Chapter 8.84
SIGN REGULATIONS

8.84.010 Purpose and Intent.

The purpose of this Chapter is to provide standards to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the community by regulating and controlling the design, quality of materials, construction, location, and maintenance of all signs and their supporting members. The objectives of this Chapter are to:

A.    Implement the purposes, policies and programs of the General Plan and Specific Plans.

B.    Provide effective and attractive identification for businesses services and uses.

C.    Provide a reasonable system of regulations for signs as a part of the City’s comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

D.    Promote reasonable sign standards to avoid visual clutter, which has negative impacts on surrounding businesses, services and uses.

E.    Attract and direct the public to available activities, goods and services.

F.    Enhance the economic value of the community through attractive and effective signage.

G.    Provide for vehicular and pedestrian safety by prohibiting or restricting distracting signs.

8.84.020 Definitions.

For the purposes of these regulations, certain words and phrases shall be interpreted as set forth in this Chapter unless it is apparent from the context that a different meaning is intended. Where any of the definitions in this Chapter may conflict with definitions in Chapter 8.08, Definitions, the definitions in this Chapter shall prevail for the purposes of this Chapter.

A.    A-Frame Sign, Portable Sign, and Sandwich Board Sign. The terms A-Frame Sign, Portable Sign and Sandwich Board Sign shall mean portable signs capable of standing without support or attachment.

B.    Apartment Community. The term Apartment Community shall mean an apartment project which consists of a minimum of 8-apartment units located on the same lot, which are for rent only.

C.    Awning. The term Awning shall mean a structure composed of canvas or other non-rigid materials, except for the supporting framework, that extends from the exterior wall of a building.

D.    Balloons. The term balloons shall mean any inflatable sign or balloon regardless of size that is designed to be used as an advertising device for any business or promotional event.

E.    Awning Sign. The term Awning Sign shall mean a sign composed of flexible materials and incorporated into an awning.

F.    Banner Sign. The term Banner Sign shall mean a temporary sign composed of lightweight, flexible, non-rigid material either enclosed or not enclosed in a rigid frame.

G.    Billboard Sign. The term Billboard Sign shall mean an Off-Site Advertising Sign.

H.    Building Frontage. The term Building Frontage shall mean the linear length of a building wall measured at the base of the building wall.

I.    Bulletin Board Sign. The term Bulletin Board Sign shall mean a sign used to display announcements pertaining to an on-site church, school, community center, park, hospital or institutional building.

J.    Business Sign. The term Business Sign shall mean any structure, housing, sign, device, figure, painting, display, message placard, or other contrivance, or any part thereof, which has been designed to advertise, or to provide data or information in the nature of advertising, for any of the following purposes:

1.    To designate, identify, or indicate the name or business of the owner or occupant of the premises upon which the Business Sign is lawfully erected.

2.    To advertise the business conducted, services available or rendered, or the goods produced, sold, or available for sale upon the property where the Business Sign has been lawfully erected.

K.    Coming Soon Sign. The term Coming Soon Signs shall mean a sign placed on the site of work under construction stating that a business will be opening soon and denoting the opening date, architect, engineer, contractor, future business or lending agency.

L.    Community Identification Sign. The term Community Identification Sign shall mean a Business Sign incorporating information referring exclusively to service clubs and/or community slogans.

M.    Directional Tract Sign. The term Directional Tract Sign shall mean an off-site Temporary Sign containing only the name and location of a subdivision and/or a multiple family residential project and directions for reaching the project.

N.    Electronic Readerboard Sign. The term Electronic Readerboard Sign shall mean a Business Sign on which the copy is manually or electronically changed and which is intended primarily to promote items for sale or of general interest to the Community. This term includes a Business Bulletin Board, a Time/Temperature sign, or other changeable copy sign.

O.    Flags - Automobile/Vehicle Sales. The term Flags - Automobile/Vehicle Sales shall mean a sign constructed of cloth, canvas or another light fabric with or without a rigid frame intended to be displayed on a regular basis to advertise the business name.

P.    Flags - Seasonal. The term Flags - Seasonal shall mean a sign constructed of cloth, canvas or another light fabric with or without a rigid frame intended to be displayed for a limited period of time and/or changed on a regular basis to coincide with the four seasons of the year.

Q.    Freestanding Sign. The term Freestanding Sign shall mean a Business Sign supported by one or more uprights, braces, columns, poles, or other similar structural components placed on or into the ground, and not attached to a building, and having no exposed or connecting wires. Freestanding Signs shall include but not be limited to Electronic Readerboard Signs, Identification Signs, Office Building Master Identification Signs, Service Station Display Structures, and Special Easement Signs.

R.    Grand-Opening Signs. The term Grand-Opening Signs shall mean banners, pennants, flags, balloons, searchlights and similar advertising devices when used only for bona-fide grand-opening functions.

S.    Identification Sign. The term Identification Sign shall mean a sign, or device, which serves exclusively to designate the name, or the name and use, of churches, auditoriums public buildings, or multi-family residential uses, or the use of a lawful parking area, recreation area, or other open use permitted in the District.

T.    Illegal Sign. The term Illegal Sign shall mean signs and their supporting members, which meet any of the criteria of Section 8.84.220.

U.    Illuminated Sign. The term Illuminated Sign shall mean an internally or externally illuminated Business Sign, which uses a source of light in order to make the message readable.

V.    Master Sign Program. The term Master Sign Program shall mean a sign program approved by the Zoning Administrator for a retail, office or industrial complex, an automobile dealership or a building more than two (2) stories high.

W.    Non-Conforming Sign. The term Non-Conforming Sign shall mean a sign lawful before the enactment of this Chapter, or of any relevant amendment hereto, but which thereupon violates same.

X.    Office Building Master Identification Sign. The term Office Building Master Identification Sign shall mean a Business Sign that serves to identify an office building or any institutional use, and whose copy shall include only the name of the office building or institutional use and the street address range of the complex.

Y.    Official Public Sign. The term Official Public Sign shall mean signs of a public nature, which shall include public transit service signs, utility information signs, public restroom or telephone signs, trespassing signs, legal notices erected by a public officer in the performance of a public duty and signs placed by a public agency for the purpose of guiding persons to emergency centers or places, buildings, or locations of regional or historical significance.

Z.    Off-Site Advertising Sign. The term Off-Site Advertising Sign shall mean any sign, which advertises or informs about a business organization or event, goods, products, services or uses, not available on the property upon which the sign is located. Signage for a business within a shopping center under multiple ownerships shall not be considered an Off-Site Advertising Sign even though it is not located on the same property as the business being advertised. The term Off-Site Advertising Sign does not include Special Easement Signs, Community Identification Signs, Off-Site Residential Development Directional Signs or Off-Site Temporary For Sale Or Lease Signs. Rev. Ord. 18-98 (11/3/98)

AA.    Off-Site Residential Development Directional Sign. The term Off-Site Residential Development Directional Sign shall mean a uniformly designed sign, which advertises or informs the public about a residential development where 5 or more dwelling units are undergoing construction. Rev. Ord. 18-98 (11/3/98)

BB.    Off-Site Temporary For Sale or Lease Sign. The term Off-Site Temporary For Sale or Lease Sign shall mean any off-site sign used in-lieu of a Freestanding Sign, which advertises property for sale or lease.

CC.    On-Site Temporary For Sale or Lease Sign. The term On-Site Temporary For Sale or Lease Sign shall mean any on-site sign used in-lieu of a Freestanding Sign, which advertises property for sale or lease.

DD.    Open-House Sign. The term Open-House Sign shall mean a portable sign used in connection with the sale of individual residential real properties.

EE.    Pedestrian/Shingle Sign. The term Pedestrian/Shingle Sign shall mean a suspended sign used to identify and indicate pertinent facts concerning a business or professional services conducted on the premises.

FF.    Permanent Banners. The term Permanent Banner shall mean a banner constructed of a durable textile material and which may display only the name or logo of a shopping center or business.

