Chapter 17.110
SIGN STANDARDS

Sections:

17.110.010    Purpose.

17.110.020    Permits required.

17.110.030    Application for sign and sign-related building permits.

17.110.040    Protection of First Amendment rights.

17.110.050    Minimum requirements for all signs, including signs exempted from permit requirements.

17.110.060    Exemptions.

17.110.070    Prohibited signs.

17.110.080    Permitted signs.

17.110.085    Banners on or within the public right-of-way.

17.110.090    Other advertising structures considered signs.

17.110.100    Revocation of permit.

17.110.110    Permit expiration.

17.110.120    Variances.

17.110.130    Unlawful signs on city property or public right-of-way.

17.110.140    Nonconforming signs.

17.110.150    Temporary signs.

Prior legislation: Ords. 929, 953, 1084, 1094, 1138 and 1194.

17.110.010 Purpose.

The purpose of these standards is to establish regulations for the design, construction, installation, and maintenance of signs, as defined in this Title 17, in the city of Stanwood in order to:

(1) Balance the right of individuals to identify their businesses and convey their messages and the right of the public to be protected against the unrestricted proliferation of signs;

(2) Further the objectives of the comprehensive plan;

(3) Protect the public health, safety, and welfare;

(4) Reduce traffic hazards;

(5) Facilitate the creation of an attractive and harmonious community;

(6) Protect property values;

(7) Promote economic development; and

(8) Preserve the right of free speech exercised through the use of signs containing noncommercial messages. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.020 Permits required.

(1) Sign Permit. It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, relocate, or structurally alter any sign or other advertising structure considered a sign, as defined in this code, without first obtaining a sign permit from the community development director. No permit is required for repair, repainting, or maintenance.

(2) Sign Modification Permit. A permit for modification to an existing sign shall be allowed only to:

(a) Replace existing copy; and/or

(b) Replace a removable sign face surface with a comparable surface using the same materials and having the same size, thickness, and quality, provided:

(i) The sign has a valid permit; and

(ii) The proposed modification does not alter the sign cabinet; and

(iii) The sign does not advertise a business closed more than 30 days and/or a product no longer available on the premises, consistent with SMC 17.110.050(2); and

(iv) The modification uses existing connection hardware; and

(v) The modification does not require review by the building official for wind load and/or structural components; and

(vi) The modification does not require upgrading of any support or electrical features.

(3) Electrical Permit. All illuminated signs and any other sign in which electrical wiring and connections are to be used shall require an electrical permit submitted to the building official or designee along with the sign and building permit applications.

(4) Building Permit. All signs that include a sign structure as required by the building official shall require a building permit. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1291 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.030 Application for sign and sign-related building permits.

The following information must be included in an application for a sign permit:

(1) Name, address, and telephone number of the applicant;

(2) Address of property and location of building, structure, or lot to which or upon which the sign or other advertising structure is to be attached or constructed;

(3) Position of the sign or other advertising structure in relation to nearby buildings or structures;

(4) Four copies of plans no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches showing color, design, lettering and size of the sign face and treatment of sign edges, casing or cabinets;

(5) Specifications and method of construction and attachment to the building or in the ground; and

(6) When a sign structure is required, the following additional information is required:

(a) Copy of stress sheets and calculations showing that the structure is designed to meet the wind pressure and dead load requirements of this and all other laws and codes of the city;

(b) Name of the person constructing the structure;

(c) Written consent of the owner of the building or land on which the structure is to be erected;

(d) Any required electrical permit;

(e) Such other information as the building official or designee shall require to show full compliance with this chapter and all other laws and codes of the city. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.040 Protection of First Amendment rights.

Any sign allowed under this chapter may contain any lawful noncommercial message that does not direct attention to a business operated for profit or to a commodity or service for sale and that complies with all other requirements of this chapter. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.050 Minimum requirements for all signs, including signs exempted from permit requirements.

(1) Maintenance. No temporary or permanent sign or other advertising structure shall be inadequately maintained so as to show evidence of deterioration, including peeling, rust, dirt, fading, discoloration, or holes.

(2) Outdated Signs. No sign or other advertising structure shall advertise a business or product which is no longer in existence. Such signage shall be removed from the premises within 30 days after close of the business or removal of the product.

(3) Restriction of Ingress and Egress from Buildings. No sign or other advertising structure shall be constructed, relocated or maintained so as to prevent free ingress to or egress from any door, window, or fire escape. No sign of any kind shall be attached to a standpipe or fire escape.

