Chapter 18.50
SIGN REGULATIONS

Sections:

Article I. General Sign Regulations

18.50.010    Purpose.

18.50.020    Definitions.

18.50.030    Authority and administration.

18.50.040    General provisions.

18.50.050    Sign regulations.

18.50.060    Design standards.

18.50.070    Outdoor advertising.

18.50.080    Enforcement.

Article II. Real Estate Signs

18.50.090    Definitions.

18.50.100    Maximum area.

18.50.110    General provisions.

18.50.120    Open house signs.

18.50.130    Off-site subdivision signs.

18.50.140    Violations.

18.50.150    Permitted signs – Residential districts.

18.50.160    Permitted signs – Office/commercial districts.

18.50.170    Permitted signs – Industrial/manufacturing districts.

18.50.180    Permitted signs – Public/semi-public districts.

Article I. General Sign Regulations

18.50.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish regulations and guidelines of signs and sign structures in order to accomplish the following:

A. Provide a reasonable system of control of signs, integrated within and as a part of the comprehensive zoning plan set forth by this zoning code.

B. Encourage signs which are well designed and pleasing in appearance, and provide incentive and spacing of signs and latitude for a variety of good sign relationships.

C. Encourage a desirable urban character which has a minimum of overhead clutter.

D. Enhance the economic value of the community and each area thereof through the regulations of such things as size, height, location, and illumination of signs.

E. Protect the public and private investment in buildings and open space.

F. Encourage signs which are compatible with adjacent land uses.

G. Attract and direct persons to various activities and enterprises in order to provide for the maximum public convenience.

H. Prevent a profusion of sign displays which are confusing to the general public.

I. Reduce possible traffic and safety hazards to motorists and pedestrians through sound signing practices.

J. Preserve and improve the appearance of the city as a place in which to live and to work and as an attraction to nonresidents who come to visit or trade.

K. Promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of the city. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 95-7 § 2; Code 1990 § 12.9.01.]

18.50.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

“Abandoned sign” means any sign which was lawfully erected and maintained, but whose use has ceased or the structure which it addresses has been abandoned by the owner thereof for a period exceeding 90 consecutive days.

“Advertising structure” means an on-site or off-site structure of any kind erected or maintained for outdoor advertising purposes, upon which any poster, bill, printing, painting, or symbols of any kind may be placed, including statuary for advertising purposes.

“Alter” means a change in copy, sign face, color, material, illumination, size, shape, position, construction, or supporting structure of any sign.

“Animated sign” means any sign which is designed and constructed to attract attention by visual means through the movement or semblance of movement of the whole or any part of the sign and any artificial light which is not maintained stationary or constant in intensity and color at all times when such sign is in use.

“Area of sign” means an area computed by including the entire area within a single, continuous, rectilinear perimeter of not more than eight straight lines, or a circle or an ellipse, enclosing the extreme limits of the writing, representation, emblem, or other display, together with any material or color forming an integral part of the background of the display or used to differentiate the sign from the backdrop of structure against which it is placed, but not including any supporting framework or bracing that is incidental to the display itself. In the case of a two-sided sign, the area shall be computed as including the maximum single display surface.

“Attached sign” means any sign affixed or attached to a building or structure.

“Awning sign” means a painted or silkscreened, nonelectric sign attached to an awning or canopy.

“Banner, flag or pennant” means any bunting, plastic, paper, or similar material used for advertising purposes attached to any structure, staff, pole, line, framing, vehicle, or any other similar object.

“Bench” means a seat located on or adjacent to public property for the use of a combination of passersby or persons awaiting transportation.

“Building frontage” means the building elevation which fronts on a public street, public parking lot, or pedestrian walk.

“Bulletin board” means a sign of permanent character, but with removable letters, words, or numerals, indicating the names of persons associated with or events conducted on or products or services offered on the premises on which such signs are located and maintained.

“Channel letters” means three-dimensional individually cut letters or figures, illuminated or nonilluminated, affixed to a building or sign structure.

“Commemorative sign” means a sign identifying historical buildings, structures, places, or events.

“Community identification sign” means any sign which identifies the name and/or logo of a subdivision, mobile home park, multifamily complex, or specific plan.

“Complex” means any group of two or more buildings, or individual units within a single building.

“Construction sign” means a sign which states the name of the developer and contractor(s) working on the site and any related engineering, architectural, or financial firms involved with the project.

“Directory sign” means a sign located in a multi-unit complex which lists businesses and corresponding addresses located within the complex.

“Freestanding sign” means a sign permanently supported by one or more uprights, braces, poles, or other similar structural components attached to the ground or any foundation set in or on the ground as a support base.

“Freeway” means any roadway designated as a state or federal freeway or interstate.

“Freeway sign” means any sign located on the same parcel as the entity it identifies, with such parcel located within 660 feet of the nearest edge of a freeway right-of-way line.

“Grand opening” means a special event solely for the purpose of promoting newly established businesses, within three months of that particular business’s initial occupancy of the premises.

“Illegal sign” means any sign erected or maintained in violation of any provision of this title or any other ordinance of the city.

“Institution” means a church, school, hospital, rest home, civic establishment, or similar facility.

“Lighted sign” means a sign which utilizes internal or external illumination or a material which creates a similar effect.

“Marquee sign” means any sign designed to allow the changing of symbols through manual, mechanical, or electrical means, including time and temperature signs.

“Master sign program” means design criteria established to guide the design of all signs on a building or complex.

“Mobile sign” means any nonpermanent sign which is movable or relocates, whether it be on wheels, attached to a vehicle, or otherwise portable.

“Monument sign” means a low-profile, freestanding sign supported by a solid base as opposed to poles or open braces.

“Nonconforming sign” means a sign which was legally erected under the existing laws in effect but which does not comply with the present laws.

“Off-site sign” means a sign which advertises or directs attention to products or activities that are not provided or rendered on the site upon which the sign is located.

“On-site directional sign” means a noncommercial sign to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

“Outdoor advertising sign” means a sign that directs attention to a business, profession, product, commodity, or service sold, manufactured, or offered not on the property on which the sign is placed.

“Parcel identification sign” means a freestanding on-site sign whose allowable sign area is related to the size of the premises on which it stands. Such a sign may include both permanent messages and bulletin boards, but shall not include the advertisement of products by trade names which are incidental to the predominant sales or services on said premises.

“Pedestrian sign” means any sign to direct pedestrians.

“Permanent sign” means a sign which is intended to exist for the duration of time that the use or occupant is located on the premises.

“Permitted sign” means any sign which is lawfully erected, replaced, altered, relocated, or maintained in conformance with the requirements of this chapter and other applicable laws.

“Pole sign” means a high-profile sign having one or more supports permanently attached directly into or upon the ground.