GG.    Pennant. The term Pennant shall mean any tapering flag used for signaling or identification.

HH.    Permitting Body. The term Permitting Body shall mean the person or body with the authority to review and approve permits for signs. This may include the Director of Community Development, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission or the City Council.

II.    Projecting Sign. The term Projecting Sign shall mean a Business Sign attached to a wall in such a manner that the face of the sign is not parallel to the wall to which it is attached.

JJ.    Roof Line. The term Roof Line shall mean the top edge of the roof or top of the parapet; whichever forms the top line of the building silhouette.

KK.    Service Station Display Structure. The term Service Station Display Structure shall mean an on-site identification Business Sign that serves to identify the name and logo of the service station located on the site.

LL.    Service Station Price Sign. The term Service Station Price Sign shall mean a Business Sign indicating gasoline prices and available services.

MM.    Special Easement Sign. The term Special Easement Sign shall mean: a Business Sign used in-lieu of a Freestanding Sign located off-site from, but within the immediate vicinity of, the business the sign has been designed to advertise; where said business is located on a parcel of land without direct access or frontage on an improved public right-of-way; and where the two (2) parcels involved are interconnected by a traversable vehicular roadway which is subject to a non-revocable, non-exclusive recorded vehicular access easement.

NN.    Streamer. The term Streamer shall mean a long, narrow banner, flag, or pennant. Rev. Ord. 1-00 (1/18/00)

OO.    Temporary Political Sign. The term Temporary Political Sign shall mean a temporary sign identifying a political candidate or ballot measure.

PP.    Temporary Promotional Signs. The term Temporary Promotional Signs shall mean temporary banners, flags, balloons, searchlights and similar advertising devices when used for a grand-opening event, going-out-of-business event, special promotional event or promotional need such as “Now Hiring” or “Help Wanted” and other needs of a similar nature as determined by the Director of Community Development.

QQ.    Temporary Sign. The term Temporary Sign shall mean any sign, banner, valance, or advertising display constructed of cloth, canvas, light fabric, cardboard, plastic, plywood, wallboard, or other light materials, with or without frames, intended to be displayed for a limited period of time only. Rev. Ord. 1-00 (January 2000)

RR.    Tenant Directory Sign. The term Tenant Directory Sign shall mean a tenant directory or other exclusively informational listing of tenant names attached to the exterior wall at the entrances of a building and used for the purpose of displaying the names and unit identifications of occupants engaged in professions or businesses on the premises.

SS.    Tenant Frontage. The term Tenant Frontage shall mean the linear length of a building frontage of suites occupied by a tenant.

TT.    Vehicular Sign. The term Vehicular Sign shall mean any sign permanently affixed to an operable, or inoperable vehicle currently registered as a motor vehicle, which is used in the normal course of business.

UU.    Wall Sign. The term Wall Sign shall mean a Business Sign attached or erected against the building or structure, with the exposed face of the sign in a plane parallel to the plane of such building or structure.

VV.    Window Sign. The term Window Sign shall mean a sign attached to, suspended behind, placed or painted upon, the window or glass door of a building, which is intended for viewing from the exterior of the building. Rev. Ord. 17-12 (November 2012); Ord. 7-12 (May 2012); Ord. 20-06 (November 2006); Ord. 3-03 (February 2003); Ord. 16-02 (October 2002); Ord. 1-00 (January 2000)

8.84.030 Sign Approvals and Decisionmaker Authority by Zoning District.

Matrix A, Sign Approvals and Decisionmaker Authority by Zoning District, prescribes the necessary permits and the decisionmaker authority applicable to the specified signs for each zoning district:

Matrix A

Sign Approvals and Decisionmaker Authority by Zoning District*

Sign Type

A

R-1, R-2, R-M

C-N

C-O

C-1

C-2

DDZD

M-P, M-1, M-2

Awning

Σ

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Bulletin Board

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

Coming Soon

X

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Community ID

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Electronic Readerboard

X

X

CUP(PC)

CUP(PC)

CUP(PC)

CUP(PC)

CUP(PC)

CUP(PC)

Flags - Automobile/Vehicle Sales

X

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Freestanding 20' or Less in Height

Σ

X

ZC

X

BP

BP

BP

BP

Freestanding Greater than 20' in Height

X

X

X

X

SDR

SDR

SDR

SDR

Identification**

ZC/SDR

ZC/SDR

ZC/SDR

ZC/SDR

ZC/SDR

ZC/SDR

ZC/SDR

ZC/SDR

Master Sign Program

SDR (ZA)

X

SDR (ZA)

SDR (ZA)

SDR (ZA)

SDR (ZA)

SDR (ZA)

SDR (ZA)

Office Building Master ID

X

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Off-Site Residential Development Directional

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

Off-Site Temporary For Sale or Lease

Σ

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Permanent Banner Sign

X

X

X

X

MSP/SDR

MSP/SDR

MSP/SDR

MSP/SDR

Projecting Sign

Σ

X

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

Service Station Display Structure

X

X

ZC

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Service Station Price Sign

X

X

ZC

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Special Easement

Σ

X

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Temporary Promotional (21 Days)

X

ZC***

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

ZC

Tenant Directory

X

X

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

Wall

Σ

X

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

BP

Notes for Matrix A:

Σ

Business Signs not exceeding an area of ten (10) square feet per side are permitted per Section 8.84.090 and subject to Building Permit

BP

Permitted and subject to Building Permit

CUP

Conditional Use Permit Approval Required and subject to Building Permit

SDR

Site Development Review Approval by Staff Required and subject to Building Permit

PC

Planning Commission is decisionmaker authority

ZA

Zoning Administrator is decisionmaker authority

ZC

Zoning Clearance by Staff Required and subject to Building Permit

X

Not Permitted

*

Matrix A does not reflect Exempt Signs in Section 8.84.140

**

A sign of up to 24 square feet on a side is allowed with a Zoning Clearance and a sign of up to 36 square feet on a side is allowed with a Site Development Review.

***

Only Temporary Banners, not exceeding 12 square feet, are allowed for apartment communities (see Section 8.84.020.B for definition). All other temporary promotional signs are not allowed in this zoning district.

 

 

Planned Development signage is permitted by Section 8.84.100.

 

 

A Sign Exception to a regulation in this Chapter may be applied for per Section 8.84.200.

Rev. Ord. 17-12 (November 2012); Ord. 7-12 (May 2012); Ord. 22-10 (November 2010); Ord. 20-06 (November 2006); Ord. 3-03 (February 2003); Ord. 1-00 (January 2000); Ord. 18-98 (November 1998)

8.84.040 Matrix B, Sign Development Regulations.

The following Matrix B, Sign Development Regulations, prescribes required development regulations for permitted signs. The information in Matrix B is subordinate to and supplementary to the information in Section 8.84.050, Signs Subject to Permits.

Matrix B 

Sign Development Regulations **

Sign Type Section No.

Maximum Number of Signs

Maximum Height

Maximum Area per Side in Sq. Ft.

Location Requirements*

Copy Restrictions*

Additional Regulations*

Awning

Section 8.84.050.A

1 per business or tenant frontage as permitted by Section 8.84.110B.4.

2 ft. 6 in.

1 sq. ft. per lineal ft. of tenant frontage to maximum of 150 sq. ft. (with SDR, 1.5/lineal ft. to max of 250 sq. ft.); 25% bonus if tenant space is 100 ft. from street.

1 per business or tenant frontage with maximum of three frontages.

N/A

May project 36 inches. More than 36 inches with SDR. Max. sign length of 24 ft.

Bulletin Board

Section 8.84.050.B

1

6 ft.

24 sq. ft.

10 ft. from front property line; Must meet all other yard requirements.

Announcements pertaining to an on-site church, school, community center, park, hospital or institutional building.

 

Coming Soon

Section 8.84.050.C

2

8 ft.

