Chapter 14.04


14.04.010    Generally.

14.04.020    Abandoned sign.

14.04.022    A-frame.

14.04.024    Animated sign.

14.04.030    Audio sign.

14.04.040    Awning.

14.04.050    Awning sign.

14.04.060    Banner.

14.04.070    Building official.

14.04.080    Cabinet sign.

14.04.082    Canopy sign.

14.04.090    Changeable copy sign (automatic).

14.04.100    Changeable copy sign (manual).

14.04.105    Clear sight triangle.

14.04.110    Clearance (of a sign).

14.04.120    Construction sign.

14.04.130    Copy.

14.04.140    Directional/information sign.

14.04.150    Double/multiple-faced sign.

14.04.160    Electrical sign.

14.04.170    Electronic message center.

14.04.180    Facade.

14.04.190    Face of sign.

14.04.192    Feather flag.

14.04.200    Festoons.

14.04.210    Flashing sign.

14.04.220    Freestanding sign.

14.04.230    Frontage.

14.04.240    Frontage, building.

14.04.250    Government sign.

14.04.260    Height (of a sign).

14.04.270    Illuminated sign.

14.04.280    Lot.

14.04.290    Maintenance.

14.04.300    Mansard.

14.04.310    Marquee.

14.04.320    Marquee sign.

14.04.322    Monument sign.

14.04.324    Mural (noncommercial).

14.04.330    Nameplate.

14.04.340    Repealed.

14.04.350    Nonconforming sign, legal.

14.04.360    Occupancy.

14.04.370    Off-premises sign.

14.04.380    On-premises sign.

14.04.390    Owner.

14.04.400    Painted wall sign.

14.04.410    Parapet.

14.04.420    Pole cover.

14.04.430    Political sign.

14.04.440    Portable sign.

14.04.450    Premises.

14.04.460    Prohibited sign.

14.04.470    Projecting sign.

14.04.480    Public way.

14.04.490    Real estate sign.

14.04.500    Roof sign.

14.04.510    Roofline.

14.04.520    Rotating sign.

14.04.530    Sign.

14.04.540    Sign, area of.

14.04.550    Special event.

14.04.560    Subdivision identification sign.

14.04.570    Temporary sign.

14.04.580    Under-canopy sign.

14.04.590    Use.

14.04.600    Wall sign.

14.04.610    Window sign.

14.04.620    Yard sign.

14.04.630    Zoning district.

14.04.010 Generally.

For the purposes of this title, the words and phrases set forth in this chapter are given the following meanings. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.020 Abandoned sign.

“Abandoned sign” means a sign which no longer identifies or advertises a bona fide business, lessor, service, owner, product, or activity, or for which no legal owner can be found. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.022 A-frame.

“A-frame sign” means a two-faced A-frame or sandwich board style sign which is readily movable and has no permanent attachment to a building, structure or the ground. (Ord. 18-005 § 3, 2018)

14.04.024 Animated sign.

“Animated sign” means a sign with a fixed or changing display/message composed of a series of lights that may be changed by electrical, electronic or computerized process or remote control. (Ord. 18-005 § 4, 2018)

14.04.030 Audio sign.

“Audio sign” means any sign with loudspeakers, sirens or any electronic or mechanical devices intended for producing noise. Vehicles operating legally upon roadways are not included. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.040 Awning.

“Awning” means a shelter projecting from and supported by the exterior wall of a building constructed of nonrigid materials on a supporting framework. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.050 Awning sign.

“Awning sign” means a sign painted on, printed on or attached flat against the surface of an awning. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.060 Banner.

“Banner, flag or pennant” means any cloth, bunting, plastic, paper, or similar nonrigid material without a frame used for advertising purposes attached to any structure, staff, pole, or line, not including official flags of the United States, the state of Alaska, and other states, counties, municipalities, official flags of foreign nations and nationally or internationally recognized organizations. (Ord. 12-016 § 3, 2012; Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.070 Building official.

“Building official” means the city manager or such person as is authorized to administer and enforce this title. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.080 Cabinet sign.

“Cabinet sign” means a complete, fully enclosed unit or module of a sign. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.082 Canopy sign.

“Canopy sign” means a permanent roof-like structure providing protection from the elements, such as a service station gas pump island, that is either entirely freestanding or attached to a building on one side with posts supporting the opposite side. (Ord. 18-005 § 5, 2018)

14.04.090 Changeable copy sign (automatic).

“Changeable copy sign (automatic)” means a sign on which the copy changes automatically on a lamp bank or through mechanical means, e.g., electronic message centers, electrical or electronic time and temperature units. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.100 Changeable copy sign (manual).

