Sec. 35.1-26.2. Definitions.
Address sign: A sign displaying only the assigned address of a property or building that is attached to a building or sign structure or part thereof. An address sign shall not be included in the maximum permissible sign area of the district in which it is located.
Awning: A permanent roof like structure that projects from the wall of a building, covered with any material designed and intended for protection from the weather or as a decorative embellishment including those types which can be retracted, folded, or collapsed against the face of the supporting building.
Banner: A sign consisting of a piece of fabric or any other material, other than a flag or pennant, used to advertise a business, service, product, goods, special promotion, activity or event.
Billboard: Any exterior sign or advertising structure or portion thereof, including any sign painted directly on any exterior wall, roof, or part of a building or other object, displaying any information other than the name and occupation of the user of the premises or the nature of the business conducted thereon or the products sold, manufactured, processed or available thereon.
Building mounted sign: A permanently attached sign, erected or painted on the outside wall, window, or door of a building.
Changeable copy sign: A sign, or part of a sign, with copy that can be changed by manual, mechanical, or electronic means. Copy may not change more than once every six (6) seconds.
Channel enclosure: Continuous c-shaped metal, or similar opaque material, surrounding three-quarters of the circumference of neon tubing.
Construction sign: A temporary sign that notifies the public of a specific building or development under construction or reconstruction or to be constructed or reconstructed within the next three (3) months. The sign may also identify the architect, contractor, subcontractor and/or material supplier participating in construction on the property on which the sign is located.
Directional sign: An on-premises sign whose message is exclusively limited to guiding the circulation of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, such as enter, exit, or one-way.
Flag: Any fabric or any other material attached to or designed to be flown from a flagpole or similar device.
Flag pole: A freestanding structure or a structure attached to a building or the roof of a building for the sole purpose of displaying flags.
Flashing sign: A sign which involves motion or rotation of any part of the structure, moving reflective disks, running animation, or displays an intermittent light or lights. Signs which display an on-premise message changed by electronic means or remote control, programmed or sequenced to change no more than once every six (6) seconds shall not be considered a flashing sign.
Freestanding sign: A non-movable sign supported by structures or supports in or upon the ground and not attached to a building.
Graphic: Any logo, emblem, insignia, or text, formed by writing, drawing, painting or engraving.
Height of sign: The distance to the topmost extent of the sign structure when measured from and perpendicular to the elevation of the edge of pavement of the closest adjacent roadway on which the sign is located. In no instance shall the sign structure be required to be less than ten (10) feet in height, except as otherwise specifically required by the zoning ordinance. (View graphics on Height of Sign
Identification sign: A sign which is permanently attached to or painted on a building and contains only the building name. (Example, the "Allied Arts" Building.) Identification signs shall not be included in the maximum permissible sign area of the district in which it is located.
Illuminated sign: A sign with an artificial light source incorporated internally or externally for the purpose of illuminating the sign.
Inflatable item: Any item that is capable of being expanded by air, water or other means that exceeds twenty-four (24) inches in diameter, used to advertise a business, service, product, goods, special promotion, activity or event.
Logo: Any emblem used as the symbol of an organization, or residential or nonresidential community. A logo may include a graphic, text, or both.
Modified sign: A sign that is allowed to deviate from the standards set forth in the zoning ordinance pursuant to a conditional use permit issued by city council or a certificate of appropriateness issued by the historic preservation commission.
Monument sign: A permanent structure built on-grade in which the sign and the structure are an integral part of one another, not a pole(s) mounted sign.
Mural: A painting, fresco, or mosaic applied to a wall for the sole purposes of decoration or artistic expression. A mural is not considered a sign unless it includes words or graphics that advertise the products or service of any entity.
Neon tubing: A vacuum tight transparent tube not exceeding one inch (1") in diameter containing, but not limited to neon, argon, helium, xenon, or krypton that produces light when connected to an electrical current.
Off-site directional sign: A sign that directs traffic to a site other than the site on which the sign is located.
Opinion sign: A sign which does not advertise products, goods, businesses, or services, and which expresses an opinion or other point of view.
Parapet wall: A wall that extends above the top of a flat roof or flat portion of a roof.
Pennant: Any lightweight plastic, fabric or other similar material, whether or not containing copy suspended from a rope, wire, or string, usually in series, designed to move in the wind.
Permanent sign: Any sign attached to the ground or any structure, intended to exist for the life of the structure or use, and which cannot be removed without involving any structural or support changes.
Pole mounted sign: A sign which is mounted on one or more freestanding poles or similar supports.
Political sign: A temporary sign promoting the candidacy of a person running for a governmental office or promoting a position on an issue to be voted on at a government election.
Portable sign: A sign which is movable without involving any structural or support changes, not permanently attached to the ground, a structure or any other sign not an integral part of a building to which it is accessory. This category includes, but is not limited to, an A-frame sign, a sign attached to or placed on a vehicle, which is used primarily for the purpose of display, and similar devices used to attract attention. This shall not include bumper stickers or identification signs directly applied to or painted on vehicles identifying the owner of the vehicle, a business name, logo or emblem.
Projecting sign: A sign which is attached to and projects at an angle and extends more than fifteen (15) inches from the face of the wall of a building.
Real estate sign: A temporary sign used to offer property for sale, lease, rent and/or development or to advertise an open house.
Re-facing: The replacement of a sign face, regardless of change in copy, of equal size to the original, without altering the sign box, sign frame or sign structure.
Roof sign: A sign installed or constructed upon or above a roof.
Sign: Any writing (including letter, word or numeral), pictorial representation (including illustration or decoration), emblem (including device, symbol, logo, or trademark) or any other figure or graphic of similar character for the purpose of communicating information to the public which is:
(a) Attached to a structure, painted on or in any other manner represented on a building or other structure;
(b) Used to announce, direct attention to, or advertise;
(c) Visible from the outside of a building. A sign shall include writing, pictorial representation, emblem or any other figure of similar character within a building when located less than twelve (12) inches away from the inside face of an exterior window pane; and
(d) Accessory to the permitted uses in the zoning district.
Sign base: The area below any writing, pictorial representation, emblem or any other figure of similar character on a sign face. This shall include solid bases, poles, supports, uprights, skirts and/or enclosures.
Sign box: A structure that encloses the sign face(s) and any internal illumination.
Sign face: The area or display surface used for the message, not including the sign frame or sign structure.
Sign frame: The enclosure and/or embellishment that surround the sign face.
Sign structure: An assembly of material used to support a sign face and/or sign frame.
Streamer: Any long narrow strip of cloth, paper, plastic or other material.
Surface area: The entire area within a single continuous perimeter including the extreme limits of writing, pictorial representation, emblem, figure, graphic, or
any figure of similar character. The sign base, box, frame, and/or structure shall not be considered the surface area of a sign unless there is writing or internal illumination on such sign components. For the purpose of computing, the surface area of a double-faced sign or a V-type sign shall be considered a single structure; provided, that the interior angle of the V-type sign does not exceed forty-five (45) degrees. (View Surface Area Graphics
Temporary sign: A sign designed or intended to be displayed for a limited period of time as indicated in the zoning ordinance.
Window sign: A sign attached to, applied directly to, or located within twelve (12) inches from a door or window. (Ord. No. O-04-074, 6-22-04)
Last updated date: 10/24/2006 5:23:31 PM