(4) Traffic Hazards. No sign or other advertising structure shall:

(a) Obstruct free and clear vision at any street or driveway intersection;

(b) Interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal, or device because of its position, shape, or color;

(c) Make use of the words “stop,” “look,” “danger” or any other word, phrase, or symbol or character in a manner that interferes with, misleads, or confuses traffic; or

(d) Restrict ingress to and egress from any driveway.

(5) Unsafe Signs. No sign or other advertising structure shall constitute a hazard to safety or health by reason of inadequate design, construction, repair, or maintenance.

(6) Glare into Surrounding Area. No sign or other advertising structure shall be illuminated with lights which glare into or upon the surrounding area or any residential premises or distract operators of vehicles or pedestrians on the public right-of-way.

(7) Obscene Signs. No sign or other advertising structure shall display any matter in which the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to a prurient interest in sex, or is patently offensive because it affronts contemporary community standards relating to the description or representation of sexual matters, and is utterly without redeeming social value.

(8) Wind Pressure and Dead Load Requirements. Signs and other advertising structures shall be designed and constructed to withstand a wind speed of 100 miles per hour and to receive dead loads as required in the latest edition of the International Building Code (IBC) or other documents or other codes of the city of Stanwood. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.060 Exemptions.

The following signs are exempt from the permit requirements of these standards:

(1) Temporary signs on private property or public property meeting the requirements in SMC 17.110.150 (Temporary signs).

(2) Signs attached to the inside of a window which do not exceed 50 percent of the total window area of the business.

(3) Signs that are an integral part of the historic character of a landmark building or historic district.

(4) Public signs regulating vehicular or pedestrian traffic or designating or giving direction to streets, schools, hospitals, historic sites, or public facilities.

(5) Flags of any government or governmental agency or any patriotic, religious, charitable, civic, educational, or fraternal organization not exceeding 40 square feet in area.

(6) Hand-held signs not set on or affixed to the ground and not exceeding 10 square feet in area.

(7) Memorial or commemorative plaques or tablets denoting a building name and/or date of construction or a location of historic significance and not exceeding four square feet in area.

(8) Signs located on baseball field fencing within city parks. Signs shall be no greater than four feet by eight feet, only up during baseball season, and remain in good condition. The city shall have the right to remove signage that they deem to be in poor condition. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1398 § 24, 2015; Ord. 1311 § 3, 2012; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.070 Prohibited signs.

The following signs are prohibited:

(1) Vehicular Signs and Mobile Trailer Signs. No sign or other advertising structure shall be painted on or attached to a motor vehicle used primarily for the display of such sign; provided, that this section shall not prohibit the identification of a business or its products or services on its vehicle(s) operated and parked in a manner appropriate to the normal course of business.

(2) Moving and Flashing Signs.

(a) Moving Signs. No sign or other advertising structure shall have visible moving, revolving, or rotating parts or visible mechanical movement of any kind, except for the movable hands on street clocks, or other apparent visible movement achieved by electrical, electronic or mechanical means, except for time/temperature/date signs and except as permitted in SMC 17.110.080(2).

(b) Flashing Signs. No sign or other advertising structure shall have lights or illuminations that flash, move, rotate, scintillate, blink, flicker, vary in intensity or color, or use intermittent electrical pulsations, except as permitted in SMC 17.110.080(2). Time/temperature/date signs are not considered to be flashing signs under this chapter.

(3) Flags, Banners, Pennants, and Balloons. Flags, banners, pennants, balloons, and other related advertising shall be prohibited, except under the following conditions:

(a) Banners or pennants used for temporary purposes such as carnivals, fairs, grand openings, or other special events not to exceed 30 days in duration;

(b) National and state flags as exempted under SMC 17.110.060;

(c) Balloons or inflatables may be used for a maximum of three days for the purposes of carnivals, fairs, grand openings, or other special events. Balloons and inflatables are not permitted to exceed the height of the roofline or to be located on top of roofs.

(4) Roof Signs. No signage of any type shall be allowed on the roof of any structure except when authorized by variance pursuant to SMC 17.110.120.

(5) Billboards and Off-Premises Signs. Billboards and off-premises signs are prohibited. This prohibition includes all surfaces whereon advertising matter is set in view conspicuously and which advertising does not apply to the premises or any use of the premises wherein it is displayed or posted. Existing billboards and off-premises signs must comply with the requirements of SMC 17.110.140. This ban does not apply to authorized noncommercial off-premises signs, such as signs that are for public service or community use, direction, or identification of locations within the city.