“Political sign” means any sign which is designed to influence the action of the voters with respect to the passage or defeat of a measure appearing on the ballot at any national, state, or local election, or which is designed to influence the voters with respect to the nomination, election, or defeat of a candidate for public office or the removal of any person from public office at any national, state, or local election. A political sign includes any sign which is designed to encourage voters to vote for the candidates of a particular political party, and any sign pertaining to the conduct of a government in general.

“Projecting sign” means a sign which protrudes from a building or structure.

“Prospective tenant identification sign” means a temporary sign which identifies a future use of a site or building(s).

“Public convenience sign” means a noncommercial sign which directs the public to public facilities.

“Public utility sign” means a sign erected for the purpose of identifying public utilities and related equipment.

“Pylon sign” means a high-profile sign having a solid support permanently attached directly into or on the ground.

“Real estate sign” means a temporary sign advertising the sale, lease, or rental of the property on which it is located and maintained, excluding a subdivision sign.

“Roof sign” means a sign of any nature, together with all its parts and supports, which is erected, constructed, placed on, or above the roof or parapet wall of a building.

“Sign” means any notice, writing of letters, words or numerals, pictorial presentations, illustrations or decorations, emblems or devices, symbols or trademarks, flags, banners or pennants, graphic announcements, insignia display, display of words, bills, posters, pictures, lithographs, maps, plats, barber poles, buntings, whirligigs, balloons, valances, light festoons, merchandise display, or any other thing of a similar nature, designed to be and used as a means of attracting attention outdoors, including but not limited to a structure or any part thereof, or a thing attached to, painted on, or in any manner represented on a building or structure or device and used to advertise or promote, and attract the interest of any person.

“Sign copy” means any words, letters, numbers, figures, characters, design, or other symbolic representations incorporated into a sign.

“Sign height” means the greatest vertical distance measured from the finished grade at the point the sign supports intersect the ground to the uppermost area of the sign which includes support features.

“Tenant identification sign” means a sign which identifies a tenant or business and is located on the same premises as that business or tenant.

“Vehicle sign” means a sign which is attached to or painted upon a vehicle.

“Wall sign” means a sign attached or erected upon a wall of a building or structure.

“Window sign” means a sign painted or otherwise attached to a window or located within three feet of the interior side of the window for the purpose of outside display. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 95-7 § 2; Code 1990 § 12.9.02.]

18.50.030 Authority and administration.

A. Sign Permits Required. No person shall erect, move, alter, or reconstruct any type of sign without a permit unless the sign is exempt from the regulations of this chapter. A tag issued by the city indicating the sign permit number shall be securely affixed to the sign so as to be readily visible, and the tag shall be renewed yearly through the planning department. The following sign permits shall apply to the various types of signs:

1. Minor Development Plan Review.

a. No sign shall be erected, re-erected, constructed, painted, or altered (other than a change in copy), without minor development plan review pursuant to Chapter 18.90 CMC, Development Plan Review, unless a building permit for the same has been issued by the planning department. Separate permits shall be required for each sign or group of signs in one location. In addition, building and electrical permits shall be obtained for each sign as required.

b. In accordance with this chapter, a master sign program shall be approved through a minor development plan review pursuant to CMC 18.90.030, Minor development plan review. Any sign included in the master sign program shall be in conformance with the approved master sign program, and building permits shall be obtained for each sign as required.

2. Development Plan Review Required. No pole sign or commercial sign in excess of 16 feet in height shall be permitted, unless a development plan review application has been approved by the planning commission, and a building permit for the same issued by the building and safety division.

3. Outdoor Advertising Signs. No outdoor advertising sign or freeway sign shall be allowed within the city (per Chapter 18.60 CMC, Outdoor Advertising Structures).

B. Application Requirements. An application for a sign permit shall be filed in a manner consistent with the requirements contained in CMC 18.15.020, Application. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 95-7 § 2; Code 1990 § 12.9.03.]

18.50.040 General provisions.

A. Exemptions. The following signs along with a change in sign copy shall be exempt from the application, permit, and fee requirements of this chapter; however, an electrical or building permit may be required.

1. Address identification signs; provided, that such signs are posted on contrasting background and comply with the following minimum requirements:

a. Single-family residential: minimum character height of four inches.

b. Multifamily residential: minimum character height of six inches for each individual unit and 12 inches for each building and/or complex.

c. Nonresidential uses (commercial/industrial/office/civic/institutional): minimum character height of 12 inches.

2. Commemorative signs, provided such signs do not exceed four square feet in area.

3. On-site directional signs, provided such signs do not exceed a maximum of four feet in height and three square feet in area.

4. Warning signs, including, “No Trespassing,” “No Parking,” and other warning signs, provided the sign:

a. Does not exceed two square feet in area; and

b. Is located entirely on site.

5. Bulletin boards which are freestanding shall not exceed five feet in height, or can be attached to the building with an area not to exceed 20 square feet. The sign shall be nonilluminated, with one sign permitted per street frontage.

6. Nameplates attached to doors, which are nonilluminated and do not exceed two square feet in area.

7. Public convenience signs, such as signs identifying restrooms, public telephones, walkways, and similar features or facilities, provided such signs:

a. Are no more than two square feet in area; and

b. Contain no advertising message.

8. Public utility signs which serve as an aid to public safety, or which show the location of underground facilities.

9. Permanent window signs, provided such signs do not exceed four square feet in area.

10. Real estate signs indicating the availability for sale, lease, or rent of the site on which they are located, provided such signs comply with the following:

a. Residential: nonilluminated signs not to exceed four square feet in area and five feet in height. One sign per street frontage only, to be removed within 15 days after the close of escrow, or the execution date of a rental or lease agreement.

b. Nonresidential: nonilluminated signs not to exceed 32 square feet in area and eight feet in height. One sign permitted per street frontage, placed a minimum of 10 feet from the property line.

11. Prospective tenant identification signs, provided such signs are not erected on a site prior to the approval of a parcel map, final map, conditional use permit, or plot plan for the project being advertised for the site and are removed within 14 days upon issuance of certificate of occupancy.

a. Parcels less than 10 acres: signs shall be limited to one per street frontage, not to exceed 32 square feet in area and eight feet in height. Such signs shall be placed 10 feet from the property line.

b. Parcels 10 acres or greater: signs shall be limited to one per every 600 linear feet of street frontage not to exceed 64 square feet in area and 15 feet in height. Such signs shall be placed 10 feet from the property line.

12. Political signs, provided such signs are in accordance with CMC 18.50.050(F)(1), Political Signs.

13. Construction signs, provided such signs comply with the following: one directory sign per construction site not to exceed 32 square feet in area and eight feet in height placed not more than 10 feet from property line. Such signs shall be removed prior to occupancy of the project.

