Chapter 21.35
SIGNS

Sections:

21.35.010    Purpose.

21.35.020    Permit requirements.

21.35.030    Exempt signs.

21.35.040    Prohibited signs.

21.35.050    Sign area calculation.

21.35.060    General sign requirements.

21.35.070    Community bulletin board signs.

21.35.080    Sign types permitted by zone.

21.35.090    Bulk standard by zone.

21.35.100    Changing general message electronic reader boards.

21.35.110    Window signs.

21.35.120    Master signage plan.

21.35.130    Signs or displays of limited duration.

21.35.140    Nonconforming signs.

21.35.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to enhance the visual environment and safety of the City by:

(1) Establishing standards that regulate the type, number, location, size, and lighting of signs;

(2) Encouraging attractive, effective signage throughout the community, and providing clearly identifiable design objectives for public and private signage in the downtown. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.020 Permit requirements.

(1) Except as otherwise permitted by this chapter, no sign shall be erected, altered or relocated without a sign permit issued by the City.

(2) No permit shall be required for cleaning or other normal maintenance and repair of a sign, except as it is regulated under WMC 21.35.120 and 21.35.140. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.030 Exempt signs.

The following signs or displays are exempted from the regulations under this chapter:

(1) Historic site markers or plaques, gravestones, and address numbers;

(2) Signs required by law, including but not limited to:

(a) Official or legal notices issued and posted by any public agency or court; or

(b) Traffic directional or warning signs;

(3) Plaques, tablets or inscriptions indicating the name of a building, date of erection, or other commemorative information, which are an integral part of the building structure or are attached flat to the face of the building, which are nonilluminated, and which do not exceed four square feet in surface area;

(4) Incidental signs, which shall not exceed two square feet in surface area; provided, that said size limitation shall not apply to signs providing directions, warnings or information when established and maintained by a public agency;

(5) State or Federal flags;

(6) Religious symbols;

(7) The flag of a commercial institution, provided no more than one on-site flag is permitted per business premises; or one per tenant in a multitenant building; and further provided, the flag is on a designated flagpole or a flag stand attached to a building, the flag does not exceed 20 square feet in surface area and does not advertise a product. This does not include pennant-style or feather-style signs, which are prohibited;

(8) Signs or displays not intended to be visible from streets or public ways, signs in the interior of a building more than three feet from the closest window and not facing a window, and point of purchase advertising displays, such as vending machines;

(9) Wayfinding signs installed as part of a City-sponsored and coordinated wayfinding program;

(10) Public gateway entrance signs. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.040 Prohibited signs.

Except as indicated by this chapter, the following signs or displays are prohibited:

(1) Portable signs; except as provided for in WMC 21.35.130, Signs or displays of limited duration;

(2) Signs on utility poles, except signs of the utility or government;

(3) Signs which, by reason of their size, location, movement, content, coloring or manner of illumination, may be confused with traffic control signs or signals;

(4) Signs located in the public right-of-way, except where permitted in this chapter;

(5) Posters, pennants, strings of lights, blinking lights, balloons, searchlights and other displays of a carnival nature; except as provided for in WMC 21.35.130, Signs or displays of limited duration;

(6) Billboards, poster boards and other advertising for products or business not located on the site of the business or place of sale, except as permitted by WMC 21.35.060(6) and (7);

(7) Signs that are located so as to interfere with visibility for the safe movement of pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles;

(8) Animated signs;

(9) Highly reflective frame materials such as mirrored glass or chrome metal;

(10) Signs for businesses that are no longer operating and open for business;

(11) Off-premises signs, except where permitted in this chapter;

(12) Signs located on or above a roof; and

(13) Human held signs. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.050 Sign area calculation.

Sign area shall be calculated by measuring the smallest single rectangle which will enclose the combined letters and symbols, and for freestanding signs shall be calculated by determining the total surface area of the sign as viewed from any single vantage point. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.060 General sign requirements.

(1) Because fuel price signs are required by Federal statute, such signs shall not be included in determining sign area square footage or number limitations as referenced in WMC 21.35.090. Fuel price signs shall be part of or attached to a permanent monument sign and shall not exceed 20 square feet per street frontage. The price display may be electronic as long as it meets the requirements for changing message signs in WMC 21.35.100, and does not create a traffic safety issue by glare or by including blinking or flashing lights.

