Chapter 18.11
SIGNS

Sections:

18.11.010    Purpose.

18.11.020    Applicability.

18.11.030    Subareas, sign development and standards.

18.11.040    Definitions.

General Permit Provisions

18.11.050    Permit – Required.

18.11.060    Permit – Exceptions.

18.11.070    Permit – Application.

18.11.080    Fees.

18.11.090    Sign review process.

Permanent Signs

18.11.100    Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs.

18.11.110    Maximum letter size for primary signs.

18.11.120    Sign illumination.

18.11.125    Automobile service station signs.

18.11.130    Awning signs.

18.11.135    Banners and flags.

18.11.140    Blade signs.

18.11.150    Canopy signs.

18.11.160    Community facilities/religious facilities signs.

18.11.165    Community facilities electronic readerboards.

18.11.170    Directional and information signs.

18.11.180    District identification sign.

18.11.190    Franchise signs.

18.11.200    Fuel price signs.

18.11.210    Marquee signs.

18.11.220    Monument signs (freestanding signs).

18.11.230    Movable signs, commercial A-frame.

18.11.240    Repealed.

18.11.250    Multibusiness wall signs.

18.11.260    Painted wall murals.

18.11.270    Painted wall signs.

18.11.280    Pedestrian-oriented signs.

18.11.290    Projection signs.

18.11.300    Service organization signs.

18.11.310    Wall signs.

18.11.320    Window signs – Permanent indoor.

Temporary Signs

18.11.330    Area, height limit and setback.

18.11.340    Location.

18.11.350    Time limit generally.

18.11.360    Construction/contractor and “Coming soon” signs.

18.11.370    Grand opening events.

18.11.380    Movable signs, special events A-frame.

18.11.390    Outdoor commercial signs.

18.11.400    Outdoor vendor signs.

18.11.410    Political signs.

18.11.420    Real estate signs, on-premises (for sale/lease/rent).

18.11.430    One-time events signs.

Signs on Public Rights-of-Way

18.11.440    Scope.

18.11.450    Placement.

18.11.460    Repealed.

18.11.470    Insurance and indemnity.

Prohibited Signs and Devices

18.11.480    Listing of specifically prohibited signs and devices.

Nonconforming Signs

18.11.490    Classification.

18.11.500    Legal nonconforming signs.

18.11.510    Landmark signs.

18.11.520    Maintenance and repair of legal nonconforming signs.

Utility Locator

18.11.530    Notice.

Administration and Enforcement

18.11.540    Adjustment of standards.

18.11.550    Maintenance.

18.11.560    Removal.

18.11.570    Recovery of removed signs.

18.11.580    Violations of the Sign Code.

18.11.590    Administration.

18.11.600    Appeals.

Sign Code Tables

18.11.610    Repealed.

18.11.620    Repealed.

18.11.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards for the regulation of design, placement, size, renovation, and proper maintenance of all exterior signs and sign structures within the City of Issaquah in order to:

A.    Assist business in contributing to the economic well being of the community.

B.    Encourage signs and sign structures that are both functional and attractive and that clearly respond to the needs of the public in locating a residence or business establishment.

C.    Ensure that signage is representative of the business and compatible with the unique character and natural beauty of Issaquah;

D.    Promote traffic safety and protect the health, property, and general welfare of its citizens.

E.    Ensure the development, standardization and placement of informational signs.

F.    Reduce distractions and obstructions from signs that would adversely affect traffic safety, and to alleviate hazards caused by signs projecting over or encroaching upon public ways.

G.    Support the goals and vision of the “Mountains to Sound Greenway” project by managing the type, location and proliferation of signage that may be visible from I-90.

Cultural and Business District:

H.    In the CBD, encourage signage that is compatible with historical and cultural Downtown Issaquah CBD, as suggested in guidelines provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

I.    In the CBD, emphasize signs that are pedestrian-oriented.

J.    In the CBD, encourage signs that are uniform in size, color and presentation. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.020 Applicability.

These provisions are applicable to all properties within the City of Issaquah, except Urban Village planned developments with sign standards included in adopted development agreements. Certain provisions are specific to the Downtown Issaquah CBD, which denotes those properties within Issaquah’s Olde Town Subarea having CBD zoning designation, as well as the Downtown City Facilities Site and other contiguous properties zoned Community Facilities designated by this Code to have CBD development regulations. No other sign code will be applicable, except as noted herein. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.030 Subareas, sign development and standards.

Subareas in the City of Issaquah will be encouraged to develop uniqueness within guidelines for signage and the signage within a subarea may be distinguished within the parameters of the Sign Code. City subareas may establish their own development standards including regulations pertaining to signage as has been done with Issaquah Highlands. The requirements for signs in subareas, however, may not be less restrictive than the requirements of this chapter unless the City Council permits a subarea to be otherwise. Letter size shall not exceed those under IMC 18.11.110, Maximum letter size for primary signs. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.040 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, certain abbreviations, terms, phrases, words and their derivatives shall be construed as specified in this chapter:

A-frame movable sign: See Movable A-frame sign.

Abandoned sign: A sign which no longer identifies or advertises a bona fide business, lessor, service, owner, product or activity, and/or for which no legal owner can be found.

Address sign: A sign displaying the street number or name of the occupant of the premises, or both.

Advertising sign: A sign directing attention to a business, profession, commodity, service or entertainment conducted, sold or offered elsewhere than upon the lot where the sign is located.

Architect, engineer, contractor sign: See Construction/contractor sign.

Area of sign: The sum of all display areas as determined by circumscribing the exterior limits on the mass of each display erected on one (1) sign structure with a circle, triangle, or quadrangle connecting all extreme points. The structure supporting a sign or the painted or architectural background of a sign is not included in determining the area of the sign unless the structure or background is designed in a manner to visually amplify the sign itself.

Awning: An architectural projection roofed with flexible material supported from an exterior wall of a building and/or other sign structures.

Banner: A flexible material on which a sign is painted or printed.

Billboard: A ground, wall, or roof sign erected, constructed, or maintained for the purpose of displaying outdoor advertising.

Blade sign: A wall-mounted sign perpendicular to the building face. See Pedestrian-oriented sign.

Building: Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy.

Bus shelter sign: A sign placed at a public bus shelter that provides a directory of store sponsors/tenants, including bus route maps and bus route information.

Business day: Any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or a legal, state or federal holiday.

Business identification sign: A sign that identifies the name of a business.

Business license year: The period of time from July 1st to June 30th of each year.

Canopy: A permanent, rigid architectural projection supported from an exterior wall of a building and/or other structures.

Changeable copy: That portion of sign copy which may be easily changed by manual/mechanical means or lighting effects without reworking, repainting, or otherwise altering the physical composition of the sign, for the primary objective of displaying frequently changing copy incident to the sign owner's business.

Changeable copy sign: A reader board or a sign similarly constructed so that its message may be easily changed by manual/mechanical means or lighting effects without reworking, repainting, or otherwise altering the physical composition of the sign, and whose primary function is the capacity to display frequently changing advertising copy incident to the sign owner's business.

Changeable image sign: A sign which changes messages or background by means of electrical, kinetic, solar or mechanical energy.

City: The City of Issaquah.

Clearance (of a sign): The smallest vertical distance between the grade of the adjacent street or street curb and the lowest point of any sign, including framework and embellishments, extending over that grade.

Code administrator: The person empowered, authorized, and charged with the duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter or his duly authorized representative.

Coming soon sign: A temporary sign during the building construction period for informational purpose which identifies the character of the building or enterprise, or the commercial business or institution which intends to occupy a structure.

Community facilities sign: Any temporary or permanent sign erected and maintained by any public or quasi-public agency, including city, county, school district, special district, state or federal, or by any religious or charitable institution for designation or identification of public, charitable or religious facility property.

Community facilities directional sign: A sign that provides directions for public buildings such as public schools, libraries, hospitals, and other similar public service facilities.

Community facilities electronic readerboard: See Readerboard, electronic.

Construction/contractor sign: A temporary sign for informational purpose which identifies the architect, engineers, contractors and other individuals, or firms involved with the construction of a building or announcing the character of the building or enterprise, which is erected during the building construction period.

Credit sign: A sign advertising that credit is available.

Cultural and Business District (CBD): The properties within Issaquah’s Olde Town Subarea having CBD zoning designation.

Directional sign: A sign limited to directional messages, principally for pedestrian or vehicular traffic, such as “one-way”, “entrance”, and “exit”. Directional signs indicating entrance, exit, one-way circulation, drive-up window, etc. and informational signs containing no advertising matter beyond that necessary to accomplish their directional or informational purpose will not be considered advertising signs. See also Information sign.

District identification sign: A pedestrian-oriented sign with uniform design specific to a recognized commercial district.

Double faced sign: A sign with two (2) faces on opposite sides of each other.

Downtown City Facilities Site: City property zoned Community Facilities (CF) in the vicinity of the CBD zoning district. City Facilities Site may include City property currently known as: Centennial Park, Rainier Boulevard Greenway, Depot Park, Memorial Field, Senior Center, King County Library (120 E. Sunset Way), Police Department (130 E. Sunset Way), City Hall North (130 E. Sunset Way), Police and Jail facility (150 E. Sunset Way), Fire Department (190 E. Sunset Way), City Hall South and adjoining parking lots (135 E. Sunset Way), Lewis House (115 SE Bush St.) Food & Clothing Bank and Historical Society (179 1st Ave SE), Trailhead Park and Stationmaster’s House (110 SE Bush St.), Community Center (300 Rainier Blvd S.), Greenway loop/trail, and Julius Boehm Pool (50 SE Clark St), as well as contiguous City-owned property (Ordinance No. 2100).

Electric sign: Any sign containing electrical wiring but not including signs illuminated by an exterior light source.

Electronic readerboard sign: See Readerboard, electronic.

Erect: To build, construct, alter, repair, display, relocate, attach, hang, place, suspend, affix or maintain any sign, and also includes the painting of exterior wall signs.

Event signs for nonprofit organizations: See Special or one-time events sign.

Facade area: That portion of a frontal plane owned or leased by a business.

Flags: A flexible cloth or cloth-like material printed with decorative image, sign message, or symbol of governmental body or other organization. See also Banner.

For sale/rent/lease sign: See Real estate, for sale/rent/lease sign.

Franchise sign: A sign whose display surface is divided between the product or service advertised and premises identification when the product or service advertised is not the primary product or service line available on the premises.

Freestanding sign: See Monument sign.

Front or face, building: The outer surface of any building, which is visible from or abuts at its property line, a public or private street, or highway.

Frontage, primary: The side of the building providing the main vehicle and/or pedestrian access, and/or the business primary orientation as determined by the Planning Director/Manager.

Frontage, secondary: The side of the building other than the main vehicle and/or pedestrian access, as determined by the Planning Director/Manager.

Frontal plane: The surface area found within the perimeter bounded by the finished grade line, the cornice line, and exterior side walls not including intermediate walls perpendicular to such surface area.

Fuel price sign: A nonmovable sign advertising the price of motor fuel.

Garage/yard sale sign: A temporary sign advertising the sale of personal property used to dispose of personal household possessions and including sample sales. It is not for the use of any commercial venture.

Grade line: An imaginary straight line drawn at the mean elevation of the adjacent ground and delineating the intersection of the frontal plane and the plane of the adjacent ground.

Grand opening event: The celebration or promotional period beginning on or shortly after the date when a new business or use is open for business. Grand opening events must be related to: a change of business location; construction of a new business structure; major remodeling; change of ownership; change of name; or change in the type of business engaged in by an existing business.

Hearing Examiner: The person empowered, authorized and charged with the duty to hear all appeals of decisions made by the Planning Director/Manager or Code Administrator pursuant to IMC 18.11.520.