14. Signs exclusively regulated by the state, traffic or municipal signs, signs required by law, railroad crossing signs, legal notices, and emergency or danger notices, provided such signs:

a. Shall not exceed 12 square feet unless otherwise specified by law;

b. Contain no advertising message; and

c. Do not constitute more than one sign per street frontage unless otherwise required by law.

15. Safety signs on construction sites.

16. Official and Legal Notices. Official and legal notices issued by the court, public body, person, or officer in performance of his/her public duty or in posting any legal notice.

17. Pedestrian signs, provided such signs do not exceed two square feet in area with a minimum head clearance of seven feet.

18. Signs exclusively regulated by the state, traffic or municipal signs, signs required by law, railroad crossing, and emergency or danger notices, provided such signs:

a. Do not exceed 12 square feet in area unless otherwise specified by law; and

b. Contain no advertising messages.

19. Such emergency, temporary, or nonadvertising signs as are authorized by the planning commission or city council.

20. Temporary window signs, provided such signs are not permanently affixed to a window and do not exceed an area greater than 25 percent of the window area and are not used for a period exceeding 30 days.

B. Prohibited Signs.

1. All signs not expressly permitted by this chapter are prohibited, including but expressly not limited to the following signs: animated, flashing, blinking or noise-making, revolving, vehicle, moving, portable, mobile, bench, multifaced, home occupation signs, outdoor advertising/freeway signs, and signs painted on walls.

2. The following signs shall be prohibited unless otherwise authorized by this chapter: advertising kiosks, banners, flags, pennants, balloons, tethered inflatable, signs within the public right-of-way, projecting signs, and off-site directional signs.

3. The following signs shall be prohibited subject to the following exceptions:

a. Roof signs may only be permitted if designed as an integral part of the building and only in accordance with applicable regulations of this zoning code.

b. V-shaped or multifaced signs with an angle between each face which exceeds 20 degrees.

C. Temporary Signs. Temporary signs shall be permitted subject to the following provisions:

1. Application Required. An application for a temporary sign permit shall be filed in a manner consistent with the requirements contained in CMC 18.15.020, Application.

2. Approval. A temporary sign permit shall be reviewed and approved by the planning director subject to the regulations and conditions pertaining to each sign type as contained in this section.

3. Cash Deposit. In any case where a permit is issued for a temporary sign or advertising display, the planning director shall require, as a condition of approval of the permit, that the applicant post a cash deposit in the amount of the estimated sign cost of removal of the sign, not to exceed $500.00, refundable on removal of the sign, and written authority to permit the city to enter upon the site and remove and dispose of the sign in the event such sign is not removed within a reasonable time period.

4. Signs requiring a temporary sign permit include the following:

a. Directional Subdivision Signs. A temporary sign permit is required prior to the placement of a directional subdivision sign either on or off the subject property. Such signs shall comply with regulations of this chapter for off-site directional signs.

b. Special Event Signs and Banners. A temporary sign permit is required before any special event sign or banner may be placed on private or public property. A special event sign or banner is intended to inform the public of a unique happening, action, purpose, or occasion, such as a grand opening or community event. The planning director shall approve, conditionally approve, or deny applications for special event signs and banners subject to the following:

i. A special event sign or banner permit may be granted for two 45-day periods per year, but in no case shall such periods combined exceed 90 days per year.

ii. In the case where the use is temporary, the time period for the temporary sign or advertising structure shall be the same as the time period for the temporary use permit issued.

c. Model Home Complex Signs. A temporary sign permit may be issued for model home complexes in accordance with CMC 18.50.050(F)(6), Model Home Complex, provided the signs are in compliance with all other applicable laws and ordinances.

d. Grand Opening Signs. A temporary sign permit is required before any grand opening signage may be placed on a site. Grand opening signs may be utilized for a period not to exceed 30 days. Inflatable balloons, statuaries, banners, flags, and spotlights may be permitted.

D. Location and Height. All freestanding signs shall be installed in compliance with the provisions of this section.

1. If the sign is constructed on an artificial berm, the height of the sign, as measured from the toe of the slope or berm, shall not exceed 150 percent of the maximum height allowed by this chapter.

2. Location of signs shall be no closer than five feet from the property line, and shall be located in a landscaped planter with an area equal to or greater than the area of the sign.

E. Illumination of Signs. All sign illumination shall comply with Chapter 18.120 CMC, Outdoor Lighting, and the following additional requirements. In the event of any conflicts between this chapter and any other provision of this zoning code, the more stringent regulations shall apply.

1. All sign illumination shall be either from the interior of a sign, behind individually cut letters (backlighting), or an indirect source. No design or placement of a sign shall create adverse impacts on surrounding properties and roadways.

2. Interior raceways shall be used for channel letters if individually lit letters are not used. No exterior raceways shall be permitted, unless no other alternative is available.

3. Neon Tubing.

a. The use of neon shall be permitted in commercial districts only and requires the approval of a development plan review. The following requirements apply to the use of exposed neon tubing:

i. Neon and linear signage shall be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed with a maximum 20 amps per circuit and be designed to accommodate a dimmer in order to reduce the brightness of the neon.

ii. All neon manufactured signs shall be registered with the UL.

iii. Neon signs within 100 feet of a residential or open space district shall not exceed 0.3 foot-candle measured at the property line.

iv. When neon tubing is used for any purpose, it shall not be combined with reflective materials such as mirrors, polished metals, highly glazed tiles, or other such materials.

v. Neon tubing shall not exceed 0.5-inch diameter and shall be installed in a can.

vi. Neon tubing in can letters shall be open face only.

vii. The use of neon lighting is subject to design review pursuant to CMC 18.50.060, Design standards.

viii. Neon tubing signs shall be limited to business identification and architectural highlights only, and may include graphic symbols.

4. Spotlights shall be permitted for grand opening and special events only, and shall be approved with the sign plan for those events.

F. Sign Maintenance.

1. Every sign and all parts, portions, and materials shall be manufactured, assembled, and erected in compliance with all applicable state, federal, and local regulations.

2. All signs shall be kept clean, neatly painted, and free from rust and corrosion. Any cracked or broken surfaces, malfunctioning lights, missing sign copy, or other nonmaintained or damaged portions of a sign shall be repaired or replaced within 14 days from notification by the city. Noncompliance with such a request shall constitute a zoning violation.

3. Any residue, damage, or exposure of holes or electrical material on a building or structure resulting from the removal of signs shall be repaired within 14 days from removal of the sign. Noncompliance with such a request shall constitute a zoning violation.

