Chapter 18B.70
SIGN DEFINITIONS

Section:

18B.70.010    Sign Definitions.

18B.70.010 Sign Definitions.

The following list consists of a nonexclusive set of definitions for types of signs discussed within this Title. See also Chapter 18.25 PCC for definitions generally applicable to the Development Regulations.

"A-board or sandwich board" means a small portable sign upon which is generally placed advertising copy denoting products or services being offered upon the site on which such signs are placed.

"Awning sign" is a type of building sign affixed to the surface of an awning and which does not extend vertically or horizontally beyond the limits of such awning.

"Back lit or internally lit" means a sign that is illuminated by a light source contained within the body of the sign.

"Banner" means any sign of lightweight fabric or similar material that is mounted to a pole or building by any means. National flags, state or municipal flags, seasonal flags, or the official flag of any institution or business shall not be considered banners.

"Building sign" means a sign which is permanently attached or affixed in some manner to a building wall, i.e., wall, hanging, projecting, marquee, and awning signs. The following sign types are considered building signs: awning sign, canopy sign, facade sign, hanging sign, marquee sign, projecting sign, wall sign, and window sign.

"Business sign" means a sign which directs attention to a business or profession conducted, or to a commodity, service, or entertainment sold or offered upon the site where such sign is located, or to which it is affixed.

"Business identification sign" means a sign that is limited to the name, address, or occupation of the person or business on the site. The business identification sign may be located within 1,000 feet of the business in areas not covered by sign design regulations for community plan areas, such as Chapters 18B.40, 18B.60 and 18B.100 PCC. In community plan areas with adopted sign design regulations, business identification signs must be located on the site of the business itself.

"Canopy sign" is a type of building sign which is attached to or painted on a canopy structure.

"Construction sign" means a sign which identifies the architects, engineers, contractors, and other individuals or firms involved in the construction of a project or site and which may announce the character of the building enterprise or the purpose for which the building is intended, but does not include any advertisement of product or services.

"Electronic message sign" means an electronic changeable copy sign or portion thereof that displays information with alphanumeric characters, including keyboard generated punctuation and symbols, and static images, graphics, logos, or symbols and which may consist of a pattern of lights using different combinations of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), fiber optics, and light bulbs, or other technology capable of displaying static images, graphics, logos, and symbols.

"Facade sign" is a type of building sign painted upon or erected flush along the exterior wall or window of a building which displays only one sign surface.

"Fluorescent sign" means a sign containing a glass tube whose inner wall is coated with a material that produces a visible light by way of an electrical current causing vapor within the tube to discharge electrons thereby producing the light.

"Freestanding sign" means a sign that is not supported by, or connected to, a building and is permanently supported in a fixed location by one or more poles, uprights, or braces or a base structure. Freestanding signs include pole and monument signs. The following are freestanding signs: monopole sign, monument sign, and pole sign.

"Gross sign area" means the area within a continuous perimeter enclosing the outer limits of the sign face, but not including structural elements which are not a part of the display. The gross area of a 2-faced sign equals the area of one side. The "gross area" of a spherical, cubical, or polyhedral sign equals one-half the total surface area.

"Hanging sign" is a type of building sign suspended from a support (canopy or marquee) at a 90-degree right angle to the adjacent exposed building face. Hanging signs are generally intended to attract pedestrians and contain no commercial messages other than the name of the business.

"Iconic sign" means a projecting sign containing a symbol or logo characteristic of the goods and services or the business to which it is affixed. An example of an iconic sign would be a barber pole affixed to a barber shop.

"Identification sign" means a sign which is limited to the name, address or number of the building, institution or person, firm, or business center upon which the sign is located.

"Inflatable sign" means a sign made of flexible material or fabric that is made to take on a three-dimensional shape (to blow up like a balloon) when filled.

"Marquee sign" is a type of building sign hanging from below a marquee, porch or portico.

"Mechanical sign" means a sign that is, or includes components that are, operated by machinery.

"Memorial sign" is a type of building sign which may include the name of building or person, the date of erection cut into masonry surfaces or engraved on a tablet and constructed of bronze, brass, or other noncombustible materials or architectural features that are integral design features of a building, including religious symbols. Memorial signs do not advertise a product or service, or registered trademark.

"Menu reader boards for drive-through facilities" means a one-sided display sign for the sole purpose of providing a list of restaurant menu items to customers in a drive-through facility.

"Monopole sign" means a freestanding sign characterized by having a single support structure. This sign type is considered a freestanding sign.

"Monument sign" means a freestanding sign that is permanently affixed to the ground at its base, is supported entirely by a base structure, and is not mounted on a pole(s). This sign type is considered a freestanding sign.

"Multi-tenant/multi-building sign" means a building mounted or freestanding sign that identifies a business(es) in a multi-tenant/multi-building complex.

"Neon sign" means a sign containing tubes with glowing colors.

"Off site" means signage which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, or entertainment conducted, sold, or offered elsewhere than upon the site where such sign is located, or to which it is fixed.