Height of sign: For a freestanding sign, the vertical distance measured from the curb grade of the nearest street to the highest point of the sign or sign structure; and for a sign attached to a building, the vertical distance measured from the building grade to the highest point of the sign or structure.

Historic Downtown Issaquah: The historic business district designated as the “Main Street ™” Issaquah program area.

Holiday decoration sign: A temporary sign, in the nature of decorations, clearly incidental to and customarily and commonly associated with any national, local or religious holiday.

Illegal sign: A sign that does not meet the requirements of the sign regulations of Chapter 18.11 IMC and has not received legal nonconforming status.

Illuminated sign: A sign with an artificial light source incorporated internally or externally for the purpose of illuminating the sign.

Indoor window sign: See Window sign.

Information sign: A sign which is incidental and necessary for public safety and convenience and general information that has a purpose secondary to the use of the property on which it is located. See also Directional sign.

Land use and construction notice sign: A sign that is used for notification of major land use or construction activity.

Landmark sign: A nonconforming sign erected on or before December 31, 1965, that has been determined by the Development Commission to be, or identify, a significant community landmark.

Large inflatable object: A large balloon or balloon-like object, greater than eighteen (18) inches in any dimension, that uses blown air or any gas to keep it inflated.

Major streets: Front St., Sunset Way, NW Maple St., Newport Way, Gilman Blvd. (east of SR 900), SR 900, NW Sammamish Rd., East Lake Sammamish Parkway (ELSP), SE 56th Street west to one thousand two hundred (1,200) feet east of ELSP, Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah-Pine Lake Road SE, 228th Avenue SE, SE 43rd Way, West Lake Sammamish Parkway (WLSP) or any street or street segment that abuts and is generally parallel to Interstate 90 (I-90), or I-90.

Mansard: A sloped roof or roof-like facade architecturally comparable to a building wall.

Marquee: Any hood or projection above an entrance other than a roof or fascia projecting from the wall of a building.

Marquee sign: A sign painted on, attached to, or consisting of an interchangeable copy reader, on a permanent overhanging structure which projects from the face of a building.

Memorial sign: A sign, tablet or plaque memorializing a person, event, structure or site.

Monument sign: A self-supporting sign not attached to any building, wall or fence, but in a fixed location, including ground mount, monument and pole type signs.

Movable sign, A-frame: A portable two (2) faced, A-frame or sandwich board style sign which is readily movable and has no permanent attachment to a building, structure or the ground.

Multibusiness development: A development which includes two (2) or more businesses which share a single structure or separate structures which are physically attached.

Multibusiness wall sign: An on-premises sign which identifies tenants and may identify building name for a multibusiness development

Name plate: A nonelectrical on-premises identification sign giving only the name, address, and/or occupation of an occupant or group of occupants

Noncommercial temporary sign: See Holiday sign.

Nonconforming sign: A sign existing at the effective date of the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter which could not be built under the terms of this chapter.

Off‑premises directional sign: A sign erected for the purpose of directing pedestrian or vehicular traffic to a facility, service, or business located on other premises.

Off‑premises sign: A sign relating, through its message and content, to a business activity, use, product, or service not available on the premises on which the sign is erected.

On-premises sign: A sign which carries only advertising strictly applicable to a lawful use of the premises on which it is located, including signs or sign devices indicating the business transacted, principal services rendered, and goods sold or produced on the premises, name of the business and name of the person, firm, or corporation occupying the premises.

One-time event: Activities concerning a non-commercial drive or event of a political, civic, seasonal, cultural, philanthropic, educational, or religious organization, or of such a nature, which will occur intermittently.

Open houses: The welcoming of viewers to a piece of residential real estate which is being offered for sale.

Outdoor vendor sign: A temporary movable A-frame sign that is used for temporary outdoor vendors.

Painted wall mural: A mural generally applied to a wall having an insignificant commercial message.

Painted wall sign: A permanent sign, mural or graphic design painted directly onto a building surface and having a commercial message or identification.

Pedestrian‑oriented sign: A permanent, nonilluminated sign, the primary purpose of which is to provide information for pedestrians and bicyclists. Blade signs are a type of pedestrian-oriented sign.

Pennant: A string on which hangs a series of tapering, triangular flags.

Person: Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, institution, or organization of any kind.

Planning Director/Manager: The person, or his duly authorized representative, empowered, authorized, and charged with the duty to administrate, interpret, process and approve permits as required by this chapter and approve the sign itself.

Political sign: A sign which advertises a candidate or candidates for public elective office, a political party, or promotes a position on a public or ballot issue.

Poster: A decorative placard or advertisement associated with movie or live theater or playhouse theater.

Primary sign: A sign on the primary frontage of the building, as determined by the Planning Director /Manager.

Principal frontage street: The street that provides primary access to the building, as determined by the Planning Director/Manager.

Private property sign: A sign on private property which limits access, parking admittance, pertains to security provisions, or which defines entrances or exits.

Projection sign: A sign that is wholly or partly dependent upon a building for support and which projects more than twelve (12) inches from such building.

Property line: The line denoting the limits of legal ownership of property.

Public notification sign: See Land use and construction notice sign.

Public service information sign: A sign that indicates danger and/or service and safety information.

Public service sign: See Service organization sign.

Readerboard: A sign or part of a sign on which the letters are readily replaceable such that the copy can be changed from time to time at will.

Readerboard, electronic: An electronically controlled sign or part of a sign on which a temporary text message or graphic is displayed that can be changed from time to time at will.

Real estate directional arrow sign: A portable and temporary directional sign that is intended to assist people finding the location of difficult-to-locate single family houses and condominium units that are for sale. Single family houses for lease may also use directional arrows; however, condominiums for lease shall not use directional arrows. Directional arrow signs are to be used solely for directing people to houses for sale or lease, or condominium units for sale.

Real estate sign, for sale, rent, lease: An on-premises or off-premises sign advertising that the property is for sale or rent.

Real estate sign, off-premises (open-house signs and directional arrows): A portable and temporary sign advertising, or assisting people in locating, property that is for sale, rent, or lease.

Real estate sign, on-premises: A portable and temporary sign or within a monument sign advertising a property that is for sale, rent or lease that is located on the site which is for sale, rent, or lease. This includes temporary signs located at the entrance of subject developments advertising the sale of lots, subdivision, houses or dwelling units.

Recognized Commercial District: Commercial area with common development scheme, management, ownership, or promotional program. Recognized commercial districts include “The Commons,” “Gilman Village,” and “Main Street Issaquah.”

Residential sign: See Nameplate.

Residential/subdivision identification permanent sign: A freestanding or wall sign identifying a recognized subdivision, condominium or apartment complex.

Right-of-way: Land occupied, reserved or intended to be occupied by a public street and/or sidewalk. Included are railroad rights-of-way or lands that were previously railroad rights-of-way and now used for public purposes.

Roof sign: A sign erected or constructed wholly upon and over the roof of any building and supported solely on the roof structure. Signs standing out horizontally from a mansard roof are considered wall signs.

Rotating sign: Any sign or portion of a sign that revolves on a fixed axis.

Sandwich board sign: See Movable sign, A-frame.

Secondary sign: A sign on the secondary frontage of the building, as determined by the Planning Director/Manager.

Service organization sign: A sign sponsored by service or fraternal organizations, clubs, and similar organizations located in the City of Issaquah.

Service sign: See Public information sign.

Setback: The distance from the property line to the nearest part of the applicable building, structure or sign, measured perpendicularly to the property line.

Sign: Any material, structure, or device, or part thereof, composed of letter or pictorial matter, or on which lettered or pictorial matter is placed when used or located outside or on the exterior of any building, including an inside window display area, for display of an advertisement, announcement, notice, directional matter, or name; and includes sign frames, billboards, readerboards, sign boards, painted wall signs, hanging signs, illuminated signs, pennants, fluttering devices, projecting signs or ground signs; and also includes any announcement, notice, directional matter, or name; and also includes any announcement, declaration, demonstration, display, illustration, or insignia used to advertise or promote the interest of any person or business when the same is placed in view of the general public.

Sign, primary: The sign on the primary frontage of the building.

Sign, secondary: The sign that is not the primary sign of the business.

Sign structure: Any structure that supports or is designed to support any sign as defined in this chapter. A sign structure may be a single pole and may or may not be an integral part of the building.

Signs within a building: See Window sign.

Space occupied by the business: The actual square footage owned or leased by the business and does not include other areas of a building square footage not occupied by the business.

Special events: An event or happening organized by any person which will generate or invite considerable public participation and/or spectators for a particular and limited purpose and time including, but not limited to, fun runs, roadway foot races, fundraising walks, bikeathons, parades, carnivals, shows, exhibitions, circuses, and fairs. Special events are not limited to those events occurring on the public streets but may occur entirely on private property. See also Chapter 5.14 IMC, Special Event/Special Use Permit.

Street: A public or private way opened to general public use including all classes of roadways and excepting alleys, driveways, and Interstate 90, but including major internal circulation corridors within parking lots.

Street frontage: The side of the building facing a street which abuts the property on which the building is located.

Street frontage, primary: See Frontage, primary.

Street frontage, secondary: See Frontage, secondary.

Structure: Anything constructed or erected, the use of which requires location on the ground or attachment to something having location on the ground.

Subdivision/residential: See Residential subdivision sign.

Temporary sign: Any sign intended to be displayed for a limited period of time.

Tenant directory sign: See Multibusiness wall sign.

Umbrella sign: A commercial/product type sign placed on umbrellas with outside dining tables.

Wall sign: Any sign attached to and supported by a wall of a building, or the wall of a structure, including a mansard roof, with the exposed face of the sign in a plane parallel to the plane of the wall.

Window sign: Any sign which is painted or mounted onto an exterior of a window pane, or which is hung directly inside the window including advertisements for services or products in the form of decals, emblems, paint, exposed neon, banners, etc., within three (3) feet of the window pane.

Window sign, temporary indoor: Any sign of a temporary nature displayed within a commercial building on the inside of the glass or in close proximity to the window and intended to be viewed by persons outside of the building. (Ord. 2648 § 2 (Exh. A1a), 2012; Ord. 2613 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2011; Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2553 § 3 (Exh. B2), 2009; Ord. 2528 § 3, 2008; Ord. 2462 § 37, 2006; Ord. 2423 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2301 § 4, 2001; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

General Permit Provisions

18.11.050 Permit – Required.

No sign shall hereafter be erected, re-erected, constructed, refaced, altered or repaired except as provided by this chapter and a permit for same has been issued by the Planning Director/Manager unless such sign is excepted per IMC 18.11.060. A separate permit shall be required for a sign or signs for each individual business establishment. Thereafter, each additional sign erected on the structure must have a separate permit. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.060 Permit – Exceptions.

The following shall not require a permit. These exceptions shall not be construed as relieving the owner of any sign for the responsibility of its erection, maintenance, removal, and its compliance with the provisions of this chapter, or any other law or ordinance regulating the same.