4. Any sign pertaining to activities of businesses which are no longer in operation shall be removed from the premises or the sign copy shall be removed or obliterated within 60 days after the premises have been vacated or the specific business operation has ceased. Any such sign not removed or altered within the specific time as set forth above shall constitute a nuisance and shall be subject to removal by the city at the property owner’s expense.

5. Signs which are not properly maintained in accordance with the provisions of this section shall constitute a public nuisance, and shall be removed or abated at the owner’s expense pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 95-7 § 2; Code 1990 § 12.9.04.]

18.50.050 Sign regulations.

A. Permitted – Generally. No sign permit shall be issued under this section unless a sign proposal complies with all other applicable laws and ordinances.

B. Permitted – Residential. Signs shall be permitted in residential land use districts subject to the provisions listed in CMC 18.50.150, Permitted signs – Residential districts.

C. Permitted – Commercial/Office. Signs shall be permitted in commercial/office land use districts subject to the provisions listed in CMC 18.50.160, Permitted signs – Office/commercial districts.

D. Permitted – Manufacturing/Industrial. Signs shall be permitted in the manufacturing/industrial land use districts subject to the provisions listed in CMC 18.50.170, Permitted signs – Industrial/ manufacturing districts.

E. Permitted – Public/Semi-Public. Signs shall be permitted in public/semi-public land use districts subject to the provisions listed in CMC 18.50.180, Permitted signs – Public/semi-public districts.

F. Permitted – Special. This section regulates signs which are permitted within appropriate land use districts, but because of their special status require additional regulations to ensure appropriate and adequate use and implementation. These special signs include the following:

1. Political Signs. Political signs shall be permitted in any zone district subject to the following provisions:

a. An application shall be submitted to the planning department.

b. No political sign shall be placed earlier than 45 days prior to the election which it addresses and shall be removed no later than three days following the date of the election.

c. A political sign located in a commercial/industrial zone shall not exceed 32 square feet in total area for one side. No sign shall be placed in a manner that would obstruct visibility of traffic.

d. A political sign located in a residential zone shall not exceed eight square feet in total area for one side. No sign shall be placed in a manner that would obstruct visibility of traffic.

e. No political sign shall exceed an overall height of eight feet. Signs used for identification of political headquarters shall comply with the provisions of this title.

f. No political signs shall be posted on any public property or in the public right-of-way.

g. If the planning director finds that any political sign has been posted or is being maintained on public property or in the public right-of-way in violation of the provisions of this section, the owner of the sign shall be given written notice to remove said sign. Said notice shall include a brief statement of the reasons for requiring removal. If the person so notified fails to correct the violation or remove the sign within five days after such notice, the planning director may cause said sign to be removed. If the owner of the sign cannot in good faith be located within a reasonable time, the sign shall be deemed abandoned. Any political sign that remains posted for more than 14 days after the election to which it pertains shall also be deemed abandoned. The planning director may cause such abandoned signs and any signs which constitute an immediate peril to persons or property to be removed summarily and without prior notice.

2. Pole Signs. Pole signs shall be subject to major development plan review in accordance with CMC 18.90.040, Major development plan review. Pole signs shall comply with the following provisions:

a. All pole signs shall be located on the same parcel as the entity they identify.

b. The parcel on which the sign is located shall be within 1,320 feet (one-quarter-mile radius) from a freeway interchange as determined by the following formula: 1,320 feet (one-quarter mile) radius from the intersection of the freeway and cross-street centerline. Any commercial retail establishment on a parcel located within this radius may construct a pole sign.

c. A maximum of one pole sign shall be allowed per parcel, site, or development.

d. Pole signs shall not exceed an overall height of 45 feet.

3. Gas Stations. Pursuant to California Business and Professions Code Section 13532(c), gas station permitted signage shall include motor fuel prices and shall comply with the applicable zoning requirements and the following regulation: height of the symbols which designate fuel prices shall not exceed six inches and shall be a single color.

4. Drive-Through Restaurants – Menu Boards.

a. Additional signage shall be permitted for menu boards for drive-through restaurants subject to the following provisions:

i. A maximum of two menu board signs shall be allowed per business.

ii. A menu board shall not exceed 32 square feet in total area. No sign shall be placed in a manner that would obstruct visibility of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

iii. No menu board signs shall exceed an overall height of five feet.

iv. A loudspeaker shall be permitted on menu board signs, but in no case shall the loudspeaker exceed a reasonable noise level range with a maximum of 45 decibels.

v. Menu board signs shall be screened from public view, including the public right-of-way, adjacent parcels, and common areas such as parking, open space, dining areas, and similar areas.

vi. Menu board signs shall be located on site as to permit adequate stacking of vehicles in the drive-through and prevent vehicle overflow upon public right-of-way areas or required parking drive aisles and circulation paths.

5. Entertainment Theater. Entertainment theater signs shall be permitted subject to the following provisions:

a. Entertainment theater signs shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter.

b. An entertainment theater may dedicate up to 50 percent of its permitted sign area to marquee signs.

c. The entertainment theater complex with two or more screens shall be permitted an additional 10 square feet of sign area per each screen over two.

d. One movie poster encased in glass attached or affixed to the building shall be permitted per screen. Glass encasements shall not exceed three feet in width and four feet in height.

6. Model Home Complex. Sign permits may be issued for model home complexes for single-family developments and model units for multifamily developments with 40 units or more, provided the signs are in compliance with the provisions of this section and all applicable laws and provisions. Signage for model home complexes shall meet the following provisions:

a. Single-Family Model Homes.

i. Each model home complex may erect up to five flags per model home complex, with an additional two flags permitted per each model contained within the complex.

ii. Each model home complex shall be permitted to have one on-site identification sign, not to exceed 12 square feet in area, and not more than eight feet in height.

iii. Each model home complex shall be permitted to have directional signs for parking areas, the model home entrance, and the sales office area. No sign shall be more than two square feet in area, and four feet in height if freestanding, or six feet from finished grade if attached to a structure.

iv. Each model home shall be permitted one sign two square feet in area and four feet in height if freestanding, or six feet from finished grade if attached to the home.

v. All model home complex signs shall be removed within 10 days from the closure of the model home complex.

vi. All signage for a model home complex shall require a temporary sign permit, in accordance with CMC 18.50.040(C), Temporary Signs.

vii. One on-site tract identification sign, not to exceed 32 square feet in area, shall be permitted, but shall not be located adjacent to the model home complex.

b. Multifamily Model Homes. Signage for multifamily model units shall meet the following provisions:

i. Each multifamily development with more than 40 units may erect up to five flags per development, with an additional two flags for every 50 units contained within the complex.

ii. Each multifamily development with more than 40 units shall be permitted to have one on-site identification sign, not to exceed 12 square feet in area, and not more than eight feet in height.

iii. Each multifamily development with more than 40 units shall be permitted to have directional signage for parking areas, the model entrance, and the sales office area. No sign shall be more than two square feet in area, and four feet in height if freestanding, or six feet from finished grade if attached to a structure.

iv. All signage for multifamily developments with more than 40 units shall be permitted upon the opening of a complex and until 80 percent of the complex is rented/sold or for a period of time not to exceed 12 months from the opening date, whichever comes first. A six-month extension may be granted if less than 80 percent of the complex is occupied.

v. All signs for a multifamily development with more than 40 units shall require a temporary sign permit, in accordance with CMC 18.50.040(C), Temporary Signs.

