Chapter 18A.55
BILLBOARDS

Sections:

18A.55.010    General Regulations.

18A.55.020    Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan Area Regulations.

18A.55.010 General Regulations.

Billboards are considered a commercial use type as defined in Chapter 18A.33 PCC. See PCC 18A.33.270 C. for a description of the billboard use type. The following regulations shall apply to all billboards located in Pierce County.

A.    Moving Parts. Billboards shall not be erected or maintained which have any moving parts.

B.    Projections. Billboards shall not be erected or maintained which have any projections that extend more than 3 feet out from the surface of the billboard face.

C.    Highway Visibility Restriction. Except as permitted under this Section, no person shall erect a billboard which is visible from the main traveled way of the following streets, roads, or highways located in the unincorporated area of Pierce County:

State Route 512

State Route 16

State Route 302 and Key Peninsula Highway

State Route 410

State Route 167

Canyon Road

State Route 162

State Route 7 (Pacific Avenue)

State Route 704

State Route 161

D.    Size. The maximum square footage allowed for a billboard face, except in the Employment Center zone, is 300 square feet with an extension of up to 20 percent of the total square footage for cut-outs or space extensions. Any cut-outs or space extensions shall not extend more than 5½ feet above the top of the billboard, nor more than 2 feet out from the sides of the billboard, and not more than 1½ feet below the bottom of the billboard. In the EC zone, the maximum square footage allowed for a billboard face is 672 square feet, and cut-outs and space extensions shall not be permitted.

E.    Lighting. Billboards shall not be erected or maintained which contain, include, or are illuminated by any flashing, intermittent, or moving light or lights. Billboards shall not include lighting unless it is so effectively shielded as to prevent beams or rays of light from being directed at any portion of the traveled ways of the highway or is of such low intensity or brilliance as not to cause glare or to impair the vision of the driver of any motor vehicle. Signs found to be too bright, in the opinion of the Pierce County Building Official, shall be adjusted in accordance with the instructions of the Building Official.

F.    Spacing. The minimum distance between billboards in all zone classifications shall be 1,000 feet, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries. The distance shall be measured from the outer edge of the billboard. Measurements shall be along or parallel to the edge of the traveled way on which the billboard face is directed.

G.    Setbacks. The setback of a billboard shall be not less than 15 feet from a street property line nor less than 2 feet from a side property line. The setback point shall be that portion of any billboard structure that is closest to the property line. Such structures may be built solid from the ground up.

H.    Maintenance and Repair.

1.    All billboards shall be maintained in good repair in compliance with all applicable building code requirements.

2.    Each sign structure must at all times include a facing of proper dimensions to conceal back bracing and framework of structural members. During periods of repair, alteration, or copy changes, such facing may be removed for a maximum period of 48 consecutive hours.

I.    Nonconforming Billboards.

1.    A nonconforming billboard shall not be changed, relocated, expanded or altered in any manner which would increase the degree of its nonconformity except as allowed in PCC 18A.55.010 I.2. below.

2.    When a nonconforming billboard is located on property being acquired for County right-of-way, it may be relocated and a building permit issued if the:

a.    Billboard is being relocated on the original parcel at the same distance from the new right-of-way as it was before relocation; and

b.    Relocation serves as mitigation of damages or provides for the avoidance of a takings claim as part of right-of-way acquisition. In no event shall permission to relocate the billboard confer upon the owner and/or tenant any rights or benefits pertaining to the nonconforming use that are in excess of those existing at the time of the transfer of title or right of possession of the new right-of-way.

3.    Any legally established billboard located in a designated billboard free zone per PCC 18B.55.020, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Billboard Regulations, shall be deemed nonconforming

(Ord. 2013-85 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2013-30s2 § 5 (part), 2013)

18A.55.020 Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Billboard Regulations.

In addition to the billboard regulations of Chapter 18B.30 PCC, the following regulations apply within the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan area.

A.    Total Number of Billboard Structures within the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan Area of Unincorporated Pierce County.

1.    Any person, firm, or corporation who maintains billboard structures within the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan area of unincorporated Pierce County shall be authorized to maintain only that number of billboard structures that they maintained on September 3, 2002, the effective date of Community Plan, except for transfers permitted in PCC 18B.80.060 C.

2.    No other billboards shall be authorized, and there shall be no greater total number of billboard structures within the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan area of unincorporated Pierce County than the number that were in existence on the effective date of this regulation, or on the subsequent date of incorporation of or annexation into another municipality. That number of structures shall include those for which permit applications had been filed prior to the effective date of this regulation.

3.    If portions of the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan area are annexed or incorporated into cities, the total number of billboard structures allowed in the remaining portion of the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan area shall be reduced so as not to include those billboards included in the annexation or incorporation area.

B.    Billboard Free Areas.

1.    Except as permitted under this Section, no person shall erect a billboard which is visible from the main traveled way of the following streets, roads, or highways or portions thereof located in the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan area of Pierce County:

a.    State Route 512; and

b.    State Route 7 (Pacific Avenue/Mountain Highway).

2.    No billboard shall be relocated in or within 330 feet of the following areas regardless of jurisdictional boundaries:

a.    Any state, county or municipal park or property held in trust by a land conservancy;

b.    The west side of Spanaway Loop Road S., from Steele Street S. to Garfield Street S.;

c.    Both sides of 112th Street S. from the 2000 block to Steele Street S.;

d.    Any site designated as Activity Center, Community Center, or Neighborhood Center by the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Communities Plan;

e.    Any place of religious assembly;

f.    Any public or private school; and

g.    Any residential zoning classification.

3.    Any billboard located in a designated billboard free zone after September 3, 2002, shall be deemed nonconforming.

C.    Billboard Relocation.

1.    Upon removal of an existing billboard structure, a relocation certificate shall be issued authorizing relocation of the face to a new site. There shall be no time limit on the billboard owner's eligibility to utilize such relocation certificates. In the event a billboard owner wishes to remove a billboard and does not have immediate plans for replacement at a new location, an inactive relocation certificate shall be issued. There shall be no time limit on the activation of the inactive certificate and such certificates are transferable.

2.    Billboard structures may only be relocated within the adopted community plan area boundary.

3.    In no case shall the number of billboard structures or the structure height increase and the square footage of the billboard sign face area to be relocated shall be equal to or less than the square footage of the billboard sign face area to be removed. Removal of a billboard structure shall be completed prior to the installation of relocated billboard structure.

4.    The application for a relocation certificate shall include an accurate site plan and vicinity map of the billboard structure to be removed, as well as a site plan and vicinity map for the new location. Site plans and vicinity maps shall include sufficient information to determine compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.

5.    The above provisions shall not apply to billboards whose certificate applications were applied for prior to the effective date of this regulation, and not erected, unless the owners/applicants agree within 60 days to have such billboards subject to all provisions of this Chapter.

6.    When a nonconforming billboard is located on property being acquired for County right-of-way, it may be relocated and a building permit issued if:

(a)    the billboard is being relocated on the original parcel at the same distance from the new right-of-way as it was before relocation; and

(b)    the relocation serves as mitigation of damages or provides for the avoidance of a takings claim as part of right-of-way acquisition. In no event shall permission to relocate the billboard grant the owner and/or tenant any rights or benefits pertaining to the nonconforming use that are in excess of those existing at the time of the transfer of title or right of possession of the new right-of-way.

(Ord. 2013-85 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2013-30s2 § 5 (part), 2013)