(6) Permanent Signs on Vacant Lots, Parcels or Easements. No permanent sign shall be located on a lot, parcel or easement as the principal use of that lot, parcel or easement. Signs may only be established as an accessory use to a principally permitted use. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.080 Permitted signs.

The following signs and advertising structures may be permitted in compliance with the requirements of this chapter.

(1) Freestanding and Monument Signs.

(a) General Standards.

(i) Number of Signs Allowed. Only one freestanding or monument sign per property shall be allowed, unless the property has more than one frontage. For properties having more than one frontage, no more than two freestanding or monument signs will be allowed.

(ii) Letter/Figure Attachment. All letters, figures, characters, or representations in cut-out or irregular form, maintained in conjunction with, attached to, or superimposed upon any sign, shall be safely and securely built or attached to the sign structure, except for readerboard signs, when lettering is designed to be temporary.

(iii) Landscaping. All landscaping shall utilize shrubs, flowers, other plantings, and/or other features such as decorative concrete, wood or brick bases, planter boxes, benches, or ornaments expressing the sign theme, but not containing advertising copy. Landscape improvements shall be installed and inspected in six months. All freestanding and monument signs shall include at a minimum one-half square foot of landscaping for each square foot of sign face (as measured from one side).

(iv) Maintenance. Freestanding and monument signs and their surrounding premises shall be maintained in a clean, sanitary, and inoffensive condition, and free and clear of all obnoxious substances, rubbish, and weeds.

(v) Construction Standards.

(A) Braces, Anchorage, and Supports. Signs shall be securely built, constructed, and erected upon posts and standards.

(B) Wood Preservative. All wooden posts, anchors, and braces that rest upon or enter into the ground shall be treated with a commercially available wood preservative. If creosote or any other restricted-use substance is used, it shall be applied by a state-certified handler.

(vi) Base Materials. Monument bases and frames shall be constructed of a durable material, such as concrete blocks, wood, or brick, or other material as permitted by the community development director.

(b) Freestanding Sign Standards.

(i) Heights.

(A) Signs along SR 532 shall not exceed heights greater than 15 feet above the level of the street upon which the sign faces, or above the adjoining ground level, if such ground level is above the street level.

(B) Signs on commercial streets other than SR 532 shall not exceed heights greater than 12 feet above the level of the street upon which the sign faces, or above the adjoining ground level, if such ground level is above the street level.

(ii) Setbacks.

(A) Signs along SR 532 shall be set back at least 10 feet from the property line of the property on which the sign is erected and may be raised an additional foot in elevation to a maximum of 20 feet for each additional foot of setback provided.

(B) Signs along commercial streets other than SR 532 shall be set back at least 10 feet from the property line of the property on which the sign is erected and may be raised an additional foot in elevation to a maximum of 15 feet for each additional foot of setback provided.

(iii) Area Limitations.

(A) Freestanding signs for a single business shall not exceed 40 square feet per side in area.

(B) Freestanding signs advertising more than one business shall not exceed 85 square feet per side in area.

(iv) Space Between Sign and Ground and Other Signs and Structures. Freestanding signs shall have an open space not less than two feet between the baseline of the sign and the ground level. This open space may be filled in with a platform or decorative latticework that does not close off more than one-half of the square footage of the open space. No freestanding sign shall be closer than two feet to any other sign, building, or structure.

(c) Monument Sign Standards.

(i) Height, Location, and Size Requirements.

(A) Height. Monument signs shall not exceed six feet, measured from the average ground elevation to the top of the frame.

(B) Location. Monument signs may not be located closer than three feet from any driveway and must meet the sight distance requirements of SMC 17.145.130.

(C) Size. The square footage of the sign face of a monument sign shall not exceed 40 square feet (per side).

(ii) Design Incentives. The community development director may approve an increase in sign face size up to a total of 60 square feet (per side) and up to a total of eight feet in height for signs utilizing the following design mitigation:

(A) No internally lit cabinets. External lighting from the ground or by lamp attached to the outside of the sign is permitted.

(B) Architectural frame and base, utilizing architectural features and/or natural materials, such as metal, stone, trellis, etc.

(C) Muted color scheme approved by the director.

(2) Readerboard and Electronic Signs.

(a) No more than three lines of text shall be permitted in any approved sign.

