City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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Table of Contents
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000]
A. 
Purpose. The Blue Springs Sign Code is a regulatory document adopted by the City that is designed to govern the use, approval, construction, change, replacement, location and design of signs and related informational tools within the City. The Sign Code is not intended to and does not restrict, limit or control the content or message of signs. The Sign Code has a number of specific purposes:
1. 
To encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communication.
2. 
To protect, conserve and enhance property values.
3. 
To enhance the attractiveness and economic well-being of Blue Springs as a place to live and conduct business.
4. 
To encourage creative and well-designed signs that contribute in a positive way to the City's visual environment, express local character, and help develop a distinctive image in the City.
5. 
To recognize that signs are a necessary form of communication and provide flexibility within the sign review and approval process to allow for unique circumstances.
6. 
To create a framework for a comprehensive and balanced system for sign regulation, to facilitate an easy and pleasant communication between people and their environment, and to avoid the visual clutter that is potentially harmful to traffic and pedestrian safety, property values, business opportunities and community appearance.
7. 
To encourage and, to the maximum extent practicable, require that all signs within the City be brought into compliance with the terms of this Sign Code.
8. 
To ensure proposed signage minimizes distractions and does not create traffic hazards or sight distance issues for the traveling public.
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
The Sign Code allows for a variety in number and type of signs for a use. The provisions of this Code do not necessarily assure or provide for a property owner's desired level of visibility for the signs.
B. 
Organization. The Sign Code is divided into nineteen (19) Sections designed to address specific issues about signs. In Blue Springs, the regulation of signs is related to the actual or proposed use of the property. This means that there are separate sets of regulations for:
1. 
Residential signs,
2. 
Public signs,
3. 
Commercial signs,
4. 
Industrial signs, and
5. 
Agricultural signs.
Related to these individual use standards are regulations for the size and shape of signs, location of signs on the property or building, overall sign design, sign maintenance and the approval process. No single Section of this Sign Code contains all of the regulations for any specific sign type. Reference must be made to multiple Sections as described in the following Table:
Table 1: Sign Regulation Index
Sign Type
Section 501.030, Table 3[1] Total Allowable Signage
Section 501.060, Standards for Permitted Signs
Section 501.070, Standards for Limited Permit and Exempt Signs
Section 501.090, Billboards
Section 501.110, Design Guidelines
Freestanding Signs
Billboard
*
*
*
*
Changeable Copy
*
*
*
Construction
*
*
*
Informational
*
*
Monument
*
*
*
Pole
*
*
*
Political/ Philosophical
*
*
Portable
*
*
Real Estate
*
*
*
Building Signs
Awning/ Canopy
*
*
*
Banner
*
*
*
*
Building Marker
*
*
Changeable Copy
*
*
*
Construction
*
*
*
Informational
*
*
*
Marquee
*
*
*
Political/ Philosophical
*
*
Projecting
*
*
*
Roof
*
*
*
Suspended
*
*
*
Wall
*
*
*
Window/Door
*
*
*
Other Signs
Banner
*
*
*
*
Flag
*
*
Special Event
*
*
[1]
Editor's Note — Table 3, Maximum Sign Area By Use, is included as an attachment to this chapter.
C. 
Permits. There are three (3) types of sign permits available through this Sign Code.
1. 
"Standard sign permits" are appropriate for most sign applications. This type of permit is intended for signs that comply with all applicable terms of this Sign Code, without deviation or variation. Standard sign permits are reviewed and approved by the Director of Community Development or Planning Commission as appropriate.
2. 
"Alternative sign permits" are appropriate for sign applications that seek approval for a sign that is not completely described by the terms of this Sign Code. Alternative Sign Permits are reviewed by the Director of Community Development and approved by the Blue Springs Planning Commission.
3. 
"Limited sign permits" are designed for the approval of temporary, time limited signs and are approved by the Director of Community Development.
D. 
Use. The Sign Code is intended to be used by the public, sign specialists, City staff and City elected and appointed officials. Questions regarding the Sign Code should be directed to the Director of Community Development.
E. 
Conflict. When the provisions of this Sign Code are inconsistent with one another or when the provisions of this Sign Code conflict with provisions found in other adopted ordinances or regulations, the more restrictive provision shall govern.
F. 
Interpretation. Interpretation of the provisions of the Sign Code shall be made by the Director of Community Development.
G. 
Short Title. The regulations of this Title V, Chapter 501 of the City of Blue Springs Code of Ordinances shall be officially known and cited as the Sign Code of the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, also referred to herein as the Sign Code.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3559 §18, 4-7-2003]
The type of signs that may be permitted for each category of property use are described in Table 2,[1] Permitted Signs by Use. The purpose of Table 2 is to provide an overview of potential signs, each of the described sign types have additional regulations described elsewhere the Sign Code.
A. 
All sign types have been designated in Table 2 according to their appropriate use with specific categories of land use. Any sign or use not included or specifically provided for in Table 2 may be assigned to Table 2 through interpretation by the Director of Community Development.
B. 
The purpose of Table 2 is to provide basic information about the distribution of sign types. All of the types identified in Table 2 are also subject to the other regulatory provisions of the Sign Code as cross-referenced in Table 1.
1. 
The sum of the area of all building and freestanding signs for the use by lot must conform with the maximum sign area established in Table 3.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note — Table 3, Maximum Sign Area By Use, is included as an attachment to this chapter.
2. 
The size, location and number of signs for the use (regardless of the type of permit required) must conform with the requirements established in Table 3 and elsewhere in the Sign Code.
3. 
The characteristics and design of all signs (regardless of the type of permit required) must conform with the requirements of the Sign Code, except as permitted under the alternative sign permit process.
C. 
All of the sign types are further described in Sections 501.060 (Standards for Permitted Signs), 501.070 (Standards for Limited Permit and Exempt Signs) and 501.190 (Definitions).
D. 
Table 2 identifies the types of signs that may be appropriate for each type of land use. In Table 2, signs are indicated as either: (L) allowed with a Limited Sign Permit; (S) allowed with a standard sign permit; (E) exempt from permit requirements; or (N) not allowed, except through alternative sign permit approval process. The purpose of this Table is only to identify overall sign types that may be appropriate for individual uses. All signs, even those allowed with a limited sign permit, are subject to additional regulations such as number, size, location and design.
[1]
Editor's Note — Table 2, Permitted Signs By Use is included as an attachment to this chapter.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3559 §18, 4-7-2003; Ord. No. 4000 §1, 11-6-2006; Ord. No. 4303 §6, 7-7-2010]
Each use permitted in the City is limited to a specific amount of signage. Table 3, Maximum Sign Area by Use, describes the appropriate measurements for determining the maximum signage allowed by any particular use.
A. 
Table 3[1] contains more than one (1) measurement standard per use. These are expressed in terms of:
1. 
Maximum number of signs;
2. 
Sign area permitted as a function of linear front footage of a lot; and/or
3. 
Maximum sign size. The maximum total sign area may not exceed the most restrictive (lesser) of the standards for measurement identified in Table 3.
[1]
Editor's Note — Table 3, Maximum Sign Area By Use, is included as an attachment to this chapter.
B. 
Notwithstanding Section 501.030(A) above, all existing non-residential lots shall be permitted a minimum of fifty (50) square feet of signage, except in the central business district, which shall be permitted a minimum of twenty-five (25) square feet, all of which at any location may be subject to standard or limited sign permit approval.
C. 
Lots fronting on two (2) or more streets are allowed the permitted sign area for each frontage; however, the total sign area that is oriented toward a particular street may not exceed the portion of the lot's total sign area allocation that is derived from the lot, building or wall area frontage on that street.
D. 
The measurement of all signs on a lot as indicated in Sections 501.060 or 501.070 will be counted toward the maximum sign area measurement.
E. 
A "use" shall include all purposes or activities for which the land or buildings are arranged, designed or intended, or for which land or buildings are occupied or maintained. A use may include multiple ownership, tenancy or affiliations and may include accessory, conditional and temporary uses.
F. 
Any measurement not specifically provided for in Table 3 may be assigned to Sign Code Table 3 through interpretation by the Director of Community Development.
G. 
The maximum sign size for individual tenant wall signs in multi-tenant developments shall be the same as the maximum size for individual uses, unless the size is restricted through a Master Sign Plan or otherwise restricted in Table 3, such as through the size and/or location of the building. For example, the maximum size of a wall sign for an individual tenant in an office park would be two hundred (200) square feet, provided the building facade is of a sufficient size to permit the full two hundred (200) square feet of signage (wall signs are limited to ten percent (10%) of building facade). Where the facade is too small to allow the full two hundred (200) square feet of wall signage, or where a Master Sign Plan places other restrictions on tenant sign size, the more restrictive wall sign measurement will prevail.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000]
A. 
Sign Area Of Individual Signs. The area of a sign face (which is also the sign area of a wall sign or other sign with only one (1) face) shall be computed by means of the smallest square, circle, rectangle, triangle or combination thereof that will encompass the extreme limits of the writing, representation, emblem or other display, together with any material or color forming an integral part of the background of the display or used to differentiate the sign from the backdrop or structure against which it is placed, but not including any supporting framework, bracing or decorative fence or wall when such fence or wall otherwise meets provisions of this Sign Code and is clearly incidental to the display itself. The depth (thickness) of a sign is not included in the sign area if no message is placed there.
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B. 
Sign Area Of Multi-Faced Signs.
1. 
Double-faced sign with faces at sixty degrees (60°) or less. Unless otherwise specified in these regulations, when the sign faces of a double-faced sign are parallel or the angle formed by the sign faces is sixty degrees (60°) or less, only one (1) sign face shall be measured in computing the sign area. If the two (2) faces of such a double-faced sign are of unequal area, the larger sign face shall be considered the area of the sign.
2. 
Other multi-faced signs. For all other multi-faced signs, the area of each sign face shall be added together to compute total sign area.
3. 
Three-dimensional signs. Where a sign consists of one (1) or more three-dimensional objects (i.e., balls, cubes, clusters of objects, sculpture or statue-like trademarks), the sign area shall be measured as their maximum projection upon a vertical plane. Signs with three-dimensional objects that exceed a projection of six (6) inches from the sign face shall be subject to approval through the alternative sign permit process.
C. 
Height Of Sign. The height of a sign shall be computed as the vertical distance from the base of the sign at normal grade to the top of the highest attached component of the sign. Normal grade shall be construed to be the lower of:
1. 
Existing grade before construction, or
2. 
The newly established grade after construction, exclusive of any filling, mounding or excavating solely for the purpose of placing the sign.
In cases in which normal grade cannot reasonably be determined, sign height shall be computed on the assumption that elevation of the normal grade at the base of the sign is equal to the elevation of the nearest point of the crown of a public street, or the grade of the land at the principal entrance to the principal structure on the lot, whichever is lower.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000]
Sign illumination may be allowed by permit as indicated in Sections 501.060 and 501.070. Where a sign applicant seeks a permit for illumination, the following standards shall apply:
A. 
Illumination shall be designed to eliminate negative impacts on surrounding rights-of-way and properties. The light from an illuminated sign shall not be of an intensity or brightness that will create a negative impact on residential uses in direct line-of-sight to the sign.
B. 
Signs may not be illuminated in a manner that interferes with (including glaring or blinding), misleads or confuses traffic. See Section 501.100.
C. 
External light sources shall be directed and shielded to limit direct illumination of any object other than the sign.
D. 
Outdoor Lighting Standards. The following standards shall apply to all sign illumination:
1. 
Light sources or luminaries shall not be located within a setback required by zoning.
2. 
Maximum illumination and luminary height.
Use
Maximum Illumination
(foot-candles)
Maximum Luminary Height
(feet)
Luminaries with No Cutoff
Residential
0.20
10
Public, Commercial, Industrial
0.30
20
Luminaries with Cutoff Angle of 90 Degrees or More
Residential
0.50
20
Public, Commercial
1.00
30
Industrial
1.50
35
Luminaries with a Cutoff Angle of Less than 90 Degrees1
Residential
0.50
20
Public, Commercial
2.00
40
Industrial
4.00
50
1
Located so that a bare bulb, lamp or light source is completely shielded from the direct view of an observer five (5) feet above the ground where the cutoff angle intersects the ground.
E. 
No illumination shall be anything other than a steady, continuous burning bulb or lights. Flashing, blinking, oscillating, rotating or intermittent turning on-and-off of any illuminating device is prohibited. Time/weather informational signs and official warning and regulatory signs erected by the City or State are exempt from this regulation.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3559 §§1 — 6, 4-7-2003; Ord. No. 4013 §§2, 4 — 7, 12-18-2006; Ord. No. 4303 §3, 7-7-2010; Ord. No. 4421 §6, 12-17-2012]
Signs that are subject to the City standard sign permit approval process must comply with the following standards. Signs that are subject to a limited sign permit approval, and exempt signs, must comply with the standards established in Section 501.070.
A. Awning/Canopy (Building)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
Awnings and canopies are roof-like covers that are projected from the wall of a building for the purpose of shielding a doorway, walkway or window from the elements. Awnings are often made of fabric or flexible plastic supported by a rigid frame, and may be retracted into the face of the building. Canopies may also be freestanding, such as a covering over service station islands.
Awning and canopy signs are attached to awnings or canopies.
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3. Measurements
a. Maximum sign size shall not exceed coverage of one-half (½) of the face of the canopy or awning.
b. Shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
5. Additional Requirements
a. An awning or canopy sign must be an integral part of the awning or canopy to which it is attached.
 