“Changeable copy sign (manual)” means a sign on which copy is changed manually in the field, e.g., reader boards with changeable letters. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.105 Clear sight triangle.

“Clear sight triangle” means a triangular area on any corner lot formed by measuring from the point of intersection of the front and exterior side lot lines a distance of 25 feet along said front and side lot lines and connecting the points so established; there shall be no obstruction of vision between a height of two feet and 10 feet above the centerline grade of the street within the clear sight triangle. (Ord. 18-005 § 6, 2018)

14.04.110 Clearance (of a sign).

“Clearance (of a sign)” means the smallest vertical distance between the grade of the adjacent street, street curb or sidewalk and the lowest point of any sign, including framework and embellishments, extending over that grade. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.120 Construction sign.

“Construction sign” means a temporary sign identifying the owner, architect, contractor, subcontractors, material suppliers and/or financial institutions participating in construction on the property on which the sign is located. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.130 Copy.

“Copy” means the wording and advertising graphics on a sign surface in either permanent or removable letter form. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.140 Directional/information sign.

“Directional/information sign” means an on-premises sign giving directions, instruction or facility information and which may contain the name or logo of an establishment but no advertising copy, i.e., parking or exit and entrance signs. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.150 Double/multiple-faced sign.

“Double/multiple-faced sign” means a sign with two or more message faces. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.160 Electrical sign.

“Electrical sign” means a sign or sign structure in which electrical connections, lighting or fixtures are used. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.170 Electronic message center.

See “Changeable copy sign (automatic).” (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.180 Facade.

“Facade” means the entire building front including the parapet. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.190 Face of sign.

“Face of sign” means the area of a sign on which the copy is placed. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.192 Feather flag.

“Feather flag” means an upright portable sign that contains a harpoon-style pole or staff driven into the ground for support or supported by means of an individual stand. (Ord. 18-005 § 7, 2018)

14.04.200 Festoons.

“Festoons” means a string of ribbons, tinsel, small flags or pinwheels. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.210 Flashing sign.

“Flashing sign” means a sign which contains an intermittent or sequential flashing light source used primarily to attract attention. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.220 Freestanding sign.

“Freestanding sign” means a sign supported by poles, braces or a foundation and not attached to any building. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.230 Frontage.

“Frontage” means the length of the property line of any one premises along a public way which it borders. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.240 Frontage, building.

“Building frontage” means the length of an outside building wall on a public way. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.250 Government sign.

“Government sign” means any temporary or permanent sign erected and maintained by or under the direction of the city, borough, state or federal government. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.260 Height (of a sign).

“Height (of a sign)” means the vertical distance measured from the highest point of the sign to the grade of the adjacent street or the surface grade beneath the sign, whichever is less. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.270 Illuminated sign.

“Illuminated sign” means a sign with an artificial light source incorporated internally or a sign which is illuminated by a light intended primarily for that purpose wherever situated. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.280 Lot.

“Lot” means a distinct parcel of land for ownership and tax purposes which is delineated and fixed on a plat filed for record. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.290 Maintenance.

For the purposes of this title, “maintenance” means the cleaning, painting, repair or replacement of defective parts of a sign in a manner that does not alter the basic copy, design or structure of the sign. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.300 Mansard.

“Mansard” means a sloped roof or roof-like facade architecturally comparable to a building wall. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.310 Marquee.

“Marquee” means a permanent roof-like structure or canopy of rigid material supported by and extending from the facade of a building (compare “Awning” and “Projecting sign”). (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.320 Marquee sign.

“Marquee sign” means any sign attached to or supported by a marquee structure. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.322 Monument sign.

“Monument sign” means a two-sided sign attached to a permanent foundation or decorative base and not attached or dependent on support from any building, pole, posts or similar uprights. Monument signs include ground signs. (Ord. 18-005 § 8, 2018)

14.04.324 Mural (noncommercial).

“Noncommercial mural” means any mosaic, painting, or graphic art which is professionally applied to a building and which does not contain any commercial sign copy, including, but not limited to, brand name, product name, logo, trademark, or other commercial message. (Ord. 18-005 § 9, 2018)

14.04.330 Nameplate.

“Nameplate” means a nonelectric on-premises identification sign, not exceeding four square feet in area, giving only the name, address, and/or occupation of the occupant or group of occupants. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.340 Nonconforming sign.

Repealed by Ord. 18-005. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.350 Nonconforming sign, legal.

A “legal nonconforming sign” is a sign which was erected legally but does not comply with subsequently enacted restrictions and regulations. (Ord. 18-005 § 11, 2018; Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.360 Occupancy.

“Occupancy” means the portion of a building or premises owned, leased, rented or otherwise occupied for a given use. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.370 Off-premises sign.