(b) Text shall be a minimum of 10 inches in height, utilizing a single color on a black background.

(c) No images or logos shall be utilized.

(d) Text shall fade in and out (not scroll or flash) no more than once every 90 seconds.

(e) Electronic signs shall be limited to no more than one per property or group of adjacent properties held by a single land owner.

(f) Electronic signs shall be designed as part of a larger sign with the electronic portion consuming a maximum of 75 percent of the sign face. The remaining 25 percent shall adhere to the other applicable sections of this chapter.

(g) Readerboard signs that are attached to pole signs and meet the standards of SMC 17.110.070(2) and subsection (1) of this section shall be permitted.

(h) Readerboard signs that are converted into monument signs that meet the standards of SMC 17.110.070(2) and subsection (1) of this section shall be permitted.

(i) The advertisement contained on any readerboard sign shall pertain only to the business conducted on or within the premises on which such sign is erected or maintained.

(3) Wall Signs.

(a) Location.

(i) Limitation on Placement Area. No wall sign shall cover wholly or partially any wall opening, nor project beyond the edges of the wall to which it is attached. No wall sign shall exceed 125 square feet in area.

(ii) Projection Above Sidewalk. No wall sign shall be permitted to project more than 16 inches beyond the building line. If a wall sign projects more than six inches from the wall it must be attached to the wall at a height of at least eight and one-half feet above the sidewalk or ground.

(b) Construction of Sign.

(i) Supports and Attachment. Wall signs shall be safely and securely attached to the building wall by means of metal anchors, bolts, or expansion screws of not less than three-eighths-inch diameter, embedded into the wall at least five inches.

(c) Mixed Use Buildings. See SMC 17.112.050(17) for additional requirements for signs on mixed use buildings.

(4) Projecting Signs and Blade Signs.

(a) Construction.

(i) All projecting and blade signs, including frames, braces and supports, shall be two-faced.

(ii) Signs shall be designed by a structural engineer when the building official determines that engineering is required to meet wind pressure and dead load standards in SMC 17.110.050(8) and/or building code requirements.

(iii) Illumination.

(A) Illumination shall concentrate upon the area of the sign and prevent glare upon the street, sidewalk or adjacent property.

(B) No floodlight or spotlight nor reflectors of the gooseneck type shall be permitted.

(iv) Glass Lettering Requirements. The lettering or advertising designs to be illuminated may be composed of glass. Any glass forming a part of any sign shall be safety glass or plate glass at least one-quarter-inch thick, and in case any single piece or pane of glass has an area exceeding three square feet, it shall be wired glass. One section, not exceeding three square feet in area, constructed of wire glass or safety glass shall be permitted on each side of a sign.

(v) Movable Parts to Be Secured. Any movable part of a sign such as the cover of a service opening shall be securely fastened by chains or hinges.

(vi) Thickness Limitation. The distance measured between the principal faces of any sign shall not exceed 18 inches.

(vii) Bracing, Anchorage, and Supports. Bracing, anchorage and supports of signs shall conform to the requirements of SMC 17.110.050(8), Wind Pressure and Dead Load Requirements.

(b) Location/Height/Clearance.

(i) Projecting signs shall be placed at least eight feet above the sidewalk or walkway over which they are extended, and no more than two feet from the face of the wall to which attached, measuring from the point of the sign nearest the wall, unless modified as provided in subsection (4)(b)(iv) of this section.

(ii) Blade signs shall be hung a minimum of eight feet above the sidewalk or walkway with no more than one foot from the soffit or other architectural feature from which they are hung unless modified as provided in subsection (4)(b)(iv) of this section.

(iii) Blade and projecting sign shall be at least one foot away from the curbline and at least 15 feet above any driveway, alley, or thoroughfare over which it is erected.

(iv) Upon written request, the height clearance requirement for projecting and blade signs over sidewalks or walkways may be reduced by the community development director or designee to 84 inches if all the following findings are made:

(A) The projecting or blade sign is mounted on a building existing in the historic downtown overlay prior to September 1, 2010, and the building has a roof line, projecting soffit or eave that is too low to allow clearance of eight feet.

(B) The reduced clearance is the minimum necessary to allow identification of the business entry.

(C) The condition of the building, walkway and landscaping allow reasonable unobstructed clearance that meets minimum Municipal Uniform Traffic Control Device Standards.

(c) V-Shaped Signs Prohibited. V-shaped signs consisting of two single-faced signs erected without a roof and a ceiling shall not be permitted.