b. Awning or canopy signs may be placed only on first and second story building elevations, including those facing a parking lot or pedestrian way. Canopy signs on freestanding canopies (such as service station islands) may only be located on elevations facing public rights-of-way.
 
c. No structural element of an awning or canopy shall be located less than eight (8) feet above finished grade.
 
d. Awnings and canopies shall be constructed of durable material(s) and maintained in such a manner as to continue the original appearance.
 
e. Awnings and canopies shall, wherever practicable, match the established under-clearance, height and projection of awnings and canopies that exist on abutting lots.
 
f. Awnings and canopies shall be compatible with the architectural integrity of the building(s) to which they are attached.
 
g. Canopies may be freestanding, such as coverings over service station service islands.
B.Banner (Building and Other) Permanent
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign having the characters, letters, illustrations or ornamentations applied to cloth, paper, fabric or other lightweight material, with only such material for a backing.
The definition of banner does not include flags. See Section 501.070.D.
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3. Measurements
Banner measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Banners on buildings: Not applicable.
Other: As required by zoning ordinance setback for use or structure to which banner is attached.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
a. Banners must be mounted to permanent structures and may not be displayed on temporary mounting such as metal stakes, wood posts, trees or other improvised manner.
b. All banners shall be regularly maintained. Deteriorated banners (torn, faded, sagging or in disrepair) shall not be displayed.
C. Billboard. See Section 501.090, Billboards.
D.Changeable Copy Sign
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign or portion thereof with characters, letters or illustrations that can be changed or rearranged manually without altering the face of the sign.
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3. Measurement
a. Maximum total sign area for a freestanding sign forty (40) square feet.
b. Shall not be included within the maximum signs area total for the use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Must meet required zoning setback for use.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. May only be ground mounted or wall mounted.
 
b. A sign on which the only copy that changes is an electronic or mechanical indication of time or temperature shall not be considered a changeable copy sign.
 
c. Limited to use by fast-food restaurants for drive-in and drive-through menu boards and automotive service stations as part of a monument sign (U.D.C. §411.020).
 
d. Shall not create a sight distance issue with the traveling public per the latest edition of the AASHTO Green Book.
 
e. Shall not interfere with any existing or planned utilities, or interfere with the normal use of any existing or planned roadway, traffic control, drainage, streetscape or other improvements.
E. Marquee (Building)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A roof-like structure, often bearing a sign, projecting over an entrance, as to a theater.
A marquee sign is any sign attached flat against the marquee or permanent sidewalk canopy of a building and not exceeding above the roof line.
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3. Measurement
Marquee measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Not applicable. Overhang over public right-of-way may be approved by permit.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
a. Marquee signs may not extend above the roof line of the structure to which the sign is attached.
b. Permitted only in the Central Business District.
F. Monument (Freestanding)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A freestanding sign mounted on an enclosed, structural base which base length is equal to or greater than the length of the sign face and which base depth is not narrower than the structure containing the sign face or twelve (12) inches, whichever is greater.
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3. Measurements
a. Non-residential maximum area seventy-five (75) square feet per sign face, maximum height eight (8) feet except as described in Section F.4.c below.
 
b. Residential maximum area sixty (60) square feet per sign face, maximum height eight (8) feet except as described in Section F.4.c below.
 
c. Monument sign measurements shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
a. Non-residential: Ten (10) feet from property line, provided there are no sight restrictions.
 
b. Residential: Ten (10) feet from property line, provided there are no sight restrictions.
 
c. For each additional two (2) foot setback from the street right-of-way over ten (10) feet, one (1) additional foot may be added to the height of the sign, to a maximum of twelve (12) feet, and an additional four (4) square feet per face per two (2) foot setback may be added to the area of the sign, for a maximum of sixteen (16) square feet additional per sign face.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. Non-residential development may have one (1) monument sign per frontage from a public right-of-way.
 
b. Residential development may have two (2) monument signs per entrance from a public right-of-way. The signs may contain only the name or logo of the development.
 
c. A sign may be incorporated into a retaining wall or masonry wall designed to screen parking, loading or service areas.
 
d. No monument sign shall be located within fifty (50) feet of any other freestanding sign (monument, pole, billboard) on the same lot, except at primary entrances to developments.
 
e. The bottom edge of the sign face must be in continuous contact with the structural base and must be a minimum of twelve (12) inches above the ground.
 
f. No monument sign located in a residential area or which is abutting or located in a residentially zoned zoning district may incorporate changeable copy unless it is associated with a Use that includes a building or buildings designed to attract and/or accommodate seventy-five (75) or more people at any given time and which also has adequate parking as required by the UDC. If allowed, the changeable copy portion of the monument sign is limited to 33% of the total sign area.
 
g. Only monument signs located in commercially zoned districts may incorporate an Electronic Reader Board if allowed pursuant to 501.060 N
 
h. Shall not create a sight distance issue with the traveling public per the latest edition of the AASHTO Green Book.
 
i. Shall not interfere with any existing or planned utilities, or interfere with the normal use of any existing or planned roadway, traffic control, drainage, streetscape or other improvements.
G. Pole (Freestanding)
1. Definition
2. Regulation
A permanent, freestanding sign that is mounted on a pole(s) or other support(s) that is placed on, and anchored in the ground or on a base and that is independent from any building or other structure.
a. Pole signs are prohibited except through the alternative permit process.
b. Certain signs, based on temporary nature or limited size, may be permitted pursuant to Sections 501.070.C (Construction/Future Tenant), 501.070.E (Informational), 501.070.H (Real Estate), 501.070.I (Special Event), and 501.070.J (Other), upon the review and approval of Director of Community Development.
H. Portable (Freestanding)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A detached movable sign.
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3. Measurements
May not exceed forty (40) square feet. Portable sign measurements shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Illumination
Prohibited
5. Additional Requirements
a. May be displayed by churches, not-for-profit institutions, quasi-public institutions, or governmental agencies for special events for a period of up to fifteen (15) days once every sixty (60) days.
b. May be displayed on premises by users other than those described in Section 501.060.H.5.a for one (1) continuous period not to exceed thirty (30) days. Use is limited to announcement of grand opening events and shall be permitted only within one hundred eighty (180) days of the date of opening.
I. Projecting (Building)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign affixed to a wall of a building and extending more than one (1) foot from the surface of such wall, usually perpendicular to the wall surface. Any sign affixed to a building in such a manner that its leading edge extends more than twelve (12) inches beyond the surface of the building.
Awnings and canopies are not considered projecting signs. See Section 501.060.A.
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3. Measurement
a. Maximum total sign area thirty-two (32) square feet.
 
b. Sign clearance must be at least eight (8) feet above finished grade.
 
c. Projecting sign measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
a. May project over public right-of-way but must have three (3) foot setback from back of curb.
b. May not project more than six (6) feet from the wall of the building to which the sign is attached.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
a. Must be located on the vertical surface of a building.
 
b. May not extend above top of the roof or parapet line.
 
c. All movable parts, such as covers to service openings, shall be securely fastened.
 
d. One (1) projecting sign per building for single-tenant buildings. One (1) projecting sign per tenant for multi-tenant buildings.
 
e. Permitted only in Central Business District.
J. Roof (Building)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
Any sign erected or constructed as an integral or essentially integral part of a normal roof structure of any design.
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3. Measurement
Roof sign measurement shall be included in the maximum total sign area calculation for the use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Not applicable.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
a. Signs shall be installed in such a manner that there are no visible angle iron supports, guy wires, braces or secondary supports when viewing the sign from in front of the facade on which it is located.
 
b. No part of the sign shall extend vertically above the highest part of the roof.
 
c. Signs shall appear to be an architectural or integral part of the roof.
 
d. Single-tenant buildings are permitted one (1) roof sign per frontage on a public right-of-way, or as permitted by Table 3.
 
e. Multi-tenant buildings are permitted one (1) roof sign per tenant. Corner tenants may be permitted one (1) sign per frontage on a public right-of-way.
K. Suspended (Building)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign that is supported from the underside of a horizontal plane surface and is supported by such surface.
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3. Measurement
Maximum sign area of sixteen (16) square feet. Suspended sign measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Not applicable.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
a. May not extend beyond the edge of the horizontal plane surface to which the sign is attached.
 
b. Maximum of one (1) sign per building entrance.
 
c. There must be eight (8) feet of clearance from the bottom of the sign to finished grade.
L. Wall
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A non-projecting sign that is attached parallel to a wall or building.
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3. Measurement
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. May not exceed coverage of ten percent (10%) of facade upon which sign is located, which may be further limited by Table 3
 
b. May not project more than twelve (12) inches from wall to which attached, measured from the wall to the outer surface of the sign if mounted at least eight (8) feet from the bottom of the sign to finished grade, otherwise, four (4) inch protrusion maximum.
 
c. Wall sign measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Not applicable.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
a. Wall signs may not overlap or cover doors, windows or architectural details.
 
b. The sign must be confined within the limits of the building (e.g., wall, facade, parapet) unless otherwise permitted by this Sign Code.
 
c. The sign must be supported by the wall of the building to which it is attached.
 
d. Buildings exceeding three stories shall only be identified by the building, building complex, or development name.
 
