City of Hazelwood, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020[1]]
A. 
Purpose. It is the purpose of this Chapter to regulate and control, in a content neutral manner, the location, number, design, installation, and maintenance of signs and matters relating thereto within the City of Hazelwood, in order to promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the community, and resulting in signs that:
1. 
Legibly convey their messages without being distracting or unsafe to motorists reading them.
2. 
Contribute to the convenience of the public and the attractiveness of the streetscape.
B. 
Intent. It is the intent of this Section to:
1. 
Provide for uniform regulation and orderly development of signs.
2. 
Establish a desirable and attractive living environment through harmonious and uniform signage.
3. 
Accommodate the identification and communication needs of individuals, businesses and other organizations.
4. 
Protect the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and passengers.
5. 
Enable the public to easily locate goods, services, and facilities in the City.
6. 
Neither directly nor indirectly regulate the message content of signs but only the time, place, and manner of their display.
7. 
Ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech is protected.
8. 
Establish standards that are designed to ensure that signs conform to the character of development established in the Comprehensive Plan.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Chapter 510, Signs And Outdoor Advertising, containing Sections 510.010 through 510.140, was repealed 7-15-2020 by Ord. No. 4763-20.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
BANNER
A temporary sign made of fabric, vinyl, or other light pliable material, not enclosed in a rigid frame.
BILLBOARD
An off-premises sign which is visible from any point of the traveled ways of an interstate highway, greater in size than two hundred (200) square feet.
BUILDING FACE OR WALL
All window and wall areas of a building in one place or elevation.
CITY
The City of Hazelwood, Missouri.
CODE ADMINISTRATOR
The Code Administrator or his/her designee shall be issuing sign permits and enforcing the sign code.
ERECT
To build, construct, attach, hang, rehang, place, affix, or relocate, including the painting and repainting of permanent window signs.
PREMISES
All contiguous lands, structures or places used in connection with any business conducted on such site, including the interior of the establishment and the contiguous exterior walls under common ownership, control, or possession.
PROPERTY
A designated parcel, tract, or other area of land established by a plat as permitted by law and intended to be used, developed, or built upon as a unit under single ownership.
SIGN
Any device, fixture, placard or structure used to display or communicate information of any kind.
SIGN, ABANDONED
A sign which is connected with, or relates to, a discontinued business or a use that is no longer in existence. Such signs create public safety hazards as they convey false information and direct traffic to a discontinued use or business.
SIGN, ANIMATED
Any sign which includes action or motion. For purposes of this Chapter, this term does not refer to flashing or changing sign, all of which are separately defined.
SIGN AREA, NET
The area of the sign face which can be viewed at one time.
SIGN AREA, GROSS
The total area of a sign (including the face and structure) which can be viewed at one time.
SIGN, ATTACHED
A sign erected or placed upon the wall of any building with the plane of the face parallel to the plane of the wall below the roof line.
SIGN, AWNING
A sign that is painted or otherwise permanently affixed to an awning.
SIGN BACKGROUND
The portion of a sign face, on which text or other image typically appears, which consists of a different color than the wall behind where the sign is attached or placed, the window behind or in front of the sign, or the sign structure immediately behind the text, symbol, logo or other graphics.
SIGN, DOUBLE-FACED
A sign which has two (2) sides, parallel to each other, facing in exact opposite directions.
SIGN FACE
The part of the sign that displays the message, including the sign copy and sign background.
SIGN, FLAG
A sign having a sign face constructed of fabric, and having a sign structure consisting of a single pole.
SIGN, FLASHING
Any sign which contains an intermittent or flashing light source, or which includes the illusion of intermittent or flashing light by means of animation, or an externally mounted intermittent light source.
SIGN, FLUTTERING
A sign which flutters or is made of flexible materials which moves with the wind or by some other artificial means, including, but not limited to pennants, banners, balloons, whirligigs and streamers.
SIGN FRAME
The part of the sign surrounding the sign face but excluding the base, supports, uprights, or bracing.
SIGN, FREESTANDING
A sign anchored to the ground by a base, pole, or other supports which is not attached to or dependent on support from any building.
SIGN, GOVERNMENT
A sign erected, owned, leased, or maintained by any City or County, the State, or Federal government for the purpose of discharging any government function.
SIGN HEIGHT
The vertical distance measured from the surrounding grade to the highest point of a sign.
SIGN, ILLEGAL
A sign which contravenes this Chapter, or a non-conforming sign for which a permit required under a previous version of this Chapter was not obtained.
SIGN, ILLUMINATED
Any sign which is illuminated by light source mounted on or in the sign or at some other location.
SIGN, MONUMENT
A sign anchored to the ground by a solid base place upon the ground or by poles or supports a maximum of twelve (12) inches above the surrounding grade.
SIGN, NEON
A sign utilizing neon tubing formed into letters, shapes, or images.
SIGN, NON-CONFORMING
A sign legally erected prior to this Chapter, but which does not conform to the provisions of this Code.