(d) Size and Number of Signs.

(i) Area Limitations. Signs shall be limited in area as follows:

(A) Horizontal projecting signs shall not exceed 25 square feet on each side.

(B) Vertical projecting signs shall not exceed 50 square feet on each side.

(C) Blade signs shall not exceed four square feet.

(ii) Number of Signs.

(A) One projecting sign is allowed on each business entry.

(B) One blade sign is allowed on each business entry.

(e) Projecting and Blade Signs Over the Public Right-of-Way.

(i) Indemnification and Hold Harmless. Owners of projecting and blade signs that extend, hang and/or project over city public right-of-way shall assume and are responsible for liability for damage resulting from their construction, placement, and/or use. Prior to issuance of a sign permit, the applicant shall execute and deliver to the city, upon a form supplied by the city, a written agreement to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the city and its officers, elected officials, employees and agents from any and all claims, actions, or damages of any persons and/or entities by reason of or related to the construction, placement and/or use of the sign.

(ii) Public Liability Insurance.

(A) Prior to the issuance of a sign permit for a projecting and/or blade sign that extends, hangs and/or projects over city public right-of-way, the applicant shall provide the city with a certificate of public liability insurance. The permittee shall maintain said insurance coverage while the sign is in place and is in use.

(B) The public liability insurance shall be written on an occurrence basis, shall name the city as an additional insured, and shall contain a provision prohibiting cancellation of the policy except upon 30 days’ prior written notice to the city.

(C) The public liability insurance shall have the following minimum insurance limits coverage: $1,000,000 commercial general liability insurance per occurrence combined with single limits, and $2,000,000 aggregate.

(5) “A” Board Signs and Portable Signs.

(a) “A” board and portable signs are allowed only as temporary and supplemental advertising for businesses within the city that have permitted permanent signage. The advertisement contained on any “A” board or portable sign shall pertain only to the business conducted on or within the premises on which such sign is erected or maintained. A separate sign permit is required.

(b) “A” board and portable signs must be a minimum of 30 inches in height and not exceed 48 inches in height when displayed. They must be at least 18 inches in width and not exceed 30 inches in width, and shall not be located within 10 feet of a driveway or other access point.

(c) “A” board and portable signs shall not be located within the paved portion of the vehicular right-of-way or upon traffic islands or crosswalk areas.

(d) Any “A” board or portable sign located on a sidewalk must be located to provide a minimum of five feet of clearance on at least one side for wheelchair and walking access.

(e) No more than one “A” board or portable sign per 25 linear feet of property frontage shall be permitted. No more than two “A” board or portable signs shall be permitted for a given business.

(f) “A” board and portable signs shall be removed nightly.

(g) Owners of “A” board signs located upon the city sidewalk shall assume liability for damage resulting from their use as part of the permit process and shall provide the city with an appropriate document holding the city harmless from such resulting loss. The city shall not assume any liability for any accident incurred in conjunction with an “A” board sign.

(6) Feather Banner Signs.

(a) Feather banner signs are allowed only as supplemental advertising for businesses within the city that have permitted permanent signage. The advertisement contained on any feather banner sign shall pertain only to the business conducted on or within the premises on which such sign is erected or maintained. A separate sign permit is required.

(b) Feather banner signs shall be securely anchored and not greater than 20 feet in height and shall not exceed 40 square feet.

(c) Feather banner signs shall not be located within the paved portion of the vehicular right-of-way or upon traffic islands or crosswalk areas.

(d) Feather banner signs shall not be located within 10 feet of a driveway or other access point and not obstruct views from a driveway to ensure safe ingress and egress from the premises.

(e) Any feather banner signs shall not be located on public sidewalks.

(f) No more than two feather banner signs shall be permitted for a given business.

(g) Feather banner signs shall be removed nightly. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1398 § 25, 2015; Ord. 1323 § 3, 2012; Ord. 1280 §§ 1, 2, 2010; Ord. 1276 § 4, 2010; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.085 Banners on or within the public right-of-way.

(1) Horizontal over the right-of-way banners are permitted for noncommercial messages for the following events:

(a) Special events as defined in Chapter 5.06 SMC when located within the city;

(b) Events which are excluded from the definition of special events when located within the Port Susan geographical area.

(2) Application shall be made for city installation and removal of banners over or within the public right-of-way on a form provided by the city and according to administrative procedures published by the city. Application shall be made a minimum of 14 days prior to the event.