e. A non-projecting sign that is painted directly upon the exterior wall of a building. Permitted only in the Central Business District. Wall signs may not be painted directly on to any building surface except in the Central Business District as defined in Section 501.140(I)(2).
M. Window/Door (Building)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
Any sign, pictures, symbol or combination thereof, designed to attract off premise readers and communicate information about on-premises activity, commodity, event, sale or service that is placed upon the exterior glass or pane of a window or door.
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3. Measurement
Window and door signs shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Not applicable.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
Signs attached to the inside of a window or door shall be exempt from permitting.
N. Electronic Reader Board Signs
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign or portion thereof with a fixed or changing display/message composed of a series of lights which can be electronically changed or electronically rearranged without altering the face or the surface of the sign. Electronic Messaging Centers shall by any definition be the same as Electronic Reader Boards as defined in this Code. An Electronic Billboard is not an Electronic Reader Board and an Electronic Reader Board is not an Electronic Billboard.
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3. Measurement
ERBs shall be limited to 33% of the total sign area of the sign to which the ERB is associated.
4. Setback
Not applicable.
5. Illumination
The digital sign may not display light of such intensity or brilliance to cause glare or otherwise impair the vision of the driver, or results in a nuisance to the driver.
a. Digital sign light intensity exceeding the following intensity levels (nits) constitutes "excessive intensity or brilliance":
Intensity Levels (NITS)
ColorDaytimeNighttime
Red Only3,1501,125
Green Only6,3002,250
Amber Only4,6901,675
Electronic Reader Board (ERB) signs shall not be set to exceed 0.3 foot-candles above the ambient light conditions at the property line. An applicant proposing an ERB shall provide a photometric plan that provides illumination levels at night time, it will be assumed that the illumination will be increased during daytime hours but at no point shall the illumination be set to exceed 0.3 foot-candles above the ambient light conditions.
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. ERB signs shall not be allowed as a separate, stand alone sign but rather shall be integrated with a permitted monument sign as provided in Section 501.060.F and shall be limited to 33% of the total sign area of the sign to which the ERB is associated. ERB signs shall only be allowed in commercially zoned districts.
 
b. ERB signs shall be limited to a single lighted color on a single, different colored background.
 
c. The copy of an ERB sign shall not be changed more frequently than once per 6 seconds and the image, symbol or combination change shall be accomplished within 2 seconds and occur simultaneously. Once changed the symbol or image shall remain static until the next change.
 
d. ERB signs must contain a default mechanism that freezes the sign in one position if a malfunction occurs and automatically adjusts the intensity of its display according to natural ambient light conditions.
 
e. Prior to the issuance of a sign permit, the applicant shall provide written certification from the sign manufacturer that the light intensity has been factory pre-set not to exceed seven thousand (7,000) NITS and that the intensity level is protected from end-user manipulation by password-protected software or other method as deemed appropriate by the Director of Community Development.
 
f. The ERB sign shall not be configured to resemble a warning or danger signal or to cause a driver to mistake the digital sign for a warning or danger signal.
 
g. An ERB sign must not resemble or simulate any lights or official signage used to control traffic in accordance with the 2003 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Revision No. 1 published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or as amended or replaced.
 
h. An ERB sign must be equipped with both a dimmer control and a photocell, which automatically adjusts the display's intensity according to natural ambient light conditions.
 
i. Shall not create a sight distance issue with the traveling public per the latest edition of the AASHTO Green Book.
 
j. Shall not interfere with any existing or planned utilities, or interfere with the normal use of any existing or planned roadway, traffic control, drainage, streetscape or other improvements.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3370 §§1 — 2, 5-21-2001; Ord. No. 3559 §§7 — 10, 4-7-2003; Ord. No. 4013 §§3, 8, 12-18-2006; Ord. No. 4406 §§1 — 2, 7-16-2012]
Signs that are subject to the limited permit approval process must comply with the following standards. Signs that are identified as exempt are not required to receive a City-issued permit but must conform to the standards of this Section.
A. Building Marker
1. Definition
2. Illustration
Any sign indicating the name of a building, date or incidental information about its construction.
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3. Measurement
Maximum sign area three (3) square feet Building marker measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Not applicable.
5. Illumination
Allowed with standard sign permit only, not through a limited permit application.
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. Must be mounted on building or affixed permanently at a location adjacent to the main building entrance. If mounted under eight (8) feet from finished grade, four (4) inch protrusion maximum.
b. Must be cut into a masonry surface or made of bronze or other permanent material.
B. Banner (Building and Other) Temporary
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign having the characters, letters, illustrations or ornamentations applied to cloth, paper, fabric or other lightweight material, with only such material for a backing.
The definition of banner does not include flags. See Section 501.070.D.
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3. Measurements
Banner measurement shall be limited in size to a maximum of forty-eight (48) square feet per banner.
4. Setback
Banners on buildings: Not applicable.
Other: As required by Zoning Code setback for use or structure to which banner is attached.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
a. All banners shall be regularly maintained. Deteriorated banners (torn, faded, sagging or in disrepair) shall not be displayed.
 
b. Banners may be displayed for a maximum of one hundred twenty (120) days cumulatively during one (1) calendar year.
 
c. Banners must be mounted to permanent structures and may not be displayed on temporary mounting such as metal stakes, wood posts, trees or other improvised manner.
 
d. Banners may be attached to the side of a building that does not face the street right-of-way.
 
e. Up to two (2) banners may be posted simultaneously per business.
C. Construction/Future Tenant Sign
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign, erected on the lot on which construction is taking place or on a building undergoing tenant or occupant change, that advises the public of pertinent information regarding the construction, management, leasing, and future tenant of the building(s).
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3. Measurement
a. Maximum sign face area thirty-two (32) square feet for a freestanding sign.
 
b. Maximum height eight (8) feet for a freestanding sign.
 
c. Maximum total sign area for a building sign as permitted by Section 501.060.L, Wall Signs.
 
d. Shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use.
4. Setback
Twenty (20) feet from right-of-way for freestanding sign.
5. Illumination
a. Not permitted for freestanding signs.
b. Allowed with Standard Sign Permit for building signs.
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. One (1) sign per frontage on public right-of-way.
b. May be erected up to ninety (90) days prior to date of actual construction. Must be removed when a certificate of occupancy is issued. If construction is not begun within ninety (90) days or not continually progressed to completion, sign must be removed until construction begins.
c. Shall not create a sight distance issue with the traveling public per the latest edition of the AASHTO Green Book.
D. Flag
1. Definition
2. Illustration
Any fabric containing distinctive colors, patterns, or symbols used as a symbol of a government, political subdivision or private entity.
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3. Measurement
a. Maximum flag size forty (40) square feet.
 
b. Maximum pole height thirty-five (35) feet or not more than ten (10) feet above the roof line of the primary building, whichever is less.
 
c. Corporate or business flag measurement(s) shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Must meet required zoning setback for use.
5. Illumination
Permitted pursuant to Section 501.050.
6. Additional Requirements
a. All flag poles shall be ground mounted.
 
b. Flags may not be located in such a way as to intentionally attract the attention of the public for commercial purposes.
 
c. All flags shall be flown on a pole, with a maximum of three (3) poles per use, two (2) of which may be a governmental entity and one (1) of which may be a corporate or business flag.
 
d. A single, de-mountable U.S. flag, not exceeding twenty (20) square feet in area, may be displayed on each property and affixed to a building through the use of a wall-mounted bracket and shall be exempt from permit requirements.
E. Informational
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign with a purpose secondary to the use on the lot on which it is located that provides directives and/or identifying messages.
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3. Measurement
a. Maximum sign area per face three (3) square feet.
 
b. Maximum sign height as computed from the ground for freestanding signs three (3) feet.
 
c. Maximum sign height on light pole mounted signs as approved by Director of Community Development.
 
d. Informational sign measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 3.
4. Setback
Must meet required zoning setbacks for use.
5. Illumination
Allowed with standard sign permit only, not through a limited permit application.
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. Informational signs may be mounted on buildings, fences, light poles, bollards or walls, or may be painted onto curbs and paved areas.
 
b. Freestanding informational signs are limited to one (1) per driveway and as needed internally based on function.
 
c. At least sixty percent (60%) of the sign area must be related to non-commercial information, the remaining sign area may identify the business, institution, shopping center or development by name, logo or both.
 
d. An informational sign may not contain any commercial messages legible off-premises.
 
e. Shall not create a sight distance issue with the traveling public per the latest edition of the AASHTO Green Book.
 
f. Shall not interfere with any existing or planned utilities, or interfere with the normal use of any existing or planned roadway, traffic control, drainage, streetscape or other improvements.
F. Philosophical Signs (Exempt from Permitting Requirement)
Philosophical, personal, religious, educational or other non-commercial signs are exempt from the permitting process provided they do not pose a health or safety hazard. Philosophical signs are limited to one (1) per frontage on a public right-of-way.
G. Political Signs (Exempt from Permitting Requirement) Signs pertaining to candidates for public office, measures or issues on primary, general or special election ballots are permitted in all zoning districts.
a. Residential Districts. One (1) sign per lot for each candidate, measure or issue not exceeding six (6) square feet in area and three (3) feet in height. These political signs shall be allowed in addition to other signs permitted in residential districts and shall not be counted when calculating compliance with the maximum allowable sign area of Table 3.
 
b. Non-residential Districts. b. Non-residential Districts. All other zoning districts, other than residential, one (1) sign per lot or parcel for each candidate, measure or issue not exceeding sixteen (16) square feet in area or six (6) feet in height. These political signs shall be allowed in addition to other signs permitted in non-residential districts and shall not be counted when calculating compliance with the maximum allowable sign area of Table 3.
 
c. Political signs may be placed on private property and only with the permission of the property owner. Political signs shall not be placed in any portion of public or street right-of-way.
H. Real Estate (Exempt from Permitting)
1. Definition
2. Illustration
Any on-premises sign placed upon lot, subdivision or parcel of land or on a building advertising the lease, rental or sale of the building, parcel, lot or land.
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3. Measurement
Residential (Exempt from Permitting)
 
a. Maximum area per sign face seven (7) square feet, including riders.
 
b. Maximum height five (5) feet, including riders.
 
c. One (1) sign per frontage on a public right-of-way.
 
Non-residential
 
a. Maximum area per sign face sixteen (16) square feet.
 
b. Maximum height eight (8) feet for freestanding signs.
4. Setback
a. Residential: within property line.
b. Non-residential: Five (5) feet from right-of-way.
5. Illumination
Not permitted.
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. Two (2) riders are allowed per residential sign.
b. Must be removed within fifteen (15) days of sale, rental or lease.
c. Shall not create a sight distance issue with the traveling public per the latest edition of the AASHTO Green Book.
I. Special Event
1. Definition
2. Illustration
A sign that carries a message regarding a special event or function which is of general interest to the community and does not include for-profit business promotional activities that are strictly commercial in nature.
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3. Measurement
a. Maximum sign area two hundred (200) square feet for sign spanning public right-of-way. Maximum sign area sixteen (16) square feet for special event sign.
b. Sign shall not be included within the maximum sign area total for use.
4. Setback
As determined by zoning designation for lot.
5. Illumination
Not permitted.
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. May be placed not more than thirty (30) days before event and must be removed within five (5) days after event.
 
b. Event signs are allowed only once every sixty (60) days.
 
c. Limit of one (1) sign per lot, per event.
 
d. Special event directional signs may be posted not to exceed seven (7) days prior to the event and must be removed within forty-eight (48) hours of the end of the event. Directional signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet per sign face and four (4) feet in height.
 
e. Signs spanning a public right-of-way shall be at least fifteen (15) feet above the right-of-way.
 
f. Shall not create a sight distance issue with the traveling public per the latest edition of the AASHTO Green Book.
J. Other Signs (Exempt from permit requirement if set forth in a-h)
a. Signs not exceeding six (6) square feet in area that are customarily associated with residential use and that are not of a commercial nature, such as signs giving property identification names or numbers, names of occupants, signs on mailboxes, signs posted on private property relating to private parking, or signs warning the public against trespassing or danger from animals.
 
b. Signs erected by or on behalf of, or pursuant to the authorization of, a governmental body, including legal notices, identification and informational signs and traffic, directional or regulatory signs.
 
c. Official signs of a non-commercial nature erected by a public utility company.
 
d. Yard/garage/estate sale signs that are posted on-premise for no longer than three (3) days per sale.
 
e. Signs in this Section are limited to one (1) per frontage on a public right-of-way.
 
f. An incidental sign.
 
g. Government sign. A sign placed by a governmental body, governmental agency or public authority, such as traffic signs, signals or regulatory devices or warning; official emblems, public notices or official instruments; signs of historical interest; signs designating areas of architectural or historic significance or gateways; or other similar signs or devices. Such signs are authorized within all rights-of-way or other properties controlled by such governmental body, agency or authority.
 
h. Off-premise directory sign. A sign that assist the general public in finding a route to a business. A directory sign shall list only the name and/or logo of each eligible use. Permitted only in the Central Business District.
K.Sandwich Sign
1. Definition
2. Illustration
An "A-frame" sign, which stands with self-supporting elements and is not permanently affixed to the ground. The purpose of a sandwich sign shall be to communicate a specific message or information
(e.g., lunch menus, special sales, promotional events) that is not found in a business's permanent signage. A sandwich sign is permitted only in the Central Business District.
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3. Measurement
Sign shall not exceed twelve (12) square feet.
4. Setback
Signs are not subject to normal setback requirements.
Sign must be within fifteen (15) feet of the advertised premises.
5. Illumination
No requirements
6. Additional Requirements
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
a. Only one (1) sandwich board sign allowed per business which is located on the ground floor and facing a public street.
 
b. Signs shall not be electrified.
 
c. Sign is constructed of durable materials.
 
d. Sign shall be located so as not to interfere with pedestrian or vehicular circulation and/or safety.
 
e. Sign shall be removed from sidewalk during non-business hours.
 
f. Shall not create a sight distance issue with the traveling public per the latest edition of the AASHTO Green Book.
L. Umbrella Sign
1. Definition
An umbrella that has a printed surface with advertising.
 