32 sq. ft.

On construction site.

Opening date, architect, engineer, contractor, future business, or lender.

May only be placed during time period between building permit and final occupancy.

Community ID

Section 8.84.050.D

1

20 ft.

120 sq. ft.

 

Service club names and emblems and community slogans.

Illumination shall not be intermittent; Means of support shall be concealed.

Electronic Readerboard Section 8.84.050.E

Per Section 8.84.110 if wall sign; 8.84.120 if freestanding sign.

Per Section 8.84.110 if wall sign; 8.84.120 if freestanding sign.

Per Section 8.84.110 if wall sign; 8.84.120 if freestanding sign.

Per Section 8.84.110 if wall sign; 8.84.120 if freestanding sign.

Per Section 8.84.110 if wall sign; 8.84.120 if freestanding sign.

Per Section 8.84.110 if wall sign; 8.84.120 if freestanding sign.

Flags - Automobile/Vehicle Sales

See Section 8.84.050.F

See Section 8.84.050.F

See Section 8.84.050.F

See Section 8.84.050.F

See Section 8.84.050.F

See Section 8.84.050.F

Freestanding 20' or less in height; Freestanding greater than 20' in height.

Section 8.84.120.

1 per parcel; 2 or more with Master Sign Program.

10 ft. at property line; May be increased 0.5 ft. for every 1 ft. the sign is set back from the nearest street frontage property line up to a maximum of 20 ft.; Up to 35 ft. with SDR.

15 sq. ft. per side at property line; May increase 2.5 sq. feet per side for each 1 ft. sign is set back from nearest street frontage property line. Maximum of 150 sq. ft.

In a planter of appropriate dimension; Not closer than 50 feet from R-O-W of Interstate Highway; Permitted within required yards; At one or more main entrances with Master Sign Program.

Must indicate building address or address range.

Must have minimum clearance of 14 feet if overhanging vehicular way; Must not project into a public right-of-way.

Identification

Section 8.84.050.H

1

6 ft.

24 sq. ft. with Zoning Clearance; 36 sq. ft. with SDR.

None.

Name and/or use of building.

Means of support shall be concealed.

Office Building Master ID

Section 8.84.050.I

1

8 ft.

25 sq. ft.

None.

Name of office building, institutional use and address.

100 ft. minimum parcel frontage required; Means of support shall be concealed.

Off-Site Residential Development Directional

Section 8.84.050.J

Determined by Director of Community Development.

Determined by Director of Community Development.

Determined by Director of Community Development.

Determined by Director of Community Development.

Determined by Director of Community Development.

Determined by Director of Community Development.

Off-Site Temporary For Sale or Lease

Section 8.84.050.K

1 per 100 ft. of street frontage; Up to 2 per parcel.

8 ft.

16 sq. ft.

Off-site sign is located in immediate vicinity of advertised premises w/o direct access to public road.

For sale or lease; Name and phone number of agent and/or agency.

Must be constructed of wood, plywood, metal or other rigid material.

Pedestrian/Shingle

Section 8.84.050.L

1

N/A

5 sq. ft.

Suspended from canopy over a sidewalk directly in front of the door of the business.

None.

8 ft. vertical clearance; Perpendicular to business building wall.

Permanent Banner

Section 8.84.050.M

N/A

Per MSP/SDR.

Per MSP/SDR.

Per MSP/SDR.

Name of shopping center, business or logo.

Maintain in good condition; Subject to semi-annual review; Replace if in poor maintenance.

Projecting

Section 8.84.050.N

1 per business.

2 ft. 6 in.; May be increased through SDR.

16 sq. ft.; May be increased through SDR.

In middle 1/3 of front wall of building.

N/A

Section 8.84.110.C

Service Station Display Structure

Section 8.84.050.O

1

8 ft.

16 sq. ft.

None.

Name of service station.

May be combined with Service Station Price Signs; Placed in landscape planter

Service Station Price Signs

Section 8.84.050.P

2

6 ft.

16 sq. ft for 3 fuel products; 24 sq. ft for 4 fuel products.

1 per street frontage.

Gasoline prices.

May be combined with Service Station Display Structure.

Special Easement

Section 8.84.050.Q

1

4 ft.

24 sq. ft.

Within immediate vicinity of the business the sign advertises.

Name of business and/or center.

In lieu of Freestanding Sign; Business located on parcel w/o direct access or frontage on improved ROW; must be connected by roadway/access easement.

Temporary Promotional

Section 8.84.050.R

 

Per Section 8.84.050.R

Per Section 8.84.050.R

Per Section 8.84.050.R

Per Section 8.84.050.R

Per Section 8.84.050.R

Per Section 8.84.050.R

Tenant Directory

Section 8.84.050.S

1

N/A

12 sq. ft.

At entrance of building on an exterior wall.

Listing of tenant names and suite numbers/letters.

None.

Wall

Section 8.84.110.T

1 per business or tenant frontage with maximum of three frontages.

2 ft. 6 in.

1 sq. ft. per lineal ft. of Tenant Frontage to maximum of 150 sq. ft. (with SDR, 1.5/lineal ft. to max of 250 sq. ft.); 25% bonus if tenant space is 100 ft. from street.

1 per business or tenant frontage with maximum of three frontages.

N/A

May project 12 inches, 30 inches w/SDR. Max. sign length 24 ft.

*    Location Requirements, Copy Restrictions and Additional Regulations are in addition to those identified in Sections 8.84.110 and 8.84.120.

**    Matrix B does not reflect Exempt Signs in Section 8.84.140.

Rev. Ord. 17-12 (November 2012); Ord. 7-12 (May 2012); Ord. 22-10 (November 2010); Ord. 20-06 (November 2006); Ord. 3-03 (February 2003); Ord. 16-02 (October 2002); Ord. 18-98 (November 1998)

8.84.050 Signs Subject to Permits.

The following signs shall be allowed pursuant to the permits required in the Zoning Districts as indicated in Matrix A (Section 8.84.030) and shall be regulated as shown in Matrix B, (Section 8.84.040) and as follows:

A.    Awning Signs. Awning Signs shall be permitted in the same locations as wall signs and shall be subject to the requirements of Section 8.84.110.

B.    Bulletin Board. A bulletin board twenty four (24) square feet maximum area per side, is permitted ten (10) feet from the front property line. One Bulletin Board Sign is permitted on each property. A Bulletin Board Sign may have a maximum height of six (6) feet.

C.    Coming Soon Signs. Coming Soon Signs, with a maximum height of eight (8) feet and a maximum area of thirty-two (32) square feet, denoting the opening date, architect, engineer, contractor, future business or lending agency when placed on the site of work under construction. A maximum of two (2) Coming Soon Signs are permitted per construction site. A Coming Soon Sign may only be placed after issuance of a building permit for the main structure and must be removed upon final occupancy of the main structure.

D.    Community Identification Signs. A Community Identification Sign may be permitted pursuant to a Zoning Clearance, may have a maximum area of one hundred twenty (120) square feet and may have a maximum height of twenty (20) feet. Sign illumination shall not be intermittent and sign copy shall be limited to:

1.    The name of the community.

2.    Information relating to the service clubs active in the area.

3.    Community slogans or mottoes.

4.    Directional information.

E.    Electronic Readerboard Signs. An Electronic Readerboard Sign may be permitted as either a Wall Sign or a Freestanding Sign subject to a Conditional Use Permit by the Planning Commission pursuant to Chapter 8.100, Conditional Use Permit. Wall-mounted Electronic Readerboard Signs shall comply with Section 8.84.110, Regulations For Wall Signs And Projecting Signs. Freestanding Electronic Readerboard Signs shall comply with Section 8.84.120, Freestanding Sign General Regulations.