SIGN, OBSCENE
A sign of any description or presentation that is patently offensive to contemporary standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable sexual material for minors; and taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value, such that it falls outside the protections of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
SIGN, OFF-PREMISES
A sign located on property that is owned or leased by a person or entity other than the owner of the sign.
SIGN, OUTLINE LIGHTING
A form of sign utilizing neon tubing, fluorescent tubes or other illuminating device around the perimeter of a sign, window, door, building or other architectural element or portions thereof.
SIGN, PERMANENT
A sign permanently affixed to a building or structure or to the ground.
SIGN, PORTABLE
A sign which has a supporting structure intended, by design and construction, to rest upon the ground for support and may be easily moved or relocated for reuse, for example, A-frame or sandwich board signs.
SIGN STRUCTURE
The base, supports, uprights, bracing, or framework of or around a sign.
SIGN SUPPORTS
All structures by which a sign is held up, including, for example, poles, braces, guys, and anchors.
SIGN, TEMPORARY
Any sign intended for a limited or intermittent period of display. Temporary signs are those signs that are not intended or not constructed for permanent placement pursuant to the requirements of the Sign Regulations, as well as the City's Building and Property Maintenance Codes.
SIGN, VEHICLE
Any lettering or graphic depiction painted on, magnetically attached to, or otherwise visible on or in a vehicle of any nature.
SIGN, WINDOW
A temporary or permanent sign affixed to the interior or exterior of a window, placed immediately behind or within three (3) feet of a window pane. For the purposes of this Chapter, glass doors are considered windows.
SIGN, YARD
A temporary sign constructed of corrugated plastic or similar material mounted to a metal post placed in the ground. Such signs may have two (2) sign faces.
SURROUNDING GRADE
For purposes of this Chapter, surrounding grade shall be the mean average grade as measured at the base of the sign structure.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
The provisions of this Chapter shall govern the installation, alteration, and maintenance of all signs.
B. 
This Chapter regulates only the sign structure or design, and not the sign's content. For example, a freestanding sign is regulated only by size, height, location, and structure. The references to sign structure and sign face have no bearing on the sign's content, message or viewpoint.
C. 
Signs containing non-commercial speech are permitted anywhere that advertising or business signs are permitted. The sign may be changed from a commercial to non-commercial message (and vice versa) as frequently as desired by the owner of the sign, provided that the size, height, design, location, and structure conform to the applicable portions of this Chapter, and the appropriate permits are obtained.
D. 
If any Section, sentence, clause or phrase of this Chapter is found to be invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct, and independent provision and the remaining Sections standing on their own shall still be valid.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
Permit Required. Except where otherwise stated herein, no sign subject to the regulations of this Code shall be installed without obtaining a sign permit. Applications for sign permits, shall include, but not be limited to the following:
1. 
Application Form. Completion of an authorized application form supplied by the City.
2. 
The location of the building, structure, or lot on which the sign is to be located.
3. 
A site plan of the property involved, showing accurate placement thereon of the proposed sign on the lot.
4. 
Wall signs over thirty-two (32) square feet shall include graphical depictions of the elevation and calculations demonstrating that the size of sign is less than five percent (5%) of the elevation to which it is to be attached.
5. 
Pylon signs shall include plans signed and sealed by a registered structural engineer licensed by the State of Missouri showing calculations that the pylon sign is designed for dead load and one hundred (100) mph wind speed in any direction.
6. 
Photographs, illustrations, or renderings of the building, site, and/or other signage on the site as required to determine compliance with this Chapter.
7. 
Written approval from the owner of the property, if the applicant does not own the property.
8. 
Fees. Filing and review fees as based upon cost of construction as shown in the commercial and industrial construction cost permit fee table as established by City Council.
B. 
Determination Of Sign Area.
1. 
For wall signs incorporating backgrounds, the sign area shall be the area of the smallest rectangle(s) which completely encompasses all characters or logos and any accompanying sign background.
2. 
For signs incorporating individual characters or logos, the sign area shall be the area of the smallest rectangle(s) necessary to enclose each word or logo.
3. 
Unless otherwise noted, allowable sign area shall be the gross area (sign face and structure) of the sign, rather than the net area (sign face only).
4. 
The sign area of a V-shaped sign with an angle exceeding ninety degrees (90°) between the two (2) sides of the sign shall be the sum of the sign area of both sides.
C. 
Compliance With Building And Electrical Codes. The provisions of the current Building Code shall govern the construction, alteration, and maintenance of all signs so far as they do not conflict with the provisions of this Section. The Code Administrator shall enforce all provisions of the Building Code. An electrical permit from St. Louis County shall be required for illuminated signs.
D. 
Removal Of Signs.
1. 
Unsafe signs shall be removed as provided in the Building Code.
2. 
The Code Administrator may cause the removal of any sign that constitutes an immediate peril to persons or property without notice.
3. 