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 4000 §2, 11-6-2006; Ord. No. 4303 §4, 7-7-2010]
A. 
Purpose. A Master Sign Plan shall be used to establish criteria for and govern the construction of all signs associated with a use for which a Master Sign Plan has been approved. A permit will be required for individual signs following or in conjunction with Master Sign Plan approval. Signs constructed in violation of an approved Master Sign Plan shall be considered in violation of this Sign Code.
B. 
Applicability. A Master Sign Plan shall be required of an applicant for a new development in any of the following circumstances:
1. 
Any portion, tenant or use of a non-residential development seeking sign permit approval for any or all of a development, campus, shopping center or business park;
2. 
Three (3) or more separate potential tenant spaces are to be created on the same lot;
3. 
All development plan, site plan, material change in land use or planned unit development applications; or
4. 
The Director of Community Development determines that a Master Sign Plan is needed because of project characteristics such as:
a. 
Size of proposed signs,
b. 
Limited site visibility, and
c. 
Site location relative to major transportation route.
C. 
Submission Requirements. An application for Master Sign Plan approval shall be submitted to the Director of Community Development and shall include:
1. 
An accurate plot plan of the entire lot on which the use will be located at a scale of not less than one (1) inch to one hundred (100) feet;
2. 
Location of buildings, parking lots, driveways and landscaped areas on the lot;
3. 
A table (or tables) containing:
a. 
Computation of the maximum total sign area;
b. 
Maximum area for individual signs;
c. 
Height and number of freestanding signs; and
d. 
Statement of the maximum total sign area and maximum number of signs permitted on the site by this Sign Code.
4. 
An accurate indication on the plot plan of the location and orientation of each sign for which a permit is currently being requested, the anticipated location of future signs requiring a permit, and the location of all reasonably anticipated limited permit signs.
5. 
A proposed date for the removal of each non-conforming sign located on the property.
6. 
A description and illustration of the following may be required:
a. 
Colors and materials to be used in sign construction;
b. 
Style of lettering for all signs;
c. 
Appearance/location of logos or icons;
d. 
Location of each sign on the building(s), with building elevations if necessary;
e. 
All sign proportions; and
f. 
Types of illumination.
D. 
Procedures. A Master Sign Plan shall be approved by the Planning Commission following the same procedure as for a standard sign permit approval described in Section 501.140.
E. 
Flexible Criteria. The Master Sign Plan may be approved by the Planning Commission with elements that exceed the permitted height, area and/or number of signs specified in this Sign Code if the Director of Community Development recommends that:
1. 
The development site contains unique or unusual physical conditions such as topography, proportion, size or relation to a public street that would limit or restrict normal sign visibility;
2. 
The proposed or existing development exhibits unique characteristics of land use, architectural style, site location, physical scale, historical interest or other distinguishing features that represent clear variation from conventional development; or
3. 
The proposed signage incorporates special design features such as logos, emblems, murals or statuaries that are integrated with building architecture.
F. 
Amendment. A Master Sign Plan may be amended by filing a new Master Sign Plan for approval in conformance with the requirements of the Sign Code in effect at that time.
G. 
Binding Effect.
1. 
After approval of a Master Sign Plan, no permanent sign shall be erected, placed, painted or maintained by the property owner or any buyer, tenant, subtenant, assignee, employee, agent or other party in use of the subject property except in conformance with such plan without obtaining a sign permit pursuant to Section 501.140 and in conformance with the Master Sign Plan.
2. 
If the Planning Commission has approved a Master Sign Plan with flexible criteria pursuant to Section 501.080(E), the Director of Community Development is authorized to approve, through the standard sign permit approval process, sign applications in conformance with the Master Sign Plan, which applications may conflict with the terms of this Sign Code, but only to the extent that the application is in conformance with the Master Sign Plan.
3. 
A Master Sign Plan shall be enforced in the same manner as any other provision of this Sign Code.
H. 
Requirements.
1. 
The Master Sign Plan shall be included in the application for final approval of any development plan, site plan, planned unit development, office/business/industrial park development (multi-part approvals) or building permit application for approvals issued by the City of Blue Springs.
2. 
If the Master Sign Plan has not been approved prior to the submission of such documents, it may be processed simultaneously.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3559 §11, 4-7-2003; Ord. No. 4421 §7, 12-17-2012]
A. 
Conditional Use. Billboards, including electronic billboards, shall be allowed only if reviewed and approved as a conditional use pursuant to the Blue Springs Unified Development Code and in compliance with the following standards:
1. 
The provisions of Section 405.020(V) of the Unified Development Code.
2. 
Billboards may be located only on lots contiguous to the right-of-way of Interstate Highway 70.
3. 
Billboards shall only be allowed within six hundred sixty (660) feet of the edge of the pavement of Interstate Highway 70.
4. 
Billboards shall not be located within three hundred (300) feet of any residential use or zoning district.
5. 
No billboard shall be located on the right-of-way of any road or in any drainage easement for such road.
6. 
Billboards shall not be erected within one thousand one hundred fifty (1,150) feet of other billboards on the same side of the road. Such minimum spacing distance shall be measured along the centerline of the interstate highway from a point opposite any edge of a billboard and perpendicular to the centerline of such highway. Double-faced sign structures having parallel sign surfaces and adjacent sign structures having touching sign surfaces with an angle no greater than ninety degrees (90°) between sign surfaces, provided they do not exceed the sign surface requirements, shall not be prohibited by this requirement. (See below for spacing of electronic billboards.)
7. 
The conversion of a billboard to an electronic billboard shall require compliance with this Section and shall require that a conditional use permit, a building permit and a sign permit each be obtained for the electronic billboard.
8. 
Billboards and electronic billboards shall comply with Missouri State law and Federal law to the extent that it is not inconsistent with this Code. The City will not allow a new billboard to be erected unless a permit has been issued by the State Highways and Transportation Commission.
B. 
Size. The maximum area of any billboard sign face shall not exceed eight hundred (800) square feet with a maximum sign face height of thirty (30) feet and a maximum sign face length of seventy-two (72) feet, inclusive of border and trim but excluding the base or apron, supports, and other structural members. Temporary cutout and extensions installed for the length of a specific display contract shall not be considered a substantial increase to the size of the permanent display sign face; provided the actual square footage of such temporary cutouts or extensions may not exceed thirty-three percent (33%) of the permanent sign face display area. The height of the billboard to the bottom of the sign face, measured from the natural grade where the billboard is installed or the grade level of the centerline of the highway to which the sign is oriented to the bottom of sign face of such billboard, may not exceed thirty-five (35) feet.
C. 
Location. No billboard shall be attached to the roof or wall of any building.
D. 
Face. No new billboard shall be erected having more than one (1) viewable sign face that is directed toward the same lane of traffic.
E. 
Illumination. Billboards, other than electronic billboards, may be illuminated by electrical lighting of the surface of the sign face; however, no flashing, blinking or intermittent lighting of billboard sign faces shall be allowed.
F. 
Structure. A billboard is a structure for the purposes of the Unified Development Code and all intensity, setback and other zoning district regulations shall apply to the structure. Repair of a billboard requires both a sign permit and building permit.
G. 
Nuisances. Any billboard which, because of lack of maintenance, upkeep, damage, vandalism, accumulation of litter, refuse or debris, or the deterioration of the structure, landscaping, lighting or fencing, becomes unsightly, unusable as a sign, or unsafe shall be subject to abatement by the City in the same manner as any other nuisances on private property.
H. 
Abandoned Billboards. Where a billboard structure does not include advertising information other than for the use of the billboard for a period of one hundred eighty (180) continuous calendar days, the billboard structure shall be deemed abandoned and in violation of this Section and shall be removed. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the City from taking such other lawful actions as may be necessary to prevent or remedy any violation.
[Ord. No. 4421 §8, 12-17-2012]
A. 
Location And Spacing, Area And Height. Electronic billboards shall only be permitted in "SO", "GB", "RC", "LI" and "HI" zoning districts on lots contiguous to the right-of-way and shall meet all requirements for location, height, size and spacing found in Section 501.090, except that:
1. 
No electronic billboard shall be erected, located or placed, nor shall an existing billboard be converted to an electronic billboard, within two thousand six hundred forty (2,640) feet of another electronic billboard on either side of the interstate highway. This distance shall be measured along the nearest edge of the payment at points directly opposite the electronic billboard along each side of the highway, and shall apply to electronic billboards located on either side of the highway in computing the distance between electronic billboards. This shall not prohibit a structure with back-to-back electronic billboard sign faces.
2. 
No Electronic Billboard shall be located within two hundred fifty (250) feet of an existing freestanding on-premise Electronic Reader Board sign that are both visible from the same highway location at the same point of time.
B. 
Duration Of Message. The electronic billboard image or any portion thereof shall have a minimum duration of at least eight (8) seconds and shall be a static display. No portion of the image may flash, scroll, twirl, change color, or in any manner imitate movement.
C. 
Transition Of Message. Where the electronic billboard image or any portion thereof changes, the change sequence shall only be accomplished by means of instantaneous re-pixelization or change of the entire electronic billboard image without animation or movement. The time to completely change from one message to the next is a maximum of two (2) seconds.
D. 
Video Display Prohibited. No portion of any electronic billboard may change its message or background in a manner or by a method of display characterized by motion or pictorial imagery, or depict action or a special effect to imitate movement, or the presentation of pictorials or graphics displayed in a progression of frames that give the illusion of motion or the illusion of moving objects, moving patterns or bands of light or expanding or contracting shapes.
E. 
Brightness And Illumination.
1. 
Brightness. The electronic billboard sign 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 any electronic billboard 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. Electronic billboards shall be equipped with an automatic dimmer control to produce a distinct illumination change from a higher illumination level to a lower level for the time period between sundown and sunrise or other periods of weather-related or naturally occurring diminished ambient light.
F. 
Audio. Audio speakers are prohibited in association with an electronic billboard.
G. 
Text Size Requirements. Every line of copy and graphics displayed on an electronic billboard shall be at least twelve (12) inches in height on a road with a speed limit of forty-five (45) miles per hour or greater and fifty-four (54) miles per hour or less, and at least fifteen (15) inches in height on a road with a speed limit of fifty-five (55) miles per hour or greater.
H. 
Malfunction And Non-Compliance. Electronic billboards shall be designed and equipped to freeze the device in one (1) position if a malfunction occurs. The electronic billboards shall be equipped with a means to immediately discontinue the display if it malfunctions, and the sign owner shall immediately stop the dynamic display when notified by the City that it is not complying with standards of this Code.
I. 
Provision Of Community And Public Service Messaging. The owner of an electronic billboard shall enter into an agreement with the City to provide the City, at no cost, no less than five (5) hours (one thousand eight hundred (1,800) eight (8) second spots) per month per electronic billboard in the City for community and public service messages at such times as shall be determined by the City so long as sufficient notice is given to the owner in order to schedule the spots.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3559 §12, 4-7-2003; Ord. No. 4123 §1, 12-17-2007; Ord. No. 4303 §5, 7-7-2010]
The following signs are expressly prohibited in the City of Blue Springs, including through the alternative sign permit approval process:
A. 
Off-Premise Signs. Any sign, except billboards, signs approved by the City pursuant to Section 501.120 or signs for any lot that does not have adequate street frontage on a collector or larger street so that a portion of the street frontage can be used for the installation of a sign without interference to vehicular and pedestrian access and subject to compliance with subparagraphs 1 through and including 5 below, advertising or announcing any place, product, goods, services, idea or statement or whose subject is not available or located at or on the lot where the sign is erected or placed. Billboards are prohibited except pursuant to the terms of this Sign Code and where a conditional use permit has been obtained.