A.     Address Sign – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    One (1) sign allowed displaying the street number and/or name of the occupant of the premises;

2.    Such signs may be attached to the building or may be on a post no more than four (4) feet high, and setback at least three (3) feet from the public right-of-way;

3.    Such signs may include identification of an on-premises professional office or customary home occupation (see also Home occupation sign regulation, IMC 18.07.470);

4.    Such signs may not exceed two (2) square feet in area.

5.    Such signs shall be limited to a maximum letter height of six (6) inches.

B.    Balloons – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Balloons shall be made of biodegradable latex type material, less than eighteen (18) inches in diameter and securely attached to private property;

2.    A maximum fifteen (15) balloons per business or residence are allowed;

3.    Multiple balloons shall be clustered;

4.    Balloons shall not be attached to a product for sale;

5.    Balloons shall not extend above the roofline;

6.    Balloons must be discarded or brought inside at end of each business day;

7.    Deflated balloons must be removed immediately; and

8.    Balloons shall not create a traffic or pedestrian hazard.

C.    Banners, Decorative and Event – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Excepted banners may not be used for advertising products, sales promotion, development or name and/or logo of business except as necessary to locate event;

2.    Decorative and event banners up to ten (10) square feet may be placed on light standards over fifteen (15) feet in height and banners up to five (5) square feet may be placed on light standards under fifteen (15) feet in height. Such banners shall be supported between bars to prevent fluttering;

3.    Decorative and event banners up to four (4) square feet may be attached to a pole or to a building. A business is limited to two (2) such banners;

4.    All banners shall maintain a minimum seven (7) foot clearance to the street or walkway surface;

5.    Decorative and event banners that extend over the public right-of-way may be required to obtain a special event/use permit;

6.    Banners are limited to sixty (60) days per business license year and shall be kept in good condition for their allowed duration.

7.    See Grand opening events (IMC 18.11.370) and Outdoor commercial signs (IMC 18.11.390) for permitted temporary banners and signs. Banners, including all signs of banner-like material, are not allowed as permanent signs.

D.    Bus Shelter Sign – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Bus shelters may have a directory of store sponsors/tenants and bus route maps/information without advertising;

2.    The sign size shall not exceed four (4) square feet;

3.    Artwork located in bus shelters must be approved by the Planning Director/Manager following review and recommendation by the Issaquah Arts Commission.

E.    Business Identification Sign – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    One (1) business identification sign allowed per business;

2.    Sign shall not contain advertising;

3.    Sign shall contain only the business name and address;

4.    Sign shall not exceed two (2) square feet in area;

5.    Sign shall be permanently affixed on a plane parallel to a wall located entirely on private property;

6.    Sign shall be nonelectrical and nonilluminated.

F.    Changeable Copy: No permit required for the changing of the advertising copy or message on a lawfully erected, painted or printed sign, theater marquee, or similar signs specifically designed for the use of changeable copy.

G.    Community Facilities, Charitable or Religious Institution Bulletin Board – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    One (1) bulletin board sign located on premises allowed per site;

2.    Board shall not exceed twelve (12) square feet in area;

3.    Board shall be externally illuminated only.

H.    Construction/Contractor or “Coming Soon” Sign – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    One (1) construction/contractor or “coming soon” sign allowed for each street frontage of site under construction;

2.    Excepted signs shall not exceed eight (8) square feet in area and ten (10) feet in height (construction/contractor and “coming soon” signs exceeding eight (8) square feet permitted per IMC 18.11.360, Construction/contractor and “coming soon” signs);

3.    Signs may denote the architect, engineer, contractor, or business or institution intending to occupy the completed project;

4.    Signs may be placed on any street frontage;

5.    Signs shall not be illuminated;

6.    Signs must be set back a minimum distance of five (5) feet from the frontage road and ten (10) feet from adjoining properties unless exceptions are made by the Planning Director/Manager;

7.    Signs may be posted for the duration of the construction period not to exceed six (6) months.

I.    Credit Sign – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    One (1) sign advertising that credit is available from companies which supply credit allowed for each street frontage of the premises;

2.    Signs shall not exceed two (2) square feet in area;

3.    The name or logo of more than one (1) company can be shown on the sign.

J.    Directional/Information Signs – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Directional/Informational signs must be located on-premises;

2.    Excepted signs may not exceed (4) square feet in area per face; two (2) face maximum;

3.    Signs may not contain advertising except as necessary to convey directions;

4.    Signs shall be nonelectrical and nonilluminated;

5.    Signs exceeding four (4) square feet permitted per IMC 18.11.170, Directional and information signs.

K.    Flags – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Flags must be of country, State, City or other governmental body;

2.    Flags must not exceed twenty-five (25) square feet in area.

L.    Garage/Yard Sale Signs – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Two (2) movable garage/yard sale signs allowed per sale;

2.    Signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet per sign face or two (2) signs on sticks not exceeding four (4) square feet per sign face;

3.    Sale shall not be advertised for a period exceeding three (3) days;

4.    Signs may be placed on public street right-of-way or private property with owner’s permission;

5.    Signs shall not be placed on public utility poles.

M.    Holiday Decoration Signs – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Excepted holiday decorations/signs shall be noncommercial and customary for seasons or special holidays such as Christmas and Independence Day;

2.    Holiday decoration/signs shall be removed within ten (10) days after the holiday;

3.    Shall not include signs prohibited per IMC 18.11.480, Listing of specifically prohibited signs and devices.

N.    Home Occupation Sign – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    One (1) business identification sign allowed for home occupations.

2.    Sign shall be attached to dwelling and shall not exceed two (2) square feet in area. The sign shall be compatible with the architectural character of the neighborhood and shall not be illuminated or backlit. In cases where home is not visible from the street, sign may be placed on the owner’s property near the road, but not in the right-of-way.

3.    See also Address sign (IMC 18.11.060) and Home occupation regulations (IMC 18.07.470).

O.    Land Use and Construction Sign – Public Notification Signs: Signs on private property for public notification of major land use or construction activity. See also Public notification/property posting, IMC 18.04.180(C)(4).

P.    Maintenance or Cleaning – Replacement of signs allowed without permit following temporary removal for maintenance or cleaning of signs or following temporary removal for permitted building facade changes. This exception shall not include any structural, electrical, copy, refacing or color changes of a sign.

Q.    Memorial Sign – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Memorial signs may contain only names of buildings and dates of erection;

2.    Signs shall be either cut into masonry surface or constructed of bronze or other noncombustible materials;

3.    Signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area.

R.    Nameplates (Residential Signs) – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    One (1) residential nameplate allowed for each dwelling unit.

2.    Sign shall contain no more than the name and address of the dweller or tenant of a residence;

3.    Sign shall be attached to building or to a post, set back three (3) feet from right-of-way;

4.    Signs shall not exceed two (2) square feet.

S.    Noncommercial Temporary Signs: See Holiday decoration sign.

T.    Political signs – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Public Right-of-Way: Political signs not exceeding four (4) square feet in size when located on the public right-of-way. See requirements for political signs per IMC 18.11.410.

2.    Private Property: Political signs not exceeding four (4) square feet in size on private property with the property owner’s consent.

U.    Posters – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Posters shall be related to performances (upcoming or current) associated with movie and live theater, or playhouse theater;

2.    Posters shall be displayed at the theater in enclosed cases or kiosks outside the theater.

V.    Private Property Signs – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Private traffic and pedestrian signs are allowed on private property;

2.    Size limited as follows: twelve (12) inches by eighteen (18) inches or smaller which limit access, parking admittance or pertain to security provisions; signs eighteen (18) inches by eighteen (18) inches or smaller defining entrance or exits; and octagonal stop signs twenty-four (24) inches or smaller.

W.    Public Service Information Sign – Signs of public service companies and governmental agencies indicating danger and/or service and safety information;

X.    Real Estate Signs, Off-Premises (Residential Open House Signs) – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Residential open house signs are limited two (2) faced, A-frame signs, with maximum dimensions of six (6) square feet per face, and maximum height four (4) feet;

2.    Signs may be placed on the public right-of-way in residential areas; i.e., residential open house signs not allowed in retail areas of Gilman, Front, Sunset, etc;

3.    No more than three (3) signs per property per agent for any one (1) residential open house may be displayed at one (1) time; except if the agent has more than one (1) listed property in a development, the agent’s total number of such signs for the development shall be limited to four (4);

4.    Signs may be displayed only between dawn and dusk;

5.    Signs shall not be placed where they will constitute a hazard by blocking vision or blocking safe movement of either vehicles or pedestrians;

6.    No off-premises real estate signs shall be allowed for advertising of sale or rental opportunities of commercial property.

Y.    Real Estate Signs, Off-Premises Directional Arrows – Directional arrow signs are to be used solely for directing people to a house for sale or lease, or a condominium unit for sale. They may not be used for advertising of sale or lease opportunities of commercial property. They may not be used for any properties outside the City limits. Off-premises directional arrows are allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Directional arrow real estate signs are limited to a maximum of one and a half (1-1/2) square feet and signs shall not exceed twenty-four (24) inches in height from existing grade.

2.    Signs may be placed in the public right-of-way or on private property with the owner’s permission. They shall not block driveways or be affixed to utility poles, trees or traffic signs. Signs shall not be placed where they will constitute a hazard by blocking vision or blocking safe movement of either vehicles or pedestrians;

3.    One (1) sign per house or condominium unit is allowed, except a maximum of three (3) signs shall be allowed if locating the house or condominium unit requires a minimum of three vehicular turns from the closest arterial street or requires use of private roads for access.

4.    Signs must be removed when the sale closes, or in case of a lease, when the tenant takes possession.

Z.    Real Estate, On-Premises For Sale, Lease or Rent – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    One (1) temporary on-premises for sale, lease or rent sign is allowed for each street frontage of the premises not to exceed two (2);

2.    Signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area, maximum height four (4) feet; (on-premises real estate signs exceeding six (6) square feet are permitted per IMC 18.11.420, Real estate signs, on-premises (for sale/lease/rent));

3.    Signs shall offer the immediate premises for sale, lease or rent;

4.    Signs may remain in place on premises until ten (10) days after the property is sold, rented, or leased.

AA.    Umbrellas: Signs placed on outdoor table umbrellas. Product identification is allowed on movable umbrellas in commercial zones, e.g., restaurant dining tables.

BB.    Visibility: Any sign not visible from the street (as defined) or any class of roadway.

CC.    Window Sign, Temporary Indoor – allowed without permit when all conditions are met:

1.    Temporary indoor window signs include advertisements for services or products in the form of decals, emblems, paint, exposed neon, banners, etc.;

2.    Temporary indoor window signs are limited to thirty (30) days;

3.    Signs shall not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the total of all window area and no portion of such sign shall be more than twenty (20) feet above finished grade. Temporary window signs may not be used in windows on more than two (2) sides of a business location;

4.    Businesses are encouraged to group signage for maximum window exposure; and

5.    Window signs such as open/closed, store hours, address, etc., shall be exempt from the thirty (30) day and twenty-five (25) percent area limitations.

DD.    Within a Building: Any sign which is located within a building and which is clearly intended to be visible primarily to people located within the building. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2528 § 4, 2008; Ord. 2423 § 2, 2005; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.070 Permit – Application.

A.    To obtain a permit required by this chapter, the applicant shall file an application that shall:

1.    Clearly indicate the proposed location of the proposed sign;

2.    Be accompanied by adequate plans and specifications; showing the design, the colors, all dimensions and details of the sign, type of illumination, and the proposed location;

3.    Be signed by the property owner or authorized agent;

4.    Include such other information as may be required by the Planning Director/Manager to insure compliance with this Code and other applicable ordinances; and

5.    Be accompanied by the applicable permit fee in accordance with the City’s adopted fee schedule.

B.    If required, proof of compliance with State Electrical Code for illuminated and electrical signs shall be submitted with the application. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.080 Fees.

A.    A permit fee shall be required to be paid in accordance with the City of Issaquah’s adopted fee schedule.

B.    All electric and illuminated signs require an additional permit which is to be procured directly from the State Electrical Inspector, in accordance with his established permit fee schedule.

C.    In addition to the permit fee, a plan check fee equal to fifty (50) percent of the permit fee is required on all freestanding signs and signs costing over $1,000.

D.    If a permit for any sign is denied, the total permit fee shall be refunded. The plan check fee, if applicable, shall be nonrefundable.