If any sign requiring a permit is erected without a permit, the Code Administrator shall order it removed.
4. 
If a sign obstructs free ingress or egress from any door, window or fire escape, the Code Administrator shall order it removed.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
The following signs and advertising devices are hereby prohibited:
1. 
Animated or flashing signs.
2. 
Any sign placed in a public easement or right-of-way, including those attached to objects within such easement or right-of-way such as utility poles, trees, and hydrants, except as specifically provided in this Section.
3. 
Any sign that prevents free ingress to or egress from any door or window, or any other exit way required by the Building or Fire Codes of the City.
4. 
Any sign that obstructs the view of any authorized traffic sign, signal, or other traffic control device.
5. 
Any sign that could interfere with or be confused with any authorized traffic signal, sign or other traffic control device.
6. 
Any sign that obstructs vision of the public right-of-way to a vehicle operator during ingress to, egress from, or while traveling on the public right-of-way.
7. 
Any sign affixed on wires or ropes, streamers, wind-operated devices, pinwheels, banners, "A" frames, or other temporary or portable signs of like nature, or other similar contraptions or techniques, except those that are permitted as temporary signs.
8. 
Signs placed or affixed to vehicles and/or trailers which are parked on a public right-of-way, public property, or private property so as to be visible from a public right-of-way where the primary purpose is to be used as a sign and not as an operable vehicle. However, this is not in any way intended to prohibit signs placed on or affixed to vehicles and trailers, such as permanent lettering on motor vehicles, where the sign is incidental to the primary use of the vehicle or trailer.
9. 
Obscene signs.
10. 
Any form of outline lighting sign that utilizes exposed neon tubing, LED roping, fluorescent lighting, or other lighting device.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
Any sign legally existing prior to the enactment of this Chapter but which violates any provision of this Chapter, may continue to be maintained and used subject to the following provisions:
1. 
Enlargement. Non-conforming signs shall not be enlarged, expanded, or extended to occupy a greater square footage or height than was occupied on the date of adoption or amendment of this Section.
2. 
Relocation. Non-conforming signs shall not be moved in whole or in part to any other location on the lot, parcel or building not so occupied on the date of adoption of this Chapter, except that any such sign which is hereafter required to be moved by a governmental body for the purpose of construction, relocation, widening, or improvement of a street, highway, or other public purpose, may be relocated once and allowed to be maintained and used as before.
3. 
Discontinuance. If the property where the sign is located becomes vacant for a period exceeding thirty (30) calendar days, the non-conforming sign shall be classified as an "abandoned sign," and be removed.
4. 
Destruction. Should fifty percent (50%) of its surface area or structure of any non-conforming sign be destroyed, by any means, it shall not be reconstructed, except in conformance with the requirements of this Chapter.
5. 
Change In Copy. Non-conforming signs may be repainted or the sign panels replaced for a change in copy. However, if any change is made to the sign structure, it shall be considered a new sign and subject to the requirements of this Section.
6. 
Maintenance And Repair. Ordinary maintenance of a non-conforming sign may be permitted. However, when a sign structure is determined to be substandard or unsafe by the Code Administrator under any applicable ordinance of the City and the cost of repairing the sign structure in condition to satisfy the standards under such ordinance shall exceed sixty percent (60%) of the entire replacement cost of the sign, such non-conforming sign may not be repaired for the purpose of continuing as a non-conforming sign.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
Required Signs In Residential Zoning Districts. The following signs are required for properties located in the Residential Zoning Districts. These signs shall be exempt from the permitting process required by this Code. However, such signs shall comply with the requirements of this Section and those other Sections referenced herein:
1. 
Signs Displaying The Street Address For All Properties Located In The Residential Zoning Districts. Such signage is necessary to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the City's residents as it allows emergency responders to identify the proper address in responding to calls for services.
2. 
Directional Signs Detailing The Entrances, Exits And Traffic Circulation For All Institutional Uses, Or Other Non-Residential Uses In The Residential Zoning Districts. Such signs shall not exceed two (2) square feet in size. The maximum height for such signs if ground signs or mounted to a fence shall be three and one-half (3 1/2) feet above the surrounding grade, or six (6) feet above the surrounding grade if wall mounted. Such signage is necessary to promote the health, safety and welfare of the City's residents by promoting the safe and proper flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the property. The City Council may approve a unified directional sign plan that may vary from the requirements set forth herein, upon a finding that the unified directional sign plan would promote the health safety and general welfare of the City's residents.
3. 
Ground Sign. Any properties that have a non-residential use in the Residential Zoning Districts where there is an active construction permit shall have an additional ground mounted sign per frontage not to exceed twenty-four (24) feet in size, and eight (8) feet in height. Such sign shall be placed not less than ten (10) feet from the right-of-way. Such sign shall display the names and contact information for the contractor, architect, engineer and property owner. Such signage is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the City's residents, as it allows for the expeditious contacting of necessary parties in the event of an emergency.
B. 