F.    Flags - Automobile/Vehicles Sales. Automobile/Vehicle Sales Flags are permitted in those Zoning Districts where Automobile/Vehicle Sales are permitted subject to approval of a Zoning Clearance. Automobile/Vehicle Sales Flags are subject to the following:

1.    Automobile/Vehicle Sales Flags shall be located on the site where the business being advertised is conducted.

2.    The location of Automobile/Vehicle Sales Flags shall be limited to private property light poles and shall not extend above the top of the light pole.

3.    The number of Automobile/Vehicle Sales Flags shall be limited to one (1) flag per light pole, up to one-half of all light poles located on the site.

4.    Automobile/Vehicle Sales Flags shall be limited to a maximum of 20 square feet and may be single sided or double sided.

5.    Automobile/Vehicle Sales Flags shall have a clearance of eight (8) feet above the ground and fourteen (14) feet above a driveway, alley or other vehicular access way. No flag shall project into a public right-of-way.

6.    Automobile/Vehicle Sales Flags shall be maintained in good condition at all times. Any flag that is faded, torn or otherwise determined by the Community Development Director to not be in good condition shall be removed upon request and may be replaced subject to compliance with this subsection.

G.    Freestanding Signs. Freestanding Signs are permitted per Section 8.84.120 and in Section 8.84.040 Matrix B.

H.    Identification Signs. One Identification Sign is permitted per parcel in any district. Identification Signs with a maximum area of twenty four (24) square feet per side may be approved subject to a Zoning Clearance, unless an area of thirty-six (36) square feet per side is permitted through the Site Development Review process. The height of Identification Signs shall not exceed six (6) feet.

I.    Office Building Master Identification Sign. An Office Building Master Identification Sign may have a maximum height of eight (8) feet and a maximum area per side of twenty-five (25) square feet. One Office Building Master Identification Sign is permitted per parcel. A one hundred (100) foot minimum parcel frontage is required.

J.    Off-Site Residential Development Directional Signs. The purpose of this section is to establish and regulate a standardized program of off-site residential development directional signs in areas where many developments are being constructed at the same time. This will provide attractive and effective signage to help the public find the developments. Off-Site Residential Development Directional Signs, “Signs” for the purposes of this section, are subject to the Building Permit process. These signs are permitted subject to the following:

1.    Residential developments of 5 or more dwelling units. Signs shall be prepared for residential developments where 5 or more dwelling units are concurrently undergoing construction.

2.    On private property with consent of owner, public property or City right-of-way. All signs shall be placed on private property with the written consent of the property owner, public property, or on City right-of-way subject to a City encroachment permit.

3.    Construction and maintenance by one sign company. Signs shall be constructed and maintained by one sign company and paid for by residential developers within the City.

4.    Design. The design of the signs shall be uniform and shall be to the satisfaction of the Director of Community Development by means of a Site Development Review. A modification to the design will be by means of a Site Development Review Waiver. The City logo shall be placed on top of the signs. Any single-sided signs shall be painted the same color in the back as in the front side. The signs shall not be illuminated. The sign shall feature removable linear sign panels with directional arrows. A typical example of such a sign is as follows:

5.    Off-Site Residential Development Directional Sign Plan. An Off-Site Residential Development Directional Sign Plan shall be prepared to the satisfaction of the Director of Community Development by means of a Site Development Review. A modification to the Plan will be by means of a Site Development Review Waiver. The Plan shall show the location of each sign, preferably at major intersections, prior to the installation of any signs. No sign shall be located anywhere other than as shown on the Off-Site Residential Development Directional Sign Plan.

6.    Maintenance. The sign company shall maintain the signs to the satisfaction of the Director of Community Development. If signs are not maintained to the satisfaction of the Director of Community Development, the City shall have the right to remove and confiscate the sign.

7.    Each development shall be limited to one panel on an individual sign face.

8.    Informing the public. Individual panels on signs shall be used only to inform the public of residential developments within the City of Dublin.

9.    Sight distance. The signs shall not interfere with the sight distance of motorists, pedestrians, or bicycle riders.

10.    Sidewalk circulation. The signs shall not impede pedestrian circulation of sidewalks.

11.    Freeways. The signs shall not be located within 660 feet of I-580 or I-680.

12.    Weeds. The site where signs are located shall be kept free of weeds to the satisfaction of the Director of Community Development to a distance of two feet around each sign.

13.    Devices. Devises shall not be attached to or placed next to signs. Such devices include but are not limited to: tag signs, streamers, balloons, banners, pennants, flags, lights or display boards.

14.    Prohibited signs. No prohibited signs such as A-Frame Signs, Portable Signs, pennants, streamers, blinking or flashing lights, or movable signs (whether mechanical or hand-held) shall be permitted on or adjacent to Signs.

15.    Existing Directional Tract Signs. All existing Directional Tract Signs for individual developments will become legal non-conforming signs. The City may pursue removal of such signs pursuant to Section 8.140.070.

16.    Removal of panel. When a given development is completely sold out or leased, the panel representing that development shall be removed from all signs.

17.    Removal of sign. The signs shall be removed at the time the last dwelling unit of the developments is occupied.

18.    Relocation/reduction in size. When a sign has only a few panels in use, it shall be moved closer to the developments being advertised and/or reduced in size.

19.    Bond. The sign company shall post a bond satisfactory to the Director of Community Development to assure timely removal of the signs.

K.    Off-Site Temporary For Sale Or Lease Signs. Off-site Temporary For Sale Or Lease Signs are subject to the Zoning Clearance process. Temporary For Sale or Lease Signs are permitted subject to the following:

1.    Signs shall not exceed a maximum area of sixteen (16) square feet per side.

2.    One (1) such sign may be placed for each one hundred (100) feet of street frontage, up to a maximum of two (2) signs per parcel.

3.    All signs shall have a maximum height of eight (8) feet.

4.    Signs shall only state that the property is for sale, lease or exchange by the owner or his or her agent and the name, address and phone number of the agent and/or agency and directions.

5.    Off-site signs shall be in the immediate vicinity of the parcel, structure or establishment advertised.

6.    The premises advertised by an off-site sign must be located on a parcel of land without direct access or frontage on an improved Public right-of-way.

7.    All off-site signs shall be subject to standard requirements of the Zoning Clearance.

8.    All signs shall be constructed of wood, plywood, metal or other rigid material.

9.    No sign shall be placed on a private or public right-of-way.

L.    Pedestrian/Shingle Signs. The sign shall be:

1.    Suspended from a canopy over a sidewalk directly in front of the door of the business with a minimum of eight (8) foot vertical clearance.

2.    Perpendicular to the business building wall.

3.    Not more than five (5) square feet in area per side.

4.    Limited to one (1) per business per building elevation.

M.    Permanent Banner. A Permanent Banner shall be permitted pursuant to a Master Sign Program approved by the Zoning Administrator, which may display only the name or logo of the shopping center or business. Such Permanent Banner shall be maintained in good condition and shall be subject to semi-annual review. If found to be in poor maintenance, such Permanent Banner shall be replaced or removed by the shopping center or business.

N.    Projecting Signs. Projecting Signs are permitted per Section 8.84.110.C.

O.    Service Station Display Structures. A Service Station Display Structure shall be established by a Zoning Clearance and may only identify the name of the service station it adjoins. Such structure shall have a maximum height of eight (8) feet and have a maximum area of 16 square feet per side and may incorporate Service Station Price Signs. The area of the Service Station Price Sign may be added to the area of a Service Station Display Structure. A Service Station Display Structure shall be placed in a landscape planter, which should be of sufficient width, length and height to protect the base of the sign from damage due to vehicular traffic.

P.    Service Station Price Signs. Service Station Price Signs indicating gasoline prices, products offered for sale, methods of sale and types of available services offered are permitted when accessory to an existing service station, provided:

1.    One (1) price sign is permitted along each street frontage to a maximum of two (2) price signs.

2.    Each price sign shall have a heavy type face and be clearly visible from adjacent streets and may have a maximum area of sixteen (16) square feet per side for service stations offering three (3) fuel products; or a maximum area of twenty-four (24) square feet per side for service stations offering four (4) or more fuel products.