E.     If the Code Administrator is required to reinspect a new sign installation due to a failure on the part of the applicant to abide by the conditions of sign approval, a reinspection fee, in addition to the permit fee, may be charged equal to fifty (50) percent of the permit fee. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.090 Sign review process.

The sign review process has been established in order to provide for compatibility of signage with both the building and/or use where the sign is erected or displayed and other signage existing or expected to be erected in the future on a subject property.

A.    Development Commission Permit Review:

1.    Signs on Major Streets: The Development Commission shall review sign permit applications for buildings and/or development adjacent to major streets (Front St., Sunset Way, NW Maple St., Newport Way, Gilman Blvd. (east of SR 900), SR 900, NW Sammamish Rd., East Lake Sammamish Parkway (ELSP), SE 56th Street west to one thousand two hundred (1,200) feet east of ELSP, Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah-Pine Lake Road SE, 228th Avenue SE, SE 43rd Way, West Lake Sammamish Parkway (WLSP) or any street or street segment that abuts and is generally parallel to Interstate 90 (I-90), or I-90) for a new building or a remodeling or expansion of an existing business or use.

2.    Downtown Issaquah CBD: The Development Commission shall review sign permit applications in the Downtown Issaquah CBD (as defined), as well as Downtown City Facilities Site and other contiguous properties zoned Community Facilities designated by this Code to have CBD development regulations for a new building and/or development or a remodeling or expansion of an existing business or use.

3.    Approved Sign Packages: The Development Commission shall review and decide the acceptability of all changes of signage and revisions to approved sign packages except in the following instances, where the changes or revisions of signage may be approved by the Planning Director/Manager or designee:

a.    When a proposed sign is determined by the Director/Manager or designee to be in compliance with an approved sign package for the project in question;

b.    Where the change in proposed signage involves only replacing the face in an existing sign with another face not significantly different in color or illumination level;

c.    Substitution of freestanding letters for other freestanding letters of similar size and color;

d.    Pedestrian-oriented signs (including blade signs);

e.    Changes to minor signs, such as necessary directional or information signs.

4.    Landmark Signs: The Development Commission shall also review sign permit applications requesting a designation as a “Landmark Sign” for the Downtown Issaquah CBD as allowed under IMC 18.11.510, Landmark signs.

5.    Informal Review: The Development Commission, following an informal review of a sign application requiring Development Commission review, may waive review of a sign and have the Planning Director/Manager review and issue a sign that meets all the sign criteria and requirements of this chapter.

B.    Planning Director/Manager:

1.    The Planning Director/Manager shall review signage applications with respect to the following aspects of the proposal: function of the sign (i.e., building identification, advertising, etc.), and any limitations as to lighting (i.e., unlighted, indirect lighting, internally lighted), and colors and materials necessary to ensure that future signage will be compatible with the architecture of the building. In addition, the Planning Director/Manager shall have the authority to review and decide the acceptability of all changes of signage and revisions to an approved sign application on locations not on primary street locations.

2.    Temporary Signs: The Planning Director/Manager shall review sign permit applications for all temporary signs which require a permit.

3.    Signs Not on Major Streets: The Planning Director/Manager shall review a sign application proposed for a new building or development, or a remodeling or expansion of an existing business or use.

C.    Permit Department:

1.    Permit Issuance: This permit is issued by the Permit Center and must be obtained prior to the actual installation of a sign. Prior to mounting the sign on the building elevation, an applicant shall contact the Permit Center for a sign inspection to determine that the dimensions, colors and materials are the same as those shown on the approved plan. Signs requiring phased assembly shall be inspected once fully mounted on the wall. Sign permits shall be valid for twelve (12) months from the date of issuance.

2.    Permit Extension: One (1) six (6) month sign permit extension may be granted by the Planning Director/Manager subject to the permit extension requirements in IMC 18.04.220, Decision.

3.    Permit Expiration: The Permit Center shall close and deem “inactive” any sign permit application for which there has been no applicant activity for a six (6) month period from the date of sign permit application submittal to the City. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2462 § 38, 2006; Ord. 2388 § 7, 2004; Ord. 2301 § 4, 2001; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Permanent Signs

18.11.100 Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs.

A.    Number of Permitted Primary and Secondary Signs: Each individual business establishment may have a maximum of one (1) primary sign, which is a sign on the primary frontage of the building, and one (1) secondary sign, which is a sign on the secondary frontage of the building. These signs may be approved on elevations other than those directly facing the primary or secondary frontage; however, sign dimensions, including sign area and letter height, shall be calculated based on the wall on which the sign is attached.

B.    Primary Sign Areas: Each primary sign shall not exceed the following maximum sign area indicated following the facade area on which the sign is attached:

FACADE AREA

MAXIMUM SIGN AREA

0 – 100 sq. ft.

15%

100 – 199 sq. ft.

13%

200 – 499 sq. ft.

10%

500 – 999 sq. ft.

10%, up to 75 sq. ft. maximum

1,000 – 1,499 sq. ft.

9%, up to 100 sq. ft. maximum

1,500 – 2,999 sq. ft.

8%, up to 150 sq. ft. maximum

3,000 sq. ft. or greater

6%, up to 200 sq. ft. maximum

C.    Secondary Sign Areas: Each secondary sign, as allowed for the secondary frontage of the building, shall be no larger than five (5) percent of the facade area or thirty (30) square feet, whichever is less, with a maximum letter height of two (2) feet.

D.    Building Elevations Parallel to I-90: In those instances where a business is located in a building on property (individual parcel/lot or part of a development) adjacent to the Interstate 90 right-of-way, no business shall be allowed wall signage on the building elevation which is parallel (parallel being defined as an angle of forty-five (45) degrees or less) to the freeway (including on-ramps or off-ramps) and considered secondary frontage. Where a development consists of two (2) or more buildings on property adjacent to the freeway, this limitation shall be restricted to the buildings located closest to the I-90 right-of-way. These restrictions shall not apply in those cases where the parallel building elevation to the freeway (including on-ramps and off-ramps) is determined by the Planning Director/Manager to be the primary frontage for the building.

E.    Building Elevations Perpendicular to I-90: For buildings which are adjacent to I-90 and have building elevations which are perpendicular to or nearly perpendicular to I-90, the letters shall be limited to a maximum height of two (2) feet and the sign length shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet. The total face area of the sign shall not exceed thirty (30) square feet.

F.    Multiple Businesses within Common Building: When multiple business establishments are within a common building, the calculation of sign area for an individual business shall be related to the portion of the building façade area owned or leased by that business.

G.    Corner Businesses within a Multibuilding Development: When multiple business establishments are located within a single building which is one (1) of two (2) or more buildings making up a development designed as one (1) complex, those businesses solely on an interior corner or corners of such building shall be allowed a wall sign on frontage which does not have an entrance to a maximum size allowed under this section; provided, that such businesses do not have a wall sign allowance on that frontage under some other section of this chapter. For purposes of this section, interior corner shall be defined as a corner of the building, neither wall of which faces, or is less than forty-five (45) degrees out of alignment with an abutting public street.

H.    Businesses with No Frontage: In those instances where a business has no frontage on any street, the Planning Director/Manager may approve one (1) wall sign on one (1) exterior wall of the building space used by that business.

I.    Primary and Secondary Signs Located on Same Wall: Within the CBD, both the primary and secondary wall signs may be placed on the same wall; however, the two (2) signs combined may not exceed the single sign limit coverage on the wall where they are placed. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.110 Maximum letter size for primary signs.

Each sign on the primary frontage shall have maximum letter size as follows:

A.    Twelve (12) inch maximum letter size for signs zero (0) to ten (10) feet from a primary street;

B.    Eighteen (18) inch maximum letter size for signs ten (10) to twenty-five (25) feet from a primary street;

C.    Twenty-four (24) inch maximum letter size for signs twenty-five (25) to fifty (50) feet from a primary street;

D.    Thirty-six (36) inch maximum letter size for signs fifty (50) to one hundred (100) feet from a primary street;

E.    Forty-eight (48) inch maximum letter size for signs over one hundred (100) feet from a primary street. (Ord. 2301 § 4, 2001; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.120 Sign illumination.

Lighting for signs shall be held to the minimum needed to convey the sign’s message. Sign lighting shall not be so bright and distracting as to be a traffic hazard. Lighting of signs shall be in character with the building/development and the surrounding area. For signs comprised of channel letters, the interior of such signs shall not contain reflective material that enhances the brightness of the sign, i.e., unpainted metal, mirror type surfacing. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Address signs. (See IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions).

18.11.125 Automobile service station signs.

A.    Primary Signs: Service stations selling motor fuel to the public, including those with convenience stores, accessory restaurants or other retail, self-service car washes, and facilities having service bays for vehicle service and repair, may have primary signs as follows:

Class

Type

Maximum Number

Maximum Sign Area

Maximum Sign Height

Location

Lighting1

Station Identification and Pricing2

Integrated with Monument sign allowed in IMC 18.11.220

One per street frontage3

50 sq. ft. per face, two faces maximum.

10 feet.

At least 2 ft. from any property line.

Allowed.

Freestanding

15 sq ft. per face, two faces maximum.

Canopy Logo

Wall

One per street frontage, not to exceed a total of two.

12 sq. ft.

2 feet.

Shall be on the face of the canopy covering the pump island(s).

Allowed.

Car Wash

Wall or painted wall

One

15 sq. ft.

2 feet.

Shall be on the car wash structure.

Not allowed.

Integrated with Station Identification and Pricing sign

See Station Identification and Pricing signs, above.

Accessory Retail or Restaurant

Wall

One

20 sq. ft. or 10% of the facade area, whichever is more.

3 feet.

Shall be above the primary entrance, or on the facade of the tenant space.

Allowed.

Integrated with Station Identification and Pricing sign

See Station Identification and Pricing signs, above.

Convenience Store

Wall

One

20 sq. ft. or 10% of the facade area, whichever is more.

See IMC 18.11.310, Wall Signs.

Footnotes:

1.    See service station sign illumination provisions in subsection (B) of this section.

2.    The sign(s) may include the identification of the service station and fuel prices. No other price signs are allowed.

3.    Only one pricing sign integrated with the monument sign allowed in IMC 18.11.220, Monument signs (freestanding signs), shall be allowed.

B.    Sign Illumination: Sign illumination shall comply with IMC 18.11.120, Sign illumination.

C.    Motor Fuel Sales as Secondary Use: Any business selling motor fuel to the public as a secondary use may have:

1.    One (1) permanently mounted fuel price sign. Such sign shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height and fifteen (15) square feet in area for each face with a maximum of two (2) faces. Such sign may be incorporated with the monument sign allowed in IMC 18.11.220 for the primary use; however, in no instance may the fuel price sign itself exceed ten (10) feet in height and fifteen (15) square feet in area for each face with a maximum of two (2) faces.

2.    One (1) canopy logo sign per street frontage providing direct vehicular entrance to the fuel station.

D.    Movable fuel price signs are not allowed.

E.    Applicability: Signage required by state and/or federal laws and/or regulations concerning pump inspections, safety warnings, or other mandated materials are exempt from the provisions of this section. (Ord. 2648 § 3 (Exh. A2d), 2012; Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009).

18.11.130 Awning signs.

An awning sign shall display only the name of the business, its business logo, and address. When used as a sign, an awning shall be considered as the primary sign of the business. The area of the copy shall be used in determining the sign areas as allowed by other sections of this chapter. The area of the copy may be externally illuminated with appropriate lighting. No internal illumination will be allowed. If the awning is mounted on a multitenant building, the awning sign shall be consistent in color, size, material and letter size with all tenants in the building. Awnings shall maintain a minimum clearance of eight (8) feet. If the awning is over a right-of-way, a special event/use permit shall also be required. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.135 Banners and flags.

A.    Banners: Only banners meeting the criteria in IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions, are allowed. No other banners are permitted.