(2) On-premises direction signs shall not be included in the sign area or number limitation of WMC 21.35.080 through 21.35.120, provided they shall not exceed six square feet in surface area and are limited to one for each entrance or exit to surface parking areas, parking structures, drive-through lanes, or as determined by the Development Services Director for safe circulation.

(3) Sign Illumination and Glare.

(a) Internally illuminated signs shall be designed to emphasize the lighting of the sign text, message and/or symbols, while minimizing the lighting of the background of the sign face. The colors of the sign, letters and background shall remain fixed.

(b) In those cases where indirectly illuminated signs are permitted, the light source shall be no farther away from the sign than the height of the sign.

(c) Indirectly illuminated signs shall be arranged so that no direct rays of light are projected from such artificial source into residences or any street right-of-way.

(d) Electrical requirements for signs shall be governed by Chapter 19.28 RCW and Chapter 296-46B WAC.

(e) Signs should not exhibit undue brightness. “Undue brightness” means illumination in excess of that which is necessary to make the sign reasonably visible to the average person on the abutting street, as determined by the Development Services Director.

(4) One off-premises freestanding sign for each business is permitted on private property as regulated in this section and WMC 21.35.090. To qualify for an off-premises freestanding sign, two or more businesses must be advertised; and the businesses advertised must have no street frontage.

(5) If more than one freestanding sign is permitted on a site, these signs must be spaced a minimum of 140 feet apart.

(6) All signs, except for signs or displays of limited duration as permitted under WMC 21.35.130, must be constructed of durable, maintainable materials, and must be properly maintained. Signs that are made of materials that deteriorate quickly or that feature impermanent construction are not permitted. For example, plywood or plastic sheets without a sign face overlay or without a frame to protect exposed edges are not permitted.

(7) Recommended materials include:

(a) Sign frames constructed of wood, anodized metal or concrete are encouraged.

(b) Sign faces constructed of anodized metal, wood or bronze are encouraged. Plastic is discouraged except for backlit lettering.

(c) Sign mountings constructed of wood, stone, concrete, masonry or structural metal are encouraged.

(8) Recommended background colors are found in WMC 21.11.210.

(9) Required frame colors are found in WMC 21.11.210.

(10) Reader boards are permitted. If the reader board features dark letters on a light or white background, the sign will not be considered as featuring “recommended colors” and the smaller sign area allowance for freestanding signs will apply.

(11) Street addresses must be prominently displayed either on the building or on the sign.

(12) All signs shall meet the sight distance requirements of WMC 21.22.190.

(13) Allowances for Larger Signs. The following allowances for freestanding and building signs may be permitted, subject to the below requirements and the approval of the Development Services Director.

Type of Sign

Maximum Allowance

Requirement

Building

Sign Face: 12% of facade area

1. Must use recommended background colors and materials and required frame colors.

2. Must have no backlighting of the sign, except logos and lettering.

Freestanding

Sign Face: Smaller of 1% of gross floor area tenant/building space or 1 sq. ft. per 4 feet of street frontage, maximum 100 sq. ft. Height: 15 feet

1. Must use recommended background colors and materials and required frame colors.

2. Must have no backlighting of the sign, except logos and lettering.

3. A minimum of two of the following elements must be provided:

a. Recommended materials are used.

b. The sign is designed to reflect architectural features of the building or site.

c. Minimum 2 sq. ft. of landscaping per 1 sq. ft. of sign face is provided and includes strong vertical elements, such as tall shrubs and/or trees.

d. A fountain or other similar water feature that is incorporated into the design of the sign and landscaping.

(14) Any sign that projects over pedestrian walkways or sidewalks shall maintain a minimum clearance of eight feet above finished grade and shall not project more than six feet from the supporting building unless a greater projection is approved by the Development Services Director through the Design Guidelines and Standards review process.

(15) Each tenant may also display a single shingle sign that has a face perpendicular to the building, provided the sign is no larger than three square feet, is no less than eight feet above the ground, and does not extend more than three feet from the building or beyond an existing architectural canopy. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.070 Community bulletin board signs.

Community bulletin board signs shall be limited as follows:

(1) In the R zones, community bulletin board signs may not exceed 32 square feet and are only permitted at public schools, police stations, fire stations or other public facilities;

(2) In the P/I, O, TB and NB zones, community bulletin board signs may not exceed 40 square feet;

(3) In the I zone, community bulletin board signs may not exceed 60 square feet; and

(4) In the CBD and GB zones, community bulletin board signs may not exceed 100 square feet. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.080 Sign types permitted by zone.