"Parking sign" means a sign, within the public right-of-way or adjacent thereto, that directs motorists to parking facilities. Parking signs are considered traffic direction signs and therefore may not contain any business identification information or advertising.

"Pole sign" means a freestanding sign that is permanently supported in a fixed location by a structure of poles, uprights, or braces from the ground and not supported by a building or a base structure. Enclosure of poles, uprights, and braces, associated with pole signs, and/or with box structures does not constitute a "monument sign." Pole signs may include multiple sign cabinets. This sign type is considered a freestanding sign.

"Political sign" means a temporary freestanding or wall sign providing information relating to a local, state, or national election.

"Portable sign" means any sign that is self-supporting but not permanently attached to the ground or building and can be moved from one location to another, including portable reader boards.

"Projecting sign" is a type of building sign that is erected perpendicular to and supported from the wall of a building.

"Readerboard" means a sign that is designed so that characters, letters, or illustrations can be manually changed or rearranged without altering the face or surface of the sign.

"Rental or real estate sign" means a temporary sign which directs attention to the sale, lease, or rental of a particular building, property, or site upon which it is displayed.

"Roof sign" means any sign erected on the roof of a building.

"Rotating sign" means any sign or portion thereof which physically revolves or spins and regardless of speed moves in a similar manner. A rotating sign is a type of mechanical sign"

"Sign" means any surface, fabric, object, device, display or part thereof which is used to advertise, identify, direct, or attract attention to a product, business, activity, place, person, institution, or event to convey information to the public which is visible from an abutting property, public right-of-way, or body of water using words, letters, figures, designs, symbols, fixtures, colors, illumination, or projected images including forms shaped to resemble any human, animal or product.

"Sign area" means the total area of a sign enclosing the extreme limits of the letter, module, or advertising message visible from any one viewpoint or direction, excluding the sign support structure, architectural embellishments, or decorative features which contains no written or advertising copy or logos.

"Sign height" means the vertical distance measured from the adjacent grade at the base of the sign to the highest point of the sign structure; provided, however, that the grade of the ground may not be built up in order to allow the sign to be higher.

"Sign structure" means any structure which is or was used to support a sign.

"Temporary sign" means any banner, pennant, or other advertising display, with or without frames, constructed of cloth, light fabric, paper, plastic, cardboard, or other similar material. Temporary signs are not intended for ongoing advertising of products or services or for the naming of a business in lieu of a permitted permanent sign.

"Time and temperature sign" is a type of electronic sign on which there is only an electronic or mechanical indication of time and/or temperature.

"Wall sign" is a type of building sign painted on or attached to, and extending not more than 18 inches in depth from a facade of a building. Wall signs can be illuminated or non-illuminated and can be made of wood, rigid plastic, etc., or painted on a building. The exposed face of a wall sign is in a plane parallel to the portion of the structure to which it is attached. Signs on awnings and canopies are considered wall signs.

"Window sign" is a type of building sign located inside and affixed to windows of a building, whether temporary or permanent, lighted or unlighted, which may be viewed from the exterior of the building.

(Ord. 2016-42s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-42 § 3 (part), 2014; Ord. 2013-85 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 2013-30s2 § 6 (part), 2013)

Table 18B.30.100-2. Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Sign Table

Maximum Number, Dimensions, and Location of Individual Freestanding Signs

Zoning Classifications

CE

RO

CC

AC

NC

MUD

CMUD

OMUD

ROC

MHR

MSF

SF

RR

POLE

Sign Area (maximum square footage of each sign face per pole)

Single Tenant Nonresidential

64

64

64

64

64

64

64

64

64

32

32

32

32

Multi-Tenant/ Multi-Building Nonresidential

80

80

80 (1)

80 (1)

64 (2)

80 (1)

80 (1)

80 (1)

80

32

32

32

32

Sign Height (maximum height in feet)

Single Tenant Nonresidential

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

15

15

15

15

Multi-Tenant/ Multi-Building Nonresidential

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

20

15

15

15

15

MONUMENT

Area (maximum square footage of each sign face per structure)

Single Tenant Building

80

60

60

60

60

80

80

80

50

50

20

20

20

Multi-Tenant/ Multi-Building Nonresidential

80

60

80

80

60

80

80

80

50

50

20

20

20

Residential Development

50

50

50

50

50

50

20 (3)

20 (3)

20 (3)

Height (maximum height in feet)

Single Tenant Building

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Multi-Tenant/ Multi-Building Nonresidential

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Unified Residential Development

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

(1)    Plus 10 square feet for each business unit, not to exceed 150 square feet.

(2)    Plus 10 square feet for each business unit, not to exceed 100 square feet.

(3)    See Table 18B.30.020-1 for subdivision identification signs.

CE=Community Employment, RO=Residential Office, CC=Community Center, AC=Activity Center, NC=Neighborhood Commercial, MUD=Mixed Use District, CMUD=Commercial Mixed Use District, OMUD=Office-Residential Mixed Use District, ROC=Residential-Office-Civic, MHR=Moderate High Density Residential, MSF=Moderate Density Single Family, SF=Single Family, RR=Residential Resource