3.    The maximum sign height shall not exceed six (6) feet.

4.    A price sign may be attached to, combined with and made part of a Service Station Sign Display Structure pursuant to Section 8.84.050.P.

5.    All signage conforms to the requirements of Business and Professions Code Section 13530 et. seq.

Rev. Ord 20-06 (November 2006)

Q.    Special Easement Signs. A Special Easement Sign may be used in-lieu of a Freestanding Sign to designate the name of a business or center. A Special Easement Sign shall be placed within the immediate vicinity of the parcel upon which the business or center is located. The premises said sign is designed to advertise must be located on a parcel of land without direct access or frontage on an improved public right-of-way. Said properties must be interconnected by a traversable vehicular roadway, which is subject to a non-revocable, non-exclusive recorded access easement. A Special Easement Sign shall be subject to a Zoning Clearance. Special Easement Signs shall not be more than four (4) feet high and six (6) feet long and shall have a maximum area of twenty-four (24) square feet per side. Special Easement Signs shall be subject to compliance with Section 8.84.120, Freestanding Signs General Regulations.

R.    Temporary Promotional Signs. Temporary Promotional Signs shall be professionally designed and fabricated by design professionals (e.g., graphic designers), whose principal business is the design, manufacture, or sale of signs, or others who are determined by the Director of Community Development to be capable of producing professional results. Temporary Promotional Signs shall have a professional appearance and be constructed of durable, all-weather materials and shall be maintained in good condition throughout the display period.

1.    Apartment Community Banner. One (1) temporary banner for apartment communities is permitted pursuant to a Zoning Clearance and may be placed on site for a maximum of ten (10) consecutive calendar days per permit when used for special promotional events or needs. A minimum waiting period of twenty (20) consecutive calendar days between displays is required. In addition, the duration in which banners may be displayed is limited to a maximum duration of ninety (90) days per calendar year. A temporary banner sign for apartment communities shall not be larger than twelve (12) square feet (see Section 8.84.020.B for definition of apartment community).

2.    Balloons. Any tethered or untethered balloon of greater than fifteen (15) inches in diameter shall be permitted only as a temporary promotional sign and subject to a permit. All balloons shall be tethered to the ground only with the bottom of the balloon on the ground and shall not be permitted to be attached to any structure or vehicle. No permit(s) singularly or cumulatively shall be issued that allows any temporary promotional signs that include balloons for more than twenty-one (21) days per calendar year.

3.    Banner Signs. Up to two (2) Banner Signs are permitted pursuant to a Zoning Clearance and may be placed on site for a maximum of twenty-one (21) consecutive calendar days per permit when used for special promotional events or needs. A minimum waiting period of forty-two (42) consecutive calendar days between displays is required. A Banner Sign shall not be larger than 60 square feet in size and the sign shall not be located so that the sign is taller than the eave of the structure in which the business is located. One (1) Banner Sign may be displayed on a tenant’s building frontage and one (1) Banner Sign may be displayed on the street frontage. If there is more than one street frontage, one (1) Banner Sign may be displayed on each street frontage (in lieu of the building frontage), up to two street frontages, if the signs are at least 200 feet apart.

4.    Going-out-of-Business Signs. One (1) Going-out-of-Business Sign is permitted in any district other than the Agricultural or Residential Districts when used for a bona fide going-out-of-business function. The sign may only be displayed once for a period not to exceed sixty (60) consecutive calendar days. A Going-out-of-Business Sign shall only be displayed on the site on which the business is located and shall not be located so that the sign is taller than the eave of the structure in which the business is located.

5.    Grand Opening Signs. One (1) Grand Opening Sign is permitted in any district other than the Agricultural or Residential Districts when used for a bona fide grand opening function. The sign is effective only if applied for within sixty (60) calendar days of a business’ initial occupancy and may only be displayed once for a period not to exceed sixty (60) consecutive calendar days. A Grand Opening Sign shall only be displayed on the site on which the business is located and shall not be located so that the sign is taller than the eave of the structure in which the business is located.

6.    Searchlights. Up to four (4) searchlights, attached to function as a single unit, are permitted as a Temporary Promotional Sign pursuant to a Zoning Clearance. No permit(s) singularly or cumulatively shall be issued that allows any temporary promotional sign(s) that include searchlights for more than twenty-one (21) days per calendar year.

S.    Tenant Directory Signs. A Tenant Directory Sign is permitted provided it shall not exceed a maximum area of twelve (12) square feet.

T.    Wall Signs. Wall Signs shall be permitted per Section 8.84.110. Rev. Ord. 17-12 (November 2012); Ord. 7-12 (May 2012); Ord. 22-10 (November 2010); Ord. 20-06 (November 2006); Ord. 3-03 (February 2003); Ord. 16-02 (October 2002); Ord. 1-00 (January 2000); Ord. 18-98 (November 1998)

8.84.060 Design Criteria

A.    The Zoning Administrator shall consider the following factors in the review of the design of each proposed sign:

1.    Visibility and legibility (letter height and legibility, contrast-background relationship, placement and location).

2.    Impact of other immediate signs in terms of visibility, legibility, and scale.

3.    Traffic conditions, including but not limited to, traffic safety and circulation, visibility, road width, curb cuts, or driveway indentations, median, proximity of major intersections, signals or stops, average traveling speed or any other natural physical obstruction.

4.    Night-time use considerations including intensity of illumination (of a sign being reviewed, of other immediate signs and of other light sources such as street lights or canopy lights), competition and interference of light sources and intrusion of light into residential areas.

B.    Each proposed sign shall be reviewed for conformity to the following criteria:

1.    The sign shall relate to the architectural design of the building. An attractive scale between the sign, the building and the immediate surrounding buildings and signs shall be maintained.

2.    To the extent feasible, a sign shall be graphic with design emphasis on simplicity, style, trademark, business identification and symbol. Wording shall be an integral part of the overall design.

3.    All light sources shall be adequately diffused or shielded.

4.    The sign’s supporting structure shall be as small in density and as simple as is structurally safe.

5.    Multiple signing on a single-faced building shall be reviewed for coordination of all signs architecturally and aesthetically.

6.    Plastic-faced signs with white internally illuminated backgrounds are not permitted except pursuant to a Zoning Clearance.

7.    Neon, bare fluorescent tubes, or incandescent bulbs are not permitted except pursuant to Site Development Review.

8.    Signage shall not obstruct pedestrian circulation.

8.84.070 Illumination.

Illumination may be allowed on all signs upon the approval of the Zoning Administrator, unless otherwise set forth in this Chapter. Floodlighting used for the illumination of any sign shall be permitted only when such lighting is installed on private property and is hooded or shielded so that the light source is not visible from public streets, alleys, highways or adjoining properties.

8.84.080 Landscaping.

Landscaping used in commercial areas where signage is proposed will be of species which have growth habits which facilitate visibility of signage to the greatest degree possible while still providing necessary shade and screening and meeting all other requirements of this Chapter.

8.84.090 A - Agricultural District - Signs Permitted.

When located in an A District, and subordinate to a lawful use, Business Signs not exceeding an aggregate area of ten (10) square feet per side are permitted as shown in Matrix A (Section 8.84.030).

8.84.100 PD - Planned Development District - Signs Permitted.

Type, size, location and character of signs established in a PD District shall be in the form of a Master Sign Program as stipulated by the Ordinance establishing the PD District. Modifications to the adopted Master Sign Program may be considered by the Zoning Administrator upon application for a Site Development Review pursuant to Chapter 8.104, Site Development Review.