Signs are permitted in the zones indicated according to the following chart. The Development Services Director shall determine which sign type category applies to a proposed sign.

SIGN TYPE

ZONE/AREA

Freestanding

Building

Window

CBD, GB, NB, TB, O

P

P

P

R Zones

P

P

P

P/I, P

P

P

P

I

P

P

P

Notes:    P = Permitted in accordance with standards.

    X = Not permitted.

(Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.090 Bulk standard by zone.

Criteria

R1 – 8

R9+

CBD, GB, NB, TB, O

I

P/I, P

Building Signs

Number of signs

1

1

1 per tenant per facade, maximum 2 per tenant, plus 1 per building

1 per tenant per facade, maximum 2 per tenant, plus 1 per building

1

Maximum height

No portion of the sign may protrude above the highest point of the roof, or break the plane of the roof.

No portion of the sign may protrude above the highest point of the roof, or break the plane of the roof.

No portion of the sign may protrude above the highest point of the roof, or break the plane of the roof.

No portion of the sign may protrude above the highest point of the roof, or break the plane of the roof.

No portion of the sign may protrude above the highest point of the roof, or break the plane of the roof.

Maximum size per face

8% of building facade area, maximum 10 square feet

8% of building facade area, maximum 20 square feet

8% of building facade area

8% of building facade area

8% of building facade area

Colors

Required to use City background colors

Required to use City background colors

 

 

Required to use City background colors

Illumination

No illumination permitted

No illumination permitted

Permitted

Permitted

Permitted

Materials

Plastic not permitted

Plastic not permitted

Sign face encouraged to be constructed of anodized or treated metal, wood, masonry, tile or neon. Plastic is discouraged

Sign face encouraged to be constructed of anodized or treated metal, wood, masonry, tile or neon. Plastic is discouraged

Sign face encouraged to be constructed of anodized or treated metal, wood, masonry, tile or neon. Plastic is discouraged

Mounting

Maximum protrusion from facade is 1 foot

Maximum protrusion from facade is 1 foot

Maximum protrusion from facade is 1 foot

Maximum protrusion from facade is 1 foot

Maximum protrusion from facade is 1 foot

Sign frames

Frame must be concealed or integrated with the building using similar materials and colors

Frame must be concealed or integrated with the building using similar materials and colors

Frame must be concealed or integrated with the building using similar materials and colors

Frame must be concealed or integrated with the building using similar materials and colors

Frame must be concealed or integrated with the building using similar materials and colors

Freestanding Signs

Number of signs

1 per entrance

1 per entrance

1 per street frontage, plus 1 for each 250 feet street frontage

1 per street frontage, plus 1 for each 250 feet street frontage

1 per entrance

Maximum height

6 feet

6 feet

10 feet

10 feet

6 feet

Maximum size per face

20 square feet

20 square feet

Smaller of 1% of gross floor area tenant/building space or 1 sq. ft. per 4 lineal feet of street frontage, minimum 25 sq. ft., maximum 75 sq. ft.

Smaller of 1% of gross floor area tenant/building space or 1 sq. ft. per 4 lineal feet of street frontage, minimum 25 sq. ft., maximum 75 sq. ft.

20 square feet

Maximum number of faces

2

2

2

2

2

Colors

Required to use City background colors

Required to use City background colors

 

 

Required to use City background colors

Landscaping

1 sq. ft. per 1 sq. ft. of sign face area. Landscaping must include trees, shrubs, and/or floral displays

1 sq. ft. per 1 sq. ft. of sign face area. Landscaping must include trees, shrubs, and/or floral displays

1 sq. ft. per 1 sq. ft. of sign face area. Landscaping must include trees, shrubs, and/or floral displays

1 sq. ft. per 1 sq. ft. of sign face area. Landscaping must include trees, shrubs, and/or floral displays

1 sq. ft. per 1 sq. ft. of sign face area. Landscaping must include trees, shrubs, and/or floral displays

Illumination

Not permitted

Not permitted

Permitted

Permitted

Not permitted

Sign frame and mounting

Base must be solid, and use City materials and frame colors

Base must be solid, and use City materials and frame colors

Base must be solid, or use double post; and use City frame colors

Base must be solid, or use double post; and use City frame colors

Base must be solid, and use City materials and frame colors

Setbacks

5 feet

5 feet

5 feet

5 feet

5 feet

Lettering/logo size

Minimum lettering height 6 inches

Minimum lettering height 6 inches

Minimum lettering height 6 inches

Minimum lettering height 6 inches

Minimum lettering height 6 inches

(Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.100 Changing general message electronic reader boards.