1. 
Off-premise signs for a lot without adequate street frontage on a collector or larger street are allowed provided that the sign is located on a contiguous property to which the sign message is applicable and that the contiguous property has adequate frontage for the sign on a street with the designation of collector, arterial, parkway or expressway; and
2. 
Permission is required from the property owner of the property upon which the sign will be installed; and
3. 
A permanent sign easement shall be provided for any off-premise sign.
4. 
Off-premise signs must not result in non-compliance with the sign standards of the sign code for the property upon which the sign is placed; and
5. 
Residential uses are not allowed to use off-premise signs except for new residential subdivisions for a period not to exceed one (1) year.
B. 
Signs In The Public Right-Of-Way, except signs legally erected for informational purposes by or on behalf of a government agency as described in Section 501.120, and wall-mounted signs that project less than fifteen (15) inches into the right-of way and are located at least eight (8) feet above grade.
C. 
Snipe Signs. Signs attached to any public utility pole or structure, street tree, fence, fire hydrant, bridge, curb, sidewalk, park bench or other location on public property.
D. 
Signs Posing Traffic Or Pedestrian Hazards. No signs shall be erected, and there shall be no lighting of signs or premises in such a manner or location as to obstruct the view of, or be confused with, any authorized traffic signal, notice or control device, or with lights on any emergency vehicle. Specifically prohibited are signs or attention-attracting devices using:
1. 
Lights or illuminations that flash, move, rotate, scintillate, blink, flicker or vary in intensity or color, except for time/temperature, date, stock market or similar brief informational displays.
2. 
Signs that are of such intensity or brilliance as to cause glare or impair the vision of motorists, cyclists or pedestrians.
3. 
Bare bulbs, except for time/temperature devices using bulbs of up to twenty-five (25) watts.
4. 
Words and traffic control symbols so as to interfere with, mislead or confuse traffic, such as "stop", "look", "caution", or "slow", as determined by the Director of Community Development.
E. 
Abandoned Signs. Any sign remaining in place which for a period of ninety (90) days or more no longer advertises or identifies an ongoing business, product, service, idea or commercial activity located on the site. See Section 501.150 of this Sign Code.
F. 
Signs Without Valid Permits. It shall be unlawful to construct or maintain a sign or sign structure without a validly issued permit.
G. 
Extending Signs. Signs or sign structures, other than freestanding, that extend above the parapet, building roof line or canopy/awning against which the sign is located.
H. 
Moving Signs. No sign or any part thereof shall move.
I. 
Attention-Attracting Devices. Any streamer, pennant, propeller, inflatable sign, inflatable device, tethered balloon, bunting or artificial device, shape, color, sound, light, exhibit, costumed person or figure, whether live, animated or still, located outside the building of a use or business that is intended to attract attention to said use or business that is conducted on either the property where the use or business is located or elsewhere within the City of Blue Springs.
J. 
Use Of A Vehicle As A Sign. Signs attached to or painted on motor vehicles or trailers that are parked for more than twenty-four (24) consecutive hours, the principal purpose of which is to attract attention to a product sold or a business, not including vehicle sales licensed by the City.
K. 
Non-Compliance. Any other sign that does not comply with the terms, conditions or provisions of this Sign Code.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3559 §13, 4-7-2003; Ord. No. 4303 §7, 7-7-2010]
A. 
General Size, Scale And Location.
1. 
Signs affixed to the exterior of a building shall be compatible with the style, composition, materials, colors and details of the building, as well as with other signs used on the building or its vicinity.
2. 
Signs shall fit within the existing facade features, shall be confined to signable areas and shall not interfere with door and window openings, conceal architectural details or obscure the composition of the facade.
3. 
Sign size shall be scaled to be appropriate with the size of the overall elevation and architectural form(s) on which it is located.
4. 
Whenever possible, signs located on buildings within the same block shall be placed at the same height in order to create a unified sign band.
5. 
Signs on multiple-tenant buildings should be designed to complement or enhance other signs on the building.
6. 
Monument signs are the preferred style of freestanding signs. Wall signs are the preferred style of building signs.
B. 
Materials And Installation.
1. 
Signs shall be mounted so that the method of installation is concealed. Signs applied to masonry surfaces should be mechanically fastened to mortar joints only and not directly into brick or stone. Drilling to provide electrical service shall follow the same rule.
2. 
No sign (except flags) shall be suspended by chains or other devices that will allow the sign to swing due to wind action. Signs shall be anchored to prevent any lateral movement that would cause wear on the sign face or supporting members or connections.
3. 
All permanent signs and their supporting members shall be constructed of non-combustible materials.
a. 
All glass used in signs shall be shatter-resistant or covered by a shatter-resistant material.
b. 
All plastic signs that are internally illuminated shall conform to the City's adopted Building Code.
4. 
Sign materials should be compatible with the design of the face of the facade where they are placed and should contribute to the legibility of the sign.
5. 
No combustible materials other than approved plastics shall be used in the construction of electric signs.
6. 
All signs shall comply with the appropriate detailed provisions of the Building Code as adopted by the City relating to the design, structural members and connections. Signs shall also comply with the applicable provisions of the Electrical Code as adopted by the City.
7. 
Monument sign structures shall be constructed utilizing the materials and colors of the primary structure on the site or other compatible material.
8. 
Changeable copy signs shall be constructed of materials that shall be of a quality of material so as to provide all-weather durability and aesthetics for an extended period of time and shall comply with this Section for design standards.
C. 
Color.
1. 
Sign colors and finish shall be designed to reduce glare and enhance legibility.
2. 
The use of compatible colors is recommended both on the sign face and between the sign and structure, buildings, surroundings or project.
3. 
The use of too many colors is discouraged to avoid overwhelming the basic function of communication and compete with the content for the viewer's attention.
4. 
When a single property has multiple tenants with separate storefronts, wall signs shall be compatible.
D. 
Typeface And Size.
1. 
The size of the letter area to the overall sign background shall be proportionate.
2. 
Where a single property has multiple tenants with separate storefronts, the sign area and height shall be of uniform size on all wall signs.
3. 
The number of letter styles should be limited to not more than two (2) for smaller signs and three (3) for larger signs.
4. 
Symbols and logos can be used in place of words wherever appropriate.
5. 
Identification signs of a prototype design and corporate logos shall conform to the criteria for all other signs.
E. 
Landscaping. A landscaped planting area shall be provided around the base of all freestanding, permanently mounted signs. The planting area shall extend from the sign base a minimum of three (3) feet, be protected from vehicular encroachment, and be landscaped with a combination of low-growing shrubs or ground covers. The landscaped treatment shall be designed and maintained not to obstruct visibility of the sign message.
F. 
Prohibited Signage Characteristics. Animation and/or flashing illumination is prohibited within the City regardless of the sign type and are also prohibited for signs approved through the alternative approval process.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000]
Signs In The Public Right-of-Way. Except as described below, no sign shall be allowed in the public right-of-way. The following permanent or temporary signs shall be allowed pursuant to City approval:
A. 
Signs erected by or on behalf of a governmental body to post legal notices, identify public property, convey public information and direct or regulate pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
B. 
Emergency warning signs erected by a governmental agency, a public utility company or a contractor doing authorized or permitted work within the public right-of-way.
C. 
Special event signs pursuant to the terms of Section 501.070(I).
D. 
Directional signs designed to assist the general public in finding a route to a public or private non-residential use from City thoroughfares may be erected within the thoroughfare rights-of-way by the City at the expense of the identified use.
1. 
Directional signs shall be applied for through the alternative sign permit process.
2. 
Such signs may include, but are not limited to, the name and logo of each eligible use, a directional arrow and a distance indication.
3. 
The number, type, design and placement of signs is subject to the approval of the Planning Commission at the recommendation of the Director of Community Development and Department of Public Works, or designees.
[Ord. No. 4559 §1, 8-3-2015]
E. 
Bus stop signs erected by a public transit company.
F. 
Informational signs of a public utility regarding poles, lines, pipes or other facilities.
G. 
Any sign installed or placed on public property, except in conformance with all the requirements of this Sign Code, shall be forfeited to the public and subject to confiscation.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000]
A. 
Scoreboards may include non-commercial messages identifying the donor(s) of the sign subject to the following limitations:
1. 
The donor identification portion of the sign shall be the same length as the scoreboard and may be mounted either above or below the scoreboard, but not both. There shall be no signage mounted on the side (depth) of the scoreboard. The display surface area of the donor identification portion of the sign shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the surface area of the scoreboard. The donor identification portion of the sign shall be in the same vertical plane as the face of the scoreboard and read from the same direction as the scoreboard display.
2. 
There may be up to three (3) individual donors identified with the donor identification portion of each scoreboard.
3. 
Wording of the donor recognition sign shall be limited to one (1) of the following: "Donated by", "Compliments of" or "Donor" on one (1) line followed by the name of an individual, business or organization on the second (2nd) line, for two (2) lines total; or a single line with the name of the individual, organization or business, with or without a logo, with only one (1) line total.
4. 
No such sign shall include phone numbers, addresses, items for sale or any message of a commercial nature.
B. 
Other advertising signs in an athletic field shall be restricted to the following:
1. 
Signs advertising the stadium or field and current activities at the site shall conform to the provisions applicable to monument signs in Section 501.060.
2. 
Signs conveying any other message may be located only within athletic stadiums or baseball fields, provided that they may be placed only on the side of a perimeter fence that faces the interior of the stadium or field. The aggregate display surface area of all signs shall not exceed forty-five percent (45%) of the area of such wall or fence on which they are located. The display surface of individual signs shall not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet. All signs must be of uniform height and may not extend above the top of the wall or fence. The back surface of all signs must be painted a uniform, neutral color.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000]
This Sign Code provides three (3) types of sign applications. A standard sign permit application is intended for signs that conform to the terms of this Sign Code and require no special conditions. An alternative sign permit application is intended for signs that are not contemplated by the specific terms of this Sign Code and require modifications of those terms for approval. A limited sign permit application is intended for short-term use of signs that are temporary in nature.
A. 
Application Required. No sign or sign structure shall be altered, displayed or changed, including a change of copy, color or sign face, until the appropriate fee is paid to the City and a sign permit is issued by the City unless the sign is specifically exempt from a permit requirement pursuant to Section 501.070. Normal maintenance shall not be included in this requirement. A sign erected, altered, displayed or changed without a permit shall be considered an illegal sign and shall be subject to the penalties described in this Sign Code.
B. 
Form. Applications for sign permits shall be made upon forms provided by the Department of Community Development.
C. 
Complete Application. Within ten (10) business days of the submission of an application for a sign permit, the Director of Community Development shall determine whether the application is complete and in compliance with the requirements of this Sign Code. Complete applications shall be processed in accordance with this Section of the Sign Code. The Director of Community Development will attempt to provide the applicant of an incomplete application with a written description of the application's deficiencies within the ten (10) day review period. The Director of Community Development shall not process incomplete applications.
D. 
Information Required For Standard And Alternative Sign Permit Applications. Both standard and alternative sign permit applications shall include the information specified on the application form. At a minimum, this shall include:
1. 
Scale drawings showing elevations of the proposed sign, relationship to buildings and other signs, and location of the foundation or post hole location in relation to the property line and public right-of-way;