(3) Banners that are displayed on or over the public right-of-way require a sign permit and a temporary encroachment permit. Review of sign and encroachment permits may be combined and issued with one permit and fee.

(4) Sign Standards for Banners.

(a) Banners shall meet the minimum standards in SMC 17.110.050, including but not limited to wind load.

(b) Banners shall be three feet high and 20 feet wide and shall not exceed 60 square feet.

(c) Materials shall be resistant to ultraviolet rays, mold and mildew and have sewn loops or equivalent for attachment.

(d) Banners shall not be erected more than 14 days in advance of the event, and shall be removed within three days after the termination of the event. Vertical banners on light poles used for city marketing may be exempted from this requirement.

(e) A temporary banner shall hang a minimum of at least 16 feet above the road.

(5) The applicant shall maintain general liability insurance for property damage and bodily injury or death throughout the term the banner is in place over the roadway in an amount and terms determined by administrative procedures published by the city. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1311 § 4, 2012).

17.110.090 Other advertising structures considered signs.

The following on-premises advertising structures may be permitted in compliance with the requirements of this chapter.

(1) Marquees.

(a) Construction.

(i) Materials Required. Marquees, including the anchors, bolts, supports, rods and braces, shall be designed by a structural engineer and illuminated.

(ii) Drainage. Marquee roofs shall be properly guttered and connected by downspouts to a storm sewer so that rainwater will not drip or flow onto public property.

(iii) Roofs – Use and Construction. Marquee roofs shall be used for no other purpose than to form and constitute a roof, and at least 25 percent of the area of the roof of every marquee shall be of glass or other transparent substance.

(b) Location.

(i) Height Above Sidewalk. No portion of a marquee shall be less than eight and one-half feet above the level of the sidewalk or other public thoroughfare over which it is erected.

(ii) Setback from Curbline. No marquee shall be permitted to extend beyond a point three feet inside the curbline.

(iii) Width. No marquee shall be wider than the entrance or entrances of the building plus five feet on each side. No marquee shall extend beyond the edge of the facade onto which it is attached. However, where the entrances to a building are not more than 20 feet apart, a marquee may be made a continuous single structure between the entrances.

(c) Construction.

(i) Bracing, Anchorage, and Supports. Marquees shall be supported solely by the building to which they are attached, and no columns or posts shall be used as supports.

(ii) Roof Live Load Requirement. Marquee roofs, except the glass area required, shall be designed and constructed to support a live load of not less than 100 pounds per square foot. Marquees shall be designed to meet the wind pressure requirement provided in SMC 17.110.050(8).

(iii) Anchorage to Wood Structure Prohibited. No marquee shall be erected on any building of wood frame construction unless attached to the masonry, concrete, or steel supports of the building.

(d) Signs Attached to the Marquee. Signs attached to or hung from a marquee shall be completely within the borderline of the marquee outer edge and shall in no instance be lower than eight and one-half feet above the sidewalk or public thoroughfare. No sign or advertising material shall exceed five feet in height, exclusive of the name of the establishment exhibiting such marquee. No advertising material shall be placed upon the roof of any marquee.

(2) Awnings and Canopies.

(a) Construction.

(i) Materials (Awnings). Awnings may be constructed of cloth or metal hood; provided, however, all frames and supports shall be of metal.

(ii) Materials (Canopies). Canopies may be constructed of cloth or metal hood; provided, however, all frames and supports shall be of metal.

(b) Location.

(i) Height Above Sidewalk (Awnings). No portion of an awning shall be less than eight and one-half feet above the level of the sidewalk or public thoroughfare over which it is erected.

(ii) Height Above Sidewalk (Canopies). No portion of a canopy shall be less than eight and one-half feet above the level of the sidewalk or public thoroughfare over which it is erected.

(iii) Setback from Curbline. No awning or canopy shall be permitted to extend beyond a point one foot inside the curbline.

(iv) Width. No limitation on width of awnings; provided, however, full compliance with the wind pressure and dead load requirements of SMC 17.110.050(8). No canopy shall be permitted to exceed eight feet in width.

(c) Construction of Sign.

(i) Support (Awning). Awnings shall be securely attached to and supported by a building. Posts or columns beyond the building line shall not be permitted for awnings. No awning shall be attached to wood jambs, frames, or other wood members of a building (frame buildings excepted) when such building is less than 10 feet from public property.