(1) Changing general message electronic reader boards are permitted in the Public/Institutional zone, except for those Public/Institutional zones that abut the Central Business District zone. Where they are permitted, a single changing general message electronic reader board may be substituted for one of the permitted signs, not to exceed 32 square feet provided it meets the requirements of the type of sign installed. The following additional requirements apply to changing general message electronic reader board signs in these zones:

(a) The electronic message may not change more frequently than every four seconds;

(b) The sign may only display messages for school or community events or activities; and

(c) The sign’s lights are limited to a single color and must be a warm-toned off-white or similar color as approved by the Development Services Director.

(2) Changing message center signs for date, time and temperature only, which can be incorporated into a building or freestanding sign, shall not exceed the size or height permitted for a building or freestanding sign, and shall be permitted only in the CBD, GB, O, I, and P/I zones, except in the Tourist District. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.110 Window signs.

Window signs are allowed without a permit. The maximum allowable sign area is 20 percent of the window area. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.120 Master signage plan.

(1) A master signage plan shall be prepared for all new commercial, office or industrial projects or any multitenant buildings or group of buildings having four or more tenant or occupant spaces on a lot or combination of lots subject to a common development permit or plan. Existing developments desiring to achieve conformance with this code shall be permitted to apply for a master sign plan retroactively. A “common development permit or plan” means any grading, building, sign or other permit issued by the city which is for the complex, building(s) as a whole or four or more tenants. A fee will be charged based on processing costs as provided for by the city’s most current fee resolution.

(2) Application of the master signage plan shall be concurrent with the project application to construct the associated development. Master signage plans approved under this section shall be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

(a) Placement. All signs shall be placed where they are sufficiently visible and readable for their function. Factors to be considered shall include the purpose of the sign, its location relative to traffic movement and access points, site features, structures and sign orientation relative to viewing distances and viewing angles.

(b) Size. In a master signage plan, signs shall be no larger than necessary for visibility and readability. Factors to be considered in determining appropriate size shall include topography, volume and speed of traffic, visibility range, proximity to adjacent uses, amount of sign copy, placement of display (location and height), lettering style, and sign proportions and dimensions. The Planning Commission may approve height and area deviations that achieve these purposes.

(c) Number of Signs. The master signage plan shall not exceed the total number of building or freestanding signs permitted in WMC 21.35.080 and 21.35.090, except as noted herein. Each additional monument sign must be separated by at least 140 feet from all other monument signs on the property. The size requirements in WMC 21.35.090, or as approved through this section, may not be exceeded. Additional monument signs may be approved upon meeting any of the following criteria:

(i) There must be at least two separate street frontages;

(ii) There must be at least three separate access points with a minimum distance of 300 feet from all other access points on that property; or

(iii) The applicant must demonstrate that vehicular traffic movement visibility is not impaired, and location is such that the business, property or complex access could not be identified without the additional signage.

(d) Materials. Sign materials shall be compatible with architectural and/or natural features of the project. This may be accomplished through similarity of materials for sign structures and faces, the use of complementary colors, similarity of architectural style, or the use of a consistent lettering style or copy.

(e) Illumination. Proposed illumination shall be such that any and all project light is either shielded away from adjacent land uses or otherwise situated so as to minimize any adverse impacts upon adjacent properties. Refer to WMC 21.35.060(3).

(f) Design. All tenant building signs on the building are required to be similar in location, configuration, materials and construction; must be architecturally integrated into the building; and employ a coordinated color scheme. Recommended background colors and required frame colors must be used.

(3) Applications for a master signage plan shall include, but are not limited to, the following information:

(a) The applicant’s name and address;

(b) A legal description of the property;

(c) Existing zoning of the property;

(d) A site plan depicting the proposed plan of development;

(e) Standards for size, qualities, materials, and illumination; and

(f) A narrative description of the common theme for signage within the development, how it relates to architectural and/or landscaping elements of the development, and how the master signage plan relates to each of the six criteria set forth in subsection (2) of this section.