2. 
Sign legend or commercial message, lettering or font style, and colors;
3. 
Construction specifications;
4. 
Electrical components and wiring;
5. 
Method of attachment and design of structured members to which attachment is to be made;
6. 
Location of foundation or post hole location in relation to the property line and public right-of-way;
7. 
Name, address, telephone number and signature of property owner granting permission for the construction, operation, maintenance or display of sign structure;
8. 
Name, address, telephone number, occupational license number and signature of sign contractor, if applicable;
9. 
Legal description and street address of premises or property upon which sign is to be located;
10. 
Use of property, lot, building or structure for which sign will provide information or advertising;
11. 
Approximate value of the sign to be installed, including the cost of installation; and
12. 
Other information, as may be reasonably required by the City Administrator or Director of Community Development.
E. 
Information Required For Limited Sign Permit Applications. A limited sign permit application shall include the sign size and all reasonable measurements, location, materials and time duration, along with such information as is deemed necessary by the Director of Community Development.
F. 
Oversight Committees. Applications for sign permits in or immediately adjacent to identified special districts with independent oversight committees (Historic Preservation, Central Business District, Adams Dairy Parkway) shall be reviewed as provided in this Sign Code with additional review and recommendation made by the appropriate committee based upon the policies and regulations adopted by the committee.
G. 
Review And Action. Upon the submission of a complete application, the Director of Community Development shall process the application within forty-five (45) days according to one (1) of the following procedures: standard, alternative or limited. Standard or limited sign permit applications that are not processed by the Director of Community Development within forty-five (45) days shall be deemed denied and may be appealed to the Planning Commission.
The Director of Community Development shall schedule alternative and specified standard sign permit applications (see Section 501.140(G)(2) below) with the Planning Commission for consideration at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission pursuant to the Planning Commission calendar.
Any application not acted upon by the Planning Commission within forty-five (45) days of the first (1st) meeting at which the Planning Commission received the application (or at which the application or appeal was placed on the agenda) shall be deemed denied and may be appealed to the City Council.
The Director of Community Development shall:
Standard Application
Alternative Application
1.
Obtain recommendation of oversight committee where applicable.
1.
Obtain recommendation of oversight committee where applicable.
2.
If the application is seeking Master Sign Plan approval or submitted with a development application subject to Planning Commission review, the Director of Community Development shall review and make a recommendation to the Planning Commission.
2.
Review the application to determine general compliance with the terms of this Sign Code and the approval criteria specified in Section 501.140(H).
3.
If Section (G)(2) above is not applicable, the Director of Community Development shall approve the application if it is in compliance (complies with all terms and specifications) with the requirements of this Sign Code and other applicable City regulations; or
3.
Schedule the application for review and action by the Planning Commission.
4.
If Section (G)(2) above is not applicable, the Director of Community Development shall deny the application if it fails to comply in any manner with the requirements of this Sign Code or other applicable City regulation.
5.
Limited Sign Permit Application
Limited Sign Permit applications shall be checked for conformance with the Sign Code and may be approved by the Director of Community Development for a specified period of time.
6.
Application Denial
If an application is denied (either by the Director of Community Development for a Standard or Limited Sign Permit, or by the Planning Commission for an Alternative Sign Permit or certain Standard Sign Permit), the Director of Community Development shall provide the applicant with a written notice of the denial within five (5) business days of the denial.
H. 
Criteria For Approval.
Standard and Limited Applications
Alternative Application
1.
Submission of a complete application.
1.
Submission of a complete application.
2.
Compliance with the terms of this Sign Code.
2.
General compliance with the general intent and purpose of this Sign Code.
3.
Compliance with Adams Dairy Parkway Corridor requirements (Section 501.140(I) (3) below) for property located within the district.
3.
The design and location of the sign would not interfere with pedestrian or vehicular safety.
4.
The sign would not be located so as to have a negative impact on adjacent property.
5.
The sign would not add to an over- proliferation of signs on a property or cause needless repetition or redundancy of signage.
6.
The sign utilizes and/or enhances the architectural elements of the building.
7.
The image presented by the sign is of high quality and is consistent or compatible with the surrounding area as a whole.
I. 
Special Criteria For Certain Districts — Alternative Sign Permit Application Process And All Signs In Adams Dairy Parkway Corridor. Three (3) corridors or districts are identified in Table 2, Permitted Signs by Use. They each represent areas of distinctive or unique character within the City of Blue Springs. Applicants for sign approval within these corridors may use the Alternative Sign Permit application process to propose sign approvals that would be inappropriate due to size or design elsewhere in the City. Questions regarding additional constraints should be directed to the Department of Community Development. The three (3) signage corridors are:
1. 
Interstate 70.
The Interstate 70 corridor is defined as land abutting Interstate 70 or within one hundred (100) feet of its frontage road right-of-way. High speed and high volume automobile traffic characterize Interstate 70. It may be important, therefore, for signage to be seen from a relatively long distance and at high speeds.
Applicants that demonstrate need based on their specific land use and site visibility may be granted a sign through the alternative application process that exceeds the height limitation and mounting characteristics defined in this Sign Code (such as a pole sign). No sign may exceed thirty-five (35) feet in height.
2. 
Central Business District.
The Central Business District is defined by the boundaries: 7 Highway to 15th Street; Vesper Street to Walnut Street. It is a pedestrian oriented district that is characterized by many buildings that have no front property line setback. It is equally important which signage be viewed by pedestrians as well as by motorists.
Applicants may be granted latitude in signage design under the alternative application process for setback allowances, overhang dimensions, marquee signs and other signage characteristics that contribute to the pedestrian or urban nature of this district.
3. 
Adams Dairy Parkway.
The Adams Dairy Parkway corridor includes those properties within the Adams Dairy Parkway Overlay District (ADP-O) identified in Section 404.200 of the Unified Development Code, and such properties as may be added to that District from time to time. Authorized signs include those that are compatible with their surroundings, are appropriate to the activity that displays them, are expressive of the identity of individual activities and the corridor as a whole, and are legible in circumstances in which they are seen.
In addition to the general signage requirements contained within this Sign Code, the following shall apply within the Adams Dairy Parkway corridor:
a. 
Height. No multi-tenant signs shall exceed a height based on a rate of one (1) foot of height per one (1) foot of distance from any right-of-way line, up to a maximum of twenty (20) feet in height for signs visible from I-70, a maximum of fifteen (15) feet in height for signs visible from Adams Dairy Parkway, and a maximum of ten (10) feet in height for signs visible from other streets or public right-of-ways.
b. 
Freestanding business signs. Signs for individual freestanding office, flex tech, industrial or commercial buildings will be permitted when no multi-tenant sign can be obtained. No lot may have both a multi-tenant sign and a separate freestanding business sign.
c. 
Prohibited signs. Portable signs or signs in excess of two hundred (200) square feet in area shall be prohibited in the Adams Dairy Parkway corridor.
d. 
Signage area. Signage area in the Adams Dairy Parkway corridor shall be governed by the following standards:
Type of Roadway (Lanes)
Posted Speed (mph)
Maximum Sign Area Commercial/ Industrial Surroundings
(Square Feet)
Maximum Sign Area Institutional/ Residential Surroundings
(Square Feet)
2
Up to 40
Over 40
35
75
20
50
4
Up to 40
Over 40
50
100
35
80
I-70
50 — 55+
200
150
J. 
Appeals.
1. 
Any final determination, including an application that has been deemed denied by reason of the passage of time, made by the Director of Community Development may be appealed to the Planning Commission by filing a written notice of appeal with the Director of Community Development within ten (10) days of the determination.
a. 
The Director of Community Development shall transmit to the Planning Commission all papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed was taken.
b. 
The Director of Community Development shall schedule the appeal or application at the next regular meeting of the Planning Commission following the first (1st) regular meeting after the determination.
c. 
The Planning Commission shall have forty-five (45) days from the date said matter is first scheduled for its meeting in which to act on the application or appeal, after which it shall be deemed denied.
d. 
Appeal may be taken by the applicant, any owner of land directly affected by the determination, any person determined by the Planning Commission to be actually or potentially aggrieved by the determination, or any person otherwise given the right of appeal by law.
2. 
Any final determination, including an application or appeal that has been deemed denied by reason of passage of time, made by the Planning Commission may be appealed to the City Council by filing a written notice of appeal with the Director of Community Development within ten (10) days of the Planning Commission determination.
a. 
Appeal may be taken by the applicant, the Director of Community Development, any owner of land directly affected by the action or proposed action, any person that the City Council determines to be actually or potentially aggrieved by the appealed action, or any person otherwise given the right of appeal by law.
b. 
Appeal shall be made on the record. The applicant shall have the full right to be represented by counsel at the appeal hearing and may produce witnesses and evidence on his/her behalf.
c. 
The City Council shall consider the appealed determination as a new matter and, within sixty (60) days of the date that the appeal was filed, shall act to approve, approve with modifications, or deny the original application based on the criteria established in Section 501.140(H) of the Sign Code. Failure to act shall be deemed a denial.
3. 
Any final determination of the City Council may be appealed to the Circuit Court.
K. 
Inspections And Certificates Of Compliance.
1. 
The Director of Community Development shall cause an inspection of the lot for which each permit for a new sign or modification of an existing sign is issued within six (6) months after issuance of a permit. If the construction is complete and in full compliance with the sign permit application, the Director of Community Development shall approve the permit by signing off on it and sending a copy to the applicant.
2. 
If the construction is not in full compliance with this Sign Code, the Director of Community Development shall give the property owner or tenant notice of the deficiencies and shall allow an additional thirty (30) days from the date of inspection for the deficiencies to be corrected.
3. 
If the deficiencies are not corrected by the date identified by the Director of Community Development, the sign permit shall lapse and the sign shall be removed immediately.
4. 
If the construction is in full compliance and the deficiencies are corrected, the Director of Community Development shall approve the permit by signing off on it and sending a copy to the applicant.
L. 
Suspension/Revocation. The Director of Community Development may, in writing, suspend or revoke a permit issued pursuant to this Sign Code where the permit is issued on the basis of a material omission or misstatement of fact.
M. 
Expiration.
1. 
It is unlawful to maintain a sign or sign structure without a validly issued sign permit unless the sign is specifically exempt from a permit requirement pursuant to Section 501.070.
2. 
Issued permits shall expire and become void if the work authorized by the permit is not completed within one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of permit issuance, or if the work is abandoned (as evidenced by appearance of abandonment and not intent of the applicant) for a period of thirty (30) days or more at any time after the work is commenced. Before such work can be commenced or resumed thereafter, a new permit shall be obtained and a fee of one-half (½) the amount required for a new permit shall be paid to the City, provided no changes have been made in the original plans and specifications and, further provided, that the permit issuance date has not exceeded one (1) year.
3. 
A sign permit shall lapse and be of no further effect if the business activity on the premises, or business to which the sign permit is related, is discontinued for a period of ninety (90) days.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3559 §§14 — 15, 4-7-2003]
A. 
A building, structure or premises shall be determined to be vacated based on the following criteria: (1) vacancy, (2) cessation of some or all utilities, or (3) lapse or termination of occupational license. Vacation of a building, structure or premises shall have the following effect:
1. 
At ninety (90) days, non-conforming signs shall lose their non-conforming status;