(ii) Support (Canopies). The frameworks of canopies shall be designed by a structural engineer and approved by the building official and in compliance with the building code of the city of Stanwood. All frames and supports shall be of metal and designed to withstand a wind pressure as provided in SMC 17.110.050(8).

(d) Advertising. No advertising shall be placed on any awning or canopy, except that the name of the owner and the business, industry, or pursuit conducted within the premises may be painted or otherwise permanently placed in a space not exceeding 24 inches in height on the front and side of the awning or canopy.

(3) Street Clocks.

(a) Construction.

(i) Regulation of Size of Dial. The dial of such clocks shall be not less than 30 inches, nor more than 40 inches, in diameter.

(ii) Glass Requirements. Any glass forming a part of a clock shall be safety glass or plate glass at least one-quarter-inch thick, and in case any single piece or pane of glass has an area exceeding three square feet, it shall be constructed of wire glass, securely held in place.

(iii) Movable Parts to Be Secured. The cover or service openings of street clocks shall be securely fastened by metal hinges.

(b) Location.

(i) Clocks Erected on Walls. Clocks supported on the corner of any building or structure at the intersection of two streets shall not be less than 15 feet nor more than 20 feet above the sidewalk and shall not project from the face or wall of the building or structure more than five feet.

(ii) Clocks Erected on Sidewalk. Clocks erected on the sidewalk shall be supported upon a post of ornamental design, shall be not less than 15 feet in height, shall be not more than 20 inches from the outer edge of the curb, and shall be at least 20 feet from the point of intersection of the lines of any street, measured parallel with the street.

(c) Construction of Sign.

(i) Clocks Erected on Walls. Clocks erected on the corner of any building or structure shall comply with the requirements set forth in SMC 17.110.080(3), Wall Signs, or SMC 17.110.080(4), Projecting Signs, whichever is applicable.

(ii) Wind Pressure and Dead Load Requirements. Street clocks, whether erected on exterior walls or on the sidewalk, shall comply with the requirements of SMC 17.110.050(8).

(d) Limitation on Permits – Clocks on Sidewalks. Any person erecting a street clock on any public sidewalk shall obtain the special written permission of the city council in addition to all other permits required by this title.

(e) Limitation on Permits – General. No person shall be permitted to erect more than one street clock at any one business location.

(f) Must Keep Accurate Time. Street clocks shall keep accurate time and shall be properly repaired or removed if this requirement is not complied with. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.100 Revocation of permit.

The community development director or designee may revoke any permit where there has been a violation of the provisions of these standards or a misrepresentation of fact on the permit application. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.110 Permit expiration.

If the work authorized under a sign permit and/or building permit is not completed within 180 days after the date of issuance, the permit shall become null and void. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.120 Variances.

(1) The community development director may grant a variance to allow the following:

(a) Setback less than that required under this title; or

(b) Area or height of a sign to be increased by up to 50 percent of the maximum allowable height or area subject to the following finding:

(i) The unusual shape or topography of the property in question prevents signage allowable under the provisions of these standards from adequately identifying the business or other activity located on such property.

(2) Off-Site Signage. A variance may also be allowed for off-site signage when the business has no other visible alternative for the placement of signage, as determined by the community development director.

(3) Roof Signage. The community development director may grant a variance to allow roof signs when the business has no other alternative for the placement of signage. Such approval shall be granted based on the finding that no alternatives are available to the applicant other than roof signage. If roof signage is permitted, it shall conform to all requirements for signs under this chapter. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.130 Unlawful signs on city property or public right-of-way.

If the community development director or designee finds that any sign or other advertising structure located on city property or public right-of-way is prohibited by or is not in compliance with the provisions of this chapter, the said official may cause such sign to be removed with or without notice to the owner of the sign. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.140 Nonconforming signs.

(1) Nonconforming On-Site Signage.

(a) Any on-site signage that does not conform to this chapter, but was legally in place before the effective date of the provision to which the signage does not conform, shall be considered legal nonconforming signage. Such existing signage may be maintained and/or repaired but at such time as a merchant replaces or modifies the signage, then the signage must conform to the requirements of this code except as provided in subsection (1)(b) of this section. No temporary signage shall be considered as legal nonconforming signage under this section. “Legally in place” shall mean:

(i) Installed prior to the existence of sign regulation within the city;

(ii) Installed pursuant to a permit issued by the city.

(b) Modification of legal nonconforming signage is limited to change of copy, change of sign background associated with a change of copy, or reduction in cabinet size associated with a change of copy.