7. Off-Site Directional. Off-site directional signs may be permitted under this section, provided the signs are in compliance with all other applicable laws. This section shall permit off-site directional signage for residential subdivisions only, and any other type of off-site directional signage shall not be permitted within any zone district. Off-site directional signage shall be permitted subject to the following provisions:

a. Off-site directional signs shall only be permitted pending the sale of the subdivision they promote. Off-site directional signs shall be removed after one year, or within 10 days after all sales are complete, whichever is less.

b. Each subdivision shall be permitted a maximum of four off-site signs.

c. Off-site directional signs shall be located only along collector or arterial streets as defined by the general plan.

d. Off-site directional signs shall not exceed 32 square feet in surface area per side. No sign shall obstruct visibility of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

e. Off-site directional signs shall not exceed an overall height of 10 feet.

f. Off-site directional signs shall not cause public health or safety hazards.

g. Off-site directional signs shall not be placed upon or fixed to a tree, fence, or utility pole, and shall not be posted on any public property or in or over the public right-of-way.

h. An off-site directional sign posted in violation of this section shall constitute a nuisance, and the planning director or his/her designee may remove such signs. An application for off-site directional sign permit shall include written authorization to enter the site for sign removal by the city under this section.

i. Commercial off-site directional signs as regulated through a contractual sign program with the city shall be permitted.

G. Master Sign Program Regulations.

1. Master Sign Program Required.

a. In order to ensure that all signs within a multi-tenant development are compatible and consistent with other on-site signs, buildings, and surrounding developments, a master sign program shall be required in addition to a sign permit. The intent of the master sign program is to integrate signs with building and landscaping design into a unified architectural statement. A master sign program shall be required when any one or more of the following circumstances exist:

i. Multi-tenant developments of two or more distinct businesses that share either the same lot or building and use common access and parking facilities.

ii. Whenever three or more signs are proposed for a development.

iii. Whenever wall signs are proposed on structures over two stories in height.

2. Intent of the Master Sign Program.

a. A master sign program shall provide a means of flexible application of the sign regulations to large, unique, or sensitive developments so as to encourage maximum incentive and latitude in the design and display of signs in order to achieve the intent of the sign regulations. This shall be accomplished by requiring the following:

i. Sign color is compatible with building color. In general, limit the number of colors to be utilized on a single sign to no more than two colors, excluding logos, and limit the number of sign colors to be utilized by the development to no more than six colors.

ii. The same type of cabinet supports or method of mounting for signs of the same type; utilize the same type of construction material for components.

iii. Signs use the same compatible forms of illumination.

iv. Creation of comprehensive and aesthetically pleasing project identification signs.

3. Application. An application for a master sign program permit shall be filed in a manner consistent with the requirements contained in CMC 18.15.020, Application.

4. Review Authority.

a. Director Review. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (G)(4)(b) of this section, the planning director shall be the designated approving authority for a master sign program.

b. Other Review Authority. If an application for a master sign program is submitted in conjunction with an application for a discretionary permit described in this chapter, the written determination shall be made by the authority responsible for reviewing the discretionary land use application in compliance with the applicable review procedure for the discretionary review.

5. Revisions. Minor revisions to a master sign program may be approved by the planning director or his/her designee after approval of the master sign program, if such revisions are consistent with the intent of the original approval. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 95-7 § 2; Code 1990 § 12.9.05.]

18.50.060 Design standards.

A. General Applicability. The design standards set forth in this section shall apply to all sign proposals.

B. Architectural Style. Signs shall be compatible with the design of the surrounding development. Each sign shall be designed to be consistent with the architectural style of the main building or buildings on the site.

C. Sign Relationship to Buildings. Signs shall be proportional to the scale of the development. Signs located on a site with only one main building containing an enterprise which the sign identifies shall be designed to incorporate at least one of the predominantly visual elements of such building, such as type of construction materials or color. Each sign located on a site with more than one building, such as a commercial center or other nonresidential development developed in accordance with a common development plan, shall be designed to incorporate at least one predominant visual design element common to all such buildings or a majority of the buildings.

D. Relationship to Other Signs. Multiple freestanding signs located within a single development or parcel shall have a common design established through the use of similar sign construction materials, sign supports, method of illumination, sign cabinet or other configuration of sign area, shape of sign and components, and color and letter style of sign copy.

E. Landscaping. Each freestanding sign shall be located in a planted landscaped area of a shape, design, and size not less than the sign area.

F. Sign Copy. The name of the use or business shall be the dominant message on the sign. In the use of complex identification signs, the name/identity of the complex development shall be the dominant message on the sign, and tenant identification may be incorporated. Tenant identification on complex signs shall be limited to ensure orderly and effective signing that does not produce visual clutter. Through design review, the sign shall be reviewed in respect to the number of tenants and signage area to be compatible and consistent with the goals and intent of this chapter.

G. Sign Color and Materials. Sign colors shall be consistent with the color scheme of the development. The use of fluorescent colors or similar highly reflective material shall be prohibited. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 95-7 § 2; Code 1990 § 12.9.06.]

18.50.070 Outdoor advertising.

Outdoor adverting signs or display structures are prohibited under Chapter 18.60 CMC, Outdoor Advertising Structures. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 95-7 § 2; Code 1990 § 12.9.07.]

18.50.080 Enforcement.

A. Penalties and Abatement. Any violation of the provisions of this article shall be deemed to be a continuing violation until the violation has been corrected.

1. Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for each and every day the violation continues to exist.

2. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the city attorney, upon the order of the city council, may commence an action in a court of competent jurisdiction to obtain an injunction prohibiting the construction, erection, maintenance, or display, or requiring the removal, of any sign which is in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. In any such action, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. All remedies set forth herein are cumulative and nonexclusive.

3. The owner or other person entitled to possession of a sign which is removed, stored, and/or destroyed pursuant to any provision of this chapter shall be liable to the city for the cost of the removal, storage, and/or destruction along with any court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees the city may incur.