2. 
At one hundred twenty (120) days, the owner of the property shall be responsible for removing any commercial sign and/or sign structure associated with the business that is out of operation located on the property; and
3. 
Signs addressing the sale or leasing of the facility in compliance with Section 501.070(H) of the Sign Code are permitted; however, conversion of an existing sign or sign structure to a sale or leasing sign, where permitted, shall not affect the time provisions of this Section. In addition, the owner shall be responsible for restoring the facade of the building, structure or premises to its normal appearance.
B. 
Sign structures that have been left vacant, devoid of any message, display a message pertaining to a time, event or purpose that no longer applies, or are unoccupied, any of which for a period of one hundred twenty (120) days, shall be deemed abandoned and must be removed by the owner of the sign structure or the City shall proceed to remove such sign structure pursuant to the terms of this Sign Code.
C. 
If the sign and/or sign structure(s) have not been removed, the City shall send written notification to the property owner of record and/or last known occupant, via certified mail, return receipt requested, indicating that the sign and/or sign structure must be removed. If the sign and/or sign structure have not been removed within thirty (30) days after the City sends notice, the City may have the sign and/or sign structure removed.
D. 
Any and all costs incurred by the City in the removal of a sign or sign structure pursuant to the provisions of this Section, which authorized assessment of the cost, shall constitute a lien against the property upon which the sign or sign structure existed and shall be collected in the same manner as provided in Section 245.320 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Blue Springs, Missouri.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000]
A. 
All outdoor signs and supports shall be weather resistant and shall be maintained in good repair and structural condition in compliance with all Building and Electrical Codes and in conformance with this Sign Code. Broken panels, missing letters, flaking or peeling paint, visual damage or other maintenance issues as identified by the Director of Community Development shall be repaired within thirty (30) days of notice to repair.
B. 
The Director of Community Development shall initiate necessary procedures to remove any sign and/or sign structure that poses an immediate danger or hazard to persons or property as provided in the City's adopted Building Code relating to abatement of dangerous buildings.
C. 
When a sign is removed or replaced, all brackets, poles and other structural elements (both surface and subsurface) that supported the sign shall also be removed and the site restored. Affected building surfaces shall be restored to match the adjacent portion of the structure.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 4303 §8, 7-7-2010; Ord. No. 4421 §9, 12-17-2012]
A. 
Policy. It is the policy of the City of Blue Springs to encourage, and to the maximum extent practicable, require that all signs within the City be brought into compliance with the terms of this Sign Code.
B. 
Valid Permit Required. The status afforded sign and sign structures pursuant to this Section shall not be applicable to any sign or sign structure for which a sign permit was initially required but for which no sign permit was ever issued. Such sign and/or sign structures are deemed illegal and are subject to the provisions of this Sign Code governing illegal signs.
C. 
Addition Of Conforming Sign And Sign Structures For A Legal Non-Conforming Use Or Structure. New or additional sign and/or sign structures for an existing non-conforming use or structure, as defined by the Unified Development Code, shall be permitted in accordance with the permitted signage for the use described in this Sign Code after July 17, 2000.
D. 
Existing Sign And/Or Sign Structures Rendered Non-Conforming.
1. 
Any sign and/or sign structure that is being used lawfully as of the effective date of this Sign Code, but which does not conform to the provisions of this Sign Code, shall be deemed non-conforming. Such sign and/or sign structure may continue only in the manner and to the extent that it existed at the effective date of this Sign Code, except that a billboard may be modified to an electronic billboard if the electronic billboard complies with the applicable terms and requirements of the both the Unified Development Code and the Sign Code.
2. 
Any sign and/or sign structure that becomes non-conforming subsequent to the effective date of this Sign Code, either by reason of annexation, amendment to this Sign Code or amendment of other City Codes or regulations, shall be subject to the provisions of this Sign Code.
3. 
Any non-conforming sign and/or sign structure that is located on a property which becomes vacant and unoccupied for a period of ninety (90) days, as determined by consideration of criteria such as: (1) vacancy; (2) cessation of some or all utilities; or (3) lapse or termination of occupational license, shall be deemed to have been abandoned and shall be considered an illegal sign and/or sign structure. The entire sign and/or sign structure must be removed by the owner of the sign or the owner of the premises within thirty (30) days of a determination of abandonment, or the City shall proceed to remove such sign and sign structure pursuant to the terms of this Sign Code.
4. 
No conforming sign or sign structure shall be permitted to be erected for the same single tenant or owner occupancy with an existing non-conforming sign and/or sign structure until the non-conforming sign and sign structure has been removed or made conforming, except that a business lawfully in existence prior to the effective date of this Sign Code shall be able to maintain a registered non-conforming sign and apply for additional signs in compliance with the maximum permitted sign area for the site, provided the non-conforming sign(s) comply with all other provisions of this Section.
E. 
Condemnation.
1. 
Legal non-conforming sign and sign structures located on a lot of property that is severed from a larger lot of property and acquired by a public entity for public use by condemnation, purchase, dedication or any other means may, at the discretion of the City, be relocated on the remaining lot without extinguishing the legal non-conforming status of the sign provided that the non-conforming sign:
a. 
Is not increased in size or height;
b. 
Remains structurally unchanged except for reasonable repairs or alterations;
c. 
Is placed in the same relative position on the remaining property that is occupied prior to the relocation; and
d. 
Is relocated in such a manner so as to comply with all applicable safety requirements.
2. 
After relocation pursuant to this Section, the legal non-conforming sign shall be subject to all provisions of this Sign Code in its new location.
F. 
Alteration Or Removal Of Non-Conforming Sign And/Or Sign Structures.
1. 
With the following exceptions, a non-conforming sign and/or sign structure shall not be re-erected, relocated or replaced unless it is brought into compliance with the requirements of this Sign Code:
a. 
Change of copy or the substitution of panels or faces on non-conforming sign and/or sign structures shall be permitted.
b. 
Repairs and maintenance of non-conforming sign and sign structures shall be permitted, including repainting, electrical repairs and light repair or replacement, provided the repair or maintenance within any twelve (12) month period does not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the replacement cost of such sign and/or sign structure.
2. 
Non-conforming signs and/or sign structures may not be enlarged or structurally altered except to bring the sign and/or sign structure into conformity with this Sign Code. Non-conforming signs cannot be modified to accommodate or add a changeable copy sign or board or ERB sign.
3. 
No illumination shall be added to a non-conforming sign and/or sign structure.
4. 
Any building permit issued by the City that requires a certificate of occupancy and provides for construction that either increases by twenty-five percent (25%) the existing square footage of the building or increases by twenty-five percent (25%) the assessed value of the structure shall specify and require that any non-conforming sign and/or sign structure located within the boundaries of the development site (including sign and/or sign structures for a business, shopping center or a business complex) authorized by the building permit shall be brought into conformance with all of the terms of this Sign Code, provided that if the non-conforming sign and/or sign structure is of a type prohibited by Section 501.100 of this Sign Code, it shall be removed.
5. 
Non-conforming billboards shall be removed by December 4, 2009.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3559 §16, 4-7-2003]
It is hereby declared unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to construct, place, install, alter, change, maintain, use or permit the construction, placement, installation, alteration, change, maintenance or use of any sign contrary to or in violation of any provision of this Sign Code, or of any provision designated as a condition of approval, either by the approval processes specified herein or through an amendment or appeal to the City Council as established by this Sign Code.
A. 
Illegal Signs. The installation, construction or display of any illegal or prohibited sign is hereby declared unlawful and in violation of this Sign Code.
B. 
Responsible Parties. Any owner, tenant or occupant who causes, facilitates, aids or abets any violations of this Sign Code, or who fails to perform any act or duty required by this Sign Code is subject to the enforcement provisions of this Section. The owner, tenant and occupant are individually and jointly responsible for the violations, prescribed civil or criminal sanctions, and for abating violations.
The City shall have the following remedies and enforcement powers:
1. 
Voluntary compliance. The Director of Community Development may seek voluntary compliance with the provisions of this Sign Code through notices of violations, warnings or other informal devices designed to achieve compliance in the most efficient and effective manner under the circumstances.
2. 
Withhold permits.
a. 
The City may deny or withhold all permits, certificates or other forms of authorization issued pursuant to this Sign Code or other Code provisions, ordinances or regulations for any land, structure or use upon which there is an uncorrected violation of a provision of this Sign Code or an unmet condition or qualification of a permit, certificate, approval or authorization previously granted by the City. As an alternative, the City may grant authorization subject to the condition that the violation be corrected. This enforcement provision shall apply regardless of whether the current owner or applicant is responsible for the violation in question.
b. 
The City may deny or withhold all permits, certificates or other forms of authorization on any land, structure or improvement owned or being developed by a person who owns, developed or otherwise caused an uncorrected violation of a provision of this Sign Code or of a condition or qualification of a permit, certificate, approval or other authorization related to this Sign Code previously granted by the City. This provision shall apply regardless of whether the property for the permit or other approval sought is the property in violation.
C. 
Revoke Permits.
1. 
Any permit may be revoked by the Director of Community Development when there is a determination that:
a. 
There is a departure from the plans, specifications or conditions as required pursuant to the terms of this Sign Code and/or the permit issued;
b. 
The same was procured by false representation or was issued by mistake; or
c. 
Any provision of this Sign Code is being violated.
2. 
Written notice of the revocation shall be served upon the owner, owner's agent or contractor, or upon any person employed in the construction or maintenance of the sign for which the permit was issued, or shall be posted in a prominent location; and, thereafter, no construction shall proceed.
D. 
Stop Work. With or without revoking permits, the City may stop work on any sign on any land on which there is an uncorrected violation of a provision of this Sign Code.
E. 
Injunctive Relief. The City may seek injunctive or other equitable relief in court to stop any violation of this Sign Code or of a permit, certificate or other form of authorization granted hereunder.
F. 
Abatement. The City may seek a court order in the nature of mandamus, abatement, injunction or other action or proceeding to abate or remove a violation or to otherwise restore the sign or premises in question to the condition in which they existed prior to the violation.
G. 
Other Remedies. The City shall have all such other remedies as are or may become available from time to time as provided by Federal or Missouri law, the City Code, this Sign Code or other related provisions.
H. 
Remedies Cumulative. The remedies and enforcement powers established in this Sign Code shall be cumulative.
I. 
Penalties. Violations of any provision of this Sign Code are hereby declared to be public offenses and, pursuant to the authority of Section 89.120, RSMo., unlawful. The owner or general agent of a building or use where a violation of any provision of this Sign Code has been committed or exists, or the lessee or tenant of an entire building or entire premises where a violation has been committed or exists, or the owner, general agent, lessee or tenant of any part of the building or premises in which a violation has been committed or exists, or the general agent, architect, builder, contractor or any other person who commits, takes part in or assists in any violation or who maintains any building or premises in which any violation exists shall be guilty of an offense punishable by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each and every day that such violation continues or by imprisonment for ten (10) days for each and every day such violation shall continue, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.
J. 
Habitual Offenders. For the second (2nd) and subsequent offenses involving the same violation (defined as each individually identified sign violation) at the same building or premises, the punishment shall be a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) or more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each and every day that such violation shall continue or by imprisonment for ten (10) days for each and every day such violation shall continue, or by both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court.