B.    Flags: Any flag of country, State, City, or other governmental body twenty-five (25) square feet and over shall require a sign permit. See also IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009).

18.11.140 Blade signs (see also Pedestrian-oriented signs).

A.    All blade signs shall be limited to one (1) per business for each pedestrian frontage. The signs are for identifying the business name and shall not contain advertising matter.

B.    Blade signs shall be limited to four (4) square feet maximum per side.

C.    Blade signs shall not be internally illuminated.

D.    Blade signs shall be in character with adjacent land use.

E.    Minimum clearance shall be eight (8) feet; minimum setback shall be two (2) feet from curb; no projection beyond building marquee, if any; no higher than twelve (12) feet.

F.    Signs extending over the public right-of-way may require special event/use permit (IMC 18.11.440 through 18.11.470).

G.    See also IMC 18.11.280, Pedestrian-oriented signs. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.150 Canopy signs.

A canopy sign shall display only the name of the business, its logo, and address. Letters or logo on a canopy sign are allowed on and above the face of the canopy. When used as a sign, a canopy shall be considered as the primary sign of the business. The area of the copy shall be used in determining the sign areas, per IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs. The area of the copy may be externally illuminated with appropriate lighting, including front or halo style illumination. No internal illumination will be allowed. If the canopy is mounted on a multitenant building, the canopy sign shall be consistent in color, size, material and letter size with all tenants in the building. Canopies shall maintain a minimum clearance of eight (8) feet. If the canopy is over a right-of-way, special event/use permit shall also be required (see also Chapter 5.14 IMC, Special Event/Special Use Permit, and Signs on Public Rights-of-Way, IMC 18.11.440, Scope, through 18.11.470, Insurance and indemnity). (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.160 Community facilities/religious facilities signs.

Each noncommercial use, such as churches, schools, City parks, fire stations, police stations, municipal buildings, public libraries, community centers and other similar noncommercial uses, may have no more than one (1) freestanding or one (1) wall sign for each street frontage. A freestanding sign shall not exceed twenty-four (24) square feet in area per face, shall be set back a minimum of two (2) feet from the property line, and shall not exceed six (6) feet in height. A wall sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area and shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height above grade. Readerboards may be permitted with noncommercial uses; however, a readerboard shall count as part of the noncommercial sign square footage and readerboards shall not be back-lit. All community facilities/religious facilities signs shall be unobtrusive, in keeping with the character of the neighborhood and shall be constructed of quality materials. Community facilities/religious facilities bulletin board: see IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions. Community facilities electronic readerboards: see IMC 18.11.165, Community facilities electronic readerboards. (Ord. 2648 § 2 (Exh. A1b), 2012; Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.165 Community facilities electronic readerboards.

A.    Purpose: The purpose of a community facilities electronic readerboard sign is to provide information on events, convey essential messages including emergency information, and communicate other noncommercial information relating to the community facility to the public.

B.    Land Use and Number of Signs: A facility located within a Community Facilities Zoning District may have no more than one (1) electronic readerboard. This electronic readerboard shall count as the sign allowed by IMC 18.11.160, Community facilities/religious facilities signs.

C.    Approval Criteria: Community facilities electronic readerboards shall comply with the following:

1.    Size: The face of an electronic readerboard sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area. The electronic display portion of any one (1) face shall not exceed twenty-four (24) square feet in area.

2.    Number of Faces: An electronic readerboard sign shall have no more than two (2) faces.

3.    Height:

a.    Freestanding or monument electronic readerboard signs shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height above grade;

b.    Wall electronic readerboard signs shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height above grade.

4.    Placement: Electronic readerboard signs shall comply with all applicable setbacks.

5.    Light and Glare:

a.    Adjacent Properties: Electronic readerboards shall be designed and placed to prevent light and glare from being visible to adjacent residential properties;

b.    Night Hours: Electronic readerboards shall dim during twilight and night hours to reduce glare.

6.    Hours of Operation: Electronic readerboards shall be turned off between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

7.    The display shall include only static text and/or static graphics. No moving graphics, animations such as flying or fading, video, or blinking/pulsing/strobe effects are allowed.

8.    Each message and/or graphic shall be displayed for at least ten (10) seconds. The change from one message/graphic to the next may utilize a scrolling or wipe effect, but the effect shall take no more than one (1) second to complete.

9.    The electronic readerboard sign shall display any message deemed necessary by the City of Issaquah Emergency Operations Center (EOC) upon written request by the EOC. The display of any such message shall be exempt from the requirements of subsections (C)(6), (C)(7), and (C)(8) of this section. (Ord. 2648 § 2 (Exh. A1c), 2012).

18.11.170 Directional and information signs.

Directional and information signs are incidental and are necessary for public safety and convenience, providing general information secondary to the advertisement of the use of the property on which it is located. Signs may be single- or double-faced and shall not exceed four (4) square feet per face for information for nonmotorized transportation modes including bicycles and pedestrians and twelve (12) square feet per face for information for motorists. Directional signs indicating entrance, exit, one-way circulation, drive-up window, etc., and information signs containing no advertising matter beyond that necessary to accomplish their directional or information purpose will not be considered advertising signs. Directional and information signs not exceeding four (4) square feet are excepted per IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2447 § 60, 2005; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.180 District identification sign.

A recognized commercial district may mount a pedestrian-oriented sign pre-approved by the City. This pedestrian-oriented sign shall not impact the number or type of other allowed signs the business may have under this Code. The signs will include only the name of the business. These pedestrian-oriented signs will be uniform in size, material, color, mountings and text style. Maximum size four (4) square feet per face. Maximum height twelve (12) feet with minimum eight (8) feet clearance. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.190 Franchise signs.

A franchise sign is a sign that has the display surface divided between the product or service advertised and premises identification when the project or service advertised is not the primary product or service line available on the premises. One (1) franchise sign is permitted per business, provided the Planning Director/Manager determines that the sign meets one of the following conditions:

A.    The applicant must show that the sign is characterized and documented as original or extraordinary by the standards of the advertising industry or any industry or organization that designs, creates or reviews signs, or

B.    The sign is similar and consistent in style with the building’s architectural character, and documented as such with photographs and/or drawing examples of buildings and signs in the same style or character, or

C.    The sign is, or its design replicates, a sign that is at least thirty (30) years old and in good condition; or is considered to be historic or of historic value by the advertising industry or any industry or organization that designs, creates or reviews signs. However, such an opinion of historic value may not come from an entity that was involved in the design or production of the sign being reviewed.

A franchise sign permitted under the above conditions shall be considered either the primary or secondary sign of the business and shall be governed by IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Freestanding signs. See IMC 18.11.220, Monument signs (freestanding signs).

18.11.200 Fuel price signs.

See IMC 18.11.125, Automobile service station signs. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.210 Marquee signs.

Marquee signs are limited to schools, movie and performing arts theaters, and theatrical playhouses. Marquee signs shall be considered the primary sign of the business and shall be governed by IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs. Such signs may be painted on or attached flat against the surface of, but not extending beyond or below or attached to the underside of, the overhang. Letter sizing may not exceed twelve (12) inches in height on the changeable portion of any marquee. The maximum height of the area of the sign shall be ten (10) feet. One (1) sign allowed per street frontage, not to exceed two (2). A minimum clearance of eight (8) feet shall be required or as determined by the Uniform Building Code. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Memorial sign. See IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions.

18.11.220 Monument signs (freestanding signs).

A.    Individual Business: An individual business located on a separate lot and not legally part of a multi-business development may use one (1) monument sign as either a primary sign or a secondary sign. The sign may not be located closer than two (2) feet from any property line. The overall height of the sign shall not exceed ten (10) feet. No more than one (1) monument sign shall be erected for any one (1) business. No sign shall obstruct the view of motor vehicle operators entering or leaving any parking area, service drive, private driveway, street, alley or other thoroughfare.

B.    Multibusiness Development: Monument signs are permitted for the purpose of identifying the development and the tenant or occupants of any multibusiness development. A development shall mean one (1) or more buildings under a common development scheme or common ownership. One (1) monument sign may be erected for the purpose of identifying the development and some or all of the tenants or occupants of the development at each point of vehicle entrance from public right-of-way to such development. A monument sign shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height and one hundred (100) square feet total for all faces with a maximum of fifty (50) square feet for any one (1) face. For retail developments with four (4) or more tenants, at least twenty-five (25) percent of each sign face shall identify the development. For retail development with fewer than four (4) tenants, identification of the development is not required, but if the retail development is identified on the sign then at least twenty-five (25) percent of each sign face shall identify the development. Each panel identifying a tenant shall be at least fourteen (14) inches high with letters and/or logo at least eight (8) inches high. Neither the portion of the sign structure providing support nor the frame shall be counted in determining the square footage of the sign.

    Each sign shall be located at least two (2) feet from any vehicle entrance. No sign shall obstruct the view of motor vehicles operators entering or leaving any parking area, service drive, private driveway, street, alley, or other thoroughfare.

C.    Residential Development Identification Signs:

1.    Single Family Areas: One (1) permanent area identification sign with or without flood lighting (maximum equivalent illumination of four hundred (400) watts incandescent light) and not exceeding thirty-two (32) square feet with appropriate landscaping shall be located on land which is part of the subject development at the major entrance to a subdivision. The sign shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height. These signs and their accompanying landscaping shall not serve as a vehicle for the posting of temporary signs permitted by this chapter. The applicant shall assure that the sign will be maintained through some mechanism approved by the Planning Director/Manager.

2.    Multiple Family Areas: For multiple family residential areas, other than duplexes, one (1) permanent externally illuminated building identification sign appropriate to the architectural style and landscape shall be permitted for each street frontage. These signs may be up to two (2) square feet in size for each residential unit, but in no case shall a sign area be greater than thirty-two (32) square feet and shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height. Illumination shall not exceed four hundred (400) watts.

D.    Except in the Downtown CBD, monument signs for multibusiness developments may be allowed to be twelve (12) feet in height when a sign panel is dedicated for leasing/sales information. The sales/lease panel shall not exceed ten (10) square feet maximum per side and shall be located as the bottom panel of the monument sign.

E.    Lighting: Lighting for freestanding signs shall be held to the minimum needed to convey the sign’s message. Sign lighting shall not be so bright and distracting as to be a traffic hazard. See also IMC 18.11.120, Sign illumination. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2388 § 14, 2004; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.230 Movable signs, commercial A-frame.

A.    Only one (1) movable A-frame sign is permitted per business.

B.    These signs shall be placed only on the property of the business displaying such sign; provided, however, that businesses that do not own the property abutting the public access to their business may display a movable A-frame sign on public rights-of-way upon receipt of a Special Use Permit and payment of a Special Use Permit fee and annual permit fee as set forth by the City of Issaquah’s adopted fee schedule.

C.    Commercial movable A-frame signs may be displayed only during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. or closing, whichever is earlier, on days the business displaying such sign is open.

D.    Commercial movable A-frame signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in size per face and shall not exceed four (4) feet in height.

E.    Movable A-frame signs that are unsafe to pedestrians or motorists may be removed pursuant to the provisions of IMC 18.11.560, Removal.

F.    An annual permit fee for movable A-frame signs shall be valid for the calendar year and shall expire on December 31st of said year.

G.    This section shall not affect real estate signs as permitted by IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2491 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2447 § 61, 2005).

18.11.240 Movable signs, commercial A-frame (traffic-oriented).

Repealed by Ord. 2447. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.250 Multibusiness wall signs.