Permitted Signs Single-Family Residential Lots. The following signs may be permitted on single-family residential lots. These signs except for monument signs shall be exempt from the permitting process required by this Code. However, such signs shall comply with the requirements of this Section and those other Sections referenced herein:
1. 
Temporary Signs. All properties in Residential Zoning Districts are permitted two (2) ground signs, each of which are not to exceed six (6) square feet in size. Such signs may have two (2) faces. Such signs shall not be placed within ten (10) feet of the right-of-way. Corner lots may have one (1) additional ground sign, also not to exceed six (6) square feet in size.
2. 
Flag Sign. One (1) flag sign, having a sign area not exceeding fifteen (15) square feet in size, and being no more than three (3) feet in height. Any flag sign, including any associated structure, must comply with all applicable provisions of the City's building and/or zoning ordinances and regulations. Any flag sign structure shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height. The sign may be constructed from any material that is intended to be permanent in nature, and that is of sufficient durability to withstand year-round weather conditions, including inclement weather conditions.
3. 
Monument Sign. All subdivisions and properties used for non-residential uses located in Residential Zoning Districts may have signs located at the principal entry streets, subject to the limitations of Section 510.070(C)(1), Monument Signs.
C. 
Permitted Signs For Multi-Family Residential Developments.
1. 
Monument Signs. Monument signs are subject to the review and approval of the Code Administrator. The following criteria shall be considered by the Code Administrator to determine the appropriate location, size, and design of the sign(s) necessary to identify the subdivision or multi-family residential development:
a. 
Location And Height. Such signs shall be located at the principal entry streets to the subdivision or development subject to the review and approval of the Code Administrator. Monument signs shall not be located closer to the front property line than five (5) feet. Signs cannot exceed four (4) feet in height except they may be increased in height one (1) foot for each two (2) additional feet they are located behind the setback line, up to eight (8) feet in height. The location shall not impair the required sight lines from the public right-of-way, and shall be clearly visible to vehicular traffic.
b. 
Area. Such signs shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in net area.
c. 
Design.
(1) 
Such signs shall have a solid base placed upon the ground or a maximum of twelve (12) inches above the surrounding grade.
(2) 
If the base is designed such that it is smaller than the portion of the sign above it, the width of said base shall be at least seventy percent (70%) as wide of the portion of the sign it supports.
(3) 
Such signs shall be architecturally compatible with the building(s) located on the lot in material, color, and design.
(4) 
The area around the sign shall be landscaped to a minimum of twice the size of the sign.
2. 
Temporary Signs. Temporary signs on multi-family residential properties shall be in accordance with Section 510.080(G)(2)(b), Other Temporary Signs.
D. 
Permitted Signs For Institutional Uses Located On Residentially Zoned Properties. Signs for institutional uses shall conform to the requirements of Section 510.080, Signs on Non-Residential Properties.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
The following signs may be permitted on properties with non-residential uses:
1. 
Required Signs On Non-Residential Properties. The following signs are required for non-residential properties. These signs shall be exempt from the permitting process required by this Code. However, such signs shall comply with the requirements of this Section and those other Sections referenced herein:
a. 
Signs Displaying The Street Address. Such signage is necessary to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the City's residents as it allows emergency responders to identify the proper address in responding to calls for services.
b. 
Directional Signs Detailing The Entrances, Exits And Traffic Circulation. Such signs shall not exceed two (2) square feet in size. The maximum height for such signs if ground signs or mounted to a fence shall be three and one-half (3 1/2) feet above the surrounding grade, or six (6) feet above the surrounding grade if wall mounted. Such signage is necessary to promote the health, safety and welfare of the City's residents by promoting the safe and proper flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the property. The City Council may approve a unified directional sign plan that may vary from the requirements set forth herein, upon a finding that the unified directional sign plan would promote the health safety and general welfare of the City's residents.
c. 
Ground Sign. Any properties where there is an active construction permit shall have an additional ground mounted sign per frontage not to exceed twenty-four (24) feet in size, and eight (8) feet in height. Such sign shall be placed not less than ten (10) feet from the right-of-way. Such sign shall display the names and contact information for the contractor, architect, engineer and property owner. Such signage is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the City's residents, as it allows for the expeditious contacting of necessary parties in the event of an emergency.
2. 
Wall Sign.
a. 
Number. Generally, one (1) wall sign may be permitted per building. Additional wall signs may be permitted in the following situations:
(1) 
Corner Lots. Corner lots or double frontage lots, are permitted an additional wall sign on each street frontage of the building.
(2) 
Interstate Highway, Freeway, Or Expressway Frontage. Lots having frontage on an interstate highway, freeway, or expressway (as classified by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments), are permitted an additional wall sign on the side of the building facing the interstate highway, freeway, or expressway.
(3) 
Rear Entrance. Each building or property may have one (1) additional wall sign on walls containing a main entrance which face customer parking areas but are not visible from either a public or private street. For this exception to apply, the sign must be attached to the same wall as the respective entrance.