8.84.110 Regulations for Wall Signs and Projecting Signs.

A.    General

1.    Zoning Districts. These regulations shall apply in the C-N, C-O, C-1, C-2, M-P, M-1 and M-2 Zoning Districts.

2.    Computation Of Sign Area. The area of Wall and Projecting signs shall be computed as the entire area within a single, continuous perimeter creating a polygon of not more than eight (8) straight lines, a circle or an ellipse, or a combination of the above enclosing the extreme limits of the sign together with any frame or other material or color forming an integral part of the display or used to differentiate such sign from the background against which it is placed, provided that in the case of a sign with more than one exterior surface containing sign copy, the sign area shall be computed as the sum of all exterior faces. Any structure, or part of a structure, which departs from standard architectural procedures in an attempt to attract attention to the premises by reason of color scheme, building shape or unusual architectural features shall be considered sign area and is subject to all pertinent regulations. Those portions of the supports, uprights, base of a sign, or area used for street address, that do not function as a sign shall not be considered as part of the sign area.

3.    Extension Of Sign Above Ridge Roof-Line. No part of any Wall Sign or Projecting Sign shall extend above the Roof-Line of the building elevation on which the sign is displayed.

4.    Maximum Sign Height. No Wall or Projecting Signs shall exceed two (2) feet, six (6) inches where either a sign cabinet or individual letters are used. This standard may be increased with a Site Development Review. Exceptions: A single wall sign may be up to four (4) feet high if it is no more than four (4) feet wide and otherwise conforms to the requirements of the Sign Regulations. A Wall or Projecting Sign may be three (3) feet high if it is on the face of a building at least eighteen (18) feet high.

5.    Maximum Sign Length. No Wall Sign shall exceed a length of twenty-four (24) feet. This standard may be increased with a Site Development Review.

6.    Supporting Members Of Signs Minimized. Supporting members for Wall Signs and Projecting Signs shall appear to be an integral architectural part of the building, and any required bracing shall be minimized.

7.    Number Of Building Frontages. Each business or tenant space may be permitted a maximum of three (3) building frontages with maximum of one wall sign per frontage. Rev. Ord. 20-06 (November 2006)

8.    Frontage Allocation Not Transferable. In no case shall a sign or sign area permitted on one frontage be transferred to another frontage.

9.    Use of All Legal Existing Sign Cabinets on a Tenant Frontage. All legal existing sign cabinets on a Tenant Frontage may be used by the tenant occupying the suites behind the Tenant Frontage.

B.    Wall Signs

1.    Area Of Wall Signs. The area of wall signs for each business or tenant space shall not exceed one (1) square foot of sign area for each lineal foot of Tenant Frontage occupied by such business up to a maximum sign size of one hundred fifty (150) square feet unless exceeded through approval of a Master Sign Program pursuant to Section 8.84.130.

With a Site Development Review this standard may be increased to one and one-half (1.5) square feet of sign area for each lineal foot of frontage occupied by such business up to a maximum size of two hundred fifty (250) square feet.

2.    Wall Signs on Buildings Distant From Street. A tenant space of a building which is set back at least one hundred (100) feet or more from any street may increase the Wall Sign area by twenty-five (25%) percent.

3.    Wall Signs Parallel To Building Face. Attached wall signs shall be parallel with the building face.

4.    Wall Signs and Awning Signs Projecting From Face Of Wall. Wall signs shall project not more than twelve (12) inches from a wall except that Wall Signs projecting from twelve (12) inches to thirty (30) inches from the wall to which they are attached are permitted with a Site Development Review. Awning Signs shall not project more than thirty-six (36) inches from a wall except that Awning Signs projecting more than thirty-six (36) inches from the wall to which they are attached are permitted with a Site Development Review.

C.    Projecting Signs

1.    Clearance Of Projecting Signs. Projecting Signs shall have a clearance of eight (8) feet above the ground and fourteen (14) feet above a driveway, alley, or other vehicular access way. No such sign shall project into a public right-of-way.

2.    Location Of Projecting Signs. Projecting Signs shall only be located on the middle one-third of the front wall of a building. This requirement may be modified by means of a Site Development Review.

3.    Number of Projecting Signs. Only one Projecting Sign shall be permitted for each business located on the site.

4.    Projecting Sign Areas. A Projecting Sign shall have a maximum size of sixteen (16) square feet per side unless increased pursuant to a Site Development Review.

5.    Projecting Sign Projection Limit. Projecting Signs shall not extend from the front wall to which they are attached more than eight (8) feet unless modified by a Site Development Review.

8.84.120 Freestanding Sign General Regulations.

A Freestanding Sign shall:

A.    Be located in a planter of appropriate dimension. The design of the landscape planter should be of sufficient width, length and height to protect the base of the sign from damage due to vehicular traffic.

B.    Not be located closer than fifty (50) feet from the right-of-way of an Interstate Freeway.

C.    Be permitted at one or more of the main entrances pursuant to a Master Sign Program.

D.    Be permitted to be located within required front, side or rear yard setback areas.

E.    Indicate the building address or address range of the building and/or complex it serves.

F.    Have a minimum clearance of fourteen (14) feet if the freestanding sign has an overhang extending over a driveway, alley, or other vehicular access.

G.    Not project into a public right-of-way.

H.    Have a maximum height of 10 feet at the property line. The height may be increased .5 foot for every foot the sign is set back from the nearest street frontage property line up to a maximum of twenty (20) feet. A Freestanding Sign may be permitted to have a height of up to thirty-five (35) feet with a Site Development Review. Heights above thirty-five (35) feet may be permitted pursuant to a Master Sign Program.

I.    Have a maximum area of 15 square feet per side at the property line. The area may be increased 2.5 square feet per side for each foot the sign is set back from the nearest street frontage property line. The maximum size for a freestanding sign is one hundred and fifty (150) square feet per side. A Freestanding Sign may have an area greater than one hundred and fifty (150) square feet pursuant to a Master Sign Program.

J.    Also be regulated as shown in Section 8.84.040, Matrix B.

K.    Be limited to one Freestanding Sign per parcel unless more than one Freestanding Sign were allowed pursuant to a Master Sign Program.

8.84.130 Master Sign Program/Site Development Review

A.    New signage for a new retail, office or industrial complex on four (4) or more acres having a gross floor area of 40,000 square feet or larger, a new automobile dealership, or any buildings more than two (2) stories high shall be subject to a Master Sign Program/Site Development Review to be reviewed by the Zoning Administrator pursuant to Chapter 8.104 Site Development Review. An existing or proposed retail, office or industrial complex (all of the businesses in the complex or shopping center, not an individual business in a complex or shopping center), automobile dealership or building more than two (2) stories high, regardless of the size of the site on which it is located, may apply for a Master Sign Program/Site Development Review to be reviewed by the Zoning Administrator.

1.    That the program’s contribution to effective and attractive identification of businesses, services and uses and the design quality of the site and surrounding area will be superior to the quality that would result under the regulations and standards of Section 8.84.040, Sign Development Regulations, Section 8.84.050, Signs Subject To Permits, Section 8.84.110, Regulations For Wall Signs And Projecting Signs, and Section 8.84.120, Freestanding Sign General Regulations; and

2.    That all of the proposed signs of the retail, office or industrial complex, shopping center, automobile dealership or building are compatible with the style or character of existing improvements on the site and are well related to each other; and

3.    That all of the proposed signage shall generally conform with the Design Criteria in Section 8.84.060.

8.84.140 Exempt Signs.

The following signs are exempt from obtaining a Sign Permit but shall comply with all other regulations of this article:

A.    Direction/Warning Signs. Signs displayed for the direction, warning or safety of the public, including pedestrian and vehicular traffic, with eight (8) square feet maximum sign area per sign, except pavement markings, which are not so restricted as to maximum area.

B.    Flags. The flag or insignia of any charitable, educational, philanthropic, civic, professional or religious organization, or seasonal flags.