A multibusiness wall sign may identify the building name and/or address of a multibusiness development, followed by tenant listings. The sign shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet in area and shall not extend higher than six (6) feet above the ground. The sign shall be nonilluminated or front-lit. A multibusiness development with more than one (1) street frontage may have a maximum of two (2) multibusiness wall signs. Combined dimensions of the two (2) signs must be within the maximum allowable area (sixteen (16) square feet). (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Noncommercial use signs. See IMC 18.11.160, Community facilities/religious facilities.

18.11.260 Painted wall murals.

Painted wall murals may be used as the primary sign or the secondary sign of a business. Only the portion of a painted wall mural which contains a logo, trademark or other commercial message shall be governed by the requirements of IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs. Wall preparation, anti-graffiti coating, ultraviolet coating and plastic coating for murals with southern exposure shall be required. Maintenance shall be required for any portion of the painted mural that is unreadable or unsightly due to weather, sunlight or graffiti. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.270 Painted wall signs.

Painted wall signs may be used as the primary sign or the secondary sign of a business and shall be governed by IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs. One (1) painted wall sign is allowed per street frontage, not to exceed two (2). A painted border shall not be included in the overall dimensional size limitations. Any such sign shall be painted out within thirty (30) days of change in occupancy. Exceptions may be granted to landmark and mural signs that may be preserved and maintained if they no longer pertain to the present use of the premises. Maintenance shall be required for any portion of the painted wall sign that is unreadable or unsightly due to weather, sunlight or graffiti. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.280 Pedestrian-oriented signs.

A.    All pedestrian-oriented signs shall be limited to one (1) sign per business for each street frontage.

B.    Pedestrian-oriented signs shall be limited to four (4) square feet maximum per side;

C.    Pedestrian-oriented signs shall not be internally illuminated.

D.    Pedestrian-oriented signs that hang or otherwise project over sidewalk (blade signs): Minimum clearance shall be eight (8) feet; minimum setback shall be two (2) feet from curb; no projection beyond the awning, canopy, or marquee, if any; and no higher than twelve (12) feet. Blade signs may hang with top support only.

E.    A business in a multibusiness development may display a pedestrian-oriented sign on a wall other than their tenant space when all these conditions apply:

1.    The tenant’s pedestrian entrance is not visible from the street or parking lot major internal circulation corridor;

2.    The pedestrian-oriented sign is displayed on the multi-business development wall most adjacent to the tenant’s pedestrian entrance;

3.    The tenant has approval of multi-business development property owner/manager. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Residential subdivision identification signs. See IMC 18.11.220, Monument signs.

18.11.290 Projection signs.

A projection sign shall display only the name of the business, logo, its address and telephone number. A projection sign may be used as the primary sign or secondary sign of a business and shall be governed by IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs. When an awning or canopy is used as a sign in conjunction with a projection sign, the sizes of the awning or canopy and projection sign shall be combined and considered the primary sign of the business. The area of the copy shall be used in determining the sign areas as allowed by IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs. The area of the copy may be externally illuminated with appropriate lighting. No internal illumination will be allowed. If the projection sign is mounted on a multitenant building, the projection sign shall be consistent in color, size, material and letter size with all tenants in the building. Projection signs may extend outward up to seventy-five (75) percent of the width of the abutting sidewalk but no more than six (6) feet from the wall they are mounted on and may be no more than twelve (12) square feet per side in sign area. Minimum clearance of a projection sign shall be eight (8) feet. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Public service signs. See IMC 18.11.300, Service organization sign.

18.11.300 Service organization signs.

Service organizations signs may be allowed at gathering places in Commercial and Community Facilities (CF) zoned districts and in the Mixed Use Residential (MUR) Zone, either on public right-of-way or on private property. Service organization signs shall not be permitted in residential uses and shall contain no advertising except community events and announcements. Each organization sign, symbol or emblem on a public service sign shall not exceed four (4) square feet in sign area. The signs shall be limited to a maximum of fifty (50) square feet on any one side and shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.310 Wall signs.

Wall signs regulated per IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs, and IMC 18.11.110, Maximum letter size for primary signs. Each individual business establishment may have a maximum of one (1) wall type sign for each street frontage. In no case shall the number of wall signs for an individual business exceed two (2) wall signs. Wall signs may be approved by the City on elevations other than those directly facing the specific street frontage for which credit is being given for signage. Signs standing out horizontally from a mansard roof are considered wall signs; however, they may not extend vertically above the top of the mansard. No part of the sign shall extend above the roof. Lighting for wall signs shall be held to the minimum needed to convey the sign’s message. Sign lighting shall not be so bright and distracting as to be a traffic hazard. Refer to Chapter 18.19 IMC, Olde Town Design Standards, for more regulations for the Cultural and Business District (CBD) zone and adjacent Multifamily Medium (MFM) and Multifamily High (MFH) areas. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2311 § 9, 2001; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.320 Window signs – Permanent indoor.

A.    Permanent indoor window signs are those which identify the business, products or services and are intended to be in place more than thirty (30) days.

B.    The combination of all window signs, temporary and permanent, shall not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the total window area. Window signs such as open/closed, store hours, address, and other necessary direction and information signs shall be exempt from total area limitations.

C.    Permanent window signs may be used as the primary sign or the secondary sign of a business and shall be governed by IMC 18.11.100, Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs.

D.    Businesses are encouraged to group signage for maximum window exposure.

E.    Permanent indoor window signs are those that identify the business, products or services and are intended to be in place more than thirty (30) days. Such signs must meet all criteria of temporary window signs and will be counted in the allowable square footage of the permanent exterior signage. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2301 § 4, 2001; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Temporary Signs

18.11.330 Area, height limit and setback.

Individual temporary signs or a series of signs intended to be read or viewed as one (1) sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area and six (6) feet in height. Temporary signs shall be set back a minimum of two (2) feet from the property lines of the property on which it is located if such setback is available. The location of temporary signs shall not hinder sight distance for motorists from either intersections or driveways. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.340 Location.

Temporary signs must be placed on the subject property. Temporary signs are allowed on or above City street right-of-way as excepted by IMC 18.11.450, Placement. Signs shall not create a hazard to either pedestrians or motorists as determined by the Planning Director/Manager. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.350 Time limit generally.

Temporary signs not otherwise limited in time within this chapter will be limited to a period of one hundred twenty (120) consecutive days within a one (1) year period. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Balloons. See IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions.

Banners and flags. See IMC 18.11.135, Banners and flags.

18.11.360 Construction/contractor and “Coming soon” signs.

One (1) construction/contractor or “Coming soon” sign per street frontage of site under construction shall be allowed. Each commercial construction/contractor and “Coming soon” sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet and each residential construction/contractor and “Coming soon” sign shall not exceed eight (8) square feet. The height of any construction/contractor and “Coming soon” sign shall not exceed ten (10) feet. The sign(s) may be posted for the duration of the construction period, but not exceeding six (6) months. The sign(s) must be set back a minimum distance of five (5) feet from the frontage road and ten (10) feet from adjoining properties unless exceptions are made by the Planning Director/Manager. The sign(s) may be placed on any street frontage. The sign(s) shall not be illuminated. Construction/contractor and “Coming soon” signs not exceeding eight (8) square feet do not require a permit per IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions. (Ord. 2613 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2011; Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Event signs for nonprofit organizations. See IMC 18.11.430, Special or one-time events sign.

Garage/yard sales signs. See IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions.

18.11.370 Grand opening events.

Grand openings are allowed for both new business openings and for new ownership. The following regulations shall apply to all grand opening events:

A.    A sign permit is required for all grand openings.

B.    All signs not exempted by IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions, shall be briefly described on a single permit for the grand opening period.

C.    All signs shall be located on or above private property.

D.    All signs specifically approved as part of the grand opening event shall be deemed temporary signs per this section and shall be removed at the end of one (1) ten (10) day period.

E.    During the period of a grand opening, the total surface area of all signs may equal up to three hundred (300) percent of that which would be allowed as primary and secondary signage. There is no limit as to the number of individual signs; provided, however, the restrictions contained in IMC 18.11.480, Listing of specifically prohibited signs and devices, shall remain in effect.

F.    Searchlights, laser lights and large inflatable objects may be allowed with grand opening events with a special events permit issued by the City.

G.    No more than one (1) grand opening event for the purpose of this definition may occur for any one (1) location within any twelve (12) month period; provided, that each separate business location within a complex of two (2) or more businesses shall be entitled to a grand opening event separate from the grand opening event for the complex as a whole. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2423 § 4, 2005; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Holiday decoration sign. See IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions.

18.11.380 Movable sign, special events A-frame.

A.    Special events A-frame movable signs may be allowed to advertise any event for which a special events permit (see Chapter 5.14 IMC, Special Event/Special Use Permit) has been issued by the City, such as Salmon Days, and to give directions to the event or to event parking.

B.    No more than four (4) special events A-frame movable signs shall be allowed under a special events permit.

C.    Special events A-frame movable signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet per face and shall not exceed four (4) feet in height.

D.    The location of the sign(s), where allowed by the special events permit, shall comply with the following:

1.    A-frames shall not be located on sidewalks;

2.    A-frames are permitted on City property; provided, that they shall not create a hazard to either pedestrians or motorists by blocking vision or movement of people or vehicles;

3.    Approved locations for A-frame are as follows:

a.    I-90 off ramps;

b.    The intersection of NW Sammamish Road and SE 56th Street;

c.    The intersection of SE 56th Street and SR-900 (17th Avenue NW);

d.    Other locations as described on the special events permit.

E.    Sign(s) shall not be illuminated.

F.    Movable A-frame signs shall be maintained in an aesthetically good condition. A-frames which are hand-written, have irregular lettering, or are on cardboard are prohibited.

G.    Special events A-frame movable signs may be displayed only during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. or until the end of the event, whichever is earlier, on days the permitted event is occurring, unless the special events permit states otherwise.

H.    The sign(s) shall be removed promptly after the end of the event. (Ord. 2613 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2011; Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.390 Outdoor commercial signs.

A.    Outdoor commercial signs are:

1.    Temporary signs allowed during the period where a permanent wall sign is fabricated and/or undergoing the permit review process; or

2.    A sign denoting a sale or other commercial event for a permanent business.

B.    No temporary outdoor commercial sign shall be allowed unless a sign permit for the same has been issued per IMC 18.11.050, Permit – Required.

C.    All temporary outdoor commercial signs shall be wall signs except as allowed by this chapter.

D.    All temporary outdoor commercial signs shall be located on the side of the building which faces the primary frontage.

E.    No more than one (1) temporary outdoor commercial sign may be displayed at any one (1) time by a single business.

F.    Temporary outdoor commercial signs shall not exceed five (5) percent of the individual business building face on the primary frontage or thirty-two (32) square feet, whichever is less.

G.    Any single business shall be permitted a total display period for temporary signs not to exceed sixty (60) days in any one (1) calendar year. All temporary wall sign permits shall expire on December 31st of said year.

H.    An exception may be granted at the discretion of the Planning Director/Manager from regulations contained in subsections C and D of this section. (Ord. 2613 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2011; Ord. 2528 § 2, 2008; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.400 Outdoor vendor signs.

A.    An outdoor vendor as allowed per IMC 18.06.130, Table of permitted land uses, may have either:

1.    One (1) sixteen (16) square foot sign and one (1) movable A-frame sign; or

2.    Two (2) movable A-frame signs.

B.    The signs are allowed on private property for temporary outdoor vendors, i.e., Christmas tree lots, fruit stands, or public markets. Signs shall not be located off-premises (see IMC 18.11.480(X), Listing of specifically prohibited signs and devices).

C.    Movable A-frame signs may be displayed only during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. or closing, whichever is earlier, on days the vendor displaying such sign(s) is open for business.

D.    Movable A-frame signs are limited to a maximum of six (6) square feet per face and a height limit of four (4) feet.