4. Any illegal sign within the city shall constitute a public nuisance and may be abated by the city in accordance with the following:

a. If the address of the owner or person in possession or control of the sign is known, notice of the city’s intention to remove and destroy the sign, stating the date after which the sign shall be removed, shall be mailed to the owner or person in possession or control, by certified mail, return receipt requested, at least 10 days before the date of removal. If the address of the owner or person in possession or control is unavailable, the notice shall be affixed in a conspicuous place on the sign to be removed at least 10 days before the date of removal. The notice shall set forth the applicable provision(s) of this chapter violated.

b. The owner or person in possession or control of the sign may, before the removal date stated in the notice, file a written request for hearing with the city council. The request shall identify the sign and its location, state the name and address of the owner or person in possession or control, and set forth in detail the reasons why the sign should not be removed and destroyed.

c. If a request for hearing is filed, the city council shall hear the matter at a regularly scheduled meeting held not more than 60 days thereafter. After the hearing, the city council shall determine whether the sign shall be removed in accordance with this chapter. The city council shall render a written decision within 10 days after the hearing and a copy of the decision shall be mailed to the owner or person in possession or control of the sign within seven days thereafter.

d. Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, any illegal sign which constitutes a hazard to pedestrian or vehicular traffic may be removed immediately by the city, at the expense of the owner or people in possession or control of the sign, pending the completion of the notification and hearing procedures set forth in this section.

B. Nonconforming Signs. It is the intent of this section to recognize that the eventual elimination of existing signs that are not in conformity with the provisions of this chapter is as important as the prohibition of new signs that would violate these regulations.

1. General Requirements.

a. A nonconforming sign shall not be:

i. Altered to convey an additional or alternative message.

ii. Structurally altered to extend its useful life.

iii. Structurally expanded.

iv. Reestablished after a business discontinues for 60 days.

v. Reestablished after damage or destruction of more than 50 percent of its value, as determined by the building and safety division.

b. No new sign shall be approved for a site, structure, building, or use that contains nonconforming signs, unless such nonconforming signs are removed or modified to conform with the provisions of this chapter.

c. No building permit shall be issued for any structure or building expansion or any new construction on a site which contains nonconforming signs, unless all signs on the site are brought into conformance with this chapter.

C. Nonconforming – Amortization – Period for Alteration/Removal.

1. Except as otherwise provided in this title, the following type or valued signs shall be abated or altered to comply with the requirements of this chapter within the time period specified in this section for said signs, in accordance with Business and Professions Code Section 5412. Said time periods shall commence on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter. If said signs are not so abated or altered, they shall be in violation of this chapter.

Period for Alteration/Removal of Signs 

Animated signs irrespective of their type or value

2.5 years

Parcel identification sign

5 years

Enterprise identification sign

5 years

2. Within six months after the adoption of this chapter, the planning director shall cause an inventory and identification of all nonconforming, illegal, and abandoned signs to be made. Time periods for amortization of all said signs shall begin from the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter. Any sign which becomes nonconforming either by reason of amendment to this chapter or by annexation to the city shall also be subject to the provisions of this chapter. The period of time within which such sign must be abated shall commence on the effective date of such amendment or annexation.

D. Nonconforming – Amortization – Time Extension.

1. Prior to the expiration of the amortization period provided in subsection (C)(1) of this section, a written request may be made to the city for an extension of said amortization period on such forms as are provided by the planning director. The applicant shall state sufficient facts in said application to show cause why an extension of said amortization period is necessary for the particular sign so as to enable the planning commission to consider the factors set forth in this section prior to its determination whether to grant the requested extension. Extension requests shall be heard and considered by the planning commission, and the planning commission shall make its determination after considering the following factors in its review of the evidence:

a. The original cost of the sign.

b. The date the sign was constructed and located on the site in question.

c. The remaining economic life of the sign, which may or may not be less than the actual physical life of said sign.

d. Any unusual circumstances concerning the size, height, and location of the sign.

e. The manner in which the sign violates the sign regulations as provided in this zoning code.

f. Whether the immediate removal or alteration of the sign, as required by said sign regulations within the prescribed amortization period, would create unnecessary hardship on applicant, which hardship would be inconsistent with the purpose and intent of the sign regulations.

g. The effect of the continuation of the nonconforming sign beyond the amortization period on the use, value, and enjoyment of contiguous properties surrounding the site of said sign.

The planning director shall accept for filing an application for extension of said amortization period only after the applicant has paid to the city a fee as established by city council resolution for defraying the costs of processing said application. The procedures provided in this section are supplementary and cumulative to those provisions of this zoning code relating to variances. Any person may apply for an extension of time under this chapter and make the same request by a variance application, it being the intent of this chapter that neither the procedures under this chapter nor those in this zoning code are mutually exclusive.

E. Removal. Unless otherwise approved by the planning director in writing, removal of nonconforming signs shall be accomplished in the following manner:

1. Signs Painted on Buildings, Walls, or Fences. By removal of the paint constituting the sign or by permanently painting over it in such a way that the sign shall not thereafter be or become visible.

2. Other Signs. By removal of said signs, including dependent structures and supports, or by modification, alteration, or replacement thereof in conformity with the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 95-7 § 2; Code 1990 § 12.9.08.]

Article II. Real Estate Signs

18.50.090 Definitions.

Definitions contained in CMC 18.50.020, wherever applicable, shall apply to this article. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 91-9; Code 1990 § 9.3.01.]

18.50.100 Maximum area.

The maximum area for real estate signs in all zones within the city is as follows:

A. For all properties, developed or undeveloped, of less than one acre, one sign not to exceed four square feet in area may be permitted.

B. For all properties, developed or undeveloped, of one acre or larger, one sign not to exceed 12 square feet in area may be permitted.

C. The standards shall apply to for sale, for rent, and for lease signs. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 91-9; Code 1990 § 9.3.02.]

18.50.110 General provisions.

A. Real estate signs shall not be lighted, either directly or indirectly. The sign shall not be attached to any tree, fence post, utility pole, or any temporary or portable structure, other than a post made specifically for the sign, or to a building.

B. Real estate signs may be modified to indicate the property has been sold, leased, or rented; provided, however, that no increase in the area of the sign shall be permitted. The sign shall be removed not more than 60 days following modification of the sign.

C. Real estate signs may not be placed less than 50 feet from any other real estate sign as measured along the public right-of-way. No more than two real estate signs may be placed on any individual property.

D. The maximum height of real estate signs and supporting structures shall not exceed six feet above the ground level. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 91-9; Code 1990 § 9.3.03.]

18.50.120 Open house signs.

A. One on-site open house sign, four square feet in area, may be permitted in conjunction with the sale of a detached single-family unit.

B. Three off-site open house signs, each four square feet in area, may be permitted for a period not to exceed 72 hours in conjunction with the sale of a single-family dwelling unit.