(4) 
Multi-Tenant Buildings. Multi-tenant buildings are permitted wall signs on buildings containing multiple businesses or tenants.
b. 
Location.
(1) 
Such sign shall be face mounted on the building wall, projecting not more than twelve (12) inches from the face of the building.
(2) 
No such sign shall project above the parapet wall, mansard, or other roof line. A sign may only be allowed on a pitched roof location where the Code Administrator determines there is no practical alternative. In such case the sign shall be limited to individual characters with mounting hardware hidden from view.
c. 
Area. The maximum size of such signs shall be thirty-two (32) square feet or five percent (5%) of the total square footage of the building face upon which it is placed. No wall sign may exceed two hundred fifty (250) square feet.
d. 
Design. Each sign shall consist of:
(1) 
Individual characters and/or logos; or
(2) 
A sign panel or cabinet.
If internally illuminated, only the text and logo on the panel or cabinet may be illuminated so they appear to be individual characters and/or logos at night. The sign background on the panel or cabinet shall not be internally illuminated.
3. 
Wall Signs On Buildings Containing Multiple Businesses Or Tenants.
a. 
Number.
(1) 
Each business or tenant may have one (1) wall sign and/or one (1) awning sign which conforms to the requirements of Section 510.080(D), Awning Signs.
(2) 
Corner Lots. A business or tenant located on a corner or double-frontage lot may have an additional sign provided that:
(a) 
The tenant space fronts directly on both streets (with no intervening parcels or buildings).
(b) 
One (1) sign shall be permitted on each facade occupied by the tenant.
b. 
Location.
(1) 
Each sign must be attached to the lease unit containing the tenant with which it is associated.
(2) 
To the greatest extent possible, such signs shall be organized along, and integrated with, a common horizontal band or architectural element.
c. 
Area. The maximum size of such signs shall be thirty-two (32) square feet or five percent (5%) of the total square footage of the face of the lease unit which it identifies. No wall sign may exceed two hundred fifty (250) square feet.
d. 
Design. Each sign shall consist of:
(1) 
Individual characters and/or logos; or
(2) 
A sign panel or cabinet.
If internally illuminated, only the characters and logos on the panel or cabinet may be illuminated so they appear to be individual characters and/or logos at night. The sign background on the panel or cabinet shall not be internally illuminated.
4. 
Awning Signs.
a. 
Location. Such signs may only be attached to or otherwise permanently affixed to the awning.
b. 
Area. Awning sign area shall be limited to a maximum of sixty percent (60%) of the awning face perimeter.
c. 
Clearance And Other Standards. Awning signs must maintain minimum clearances and construction standards as determined by the Code Administrator.
5. 
Monument Signs.
a. 
Number. One (1) monument sign is allowed per lot.
b. 
Location And Height. Such signs shall be located at the principal entry streets to the subdivision or development subject to the review and approval of the Code Administrator. Monument signs shall not be located closer to the front property line than five (5) feet. Signs cannot exceed four (4) feet in height except they may be increase in height one (1) foot for each two (2) additional feet they are located behind the setback line, up to eight (8) feet in height. The location shall not impair the required sight lines from the public right-of-way, and shall be clearly visible to vehicular traffic.
c. 
Area. Such signs shall not exceed twenty (20) square feet in net area for a single tenant building, thirty (30) square feet in net area for double tenant building and fifty (50) square feet in net area for apartments, business complexes, schools and churches.
d. 
Design.
(1) 
Such a sign shall have a solid base placed upon the ground or a maximum of twelve (12) inches above the surrounding grade.
(2) 
If the base is designed such that it is smaller than the portion of the sign above it, the width of said base shall be at least seventy percent (70%) as wide of the portion of the sign it supports.
(3) 
Such sign shall be architecturally compatible with the building(s) located on the same lot in material, color, and design.
(4) 
The area around the sign shall be landscaped to a minimum of twice the size of the sign.
6. 
Pylon Or Flag Signs.
a. 
Number. One (1) pylon or flag sign may be permitted per lot with the exception of corner lots where one (1) pylon or flag sign is allowed for each street frontage. On multiple tenant properties only one (1) pylon or flag sign is permitted for the property.
b. 
Location And Height. Pylon or flag signs shall be located only in commercial zoning districts, and not in industrial or residential zoning districts, except where expressly permitted herein. Pylon and flag signs shall be located behind the building setback line established by the City's zoning regulations. The maximum permitted height of a pylon sign is thirty (30) feet.
c. 
Area. Pylon and flag signs shall not exceed one hundred twenty (120) square feet in net area with the exception of pylon and flag signs located along an interstate highway which may be up to two hundred (200) square feet in net area.
d. 
Design. All structural elements supporting the pylon and flag signs shall require architectural approval from the Code Administrator or his/her designee.
7. 
Additional Signs.
a. 
In General.