(4) In conducting its review of the master signage plan, the reviewing body shall seek architectural compatibility between the subject building(s) and proposed future signage on the basis of location, dimensions, area, illumination and possible limitation on materials and colors. The reviewing body may approve and/or impose additional limitations on signage as deemed necessary as part of a specific review of the proposed signage plan.

(5) Master signage plans which do not deviate from the requirements of this chapter and do not include legally nonconforming signs shall be reviewed (approved, approved with conditions, or denied) by the Development Services Director or his/her designee. Master signage plans which seek deviations from the requirements of this chapter shall be reviewed for approval by the Planning Commission at a public hearing. Any sign permitted under a master signage plan shall be considered a legally approved sign.

(6) All such signage plans should not propose to exceed the overall allowed square footage of signage for a given lot(s) but may include, for example, an increase in the amount of wall signage with a decrease in the amount of freestanding signs.

(7) After approval of a master signage plan, no sign shall be erected except in conformance with the approved plan, and such plan may be enforced in the same way as any provision of this chapter. The approved master signage plan may be amended by filing a new application that conforms with the requirements of the ordinance then in effect. New applications will be reviewed under the same permit process as the original application.

(8) Appeals of the reviewing body shall be made in accordance with the procedures contained in Chapters 21.80 through 21.84 WMC. (Ord. 706 § 30, 2020; Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.130 Signs or displays of limited duration.

Unless otherwise regulated by this chapter, temporary signs regulated under this chapter not removed by the applicable post-event deadline will be subject to removal by the City of Woodinville and any and all costs associated with such removal may be assessed against the person(s) responsible for having the temporary signs put on display, the owner of the temporary sign and/or the sponsor(s) of the event or sale for which the temporary signs were put on display. The following temporary signs or displays are allowed, and except as required by the International Building Code, or as otherwise required in this chapter, do not require building permits. The signs allowed in this section are in addition to any other signs allowed in this chapter. Each type of sign or display of limited duration is allowed on a premises, subject to the regulation listed for the type of sign.

(1) Special Event Signs.

(a) One special event sign per premises is allowed by permit, to announce grand openings or other special events or promotions, for not more than 30 days for any one event. Property owners may apply for one annual permit for all special event signs within a 12-month period, or permits may be granted for each special event. Special event signs are allowed on or inside a building, on or adjacent to the premises; none are to be allowed on public right-of-way, or on trees or utility poles.

(b) Temporary signs or banners for organized mall-wide promotions may be allowed by permit for up to five days, with up to two permits per mall per year.

(c) Seasonal lights and decorations of a noncarnival nature for the current season or holiday are allowed without a permit.

(d) No sign shall exceed 32 square feet in surface area and may be no taller than the building eave or cornice if on a building, and not taller than 10 feet if freestanding.

(2) Construction Signs.

(a) Construction signs that identify architects, engineers, planners, contractors or other individuals or firms involved with the construction or funding of a project and signs announcing the character of the project or the purpose for which the project is intended may be displayed.

(b) One nonilluminated, double-faced sign is permitted for each public street upon which the project fronts.

(c) No sign shall exceed 32 square feet in surface area and may be no taller than 10 feet in height, or be located closer than 30 feet from the property line of the adjoining property.

(d) Construction signs must be removed by the date of issuance of the first occupancy permit for the premises or one year after placement of the signs, whichever occurs first. If the signs are not removed within this time period, they may be removed by the City at the expense of the owner of the property and/or the person(s) responsible for having the signs put on display.

(3) Political Signs.

(a) On-premises political signs, posters or bills located at the headquarters of a political party, candidate or public service office, or a public issue decided by ballot are permitted. All on-premises political signs, posters or bills shall comply with the dimensional and locational requirements of the zoning district in which they are located, or of the applicable sign type.

(b) Off-premises political signs that do not exceed four square feet in area (i.e., four feet by one foot, two feet by two feet, etc.) may be displayed in the public right-of-way as allowed in subsection (3)(e) of this section. Off-premises political signs that do not exceed 32 square feet in area and six feet in height may be displayed on private property. Freestanding political signs with a height greater than four feet and signs made of wood or metal which are attached to buildings must submit a sign application for safety and structural review.