C. Subject to the approval of the planning director, one on-site open house sign, four square feet in area, may be permitted on property where units within a multiple residential structure are offered for sale, rent, or lease, for a period not to exceed 120 days. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 91-9; Code 1990 § 9.3.04.]

18.50.130 Off-site subdivision signs.

Kiosks, off-site subdivision signs, and tract signs shall not be permitted within the city unless approved by the planning director and subject to the following conditions:

A. No kiosk shall contain more than eight tract signs per face.

B. No kiosk shall exceed four faces.

C. No kiosk shall be greater than nine feet in height or five feet in width.

D. Tract signs shall not exceed 10 inches in height and five feet in length.

E. Tract signs may contain the following information: name of the subdivision, developer logo, no more than four colors, and a directional arrow.

F. No tag signs, streamers, devices, display boards, or other additions may be added to or placed upon any kiosk or at any kiosk location except as may be approved in writing by the planning director.

G. No other directional signs, posters, or trailer signs shall be permitted.

H. Kiosks may be permitted in all land use districts on private or public property. In addition to approval by the planning director, kiosks on public property shall require approval by the city engineer.

I. Each developer, or the developer’s agent, shall remove all subdivision directional signs prior to the issuance of any new sign permit.

J. All liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from the location, installation, and construction of kiosks and tract signs, and from the administration of the provisions of this section, shall be borne by the developers benefitted by the kiosks and tract signs, or their agents.

K. An off-site subdivision sign or kiosk program may be implemented and installed pursuant to an agreement entered into between the city and a contractor. If such a program is implemented, all off-site subdivision signs shall be regulated and installed pursuant to the agreement and approvals between the parties thereto. No new structures may be installed under this section without the express written consent of the planning director as provided under the terms of this article. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 91-9; Code 1990 § 9.3.05.]

18.50.140 Violations.

A violation of this article shall constitute an infraction. Each such violation shall constitute a separate offense for each and every day during any portion of which violation of this article occurs or continues. After two or more violations of this article, each subsequent violation shall be prosecuted as provided in CMC 18.50.080, Enforcement. [Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 91-9; Code 1990 § 9.3.06.]

18.50.150 Permitted signs – Residential districts.

Class

Sign Type

Max. No.

Max. Area

Max. Height

Notes

1. Institutional (Church/School/Organizations)

A. < 3 acres

Wall

or

Monument

1[b]

 

1[b]

20 sq. ft.

 

20 sq. ft.

[f]

 

5'[c]

Copy shall be limited to the name/address of the institution

 

Sign may incorporate changeable copy

B. 3 to 7 acres

Wall

or

Monument

1[b]

 

1[b]

32 sq. ft.

 

32 sq. ft.

[f]

 

5'[c]

C. 7+ acres

Wall

or

Monument

1[b]

 

1[b]

32 sq. ft.

 

32 sq. ft.

[f]

 

5'[c]

2. Agricultural

Wall

or

Monument

1[a]

 

1[b]

20 sq. ft.

 

32 sq. ft.

[f]

 

5'[c]

 

3. General Nonresidential

Wall

or

Monument

1[a]

 

1[b]

20 sq. ft.

 

32 sq. ft.

[f]

 

5'[c]

Signs shall not be internally lighted

4. Community Identification – Multifamily

A. < 40 units

Wall

or

Monument

1[d]

2 max.

1[d]

2 max.

20 sq. ft.

 

20 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

5'[c]

Copy shall be limited to project name, address and manager’s number

B. 40+ units

Wall

or

Monument

1[d]

2 max.

1[d]

2 max.

32 sq. ft.

 

32 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

5'[c]

C. On-site directory

Wall

or

Monument

1[g]

 

1[g]

12 sq. ft.

 

12 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

5. Community Identification – Mobile Home Parks, Subdivisions

Wall

or

Monument

2[g]

 

2[g]

20 sq. ft.

 

20 sq. ft.

6'[e], [f]

 

4'[c]

Copy shall be limited to the name/address of the mobile home park/subdivision

6. Community Identification – Single-Family Residential Subdivisions

Wall

or

Monument

2[g]

 

2[g]

20 sq. ft.

 

20 sq. ft.

6' wall

 

4'[c]

Copy shall be limited to the name and/or logo of the subdivision

7. Community Identification – Specific Plans

Subject to design review.

Specific plans (or master planned communities) which have signage for the purpose of community identification shall be approved through the development design guidelines or a master sign program for the specific plan.

8. Miscellaneous Nonresidential

Subject to design review.

Any miscellaneous nonresidential uses located within a residential zone district shall substantially conform to the signage requirements of the district and shall be subject to design review.

Notes:

[a]    Per occupant/tenant.

[b]    Per site/parcel.

[c]    Per finished grade.

[d]    Per street frontage.

[e]    Max. 20 feet from finished grade.

[f]    Below roofline.

[g]    Per major entrance.

[h]    Per development.

[i]    Per building frontage.

[j]    1:1 ratio – one square foot of sign area per linear foot of building frontage.

[k]    1:2 ratio – one square foot of sign area per every two linear feet of building frontage.

[Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Code 1990 Ch. 12.9, Table 1.]

18.50.160 Permitted signs – Office/commercial districts.

Permitted Signs – Office/Commercial Districts 

Class

Sign Type

Max. No.

Max. Area

Max. Height

Notes

1. Office Uses* – Tenant Identification (Single-Tenant Buildings, Including Pad Tenants)

Wall

 

or

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

 

20 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

4'[c]

A combination wall/monument sign may be used; however, a maximum of 3 signs may be used to identify name and/or logo of tenant

2. Office Uses* – Small Complex (2 – 10 Tenants)

A. Complex identification

Wall

 

or

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

50 sq. ft. max.

 

32 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

5'[c]

Sign copy may identify name and/or logo of the development

B. Tenant identification

Wall

1[i]

2 max.

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

[e], [f]

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

3. Office Uses* – Large Complex (10+ Tenants)

A. Complex identification

Wall

 

or

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

75 sq. ft. max.

 

50 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

5'[c]

Sign copy may identify name and/or logo of the development

B. Tenant identification

Wall

1[i]

2 max.

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

[e], [f]

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

4. Office Uses* – Office Park (10+ Acres)

Subject to design review.

Large office park developments shall substantially conform to the sign regulations of this chapter, and shall be approved through the development review process/master sign program process.

*All office uses which contain two or more tenants shall be required to submit a master sign program that encompasses the entire development/site. The master sign program shall be in compliance with the sign regulations as indicated by this chapter. All signage for the development shall be in compliance with the approved master sign program.

