the signage amounts allowed for permanent signs. No freestanding sign shall be higher than thirty feet. Pedestrian-oriented signs shall not exceed eight square feet per sign face; provided, that such signs located below a pedestrian weather protection structure shall not exceed four square feet. One such sign is allowed for each public entry of the first floor use onto the adjacent street. The bottom of any sign of this type shall be at least nine feet above the sidewalk and shall not contain commercial messages other than the name of the use or business. The maximum height of a pedestrian-oriented sign shall not exceed fifteen feet above the sidewalk. A pedestrian-oriented sign shall not be free-swinging and must not extend horizontally beyond the limits of a pedestrian weather protection structure.

E.    Signs in the ARI airport related industry zone district, shall be limited to a total of two hundred square feet on all faces of all permanent freestanding signs; provided, that no one sign face is larger than fifty percent of the total allowable sign area. Wall signs shall be limited to an area not to exceed twenty percent of the public facade; provided, that the total area of signs on an individual public facade or other wall of a building does not exceed fifty percent of the sign area allowed for freestanding signs. Twenty-five square feet shall be allowed for temporary signs; however, the temporary sign allowance shall be included in the signage amounts allowed for permanent signs. No freestanding sign shall be higher than thirty feet.

F.    Illuminated awnings may be used in place of building-mounted signs in any commercial or industrial zone district, subject to the following restrictions:

1.    Illuminated awnings shall not cover more than thirty-three percent of the face of any building;

2.    Illuminated awnings shall not be placed higher than the first story of any building; and

3.    Illuminated awnings shall conform to the hours of illumination set forth in TMC 18.44.170(D).

(Ord. O2014-007, Amended, 07/15/2014; Ord. O2006-034, Amended, 07/17/2007; Ord. O2001-020, Amended, 05/07/2002; Ord. O97-025, Amended, 12/02/1997; Ord. O96-022, Amended, 12/17/1996; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/10/1994; Ord. 1254, Amended, 02/05/1991; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.155 Multiple building complexes, multiple tenant buildings, and large commercial or industrial buildings.

The following regulations shall apply to all freestanding signs located within multiple building complexes, or intended to serve multiple tenant buildings; and further shall apply to wall signs installed upon large commercial or industrial buildings having more than fifty thousand square feet of floor area:

A.    One freestanding sign for a multiple building complex or a multiple tenant building may be located within yard setback areas; provided, that it is part of an overall landscaping plan and it is not determined by the city to create a sight distance hazard. Any such sign in a yard setback area may exceed the height limits set forth in TMC 18.44.040, but it must conform to all other height restrictions in the underlying zone district.

B.    Any freestanding sign for a multiple building complex or multiple tenant building located outside yard setback areas may exceed the maximum freestanding sign size restrictions set forth in TMC 18.44.150 by thirty-five percent; provided, that the sign is a part of a consistent signage plan for the entire site.

C.    For multiple building complexes or multiple tenant buildings having more than fifty thousand square feet of floor area, monument signs not exceeding forty percent of the size of the principal freestanding sign may be located at any other site entrance intended for use by the general public. These monument signs are permitted in addition to the freestanding sign allowed in subsection A of this section, and shall not be included in the overall sign size computation for the development.

D.    In addition to the allowable square footage for wall signs set forth in TMC 18.44.150, an increase in the allowable square footage for wall signs on large commercial or industrial buildings may be approved by the community development director to the limits described below; provided, that an equivalent reduction of allowable square footage for freestanding signs (pole and monument) is agreed to in writing by the building owner.

Building Area

Percentage of Additional Wall Sign Area

>50,000 sq. ft.

up to 15% additional wall sign area

>75,000 sq. ft.

up to 20% additional wall sign area

>100,000 sq. ft.

up to 25% additional wall sign area

If such buildings have more than one public facade, the allowable square footage for wall signs may be combined on a single public facade or distributed among the various facades; provided, that the total square footage of wall signs does not exceed twenty percent of the public facade upon which the sign is placed.

E.    In addition to the allowable square footage for wall signs above, additional wall signage up to the amount allowable for multiple public facades on the same building may be installed on one other building facade other than a public facade; provided, that the total square footage of wall signs on the additional facade does not exceed twenty percent of either the public facade or the other wall upon which the sign is placed.

(Ord. O2011-002, Amended, 03/01/2011; Ord. O2002-008, Amended, 08/20/2002; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 1254, Added, 02/05/1991)

18.44.157 Reserved.

18.44.160 Greenbelt and open space zone districts.

The following regulations shall apply to the GB, greenbelt, and OS, open space zone districts:

A.    One thirty-two-square-foot monument sign may be permitted for each street frontage to identify the name of the development or building;

B.    Any sign located within the front yard shall comply with fence height regulations, as outlined in TMC 18.46.030, relating to residential zones;

C.    All signs other than those regulated by subsection A of this section shall be limited to a total of twelve square feet on all faces of all signs.

(Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

18.44.170 Exterior lighting.

The use of exterior lighting shall be subject to the following regulations:

A.    In conjunction with any commercial use, an exterior light source shall not be located above the building height of the nearest commercial building to which the light pertains;

B.    Light which either prevents or tends to prevent proper interpretation of traffic-control lighting or signs shall not be permitted; and

C.    Signs may be illuminated except that such illumination shall not blink, fluctuate or move. Light rays shall directly shine only upon the sign or upon the property within the premises.

D.    In the NC, neighborhood commercial zone district, the MU, mixed use zone district, TC, town center zone district, and the CS, community service zone district, signs may be illuminated during the actual hours of operation of the business, or until 10:00 p.m., whichever is later.

E.    In the GC, general commercial zone district, lighted signs located within two hundred feet of and visible from RSR, SFL, SFM, MFM, or MFH zoning districts that are illuminated by incandescent, fluorescent, neon, or similar lighting sources shall either (1) be turned off at the close of business or 10:00 p.m., whichever is later, or (2) shielded by use of indirect lighting or translucent panels.

(Ord. O2001-020, Amended, 05/07/2002; Ord. O2000-004, Amended, 07/18/2000; Ord. O96-022, Amended, 12/17/1996; Ord. O95-035, Amended, 12/19/1995; Ord. O94-018, Amended, 07/19/1994; Ord. 883, Added, 05/06/1984)

DIAGRAM 18.44.015 Walls and Roofs

FIGURE 18.44.150

SIGN HEIGHT AND AREA ALLOWANCES

RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS

ZONING DISTRICT

MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE AREA

MAXIMUM HEIGHT

OCCUPANT, ADDRESS, HOME OCCUPATION IDENTIFICATION SIGNS

RESIDENTIAL MULTIUNIT OR DEVELOPMENT IDENTIFICATION SIGNS

NONRESIDENTIAL IDENTIFICATION SIGNS OTHER THAN HOME OCCUPATIONS

SIGNS NOT IN FRONT OR SIDE YARDS

SIGNS LOCATED WITHIN FRONT OR SIDE YARD AREAS

RSR, SFL, SFM, MFM, AND MFH

6 s.f.

32 s.f. (one per street frontage)

12 s.f.

6 feet

Front yard: 42 in.

Side yard: 72 in. (see note 1)

COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS

ZONING DISTRICT

MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE AREA

MAXIMUM HEIGHT

MONUMENT SIGNS

TEMPORARY SIGNS (see notes 3 and 4)

FREESTANDING SIGNS

BUILDING AND WALL SIGNS

ILLUMINATED AWNINGS

FREESTANDING SIGNS (See notes 1 and 2)

BUILDING AND WALL SIGNS

NC

25 s.f.

80 s.f.

Limited to 20% of public facade; total area of any facade not to exceed 50% of freestanding sign limit

Illuminated awnings in place of building signs; no larger than 33% of building face; no higher than 1st story

10 ft.

All building and wall signs shall be flush against building and shall not project above the roof line

OPTIONAL

GB

N/A

32 s.f.

6 ft.

REQUIRED

OS

N/A

32 s.f.

6 ft.

REQUIRED

CS

N/A

140 s.f.

6 ft.

REQUIRED

TC

N/A

140 s.f.

6 ft.

REQUIRED

MU

75 s.f.

200 s.f.

30 ft.

OPTIONAL

GC

75 s.f.

200 s.f.

30 ft.

OPTIONAL

CBC

75 s.f.

200 s.f.

30 ft.

OPTIONAL

BD

75 s.f.

200 s.f.

30 ft.

OPTIONAL

ARI

25 s.f.

200 s.f.

30 ft.

OPTIONAL

LI

75 s.f.

200 s.f.

30 ft.

OPTIONAL

HI

75 s.f.

200 s.f.

30 ft.

OPTIONAL

NOTES:

1.    On corner lots, signs located within fifteen feet of the intersection of property lines abutting the street are limited to thirty-six inches in height above grade.

2.    The height of any freestanding sign may not exceed the height of the principal building.

3.    The temporary sign allowance shall be included in the amounts allowed for permanent signs.

4.    Maximum allowable sign areas may be increased within multiple building complexes or in multiple tenant buildings pursuant to TMC 18.44.155.

5.    Signs on product dispensers and vending machines are included in the maximum allowed for freestanding signs.

ZONING DISTRICTS

RSR Residential Sensitive Resource

CS Community Services

SFL Single-Family, Low Density

TC Town Center

SFM Single-Family, Medium Density

MU Mixed Use

MFM Multifamily, Medium Density

GC General Commercial

MFH Multifamily, High Density

ARI Airport Related Industry

NC Neighborhood Commercial

LI Light Industrial

GB Greenbelt

HI Heavy Industrial

OS Open Space

CBC Capitol Boulevard Community

 

BD Brewery District

(Ord. O2014-007, Amended, 07/15/2014)