C.    Holiday Lights And Decorations. Holiday lights (if lighted) and decorations commonly associated with any national, local or religious holiday erected no sooner than forty-five (45) calendar days before the holiday and removed within fourteen (14) calendar days following the holiday. Holiday balloons, including large balloons used in conjunction with a holiday event, are exempt from obtaining a Sign Permit when located in a Residential Zoning District. Rev. Ord. 20-06 (November 2006)

D.    House Numbers And Name Plates. House numbers, name plate or identification of house members (provided sign does not exceed two (2) square feet maximum area), mailbox identification, street names, “no-trespass” signs, and other warning signs.

E.    Lottery Signs. Signs for the California State Lottery approved by the Lottery Commission for display by Lottery Game Retailers.

F.    Memorial Tablets. Memorial Tablets or signs identifying a benefactor, a location of historical interest, or a statue or monument.

G.    Murals/Artwork. Murals or other artistic paintings on walls, provided no logos, emblems or other similar devices, sign copy or illustrations of activities associated with uses on the premises or in the vicinity are included in the mural or painting.

H.    Official Public Signs. All Official Public Signs as defined.

I.    On-Site Temporary For Sale Or Lease Signs. All On-Site Temporary For Sale or Lease Signs shall:

1.    Not exceed a maximum area of sixteen (16) square feet per side.

2.    Be limited to one (1) such sign placed for each one hundred (100) feet of street frontage, up to a maximum of two (2) signs per parcel.

3.    Have a maximum height of eight (8) feet.

4.    State that the property is for sale, lease or exchange by the owner or his or her agent and the name, address and phone number of the owner or agent and/or agency and directions;

5.    Be constructed of wood, plywood, metal or other rigid material; and

6.    Not be placed on a private or public right-of-way.

J.    Open House Signs. Open House Signs are permitted subject to the following special provisions:

1.    A maximum of four (4) open house signs are permitted for each property being advertised for sale. Such signage shall not be located within the public right-of-way (which includes, but is not limited to, the sidewalk and the greenway between the sidewalk and the curb) where such signage endangers the safety of persons or property, disrupts the normal flow of vehicle or pedestrian traffic, blocks views of such traffic, blocks ingress into or egress from any residence or place of business, or restricts a sidewalk to less than thirty-two (32) inches. Signage may be placed in a landscaping strip between the roadway and the sidewalk.

2.    Signage is prohibited in public streets and the center divider strip and/or traffic islands of public streets.

3.    Signage is not to be adhered or attached to any public sign post, traffic signal or utility pole.

4.    Signs cannot be placed within a five (5) foot radius of a call box, fire hydrant or mailbox.

5.    No more than eight (8) open house signs shall be placed at any intersection. No more than one (1) sign per property being advertised may be placed at an intersection.

6.    Signs cannot have additional tags, riders, streamers, balloons or other attachments.

7.    The size of the sign shall not exceed four (4) square feet per side, and the height shall not exceed three (3) feet above grade.

8.    Open house signs shall be permitted on holidays, Saturdays, Sundays and one agent tour day each week from 10:00 a.m. through sunset.

9.    The City shall be authorized to assess all necessary costs for the time spent by City personnel, or its authorized agents, to remove illegally located open house signs. In cases of repeated violations of requirements dealing with open house signs, rights to locate new open house signs in the City shall be forfeited.

10.    Proper authorization by the affected private property owner shall be secured prior to placement of signs on private property.

K.    Private Recreational Signs. Signs which are within private recreational property and which cannot be seen from a public street or adjacent properties.

L.    Temporary Political Signs. Temporary political signs provided they shall:

1.    Be removed within 10 calendar days following the election.

2.    Be placed on private property.

3.    Be no more than sixteen (16) square feet per side in area per individual sign and up to eighty (80) square feet of maximum aggregate area per lot.

4.    Not be placed within the public right-of-way or within 660 feet of and visible from the right of way of Interstate 580 or Interstate 680.

M.    Vehicular Signs. A vehicle with Vehicular Signs affixed shall be parked on the property on which the business is located, and as close as practical to the business it serves. The vehicle shall not be used as a sign platform or for the sole purpose of attracting people to a place of business.

N.    Window Signs. Window Signs shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the contiguous window area from which they are viewed. Rev. Ord. 7-12 (May 2012)

8.84.150 Prohibited Signs.

The following signs, or signs which contain the following elements, are prohibited:

A.    A-Frame Signs. Any A-Frame Sign, Portable Sign or Sandwich Board Sign.

B.    Balloons. Any singular or clustered balloon(s) up to 15 inches in diameter used for advertising purposes and attached to any structure, vehicle, pole, or sign which is located in any Commercial or Industrial Zone by designated Planned Development or standard Commercial or Industrial Zone, which is displayed higher than 10-feet above the ground.

C.    Billboard Signs. Any Billboard Sign.

D.    Blinking, Flashing Lights. Any sign having blinking, flashing or fluttering lights, or any other illuminating device which has a changing light intensity, brightness or color.

E.    Directional Tract Signs.

F.    Off-Site Advertising Signs. Off-site advertising signs except for Community Identification Sign, Off-Site Residential Development Directional Sign, Open-House Sign and Special Easement Sign.

G.    Obscene Or Derogatory Signs. Any sign containing any obscene or derogatory matter.

H.    On Public Property. Any sign whether portable, temporary or permanent in nature located in public roadways rights of way, public sidewalks, public roadway medians or on public property except the following:

1.    An Official Public Sign.

2.    An informational sign of a public utility or transit company regarding its poles, lines, pipes, facilities or routes.

3.    An emergency warning sign erected by the City or other public entity, a public utility company, or contractor doing authorized or permitted work on public property.

4.    An Open-House Sign.

I.    Privately owned signs Resembling Traffic Signs. Any privately owned sign resembling any public directional sign or traffic control device.

J.    Pennants. Either directly or indirectly attached to any structure or pole.

K.    Reflective Signs. Signs using colors that contain reflective properties.

L.    Rotating, Moving and Human Held Signs. Any sign that rotates, moves, contains moving parts depicts animation in any manner or any sign that is held by a human being in any manner for a commercial purpose, including but not limited to advertising a produce, real property, or service.

M.    Signs Extending Above Roof Ridge. Any sign, which extends above the roof ridge line or parapet.

N.    Streamers. Either directly or indirectly attached to any structure or pole.

O.    Signs That Are A Traffic Hazard. Any sign, which create a traffic hazard to operators of motor vehicles or any sign, which obstructs or interferes with a motorist’s vision of traffic signals.

P.    Signs With Visible Support Brackets. Any sign mounted on a sloping roof with visible support brackets.

Q.    Sound Or Odor Emitting Signs. Any sign designed for emitting sound, odor or visible matter.

R.    Statuary Signs. Statuary when used for advertising purposes.

S.    Temporary Signs. Temporary signs except as approved in conjunction with approved signage for Grand-Opening, Permanent Banner and Temporary Promotional signs.

T.    Vehicular Signs. Any sign that exceeds 9 square feet per panel or side of vehicle on any car, van, truck or other vehicle that is either operable or non-operable, that is parked in any parking lot or adjacent right of way that is visible from a highway, collector or major street for a period that exceeds either 24 hours continuously or 84 hours in any 7 day period. Rev. Ord. 16-02 (October 2002); Ord. 1-00 (January 2000); Ord. 18-98 (November 1998)

8.84.160 Compliance - Sign Permit Application Required.

With the exception of Exempt Signs as specified in Section 8.84.140 of this Chapter, no person shall place or erect a sign in the City of Dublin without first having obtained approvals of applications as required by Matrix A (Section 8.84.030). It shall not be necessary to obtain approvals for routine maintenance or minor repairs or for repainting or changing of painted or printed copy on an existing sign on which periodic change is customary.

8.84.170 Application - Contents.

Application for a Sign Permit shall be made in writing upon forms furnished by the Department of Community Development and shall include the Property Owner’s signature authorizing the application, and other information determined by the Zoning Administrator.

8.84.180 Owner’s Consent.

No sign may be placed upon a property without the written consent of the property owner.