(c) Dividing a sign into several smaller pieces as a means to circumvent the political sign dimensional requirements of subsections (3)(a) and (b) of this section is not permitted.

(d) Political signs, posters or bills may be displayed from the closing date for filing for an election until seven days after the general election. It shall be the responsibility of the candidate to have his/her campaign/political signs removed within this time period or the City may remove such signs at the candidate’s expense.

(e) No person, firm or corporation shall post, paint, nail, fasten or affix a political sign, poster, bill, or other advertising device of any kind on any streetlight, crosswalk, curb, curbstone, lamppost, street sign, utility pole, hydrant, tree, shrub, or public building or structure. Political signs are permissible on parking strips, the periphery of the public right-of-way and other portions of the right-of-way not used for vehicular or pedestrian travel preceding a primary or general election. Political signs must be installed in such a manner as not to constitute a traffic hazard or impair or impede pedestrian thoroughfares. No political sign placed within the public right-of-way shall be installed within the median of the roadway, or create a safety hazard for pedestrians or motorists as determined by the Police Administrator Chief or Public Works Director.

(f) Permits for political signs, posters or bills are not required unless the height of the freestanding sign is greater than four feet or the sign is made of wood or metal and is attached to a building.

(g) Political signs shall include only a message for a political party, candidate for public service office or a public issue decided by ballot. Political signs shall not include any message pertaining to a business, product or service.

(4) Real Estate Signs. All temporary real estate signs can be single- or double-faced signs:

(a) Single-Family Residential for Sale or Rent. Signs advertising an individual residential unit for sale or rent shall be limited to one sign per street frontage on site. The sign may not exceed eight square feet in area, and shall not exceed six feet in height. The sign shall be removed within 30 days after closing of the sale, lease or rental of the property.

(b) Commercial or Industrial for Sale or Rent. On-site commercial or industrial property for sale or rent signs shall be limited to one sign per street frontage on site, and shall not exceed 32 square feet in area. The sign shall not exceed 12 feet in height. The sign shall be removed within 30 days after closing of the sale, lease or rental of the property. A building permit is required and shall be issued for a one-year period. The permit is renewable for one-year increments up to a maximum of three years.

(c) Multifamily or Neighborhood Residential for Sale or Rent. On-site residential neighborhood or multifamily complex for sale or rent sign shall be limited to one sign per development. The sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area, and shall not exceed 12 feet in height. A building permit is required and shall be issued for a one-year period. The permit is renewable annually for up to a maximum of three years.

(d) Other real estate signs are permitted pursuant to subsection (7) of this section.

(5) Community Event Signs.

(a) Community event signs shall be limited to announcing or promoting a nonprofit sponsored community fair, festival or a special event.

(b) Community event signs may be displayed no more than 30 days before the event.

(c) Community event signs shall be removed by the event sponsor within 72 hours following the end of the community fair, festival or a special event.

(d) On-premises and off-premises signs for recurring community events may be allowed annually by permit.

(6) Street Banners Announcing Community Fairs, Festivals, and Special Events.

(a) Street banners shall be limited to announcing or promoting a nonprofit sponsored community fair, festival, or a special event, and are allowed by permit.

(b) Street banners shall be permitted only within the Central Business District and Tourist Business zone at approved locations.

(c) Street banners may be displayed for no more than 30 days and shall be removed within five days following the end of the community fair, festival, or a special event. It shall be the responsibility of the event sponsor to remove the street banner or the City will remove such banner and retain the application deposit.

(d) The event sponsor shall provide a certificate of insurance evidencing commercial general liability insurance as described in the street banner application form provided.

(e) The event sponsor shall submit site placement and street banner mounting plans and specifications with the application.

(f) The minimum street clearance of the banner is 18 feet above the street.

(7) Portable Signs in Residential Zones. Portable signs that display information regarding directions to real estate, garage sale, or other events are permitted in all residential zones subject to the following requirements. Portable signs in the Tourist District Overlay shall also be subject to WMC 21.26.010 and Chapter 8.12 WMC for special event requirements.

(a) Permit Not Required. A permit is not required for portable signs.

(b) Number of Signs Permitted. Up to six portable signs per destination may be permitted.

(c) Location. Portable signs may be located on property owned or controlled by the sign owner or in the public right-of-way, subject to the following requirements:

(i) Portable signs may not be located in a street, on a sidewalk, or where they would obstruct vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian traffic.