“Off-premises sign” means a sign structure advertising an establishment, merchandise, commodity, service, profession or entertainment, which is not sold, produced, manufactured or furnished at the property on which said sign is located, e.g., billboards or outdoor advertising. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.380 On-premises sign.

“On-premises sign” means a sign which pertains to the use of the premises on which it is located. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.390 Owner.

“Owner” means a person recorded as such on official records. For the purposes of this title, the owner of property on which a sign is located is presumed to be the owner of the sign unless facts contrary are officially recorded or otherwise brought to the attention of the building official, i.e., a sign leased from a sign company. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.400 Painted wall sign.

“Painted wall sign” means any sign which is applied with paint or similar substance on the face of a wall. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.410 Parapet.

“Parapet” means the extension of a false face or wall above the roof line. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.420 Pole cover.

“Pole cover” means covers enclosing or decorating poles or other structural supports of a sign. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.430 Political sign.

“Political sign” means a temporary sign used in connection with a local, state or national election or referendum. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.440 Portable sign.

“Portable sign” means any sign designed to be moved easily and not permanently affixed to the ground or to a structure or building. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.450 Premises.

“Premises” means a parcel of land with its appurtenances and buildings which, because of its unity of use, may be regarded as the smallest conveyable unit of real estate. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.460 Prohibited sign.

“Prohibited sign” means a sign which does not meet the requirements of this title and which has not received legal nonconforming status. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.470 Projecting sign.

“Projecting sign” means any sign, other than a flat wall sign, which is attached to and projects from a building wall or other structure not specifically designed to support the sign; and is a double-faced sign with the faces less than 12 inches apart. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.480 Public way.

“Public way” means any street, alley, sidewalk, easement or similar parcel of land which is deeded, dedicated or otherwise permanently appropriated to the public for public use or access. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.490 Real estate sign.

“Real estate sign” means a temporary sign advertising the real estate upon which the sign is located as being for rent, sale or lease. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.500 Roof sign.

“Roof sign” means any sign erected over or on the roof of a building (compare “Mansard,” “Wall sign”). (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.510 Roofline.

“Roofline” means the top edge of a roof or building parapet, whichever is higher, excluding any cupolas, pylons, chimneys or minor projections. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.520 Rotating sign.

“Rotating sign” means a sign in which the sign itself or any portion of the sign moves in a revolving or similar manner. Such motion does not refer to methods of changing copy. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.530 Sign.

“Sign” means any device, structure, fixture, or placard using graphics, symbols, and/or written copy designed primarily for the purpose of advertising or identifying any establishment, products, goods, services or political organization, person or viewpoint of any kind when placed outdoors or in an exterior window in view of the general public. “Sign” includes a complex sign designed to permit dividing the surface up among advertisements (“cabinets”) for several different businesses or products or which consists of several different, physically connected facets, containing related or unrelated advertising, in a zigzag, double-faced, triangular, square, or other multifaceted design, with or without cabinets. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.540 Sign, area of.

“Area of sign” means the gross area of each face of a sign, excluding the area of structural supports not used for any copy, graphics or lighting. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.550 Special event.

“Special event” means an advertising event, such as “sale,” “grand opening” or “liquidation” for which the use of temporary signage and decorations is allowed to any separately owned business. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.560 Subdivision identification sign.

“Subdivision identification sign” means a freestanding or wall sign identifying a recognized subdivision, condominium complex or residential development. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.570 Temporary sign.

“Temporary sign” means a sign not constructed or intended for long-term use – erected for less than 30 days. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.580 Under-canopy sign.

“Under-canopy sign” means a sign suspended beneath a canopy, ceiling, roof or marquee. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.590 Use.

“Use” means the purpose for which a building, lot, sign or structure is intended, designed, occupied or maintained. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.600 Wall sign.

“Wall sign” means a sign attached parallel to and extending not more than six inches from the wall of a building. This definition includes painted, individual letter, and cabinet signs, and a sign on a mansard. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.610 Window sign.

“Window sign” means a sign installed inside a window and intended to be viewed from the outside. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.620 Yard sign.

“Yard sign” means a temporary sign installed to advertise the sale of household goods of the seller not as a part of retail business and includes garage sales, rummage sales and moving sales. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)

14.04.630 Zoning district.

“Zoning district” means the land use designation for an area as established in the zoning ordinance, PMC Title 17. Commercial zoning districts include airport commercial, limited commercial and general commercial districts and any similar districts. Industrial zoning districts include airport industrial and industrial districts and any similar districts. Residential zoning districts include single-family residential, single-family residential estate, medium-density residential and agricultural districts and any similar districts. (Ord. 466 § 3, 1994)