8.84.190 Application - Approval.

A.    The Zoning Administrator shall approve a Sign Permit Application only if he or she finds that:

1.    The sign and/or proposed location are not prohibited under section 8.84.150, Prohibited Signs.

2.    The sign is permitted under a specified section of this Chapter or under an Exception granted pursuant to Section 8.84.200.

3.    The sign is compatible in character and quality of design with the exterior architecture of the premises and other structures in the immediate area.

4.    The sign will not materially reduce the visibility of existing conforming signs in the area.

5.    The sign, as proposed or modified, conforms to the Design Criteria specified in Section 8.84.060, Design Criteria.

B.    Applications for the Sign Permits shown in Section 8.84.030 Matrix A shall be subject to the regulations, review, procedures, and appeal process set forth in the Zoning Ordinance.

8.84.200 Sign Exceptions.

Upon application, the Zoning Administrator may grant a Sign Exception to a regulation in this Chapter or, at the discretion of the Zoning Administrator, the application may be referred to the Planning Commission. A Sign Exception may be granted when the Zoning Administrator or the Planning Commission makes the following findings based on evidence in the record:

A.    The proposed Sign Exception conforms as closely as practicable to the regulations pertaining to sign size, height, number and location; and

B.    The proposed Sign Exception is consistent with the intent of providing attractive and effective identification and other purposes of the sign regulations; and

C.    Either:

1.    Strict adherence to the sign regulations does not allow attractive and effective identification of the site or practical functioning of the business because of the site’s location or configuration, or because the proposed business or use is obscured from view by adjacent buildings and/or vegetation; or

2.    The architectural style, materials or construction elements of the building are such that a sign placed in conformance with this Chapter would conflict with other aesthetic considerations.

D.    The procedure for processing a Sign Exception shall be as set forth in Chapter 8.112, Variance.

8.84.210 Non-Conforming Signs.

All signs and their supporting members that were rendered non-conforming by enactment of Ordinances 6-94 and 7-86, including signs previously approved through a Variance and/or Conditional Use Permit process and were not brought into compliance with the provisions of this Chapter on or prior to three (3) years from the effective date of Ordinance 7-86 and thus became illegal, and any signs made non-conforming by this Ordinance 6-94, shall be considered to be legal non-conforming signs.

8.84.220 Illegal Signs Subject to Summary Removal.

Signs and their supporting members, which meet any of the following criteria, shall be considered illegal signs and shall be subject to summary removal:

A.    Any signs and their supporting members erected without first complying with all ordinances and regulations in effect at the time of their construction, erection or use.

B.    Any signs and their supporting members which were lawfully erected, but whose use has ceased, or the structure upon which the signs are attached has been abandoned by its owner, for a period of not less than ninety (90) days.

C.    Any signs and their supporting members which have been more than fifty percent (50%) destroyed, and the destruction is other than facial copy replacement, and the sign displays are not repaired within thirty (30) days of the date of their destruction.

D.    Any signs and their supporting members whose owners, except for a change of copy, request permission to remodel and then remodel those sign displays, or expand or enlarge the buildings or land uses upon which the sign displays are located, and the sign displays are enlarged or otherwise made to be not in conformity with this Title by the construction, enlargement or remodeling. Remodeled signs where the cost of construction, enlargement, or remodeling of the sign displays exceeds fifty percent (50%) of the cost of reconstruction of the building.

E.    Any signs and their supporting members for which there has been an agreement between the sign display owners and the City for their removal as of any given date and said signs have not been removed by said date.

F.    Any signs and their supporting members which are temporary.

G.    Any signs and their supporting members which are a danger to the public or are unsafe.

H.    Any signs and their supporting members, which constitute a traffic, hazard not created by relocation of streets or highways or by acts by the City.

I.    Any signs and their supporting members that were legally erected which later became non-conforming as a result of the adoption of an ordinance, the amortization period for the display provided by the Ordinance rendering the display non-conforming has expired, and conformance has not been accomplished.

8.84.230 Inventory.

All existing illegal on-premises signs and abandoned signs shall be inventoried and identified as required by Business and Professions Code Section 5491.1. The inventory and identification shall commence within six (6) months from the date of adoption of this Ordinance. Within sixty (60) days after the six-month period, the City shall commence abatement of the identified preexisting illegal and abandoned on-premises advertising displays.

8.84.240 Signs Located on Non-Conforming Buildings Within a Required Yard.

Signs shall be permitted on non-conforming buildings located wholly or partially within required yard setback. [Ord. No. 7-86, May 1986; Ord. No. 18-88, September 1988]

8.84.250 Compliance - Decision of Permitting Body.

No building permit may be issued for a sign until the decision of the permitting body approving the application is final. Each sign shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with the terms and conditions of approval.

8.84.260 Maintenance - Required.

Each sign shall be maintained in a secure and safe condition. If the Zoning Administrator is of the opinion that a sign is not secure, safe, or in a good state of repair, he/she shall give written notice of this fact to the person responsible for the maintenance of the sign. If the defect in the sign is not corrected within the time permitted by the Zoning Administrator, the Zoning Administrator may revoke the permit to maintain the sign and may remove the sign in the manner provided in Section 8.84.280, Means Of Removal Of Illegal and/or Non-Conforming Signs.

8.84.270 Illegal Signs - Summary Removal.

Illegal signs may be removed in the manner described in Business and Professions Code Sections 5499.1 et. seq. or in the following manner:

A.    The Zoning Administrator shall give written notice to the owner of the premises as shown in the last equalized assessment roll, or as known to him or her, and to each person other than the owner who appears to be in possession or control of the premises. The notice shall be mailed by certified mail addressed to the premises where the violation exists and to the property owner at the address shown on the last equalized assessment roll. The notice shall contain the following:

1.    A general description of the sign, which is allegedly in violation.

2.    A copy of the Section of this Chapter, which is being violated.

3.    A notice of time and place at which time the owner or the person responsible may appear and present evidence as to the absence of a violation.

B.    The Zoning Administrator shall hold a hearing at the time and place set forth in the notice. At the hearing either the owner or the occupant of the premises, or both, may appear and be heard.

C.    If, at the conclusion of the hearing, the Zoning Administrator finds that a violation of this Chapter is continuing to exist, then the Zoning Administrator may order the sign to be summarily removed within a specified number of days. The Zoning Administrator shall give notice that if the sign is not removed by the end of the period specified, the City will remove it in accordance with Section 8.84.280, Means Of Removal Of Illegal and/or Non-Conforming Signs.

D.    The notice provided pursuant to Subdivision A shall be appropriate given the type of sign and circumstances but, in no event, shall it be less than five calendar days.

E.    Each person who erects a sign, which is subject to removal under this section, is jointly and severally liable for the cost of removal.

F.    The City may dispose of the sign sixty (60) days after removal by giving the owner notice that the owner may redeem the sign by paying the cost of removal, or if he or she fails to do so, the City will dispose of the sign as it sees fit without further liability to the owner for this action.

8.84.280 Means of Removal of Illegal and/or Non-Conforming Signs.

Unless some other method of removal is approved by the Zoning Administrator in writing, the removal of illegal and/or non-conforming signs shall be accomplished in the following manner:

A.    Signs painted on buildings, walls, or fences shall be abated by the removal of the paint constituting the sign or by painting over it in such a way that the sign shall not thereafter be visible.

B.    Other signs shall be abated by the removal of the sign, including its supporting members.

8.84.290 Violation - Nuisance - Abatement.

A sign erected or maintained in violation of this Chapter is a public nuisance, and the City Attorney shall, upon order of the City Council, commence an action for the abatement thereof in the manner approved by law. The City may take proceedings for the abatement of the nuisance and make the cost of abatement a lien and special assessment against the property in accordance with Government Code Sections 38773 or 38773.5. In addition, the cost of abatement shall be a personal obligation of the property owner.