E.    Such signs are permitted for a duration of not more than sixty (60) consecutive days and not more than one hundred twenty (120) days within any one (1) calendar year.

Note: Temporary non-accessory outdoor vendors are not allowed in the CBD zoning district. See IMC 18.06.130, Table of permitted land uses, for zones where outdoor vendors are allowed. This section does not apply if a special events permit has been issued. (Ord. 2613 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2011; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.410 Political signs.

Permit requirements and conditions for political signs are shown on Table 1 below. The owner of any political sign is responsible for its removal and compliance with all other provisions of this chapter, or any other law or ordinance regulating the same. The “owner” of a political sign is the permittee, private property owner, or candidate or organization sponsoring the sign message.

A.    Locating Political Signs on the Right-of-Way:

1.    Political signs located on the public right-of-way shall comply with the requirements of Table 1 below and the restrictions contained in IMC 18.11.450, Placement.

2.    No political sign shall be suspended across any portion of a public right-of-way.

3.    Political signs are not permitted on railroad rights-of-way or lands that were previously railroad rights-of-way and now used for public purposes, including where railroad rights-of-way overlap street rights-of-way.

B.    Removal of Political Signs:

1.    Ballot Measure/Election: For those political signs promoting a ballot issue or election, political signs must be removed within seven (7) days after the election or event for which the sign is displayed, except that signs promoting the successful candidate in a primary election may remain displayed until seven (7) days following the immediate subsequent general or special election.

2.    Public Issue: Political signs promoting a public issue that is not connected to an election or ballot measure and that are required to have permit must be removed one hundred twenty (120) days after initial installation unless the permit is renewed.

Table 1 Political signs:

Ballot measure/election and public issue

Conditions

Political Signs That DO NOT Require a Permit

Political Signs That Require a Permit

On Public Right-of-Way

On Private Property

On Private Property

Sign Size

Maximum up to 4 sq. ft. per face

Greater than 4 sq. ft. per face and not larger than 32 sq. ft. per face

Sign Height

Not more than 6 feet in height

Two-Sided Signs

Two-sided signs are permitted

Safety Provisions

Shall not impede vehicular or pedestrian movement or line of sight, pose a safety hazard, or be located on public fences, public retaining walls, utility poles or street sign poles (IMC 18.11.480(W))

Shall not impede vehicular or pedestrian movement or line of sight, pose a safety hazard, or be located on public fences, public retaining walls, utility poles or street sign poles (IMC 18.11.480(W))

Lighting

Signs shall not be lighted

Moving Signs

Signs shall be stationary

Location

See IMC 18.11.410(A)

Shall meet safety provisions and be located with property owner’s consent

Removal

Ballot Measure/Election: Within 7 days of the election.

Public Issue: Removed within 120 days of installation

Removal not required

(Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2553 § 3 (Exh. B2), 2009; Ord. 2423 § 3, 2005; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Posters. See IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions.

Real estate signs, off-premises (residential open house signs/directional arrows). See Permit – Exceptions, IMC 18.11.060.

18.11.420 Real estate signs, on-premises (for sale/lease/rent).

A.    Residential Property:

1.    Signs not exceeding six (6) square feet do not require a permit per IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions.

2.    Signs advertising the commercial sale of lots and/or houses in a subdivision or units (condominiums) may be located on land which is part of the subject development at the entrance of the development; provided, that not more than one (1) such sign no larger than thirty-two (32) square feet in area, and ten (10) feet in height, may be installed at one (1) time at any one (1) entrance. The display of such signs shall be limited to a twelve (12) month period. Prior to the end of the twelve (12) month period, the applicant may request one (1) further extension of time not to exceed six (6) months, otherwise the sign shall be removed.

B.    Commercial Property:

1.    Signs not exceeding six (6) square feet do not require a permit per IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions.

2.    Signs advertising commercial or industrial property shall be limited to one (1) single or double faced sign per street frontage. Signs may be displayed only while the building or a portion thereof is actually for sale, rent or lease. The sign(s) may not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in surface area. If V-shaped, the total surface area shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area. If freestanding the sign may not exceed six (6) feet in height. Maximum height for wall sign shall be ten (10) feet. Sign shall be located more than ten (10) feet from any property line or corner, and wholly on the property for sale or rent. Apartment building “for rent” signs are governed by subsection A of this section. Commercial for sale/rent/lease signs shall be limited to a twelve (12) month period. Any extensions shall require a new sign permit.

3.    Commercial on-premises signs for leasing/sales may also be allowed within multibusiness developments on the bottom panel of monument signs as in IMC 18.11.220(B). Such signs within a monument sign panel are not subject to time limits and may remain permanently in place. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.430 One-time events signs.

Temporary signs promoting a noncommercial one-time or intermittent drive or event sponsored by a political, civic, cultural, philanthropic, educational or religious event or organization are permitted as follows:

A.    The event may have either:

1.    One (1) sixteen (16) square foot sign and one (1) movable A-frame sign; or

2.    Two (2) movable A-frame signs.

B.    Such signs are permitted for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days in any one (1) calendar year.

C.    Movable A-frame signs are limited to a maximum of six (6) square feet per face and a height limit of four (4) feet.

D.    Signs shall not be located off-premises (see IMC 18.11.480(X), Listing of specifically prohibited signs and devices).

E.    Maximum height for a freestanding sign is six (6) feet. (Ord. 2613 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2011; Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Temporary signs for nonprofit organizations. See IMC 18.11.430, One-time event signs, and IMC 18.11.380, Movable sign, special events A-frame.

Window signs, temporary indoor. See IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions.

Signs on Public Rights-of-Way

18.11.440 Scope.

Nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted as controlling public information signs placed on the public rights-of-way by any governmental agency or public utility. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.450 Placement.

A.    Public service traffic and directional signs for public buildings, such as public schools, libraries, hospitals and other similar public service facilities, may be placed entirely on public rights-of-way.

B.    No sign shall be allowed in traffic islands, roundabouts, or medians including but not limited to those located at the intersections of Front Street and Gilman Boulevard and Front Street and Clark Street.

C.    In addition to the restrictions set forth in subsection B of this section, no sign shall be placed on or above the public rights-of-way with the following exceptions:

1.    Signs defined in IMC 18.11.440, Scope, and subsection A of this section (ROW scope and placement for public service and governmental agency signs);

2.    Awning signs, per IMC 18.11.130, Awning signs;

3.    Banners and flags, per IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions;

4.    Blade signs, per IMC 18.11.140, Blade signs, and IMC 18.11.280, Pedestrian-oriented signs;

5.    Canopy signs, per IMC 18.11.150, Canopy signs;

6.    Flags of country, State, City or other governmental body, per IMC 18.11.135, Banners and flags;

7.    Grand opening event signs, per IMC 18.11.370, Grand opening events;

8.    Marquee signs affixed to an awning, not extending beyond the perimeters thereof, per IMC 18.11.210, Marquee signs;

9.    Movable sign, special events A-frame, per IMC 18.11.380, Movable signs, special events A-frame;

10.    Pedestrian-oriented signs, per IMC 18.11.280, Pedestrian-oriented signs;

11.    Political signs, per IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions, and IMC 18.11.410, Political signs;

12.    Projection signs, per IMC 18.11.290, Projection signs;

13.    Real estate signs, off-premises residential (residential open-house signs), per IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions, subsection X;

14.    Real estate signs, off-premises directional arrows, per IMC 18.11.060, Permit – Exceptions, subsection Y;

15.    Wall signs not extending more than twelve (12) inches over the public rights-of-way on structures located on or within twelve (12) inches of the public rights-of-way. This exception applies only eight (8) feet or more above the grade of the public rights-of-way, per IMC 18.11.310, Wall signs;

16.    Signs allowed on public street right-of-way by an approved Special Event/Special Use Permit and corresponding approved sign permit. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2553 § 3 (Exh. B2), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.460 Exceptions.

Repealed by Ord. 2553. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.470 Insurance and indemnity.

Owners of signs allowed to be placed on or over the public right-of-way may be required to obtain a Special Event/Special Use Permit, agree to indemnify the City for any damages caused by the sign, and to provide insurance coverage for any incidents, damage, or injury caused by or related to the sign. The form of the indemnity agreement and the amount of the insurance policy shall be approved by the City’s risk management. Said insurance must name the City of Issaquah as an additional insured, be primary as respects the City, and be current at all times the signs are in place. Excepted temporary signs allowed in the street ROW, including real estate open house signs and political signs, are not required to provide insurance. A Special Event/Use Permit may be denied or approved signs may be required to be removed from a public right-of-way if such sign obstructs or impedes vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or poses a safety hazard as determined by the City. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Prohibited Signs and Devices

18.11.480 Listing of specifically prohibited signs and devices.

The following signs or devices are specifically prohibited and violators shall be subject to the penalty provisions set out in IMC 1.36.030, Enforcement:

A.    Abandoned signs.

B.    Billboards.

C.    Blinking or flashing lights such as any sign illuminated by or containing blinking, flashing, intermittent, or moving light or lights, except the time and temperature portion of a sign.

D.    Changeable image signs.

E.    Fuel price signs, movable.

F.    Internally illuminated/backlit awning signs.

G.    Illuminated signs that allow beams and illumination upon a street, highway, sidewalk, or nuisance.

H.    Interstate 90 signs located on a building or property parallel and adjacent to the Interstate 90 right-of-way, including on-ramps and off-ramps, where this building elevation is considered secondary frontage. Signage not prohibited where the parallel building elevation is considered the primary frontage.

I.    Large inflatable objects (except with a special events permit or as a holiday sign for a recognized public holiday).

J.    Laser lights and search lights (except with a special events permit).

K.    Monument signs exceeding ten (10) feet in height (or exceeding twelve (12) feet where leasing information is displayed).

L.    Natural features and street furniture; signs, balloons or devices affixed or painted on trees, rocks or other natural features.

M.    Parked vehicles, trailers or carts with signs. Signs pertaining to or associated with any business along a public right-of-way which are attached, painted or otherwise affixed to parked vehicles, trailers or carts and are visible from a public right-of-way are prohibited except when the vehicle/trailer is:

1.    An authorized government vehicle; or

2.    Being temporarily loaded or unloaded; or

3.    On private property where the business is located; and:

a.    Within one hundred (100) feet of the space occupied by the business being promoted; and

b.    Is parked for a period not exceeding twenty-four (24) consecutive hours; and

c.    Is promoting a business with a valid City business license.

N.    Posters not associated with live, movie or playhouse theater.

O.    Readerboards including electronic readerboards; except for those readerboards allowed with noncommercial signs and marquee signs, those which are already in place and are legal nonconforming, and electronic readerboards as allowed by IMC 18.11.165, Community facilities electronic readerboards.

P.    Readerboards, portable.

Q.    Real estate; off-premises commercial; including movable open house signs and directional arrows located on private property or public rights-of-way.

R.    Reflective material in signage including highly reflective metallic finishes, sequin studded materials or fluorescent colors.

S.    Revolving signs or signs with movable parts except barber poles and numerical signs indicating parts of clocks or thermometers.

T.    Roof signs, except as otherwise allowed in this chapter.

U.    Strings of pennants, ribbons, streamers, spinners, mylar balloons, flags (except as allowed in IMC 18.11.135, Banners and flags) or other similar moving or fluttering devices, or moving or revolving devices of a carnival-like nature.

V.    Traffic hazard or public nuisance created by signs including:

1.    Signs with advertising copy which imitate official traffic signs, or signals or use such words as “stop,” “look,” “danger,” “caution,” “warnings” or “go slow”;

2.    Signs that may confuse motorists or detract from any legal traffic control device as determined by the Planning Director/Manager; and

3.    Any sign placed in such a manner that it obscures the vision of a motorist as determined by Planning Director/Manager.

