Chapter 19.06


19.06.010    Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs.

19.06.020    Sign illumination.

19.06.030    Sign location.

19.06.040    Clearance for projection signs.

19.06.010 Permitted number and sign areas of permanent signs.

A. Number of Permitted Signs. Each individual business establishment may have a maximum of one primary sign that is attached to the building and one secondary sign that is attached to the building; except on corner lots where a business has two street frontages, each frontage may be treated as a primary sign area. Each property may have one freestanding sign per street frontage.

B. Primary Sign Areas. Each primary sign shall not exceed 20 percent of the building facade on which it is attached.

C. Secondary Sign Areas. Each secondary sign, as allowed for the secondary frontage of the building, shall be no larger than five percent of the facade area, not to exceed 30 square feet maximum.

D. Freestanding Sign Areas. Each freestanding sign may equal one square foot per one linear foot of street frontage, not to exceed 200 square feet per sign face. The overall height of the sign shall not exceed the allowable building height.

E. Monument Signs. A monument sign shall not exceed 10 feet in height and 100 square feet total for all faces. 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 feet from any vehicle entrance. 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.

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 facade area owned or leased by that business.

G. Corner Businesses Within a Multi-Building Development. When multiple business establishments are located within a single building where one of two or more buildings make up a development designed as one complex, those businesses, solely on an interior corner or corners of such building, shall be allowed a wall sign on frontage that 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 title. 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 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 community development/planning director may approve one wall sign on one 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 signs combined may not exceed the single sign limit coverage on the wall where they are placed.

J. Special Conditions and Accessory Signs. In addition to primary, secondary, and freestanding signs, businesses may have additional signs to provide information and direction to the public. The size, number, and types of signs are listed in Chapter 19.10 WRMC. [Ord. 16-00 § 1, 2000].

19.06.020 Sign illumination.

Lighting for signs shall be held to the minimum needed to convey the message of the sign. Sign lighting shall not be blinking, flashing, or so bright and distracting as to be a public nuisance or traffic safety hazard. Flashing and blinking restrictions do not apply to reader boards. Illuminated signs in residential districts require an approved special use permit before the issuance of a building permit. [Ord. 16-00 § 1, 2000].

19.06.030 Sign location.

Permanent signs shall not create a hazard to bicyclists, pedestrians, or motorists by blocking vision or movement of people or vehicles. [Ord. 16-00 § 1, 2000].

19.06.040 Clearance for projection signs.

All signs that project over a sidewalk, patio, parking lot or any public space shall maintain a minimum clearance of eight feet below the bottom of the sign. Any signs that project over a sidewalk shall be set back a minimum of two feet from curb. No sign may project over a right-of-way or public easement. [Ord. 16-00 § 1, 2000].