(1) 
No additional sign(s) shall be placed in any public right-of-way or on any public property with the exception of signs placed by the government for public safety, public information, or way-finding.
(2) 
No temporary sign shall be placed in a location in such a manner as to constitute a safety hazard or hindrance to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
(3) 
Monument signs shall be located outside the sight distance triangles if over three (3) feet in height.
(4) 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Code Administrator and City Engineer may authorize the placement within the right-of-way of temporary signs identifying by name open businesses adjacent to ongoing road construction. Any such sign shall comply with any requirements established by the Missouri Department of Transportation or St. Louis County or other applicable standards regarding lettering, size, material, and placement.
b. 
Additional Signs Subject To Permits. The following may be permitted subject to a sign permit, in accordance with Section 510.040(A). Permit Required, unless otherwise noted:
(1) 
Signs At Entry/Exit. Two (2) freestanding signs per entry/exit from a street may be permitted, subject to the following:
(a) 
Location. Such signs shall be located in close proximity to the entry/exit point, subject to the review and approval of the Code Administrator.
(b) 
Area. Such signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in gross area, unless architecturally compatible with their associated building(s) in both materials and design, in which case such signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in net area.
(c) 
Height. Such signs shall not exceed three (3) feet in height unless located outside the sight distance triangles, in which case such signs may be up to five (5) feet in height.
(2) 
Other Temporary Signs. A temporary sign may be approved by the City Planner, subject to the following:
(a) 
Permit Required. A sign permit shall be required. Applicants shall submit all required information listed on the appropriate form. The consent of the property owner/manager shall be required on the application for a multi-tenant property.
(b) 
Types. Such sign is limited to:
(i) 
A building, wall, or fence mounted banner;
(ii) 
A ground mounted banner.
(c) 
Number. A maximum of one (1) such sign per property may be permitted.
(d) 
Duration. The use of such sign shall be limited to thirty (30) days for each business in a calendar year. Any further extension shall be subject to the review and approval of a sign variance from the City Council.
(e) 
Area And Height.
(i) 
Building, wall, or fence mounted banner — limited to sixty (60) square feet in area.
(ii) 
Ground mounted banner — limited to thirty-six (36) square feet in area and four (4) feet in height.
(f) 
Mounting. A building mounted banner shall be securely mounted along a building, wall, or fence, not projecting in a perpendicular fashion. A ground mounted banner shall be securely mounted to no less than two (2) posts or similar mounting devices. A yard sign shall be mounted to a metal post securely placed in the ground.
(g) 
Multi-Tenant Properties. On properties with multiple tenants, ground mounted banners shall be separated by a minimum of two hundred (200) feet and yard signs shall be separated by a minimum of one hundred (100) feet from other yard signs or ground mounted banners.
c. 
Additional Signs, No Permit Required. The following additional signs are exempt from the permitting process required by this Code. However, such signs shall otherwise comply with the applicable requirements of this Chapter:
(1) 
Window Signs. Up to thirty percent (30%) of the window area on each face of a non-residential building may be used for temporary and/or permanent signage.
(2) 
Yard Signs. Each lot may be permitted two (2) yard signs. Signs cannot be larger than twelve (12) square feet. If said sign is installed on private property, permission shall be secured from the owner thereof. Such signs may be double faced.
(3) 
Special Events. Additional temporary signs may be permitted on a property during an event authorized by a temporary business license in accordance with Section 605.080, Temporary Business License, of the Municipal Code. The temporary signs shall be removed immediately at the conclusion of the event.
(4) 
Gasoline Stations. One (1) temporary sign per pump-island not exceeding two (2) square feet in area for a lot with a gasoline station may be permitted. Such sign shall be placed on the body of the gasoline pump.
(5) 
Bus Shelters. One (1) additional sign is permitted on one (1) end of a bus shelter, not exceeding twenty-five (25) square feet.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
Permitted.
1. 
One (1) permitted freestanding sign per lot may be equipped with one (1) electronic message center per sign face, subject to the provisions of this Section.
2. 
Billboards permitted under Section 510.100, Billboards, may be equipped with one (1) electronic message center per sign face, subject to the provisions of this Section.
B. 
Prohibited.
1. 
Pre-existing non-conforming signs shall not be modified or expanded to incorporate electronic message centers.
2. 
Signs attached to a building incorporating electronic message centers shall not be permitted.
C. 
Duration Of Image Display. Each image displayed shall have a minimum duration of eight (8) seconds.
D. 
Presentation. The image shall be a static display. No portion of the image shall flash, scintillate, fade in or fade out, scroll, twirl, change color, or in any manner imitate movement. No motion imagery, special effect to imitate movement, or presentation of graphics displayed in a progression of frames that give the illusion of motion shall be permitted.
E. 
Transition. When the image or any portion thereof changes, the change sequence shall only be accomplished by means of instantaneous re-pixelization.
F. 
Brightness And Illumination.
1. 