(ii) Portable signs may not be placed on public property other than public rights-of-way.

(iii) Portable signs may only be placed in residential zones.

(iv) Portable signs shall not block the sight distance triangle pursuant to WMC 21.22.190.

(v) Portable signs placed in public rights-of-way shall:

(A) Not create a traffic safety or maintenance problem; the City may remove and dispose of any signs that do create a safety or maintenance problem.

(B) Be freestanding.

(C) Not be attached to any structure or vegetation.

(D) Not be attached to utility poles, traffic signs, or street signs.

(d) Size. All portable signs are limited to a maximum six square feet of sign area. Signs may have no more than two sign faces. Two-sided signs may each display up to six square feet on each face.

(e) Height. All portable signs are limited to a maximum height of three feet.

(f) Duration of Display. Portable signs may be displayed only during the hours of the event plus an additional half an hour before and after the event to place and remove the signs. It is the responsibility of the sign owner to remove the sign outside the hours of the event. The City may remove any portable sign that is displayed outside the hours of the event.

(g) Limitations.

(i) Portable signs shall be nonilluminated.

(ii) Portable signs in residential zones are intended only to provide directions to events within residential zones.

(iii) No landscaping may be damaged or modified to accommodate portable signs. The City may require replacement of any damaged landscaping.

(h) Appearance and Maintenance. Signs shall be constructed of durable materials by a person skilled in the art of graphic design and shall be well maintained.

(i) Failure to Comply with Requirements of This Chapter. Portable signs that do not comply with the provisions of this section may be confiscated by the City. Signs that are confiscated are subject to immediate disposal. Sign owners that do not comply with the requirements of this chapter may be subject to the code enforcement procedures pursuant to Chapter 1.06 WMC.

(8) Portable Signs in the Central Business District, Neighborhood Business, Tourist Business, General Business or Office Zones. Portable signs in the Central Business District, Neighborhood Business, Tourist Business, General Business or Office zones are permitted subject to the following requirements. Portable signs in the Tourist District Overlay shall also be subject to WMC 21.26.010 and Chapter 8.12 WMC for special event requirements.

(a) Permit Required. Portable signs shall be subject to an annually renewable permit.

(b) Number of Signs Permitted. One portable sign per premises is permitted.

(c) Location. Portable signs may be placed in the zone in which the business is located, in conformance with the following requirements:

(i) Signs may be placed within public right-of-way, but not within a street or on a sidewalk.

(ii) Signs shall be located either on-premises or adjacent to the property line for that property where the business is located.

(iii) Signs placed within public right-of-way shall not block pedestrian, bicycle or vehicle traffic.

(iv) Signs may not be placed on public property other than public rights-of-way.

(v) Signs shall not block the sight distance triangle pursuant to WMC 21.22.190.

(d) Size. All portable signs are limited to a maximum six square feet of sign area. Signs may have no more than two sign faces. Two-sided signs may each display up to six square feet on each face.

(e) Height. All portable signs are limited to a maximum height of three feet.

(f) Duration of Display. Portable signs may be displayed only during the hours of operation of the establishment. It is the responsibility of the sign owner to remove the sign when the establishment is not open to the public. The City may remove any portable sign that is displayed outside the operation hours of the establishment.

(g) Limitations.

(i) Portable signs shall be nonilluminated.

(ii) No landscaping may be damaged or modified to accommodate portable signs. The City may require replacement of any damaged landscaping.

(h) Appearance and Maintenance. Signs shall be constructed of durable materials by a person skilled in the art of graphic design and shall be well maintained.

(i) Failure to Comply with Requirements of This Chapter. Portable signs that do not comply with the provisions of this section may be confiscated by the City. Signs that are confiscated are subject to immediate disposal. Sign owners that do not comply with the requirements of this chapter may be subject to the code enforcement procedures pursuant to Chapter 1.06 WMC and may result in revocation of the sign permit.

(j) The Director may administratively approve departures from the number, location and/or height of portable signs if written findings and conclusions are made and the following approval criteria are satisfied:

(i) The strict enforcement of the standard creates an unnecessary hardship for the property not of the property owner’s own making;

(ii) The departure is necessary because of special circumstances relating to the size, shape, topography, location or surroundings of the subject property;

(iii) Application of the standard would deprive the property of rights and privileges enjoyed by other properties in the vicinity and under the same zone; and

(iv) The departure does not create health and safety hazards.