W.    Utility or public street feature; signs (including political signs), balloons or devices affixed to or painted on, including: utility poles, street sign poles, traffic signal equipment and poles, garbage receptacles, benches, bridges, pedestrian overpasses, railings, and railing supports, boardwalks, fences, retaining walls, bus shelters (except for those bus shelter signs allowed under IMC 18.11.060) and other types of street furniture. The exception is that political signs may be located on privately owned fences and privately owned retaining walls in residential areas.

X.    Any off-premises sign, including any sign located on any property other than that property on which the business is located, except off-premises signs permitted on public right-of-way per IMC 18.11.450, Placement.

Y.    Signs located on railroad rights-of-way or lands that were previously railroad rights-of-way and now used for public purposes, except for governmental signs. (Ord. 2648 §§ 2 (Exh. A1d), 3 (Exh. A2e), 2012; Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2553 § 3 (Exh. B2), 2009; Ord. 2423 § 5, 2005; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Nonconforming Signs

18.11.490 Classification.

Signs in existence at the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter that do not comply with the standards of this chapter shall be deemed legally nonconforming and may continue to exist per IMC 18.11.500, Legal nonconforming signs. Legal nonconforming status may not apply to signs that have received notice of infraction prior to the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.500 Legal nonconforming signs.

A.    Cleaning and Maintenance: Legal nonconforming signs may be removed for cleaning and routine maintenance, i.e., repainting, cleaning, changing of lighting and wiring, and may be replaced without being brought into conformance with the current sign chapter. Legal nonconforming signs may continue to exist except as follows:

1.    Any legal nonconforming sign that undergoes a name change, or has twenty (20) percent or more of the sign face (except billboards) or structure changed, shall be brought into conformance immediately with the current sign chapter.

2.    Any legal nonconforming sign that is damaged in excess of fifty (50) percent of the original value of the sign shall be brought into conformance immediately with the current sign chapter.

3.    Any legal nonconforming sign that is relocated or replaced shall be brought into conformance immediately with the current sign chapter. (Ord. 2388 § 15, 2004; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.510 Landmark signs.

A.    A nonconforming sign may continue to exist if it is determined by the Development Commission that the sign qualifies as a landmark sign. Application for designation as a landmark sign shall be made on forms available from the Permit Center. An application shall consist of a completed application form; any necessary supporting documentation such as plot plans, photographs or other information; and the appropriate application fee.

B.    The Development Commission shall classify a sign as a landmark sign if, after review of a permit application submitted in accordance with IMC 18.11.070, Permit – Application, it determines that the sign complies with all of the following criteria:

1.    There is evidence that the sign was installed on or before December 31, 1965; and

2.    The sign is, or identifies a use or business that is, generally recognized as a significant community landmark; and

3.    The sign, though nonconforming, is in harmony with the purpose and intent of the sign regulations.

C.    Landmark signs may continue to exist except as follows: any landmark sign that undergoes a name change, or has twenty (20) percent or more of the text or structure changed shall be brought into conformance immediately with the current sign chapter. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.520 Maintenance and repair of legal nonconforming signs.

Nothing in this section shall relieve the owner or user of a legal nonconforming sign or owner of the property on which such nonconforming sign is located, from the provisions of this chapter regarding safety, maintenance and repair of signs; provided, however, that any repainting, cleaning and other normal maintenance or repair of the sign or sign structure shall not modify the sign structure or copy in any way which makes it more nonconforming or the sign may lose its legal nonconforming status. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Utility Locator

18.11.530 Notice.

Before commencing any excavation for a freestanding ground mount or pole sign, the excavator shall provide notice of the scheduled commencement of excavation to all owners of underground facilities as required by Chapter 144, Laws of Washington, 1984. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Administration and Enforcement

18.11.540 Adjustment of standards.

Adjustments to specific provisions of this chapter shall be through an administrative adjustment of standards.

A.    Purpose: The purpose of permitting the administrative adjustment of Sign Code standards is to provide for flexibility that is compatible with Issaquah’s character, to acknowledge the artistic creativity of sign makers, and to revitalize retail areas consistent with the City’s Vision, Development Guidelines, the Comprehensive Plan (including the Subarea Plans). Adjustment of Sign Standards in the CBD provide for flexibility that is compatible with Issaquah’s historic downtown and to achieve a revitalized and pedestrian-oriented business district consistent with the Comprehensive Plan (Olde Town Subarea Plan) and the Downtown Design Guidelines (Resolution No. 93-18 or as updated).

B.    Adjustment Applications: Adjustment applications shall be made on forms available from the Permit Center. An application shall consist of a completed application form; any necessary supporting documentation such as plot plans, building elevations, photographs or other information; and an application fee.

C.    Review: Adjustment applications shall be reviewed by the Planning Director/Manager per Level 2 review. Applications are available for public review and comment.

D.    Approval Criteria, City-Wide and CBD: This chapter may be adjusted administratively when the Planning Director/Manager determines all the following criteria are met:

1.    The intent of the Sign Code is better achieved with the administrative adjustment than by other alternatives allowed by this section;

2.    Sufficient reason is shown for the adjustment in order to address exceptional or extraordinary circumstances or conditions applicable to the property involved, or intended use of the property, that are not contemplated or provided for by this chapter;

3.    The modification is compatible with the scale, character and design of the building in which the use is located;

4.    The modification is compatible with the scale, character, design and lighting of the adjacent neighborhood or business district;

5.    The modification is consistent with the purpose of this chapter and would not adversely affect the neighborhood in which the business is located; and

6.    Meets the procedures and approval criteria of a Level 2 review (IMC 18.04.370).

E.    Additional Approval Criteria for CBD:

1.    The scale, character and design of historic downtown, including colors, materials and other applicable elements including the preservation and restoration of the historic resonance of downtown;

2.    The pedestrian orientation of downtown, including the scale, character, materials, colors and other applicable elements, or the addition of a pedestrian-oriented sign;

3.    The Downtown Design Guidelines (Resolution No. 93-18), as they now exist or may hereafter be amended.

F.    Conditions: Conditions may be imposed upon the grant of any adjustment. Unless otherwise specified, the adjustment shall be subject to all plans, specifications, and conditions set forth in the application.

G.    Prohibited Standards: No adjustment may be granted that would:

1.    Increase the number of signs, except pedestrian-oriented signs allowed by this chapter or where there may be an existing sign cabinet that is not visible from a public right-of-way;

2.    Allow a type of sign or device which is prohibited by IMC 18.11.480, Listing of specifically prohibited signs and devices.

H.    Fees: Application fees shall be paid in accordance with the City’s adopted fee schedule, per Level 2 review, administrative adjustment of standards. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.550 Maintenance.

All signs, together with all of their supports, braces, guys and anchors, shall be kept in repair and in proper state of preservation. The display surface of all signs shall be kept neatly painted or posted at all times. Signs not repaired or removed shall be remedied by the City and the sign owner shall be billed for the cost of their removal. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.560 Removal.

A.    Unsafe Signs: If the Code Administrator finds that any sign regulated by this chapter is unsafe or not properly secured, he shall give written notice to the named owner of the sign and the named owner of the land on which the sign is erected, who shall remove or repair the sign within a specified time from the date of the notice. If the sign is not removed and repaired, the Code Administrator shall revoke the permit issued for such sign, as provided in this chapter, and shall notify the City Attorney’s office for appropriate legal action. The Code Administrator may cause any sign which he determines to be a source of immediate peril to persons or property to be removed summarily without notice.

B.    Expired Advertising Signs: Any sign existing on or after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter, which no longer advertises an existing business conducted or product sold on the premises, shall be removed by the owner of the premises upon which such is located after notice from the Code Administrator. The Code Administrator, upon determining that such sign exists, shall notify the owner of the premises in writing to remove the sign within thirty (30) days from the date of such notice. Upon application, the Code Administrator may extend the removal requirement for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, provided the sign is covered so that the reading material is not visible.

C.    Other Violations: In the event of a violation of any other provisions of this chapter the Code Administrator shall give written notice, specifying the violation, to the holder of the sign permit, or, if no permit exists, to the named owner of the land where the sign is erected, to correct the violation or remove such a sign. Nonconforming temporary signs located on public right-of-way may be removed without notice.

D.    Penalties: Penalties imposed for sign violations shall be specified in Chapter 1.06 IMC. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.570 Recovery of removed signs.

A.    All signs removed by the City shall be available for recovery by the owner of such sign for a period of two (2) weeks, after which they will be destroyed.

B.    Recovery of any sign removed by the City shall be subject to payment of a sign recovery fee in accordance with the City’s adopted fee schedule.

C.    The City shall not be responsible for damages or loss during removal or storage. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.580 Violations of the Sign Code.

Violations of any portion of the Issaquah Sign Standards shall be subject to the code enforcement and penalty provisions set out in Chapter 1.36 IMC. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.590 Administration.

A.    Responsibility: The ultimate responsibility for any sign shall be borne by the legal owner of the property on which the sign is located. The Planning Director/Manager may require when necessary that the property owner or agent be party to or applicant for any required sign permit.

B.    Planning Director/Manager – Authority: The Planning Director/Manager is authorized and directed to be the administrator of this chapter, to make necessary interpretations subject to appeal to the Hearing Examiner, and to process all required permits under this chapter.

C.    Code Administrator:

1.    Authority: The Code Administrator is authorized and directed to enforce all provisions of this chapter.

2.    Right of Entry:

a.    Whenever necessary to make an inspection to enforce any of the provisions of this chapter, or whenever the Code Administrator has reasonable cause to believe that there exists any sign or any condition which makes such sign unsafe, the Code Administrator may enter the premises or building on which such sign is located at all reasonable times to inspect the sign or to perform any duty imposed on him by this chapter; provided, that if such building or premises on which the sign is located is occupied, he shall first present proper credentials and request entry; and if such building or premises is unoccupied, he shall first make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other persons having charge or control of the building or premises and request entry. If such entry is refused, the Responsible Official shall have recourse to every remedy provided by law to secure entry.

b.    No owner or occupant or any other person having charge, care, or control of any building or premises shall fail or neglect, after proper request is made as provided in this chapter, to promptly permit entry therein by the Code Administrator or his authorized representative for the purpose of inspection and examination pursuant to this chapter.

3.    Notice of Infraction: Code Enforcement shall be in accordance with IMC 1.36.020, Notice of infraction. Code Administrator may supply additional notice to other persons of interest.

D.    Inspections:

1.    All signs controlled by this chapter shall be subject to periodic inspection by the Code Administrator. Records of all such inspections shall be kept in the files of the Permit Center.

a.    Prior to mounting the sign on the building elevation, an applicant shall contact the Permit Center for a sign inspection to determine that the sign(s) is the same as that shown on the approved plan.

b.    Signs requiring phased assembly should be inspected once fully mounted on the wall.

2.    Footing inspections shall be made by the Code Administrator for all signs having footings.

3.    Upon completion of inspection of the sign installation by the Code Administrator, an approval tag shall be affixed in a visible location on the sign. (Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.600 Appeals.

Refer to IMC 18.04.250, Administrative appeals, through IMC 18.04.260, Permit issuance prior to expiration of the appeal period, regarding appeals. (Ord. 2562 § 2 (Exh. B1), 2009; Ord. 2301 § 5, 2001; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

Sign Code Tables

18.11.610 Sign Code matrix – Excepted and permitted signs.

Repealed by Ord. 2562. (Ord. 2462 § 39, 2006; Ord. 2447 § 62, 2005; Ord. 2423 § 6, 2005; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).

18.11.620 Sign Code matrix – Prohibited signs and devices (per IMC 18.11.480).

Repealed by Ord. 2447. (Ord. 2423 § 7, 2005; Ord. 2218 § 1, 1998).