Brightness. The electronic message center shall not exceed a maximum of five thousand (5,000) nits (candelas per square meter) during daylight hours and a maximum illumination of five hundred (500) nits (candelas per square meter) between sundown and sunrise measured from the sign's face at maximum brightness.
2. 
Fluctuating Or Flashing Illumination. No portion of the electronic message center may fluctuate in light intensity or use intermittent, strobe, or moving light or light that changes in intensity in sudden transitory bursts, streams, zooms, twinkles, sparkles or that in any manner creates the illusion of movement.
3. 
Dimmer Control. The electronic message center shall be equipped with an automatic dimmer control to automatically produce a distinct illumination change from a higher illumination level to a lower level according to ambient light conditions and for the time period between sundown and sunrise.
G. 
Malfunction And Non-Compliance. The electronic message center shall be designed and equipped to freeze the image in one (1) position if a malfunction occurs. The sign owner shall immediately stop the dynamic display when notified by the City that it is not complying with standards of this Code.
H. 
Application requirements including Section 510.040 and the following:
1. 
A site plan showing the location of existing and proposed signs on the property.
2. 
Drawings or photographs of all existing and proposed signs on the property.
3. 
Photo simulations of the sign to incorporate the electronic message center from multiple angles which include a scale figure at six (6) feet in height adjacent to the sign.
4. 
Specifications on the electronic message center demonstrating compliance with the provisions of this Section.
5. 
At the discretion of the Code Administrator a photometric plan may be required.
6. 
Other materials or evidence as may be required to demonstrate compliance with Section 510.010, Purpose and Intent.
7. 
Fees. Filing and review fees as based upon cost of construction as shown in the commercial and industrial construct cost permit fee table as established by the City Council.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
Where Permitted. Billboards complying with all the requirements of this Chapter may be permitted upon all property within the City of Hazelwood having frontage on Interstate 270, Interstate 370 or Interstate 170.
B. 
Area And Height.
1. 
The maximum area for any one (1) sign shall not exceed six hundred seventy-two (672) square feet in area including extensions and embellishments, with a maximum width of fourteen (14) feet and a maximum length of forty-eight (48) feet inclusive of border and trim, but excluding the base, apron, supports, and other structural members.
2. 
Extensions To The Top Of Billboards Are Permitted. However, in no case shall any extensions exceed the total sign area or extend more than the maximum sign height. Other extensions are permitted as follows:
a. 
Side Extensions: Two (2) feet on each side.
b. 
Bottom Extensions: One (1) foot.
3. 
Embellishments to billboards shall not exceed one (1) foot out from the facing of said sign.
4. 
The maximum height shall not exceed fifty (50) feet from the highest point on the sign to surrounding grade or street level, whichever is higher.
5. 
The maximum size limitations shall apply to each side of a sign structure, and signs may be placed back-to-back or in a V-shaped construction with not more than three (3) side-by-side displays to each face, but such sign structures shall be considered as one sign. A group of not more than two (2) billboards may be permitted on one (1) sign structure. However, there shall be no vertical stacking signs.
C. 
Location.
1. 
No billboard shall be erected within two thousand (2,000) lineal feet of an existing billboard.
2. 
No billboard shall be located within three hundred (300) lineal feet of a residentially zoned property.
3. 
No billboard shall be located in such a manner as to obstruct or otherwise physically interfere with the effectiveness of an official traffic sign, signal, or device or obstruct or physically interfere with a motor vehicle operator's view of approaching, merging, or intersecting traffic.
4. 
No billboard may be located adjacent to or within five hundred (500) feet of an interchange, intersection at grade, bridge embankment or abutment, or safety rest area. Said five hundred (500) feet shall be measured from the beginning or ending of the pavement widening at the exit from or entrance to the main traveled way.
5. 
The minimum front yard setback for billboards shall be fifty (50) feet from any public right-of-way, and/or private roadway easement.
6. 
No billboard shall be located on any utility easement, road, drainage easement, or railroad right-of-way.
7. 
All lineal distances required by this Section shall be measured from the nearest outside edge of the subject sign, whether a support, structural member, or the sign surface itself, to the nearest outside edge of the corresponding sign, building, right-of-way, or easement involved.
D. 
Plans Required. An application to erect a billboard shall be accompanied by the following:
1. 
All items required by Section 510.040(A), Permit Required.
2. 
A set of plans, to scale, approved and sealed by a licensed engineer in the State of Missouri, providing all necessary construction and electrical details of the billboard and sign structure, including height.
3. 
The required site plan shall also include:
a. 
The distance from the proposed billboard location to any buildings upon the property, and adjoining street right-of-way lines, and driveway entrances.
b. 
The distance from the proposed billboard location to the next nearest billboard on either side of the street in either direction.
c. 
The distance from the proposed billboard location to the nearest street intersection in either direction.
E. 