(c) Change of copy or sign background for legal nonconforming signs shall be processed as a modification to a sign permit if the modification meets the criteria in SMC 17.110.020(2) and shall be subject to the sign modification permit fee unless there is alteration of the cabinet, or change in connection hardware, or the building official determines that windload must be reviewed. In these instances the modifications shall be processed as provided in SMC 17.110.020(1) subject to a sign permit fee and building permit fee.

(d) The nonconforming status of a sign shall not be affected by cleaning or other normal maintenance and repair; provided, that the original design function, operational capability, and structure of the sign are maintained and the sign is not otherwise enhanced or upgraded except as provided in subsection (1)(b) of this section.

(2) Nonconforming Billboards and Off-Premises Signs. Any billboard or off-premises sign legally in existence shall be removed, so as to conform with the provisions of this chapter, within six years of said date. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017; Ord. 1291 § 2, 2011; Ord. 1262 § 1, 2010).

17.110.150 Temporary signs.

(1) No Permit Required. No sign permit is required for temporary signs.

(2) Removal. Temporary signs shall be removed if the sign is in need of repair, is worn, dilapidated or creates a public nuisance.

(3) City Property (Excluding City Right-of-Way). Temporary signs on city-owned property (excluding city right-of-way) are allowed only in conjunction with an approved special event permit.

(4) City Right-of-Way outside of the Roadway. Temporary signs on city right-of-way placed outside of the roadway must comply with the following requirements:

(a) Location. Allowed only between the property line and the back of the nearest curb, or where no curb exists, between the property line and the nearest edge of the pavement. Signs may not be placed on sidewalks, driveways or other paved areas designed for pedestrian or vehicular use, or as conditioned in a right-of-way use permit.

(b) Type. Signs on stakes that can be manually pushed or hammered into the ground are allowed. All other signs are prohibited, unless specifically allowed by a right-of-way use permit.

(c) Size and Height. Limited to four square feet, and three feet in height.

(d) Dilapidated or Nuisance Signs. Any temporary sign in the right-of-way that is dilapidated or a nuisance shall be removed by the person responsible for placement of the sign.

(e) Other Signs. The city may allow other signs in city right-of-way with a right-of-way use permit.

(5) Residential Zones. Temporary signs may be placed on property residentially zoned in accordance with the requirements of this section and the following:

(a) Freestanding Signs (Includes Post-Mounted and Stake Signs).

(i) Single-family zones: Temporary freestanding signs shall not exceed four square feet in size and five feet in height, if the sign is mounted on the ground, and not to exceed three feet in height if the sign is stake-mounted.

(ii) Multifamily zones: Temporary freestanding signs shall not exceed six square feet in size and five feet in height if the sign is post-mounted on the ground, and not to exceed three feet in height if the sign is stake-mounted.

(b) Surface-Mounted Signs. Limited to sites two acres or larger:

(i) Size. No larger than 32 square feet.

(ii) Location. Must be flatly affixed to walls below the fascia or parapet line, or flatly affixed to on-site fences either facing or abutting the street, or facing inward to the subject site. Signs shall not be attached or tethered to other site improvements.

(6) Nonresidential Zones. Temporary signs are allowed on nonresidentially zoned property in accordance with the requirements of this section and the following:

(a) Window Signs. Limited to 50 percent of the window area, subject to the window sign requirements of SMC 17.110.060(2).

(b) Freestanding Signs (Including Post-Mounted and Stake Signs) – Size/Height. Limited to four square feet and five feet in height if the temporary sign is mounted in the ground.

(c) Surface-Mounted Signs.

(i) Size. Limited to 30 square feet.

(ii) Location. Must be flatly affixed to walls below the fascia or parapet line, or flatly affixed to on-site fences either facing the abutting street, or facing inward to the subject site. Signs shall not be attached or tethered to other site improvements.

(7) Temporary Signs on Large Properties, Residential or Nonresidentially Zoned Properties. The following temporary signs may be placed on any site at least two acres in size, in accordance with the requirements of this section and the following:

(a) Type. Any type.

(b) Size/Height. Not to exceed 64 square feet and up to eight feet above ground level.

(c) Exclusivity. The sign allowed under this subsection is in lieu of and shall not be displayed with or be in addition to other temporary signs allowed by this section.

(8) Duration of Temporary Signs. Temporary signs shall be allowed one time only for a period not to exceed six months in any consecutive 12-month period. (Ord. 1440 § 5, 2017).