(9) Portable Signs in Industrial Zones. Portable signs in Industrial zones that display information regarding commercial businesses or services are permitted in Industrial zones subject to the following requirements. Portable signs in the Tourist District Overlay shall also be subject to WMC 21.26.010 and Chapter 8.12 WMC for special event requirements.

(a) Permit Required. Portable signs shall be subject to an annually renewable permit.

(b) Number of Signs Permitted. Two signs per premises are permitted.

(c) Location. Portable signs may be placed in the Industrial zones in conformance with the following requirements:

(i) Portable signs may be placed within public right-of-way, but not within a street or on a sidewalk.

(ii) Portable signs placed within public right-of-way shall not block pedestrian, bicycle or vehicle traffic.

(iii) Portable signs may not be placed on public property other than public rights-of-way.

(iv) Portable signs shall not block the sight distance triangle pursuant to WMC 21.22.190.

(d) Size. All portable signs are limited to a maximum six square feet of sign area. Signs may have no more than two sign faces. Two-sided signs may each display up to six square feet on each face.

(e) Height. All portable signs are limited to a maximum height of three feet.

(f) Duration of Display. Portable signs may be displayed only during the hours of operation of the establishment. It is the responsibility of the sign owner to remove the sign when the establishment is not open to the public. The City may remove any portable sign that is displayed outside the operation hours of the establishment.

(g) Limitations.

(i) Portable signs shall be nonilluminated.

(ii) No landscaping may be damaged or modified to accommodate portable signs. The City may require replacement of any damaged landscaping.

(h) Appearance and Maintenance. Signs shall be constructed of durable materials by a person skilled in the art of graphic design and shall be well maintained.

(i) Failure to Comply with Requirements of This Chapter. Portable signs that do not comply with the provisions of this section may be confiscated by the City. Signs that are confiscated are subject to immediate disposal. Sign owners that do not comply with the requirements of this chapter may be subject to the code enforcement procedures pursuant to Chapter 1.06 WMC and may result in revocation of the sign permit. (Ord. 706 § 31, 2020; Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)

21.35.140 Nonconforming signs.

(1) 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.

(2) Legal nonconforming signs may be removed for cleaning and routine maintenance, i.e., changing of lighting and wiring. Legal nonconforming signs may continue to exist, except as noted in subsections (3) through (8) of this section. Changes to a legal nonconforming sign shall not make the sign more nonconforming.

(3) Any legal nonconforming sign (except a billboard) that undergoes a name change (single-tenant only) or a change to the structure of the sign shall be brought into conformance immediately.

(4) Any legal nonconforming sign that is damaged in excess of 50 percent of the original value of the sign shall be brought into conformance immediately, or removed within 90 days.

(5) Any legal nonconforming sign that is relocated or replaced shall be brought into conformance immediately, or removed within 90 days.

(6) If a business ceases to operate, all existing nonconforming signs associated with the business shall be removed by the property owner within 90 days. If the business had signage on a mall sign or building or related structure, the surface or facade or structure at the previous location of the nonconforming sign(s) shall be repaired at the time of nonconforming sign removal.

(7) A nonconforming sign, when being an accessory to a business operation which changes its use or location, shall no longer be considered a legal sign and shall be removed within 90 days.

(8) Billboards.

(a) New billboards are not permitted.

(b) Existing billboards are subject to the following:

(i) Except as provided in subsections (8)(b)(ii) and (iii) of this section, billboards shall not be altered with regard to size, shape, orientation, height, advertising method or function such as three-dimensional, moving or lighted display, or location. Such alteration shall result in an illegal nonconforming status, and the billboard shall be removed within 90 days of the alteration.

(ii) Removal of a billboard shall require the issuance of a demolition permit. The demolition shall be completed within 90 days of permit issuance.

(iii) Ordinary and necessary repairs that do not change the size, shape, orientation, height, advertising method or function such as three-dimensional, moving or lighted display, or location of billboards shall not require a permit. Billboard copy replacement may occur at any time and does not require issuance of a permit.

(iv) Any billboard that is damaged in excess of 50 percent of the original value of the sign shall be removed within 90 days.

(v) Any billboard that is relocated or replaced shall be removed within 90 days. (Ord. 611 § 8 (Att. A), 2016)