5. Commercial Uses** – Tenant Identification (Single-Tenant Buildings, Including Pad Tenants)

A. Small tenants (< 10,000 sq. ft. of building area)

Wall

 

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

20 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

4'[c]

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

B. Median tenants (10,000 – 30,000 sq. ft. of building area)

Wall

 

and

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

 

32 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

5'[c]

A combination wall/monument sign may be used, but no more than 3 signs may be used

C. Large tenants (30,000+ sq. ft. of building area)

Wall

 

and

 

Monument

 

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

150 sq. ft. max.

 

50 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

5'[c]

 

6. Commercial Uses** – Small Complex (< 5 Acres)

A. Complex identification

Wall

 

or

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

75 sq. ft. max.

 

32 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

6'[c]

Sign copy may identify name and/or logo of the development

B. Tenant identification

Wall

1[i]

1:1[j]

2 max.

[e], [f]

100 sq. ft. max.

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

7. Commercial Uses** – Median Complex (5 to 15 Acres)

A. Complex identification

Wall

 

 

Monument

 

 

Pylon

1[i]

2 max.

 

1[d]

2 max.

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

 

 

100 sq. ft. max.

 

100 sq. ft.

1:1[j]

[e], [f]

 

 

6'[c]

 

 

20'[c]

Sign copy may identify name and/or logo of the development

B. Tenant identification

Wall

1[i]

2 max.

100 sq. ft. max.

[e], [f]

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

8. Commercial Uses** – Large Complex (15 to 25 Acres)

A. Complex identification

Wall

 

 

Monument

 

Pylon

1[i]

2 max.

 

1[d]

2 max.

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

75 sq. ft.

 

150 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

8'[c]

 

20'[c]

Sign copy may identify name and/or logo of the development

B. Tenant identification

Wall

1[i]

2 max.

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

[e], [f]

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

9. Commercial Uses** – Community Center (25+ Acres)

Subject to design review.

Large community center developments shall substantially conform to the sign regulations of this chapter, and shall be approved through the development review process/master sign program process.

**All commercial uses which contain two or more tenants shall be required to submit a master sign program that encompasses the entire development/site. The master sign program shall be in compliance with the sign regulations as indicated by this chapter. All signage for the development shall be in compliance with the approved master sign program.

10. Pole Signs***

Retail Establishments

Pole

1[b]

80 sq. ft.

45'[c]

One sign cabinet per major anchor tenant. Refer to location criteria below.

Location Criteria: Located within 1,320 feet (one-quarter mile radius) from freeway interchange as determined by the following formula: 1,320 feet (one-quarter mile radius) from the intersection of the freeway and cross-street centerline. Any retail establishment on a parcel located within this radius may construct a pole sign.

***All retail commercial uses which intend to utilize a pole sign shall be required to submit a master sign program that encompasses the entire development/site. The master sign program shall be subject to development plan review and approval by the planning commission and must be in compliance with the sign regulations as indicated by this chapter. All signage for the development shall be in compliance with the approved master sign program.

11. High-Rise Buildings (3+ Stories)

Subject to design review.

High-rise building developments shall substantially conform to the sign regulations of this chapter, and shall be approved through the development review process/sign plan process.

Notes:

[a]    Per occupant/tenant.

[b]    Per site/parcel.

[c]    Per finished grade.

[d]    Per street frontage.

[e]    Max. 20 feet from finished grade.

[f]    Below roofline.

[g]    Per major entrance.

[h]    Per development.

[i]    Per building frontage.

[j]    1:1 ratio – one square foot of sign area per linear foot of building frontage.

[k]    1:2 ratio – one square foot of sign area per every two linear feet of building frontage.

[Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Code 1990 Ch. 12.9, Table 2.]

18.50.170 Permitted signs – Industrial/manufacturing districts.

Permitted Signs – Industrial/Manufacturing Districts 

Class

Sign Type

Max. No.

Max. Area

Max. Height

Notes

1. Industrial Uses* – Tenant Identification (Single-Tenant Buildings, Including Pad Tenants)

A. Small tenants

(< 5 acres)

Wall

 

and

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

 

20 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

5'[c]

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

B. Median tenants

(5 – 15 acres)

Wall

 

and

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

100 sq. ft. max.

 

32 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

6'[c]

A combination wall/monument sign may be used, but no more than 3 signs may be used

C. Large tenants

(15+ acres)

Wall

 

and

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:1[j]

150 sq. ft. max.

 

50 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

7'[c]

 

2. Industrial Uses* – Small Complex (< 10 Acres)

A. Complex identification

Wall

 

or

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:2[k]

50 sq. ft. max.

 

20 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

5'[c]

Sign copy may identify name and/or logo of the development

B. Tenant identification

Wall

1[i]

2 max.

1:2[k]

50 sq. ft. max.

[e], [f]

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

3. Industrial Uses* – Large Complex (10 – 25 Acres)

A. Complex identification

Wall

 

or

 

Monument

1[i]

2 max.

 

 

1[d]

2 max.

1:2[k]

100 sq. ft. max.

 

32 sq. ft.

[e], [f]

 

 

 

6'[c]

Sign copy may identify name and/or logo of the development

B. Tenant identification

Wall

1[i]

2 max.

1:2[k]

50 sq. ft. max.

[e], [f]

Tenant signs shall identify name and/or logo

4. Industrial Uses* – Industrial Park (25+ Acres)

Subject to design review.

Large industrial park developments shall substantially conform to the sign regulations of this chapter, and shall be approved through the development review process/master sign program process.

*All industrial uses which contain two or more tenants shall be required to submit a master sign program that encompasses the entire development/site. The master sign program shall be in compliance with the sign regulations as indicated by this chapter. All signage for the development shall be in compliance with the approved master sign program.

5. High-Rise Buildings – (3+ Stories)

Subject to design review.

High-rise building developments shall substantially conform to the sign regulations of this chapter, and shall be approved through the development review process/master sign program process.

Notes:

[a]    Per occupant/tenant.

[b]    Per site/parcel.

[c]    Per finished grade.

[d]    Per street frontage.

[e]    Max. 20 feet from finished grade.

[f]    Below roofline.

[g]    Per major entrance.

[h]    Per development.

[i]    Per building frontage.

[j]    1:1 ratio – one square foot of sign area per linear foot of building frontage.

[k]    1:2 ratio – one square foot of sign area per every two linear feet of building frontage.

[Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Code 1990 Ch. 12.9, Table 3.]

18.50.180 Permitted signs – Public/semi-public districts.

Permitted Signs – Public/Semi-Public Districts 

Class

Sign Type

Max. No.

Max. Area

Max. Height

Notes

1. Facility Identification

Subject to design review.

Public and semi-public facility developments shall substantially conform to the sign regulations of this chapter, and shall be approved through the development review process/master sign program process.

[Ord. 342 § 3 (Exh. A), 2016; Code 1990 Ch. 12.9, Table 4.]