Construction Specifications. Henceforth, any billboard erected under this Chapter shall be a single pedestal type, constructed of non-flammable material, excluding wood. Construction of the billboard and material specifications shall comply with Section 903 of the Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction, as applicable and as the same may be amended or superseded, and must meet the structural requirements of the City's Building Code.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
The following signs in all zoning districts, whether temporary or permanent, are exempt from the requirements of this Section, but may be subject to other applicable laws, rules or regulations:
1. 
Government signs, such as official traffic, fire and police signs, signals and devices, and markings of the State, County, or City.
2. 
Signs that are required by law, rule, or regulation.
3. 
Signs inside a building, or other enclosed facility, which are not meant to be viewed from the outside, and are located greater than three (3) feet from the window.
4. 
Signs less than two (2) square feet in size that cannot be seen from the nearest right-of-way, provided such signs are not installed, constructed or maintained in a manner that renders them a danger to public safety.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
The City Council, by special permit, can grant a variance to the requirements herein under such regulations and restrictions as the City Council deems reasonable. An application for a variance shall be filed with the City Council with a fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The application shall set forth, in detail, reasons why the requirements of this Chapter cannot be complied with. Following receipt of the application, the City Council shall hold a public hearing upon providing reasonable notice.
B. 
After the hearing the City Council shall determine whether such variance will:
1. 
Have an adverse effect on traffic or parking;
2. 
Increase fire hazards;
3. 
Adversely affect the character of the neighborhood.
4. 
Adversely affect the general welfare of the community;
5. 
Overtax public utilities.
C. 
If the City Council's findings are negative as to all of the required findings referred to in Subsection (B)(1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) above, the application shall be granted. If affirmative as to any of these required findings, such variance shall be denied.
D. 
In the event it becomes necessary or desirable to replace the face of a sign constructed subject to a variance granted hereunder, a permit to replace such sign face may be issued by the Department of Public Works and shall not require another variance from the City Council.
[Ord. No. 4763-20, 7-15-2020]
A. 
Written Notice To Be Given Of Violations.
1. 
Permanent Signs. If it is found that any permanent sign has been erected in violation of this Chapter the Code Administrator or his/her designee shall give written notice to the owner of the sign or, if the owner cannot be located within thirty (30) days by the Code Administrator, to the owner of the premises on which the sign is located, or if the sign erection is not complete, to the sign erector, stating:
a. 
The violations found; and
b. 
The specific standards which must be met; and
c. 
The conditions must be brought into compliance within thirty (30) days; and
d. 
Failure to comply with the terms of such notice shall constitute grounds for the Code Administrator to order removal of the sign at the expense of the sign owner, and/or owner of the premises, as provided by this Chapter; and
e. 
Any person aggrieved by the notice has a right to an appeal to the City Council.
2. 
Temporary Signs. If it is found that any temporary sign has been placed in violation of this Chapter the Code Administrator or his/her designee shall give written and verbal notice to the owner of the property on which the sign is placed or, if the owner cannot be located, to the tenant of the premises on which the sign is located stating:
a. 
The violation found; and
b. 
The sign must be either removed or brought into compliance within forty-eight (48) hours; and
c. 
Failure to comply with the terms of such notice shall constitute grounds for the Code Administrator to order removal of the sign at the expense of the sign owner and/or owner of the premises, as provided by this Chapter; and
d. 
Any person aggrieved by the notice has a right to an appeal to the City Council.
B. 
Signs Not Brought Into Compliance May Be Removed By The Code Administrator. The Code Administrator may remove, or cause the removal of, a sign if the violations set out in a written notice have not been corrected within the specified time period after delivery of the notice.
C. 
Costs To Sign Owner, Premises Owner, Or Sign Erector. The cost of sign repair or removal shall be a joint and several obligation of the owner of the sign and/or the owner of the property on which the sign is located.
D. 
Special Tax Bill. The Director of Finance shall issue a special tax bill therefore against the property to be prepared and collected by the City Collector, with other taxes assessed against the property. Each special tax bill shall be issued by the Director of Finance and delivered to the Collector on or before the first day of June of each year. Such tax bills if not paid when due shall bear interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.
1. 
As a part of the cost incurred in enforcement of Chapter 510 Sign Regulations, each such special tax bill shall include a charge, to be determined by the Director of Finance, for inspecting the subject property, giving the requisite notice, and issuing and recording the special tax bill.
2. 
The special tax bill, from the date of its issuance, shall be a first lien on the property until paid and shall be prima facie evidence of the recitals therein and of its validity, and no mere clerical error or informality in the same, or in the proceedings leading up to the issuance, shall be a defense thereto.
E. 
Persons Owing Costs Of Sign Repair Or Removal Not To Be Issued Further Sign Permits. The Code Administrator shall not issue any further sign permits to persons refusing to pay costs assessed for the removal of illegal signs nor to agents or representatives of such persons.
F. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Chapter may be prosecuted in the same manner as any other alleged ordinance violation and shall, upon conviction, be punished in accordance with Section 100.130(A) or Section 500.140(A)(1) of the Hazelwood City Code, unless otherwise specified herein.