K. 
Penalty After Notice Of Violation. It shall be unlawful for any person served with a notice of violation to refuse to comply.
L. 
Enforcement Procedures.
1. 
Non-emergency matters. In the case of violations of this Sign Code that do not constitute an emergency or require immediate attention, the Director of Community Development shall give notice of the nature of the violation to the property owner or to any other person identified by the permit or application as responsible for the sign in some manner, or to the applicant for any relevant permit in the manner described below. The person receiving the notice shall have ten (10) days to correct the violation, unless otherwise stated in the notice, after which further enforcement action shall be taken.
a. 
Unless specified otherwise in this Sign Code, notice shall be given in person, by United States mail postage prepaid, or by posting notice on the premises.
b. 
Notice of the violation shall state the nature of the violation and the time period for compliance. The notice may state corrective steps necessary and the nature of subsequent penalties and enforcement action, should the situation not be corrected.
2. 
Emergency matters. In the case of violations of this Sign Code that constitute an emergency situation as a result of safety or public concerns or violations that will create increased problems or costs if not corrected immediately, the City may use the enforcement powers available under this Sign Code without prior notice. The Director of Community Development shall attempt to give notice simultaneously with the beginning of an enforcement action.
3. 
Specific limited permit or prohibited signs. Banners, flags, snipe signs, attention-attracting devices, real estate, construction and special event signs are subject to removal pursuant to the following provisions. In view of the inexpensive nature of these signs and the administrative burden imposed by the non-emergency enforcement provisions, the Director of Community Development shall:
a. 
Direct removal of banners, flags, attention-attracting devices by the person responsible for such signs when the same are unlawfully erected and/or maintained. In the event the signs are located on public property or an off-premise location, no notice is required prior to disposal.
b. 
Direct removal of real estate, construction and special event signs pursuant to this Section, the Director of Community Development shall notify the property occupant of the removal by one (1) of the methods described in Subsection (L)(1)(a) above. If the sign identifies a party other than the occupant, the Director of Community Development shall notify that party. The notice shall state that the sign has been removed and identify the location to which the City has moved the sign. If the sign is removed from public property or an off-premise location, no notice is required prior to disposal.
[Ord. No. 3221 §3, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 3487 §1, 7-15-2002; Ord. No. 3559 §17, 4-7-2003; Ord. No. 4013 §1, 12-18-2006; Ord. No. 4123 §2, 12-17-2007; Ord. No. 4303 §9, 7-7-2010; Ord. No. 4421 §5, 12-17-2012]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
ABANDONED SIGN
Any sign remaining in place which for a period of ninety (90) days or more no longer advertises or identifies an ongoing business, product, service, idea or commercial activity located on the site.
ADVERTISING
Any writing, painting, display, emblem, drawing, sign or other device designed, used or intended for display or any type of publicity for the purpose of making anything known or attracting attention to a place, product, goods, services, idea or statement.
ALTERATION
Any change of copy, sign face, color, size, shape, illumination, location, construction or supporting structure of any sign.
ANIMATED SIGN
A sign that uses movement, lighting or special materials to depict action or create a special effect to imitate movement.
ATTENTION-ATTRACTING DEVICE
Any streamer, pennant, propeller, inflatable sign, inflatable device, tethered balloon, bunting or artificial device, shape, color, sound, light, exhibit, costumed person or figure, whether live, animated or still, located outside the building of a use or business that is intended to attract attention to said use or business that is conducted on either the property where the use or business is located or elsewhere within the City of Blue Springs.
AWNING SIGN
A sign imposed or painted upon an awning.
AWNINGS AND CANOPIES
Awnings and canopies are roof-like covers that are projected from the wall of a building for the purpose of shielding a doorway, walkway or window from the elements. Awnings are often made of fabric or flexible plastic supported by a rigid frame, and may be retracted into the face of the building. Canopies may also be freestanding, such as a covering over service station islands.
BANNER
A sign having the characters, letters, illustrations or ornamentation applied to cloth, paper, fabric or other lightweight material, with only such material for a backing.
BEACON/SEARCH BEACON
Any light with one (1) or more beams directed into the atmosphere or directed at one (1) or more points not on the same lot as the light source; also, any light with one (1) or more beams that rotate or move.
BILLBOARD
Any sign with a sign area in excess of three hundred fifty (350) square feet that identifies or communicates a commercial or non-commercial message related to an activity conducted, a service rendered or a commodity sold at a location other than where the sign is located. The term billboard includes an electronic billboard, but the term electronic billboard does not include a non-electronic billboard.
BILLBOARD, ELECTRONIC
A sign, with a sign area in excess of three hundred fifty (350) square feet, whose sign face is a display created by light emitting diodes, liquid crystal displays, plasma display panels, pixel or sub-pixel technology, or other similar technology that identifies or communicates a commercial or a non-commercial message related to an activity conducted, a service rendered, a commodity sold at a location other than where the sign is located.
BUILDING
Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy.
BUILDING FRONTAGE
That building elevation that fronts on a public street.
BUILDING MARKER
Any sign indicating the name of a building, date or incidental information about its construction.
BUILDING SIGN
A sign that is fastened to, projected from, or is placed or painted upon the exterior wall, window, door or roof of a building in any manner. The term "building sign" includes, but is not limited to, awning signs, incidental signs, marquee signs, projecting signs, under canopy signs and wall signs.
BUSINESS/TENANT FRONTAGE
That portion of a building frontage occupied by a single tenant space having a public entrance within the building frontage. For businesses located on the interior of a building without building frontage, the building elevation providing customer access shall be considered the business frontage.
CHANGEABLE COPY SIGN
A sign or portion thereof with characters, letters or illustrations that can be changed or rearranged manually, and not electronically, without altering the face of the sign.
CHANNEL LETTERS
Three-dimensional individually cut letters or figures, illuminated or unilluminated, affixed to a structure.
COMMERCIAL MESSAGE
Any sign wording, logo or other representation that, directly or indirectly, names, advertises or calls attention to a business product, service, idea or commercial activity.
CONSTRUCTION SIGN
A sign erected on the lot on which construction is taking place or on a building undergoing tenant or occupant change that advises the public of pertinent information regarding the construction, management, leasing and future tenants of the building(s).
COPY
Words, letters, numbers, figures, designs or other symbolic representations incorporated into a sign.
DEVELOPMENT
Any subdivision of land; any consolidation or accumulation of tracts of land; any material change in the use or appearance of any lot of land; any activity that affects lot lines, easement locations, number of lots, setback, locations of structures, dedications of streets or utilities; or the act of building buildings, structures or improvements on, in, under or over land.
DIRECTIONAL
A sign that indicates the required or preferred direction of movement for vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The Director of Community Development or a City staff member assigned to act in his or her behalf.
DIRECTORY SIGN
A sign for listing the tenants, occupants, floor plan, addresses or suite numbers of a building, center or residential building complex.
DOUBLE-FACED SIGN
A sign constructed to display its message on the outer surfaces of two (2) identical and opposite planes at an angle of sixty degrees (60°) or less.
DRIVE-THROUGH FACILITY
An establishment that by design, physical facilities, service or by packaging procedures encourages or permits customers to receive services, obtain goods or be entertained while remaining in their motor vehicles.
ELECTRONIC READER BOARD
A sign or portion thereof with a fixed or changing display/message composed of a series of lights which can be electronically changed or electronically rearranged without altering the face or the surface of the sign. Electronic messaging centers shall by any definition be the same as electronic reader boards as defined in this Code. An electronic billboard is not an electronic reader board hand an electronic reader board is not an electronic billboard.
ELEVATION (BUILDING)
The view of any building or other structure from any one (1) of four (4) sides regardless of the configuration or orientation of a building. No building shall be treated as having more than four (4) building elevations. Each elevation will generally be identified as a north, south, east or west building elevation.
EXTERNAL ILLUMINATION
The lighting of an object from a light source located a distance from the object.
FACADE
See "ELEVATION".
FLAG
Any fabric containing distinctive colors, patterns or symbols used as a symbol of a Government, political subdivision or private entity.
FLASHING SIGN
A sign that contains an intermittent or sequential flashing light source.
FREESTANDING SIGN
Any non-movable sign not affixed to a building.
FRONT FOOT
A measure of land width, being one (1) foot along the front lot line of a property.
FRONTAGE, ROAD
A roadway with an alignment adjacent to and generally parallel with an interstate or limited access highway whose purpose is to serve commercial, institutional, industrial or typically medium- to high-density residential use.
FRONTAGE, STREET
The length of a lot line that abuts public street right-of-way.
FUTURE TENANT SIGN
A temporary sign that identifies the names of future businesses that will occupy a site or structure.
GOVERNMENT SIGN
A sign placed by a governmental body, governmental agency or public authority, such as traffic signs, signals or regulatory devices or warning; official emblems, public notices or official instruments; signs of historical interest; signs designating areas of architectural or historic significance or gateways; or other similar signs or devices. Such signs are authorized within all rights-of-way or other properties controlled by such governmental body, agency or authority.
GRAND OPENING
A one-time promotional activity not exceeding thirty (30) calendar days used by newly established businesses within two (2) months after occupancy to inform the public of their location and service available to the community.
GROSS FLOOR AREA
The sum of the gross horizontal areas of the several floors of a building or structure from the exterior face of the exterior walls, or from the centerline of a wall separating two (2) buildings, but excluding any space where floor-to-ceiling height is less than six (6) feet.
HEIGHT OF SIGN
The vertical distance from the base of the sign at normal grade to the top of the highest attached component of the sign.
ILLUMINATED SIGN
A sign designed to give forth artificial light directly or through translucent material from a source of light within such sign or a sign illuminated by an external light directed primarily toward such sign.
INCIDENTAL SIGN
An announcement or display providing information about the occupancy or conduct of business on a premises, such as logos of credit cards accepted on the premises, hours of operation, a "closed" or "open" sign, emergency contact person name and telephone number, street address, "help wanted", "no loitering or solicitations", security system notices, notices required by law and similar information.
INFLATABLE DEVICE
An object that is inflated with air or gas.
INFORMATIONAL SIGN
A sign with a purpose secondary to the use of the lot on which it is located that provides directives and/or identifying messages.
INTERNAL ILLUMINATION
A source of illumination entirely within the sign which makes the sign content visible at night by means of the light being transmitted through a translucent material, but wherein the source of the illumination is not visible.
INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE
The current edition of the International Building Code adopted by the City of Blue Springs.
LOT
Any piece or parcel of land or a portion of a subdivision, the boundaries of which have been established by some legal instrument of record, that is recognized and intended as a unit for the purpose of transfer of ownership.
LUMINAIRE
A complete unit for the purpose of generating usable and somewhat controllable light that comprises one (1) or more lamps, parts designed to distribute the light, parts used to position and protect the light source, and a means to connect the light source(s) to an electrical supply.
MAINTENANCE
The repair or replacement in kind of individual sign components including paper, fabric or plastic copy panels, electrical wiring and bulbs, or paint, stucco or other exterior finishes. This definition shall not include the replacement of metal or wood cabinets, structural faces, supporting structural members, primary uprights, posts and poles, or the sign in its entirety.
MARQUEE
A roof-like structure, often bearing a sign, projecting over an entrance, as to a theater.
MARQUEE SIGN
Any sign attached flat against the marquee or permanent sidewalk canopy of a building and not exceeding above the roof line.
MASTER SIGN PLAN
A plot plan and accompanying documentation that identifies all existing and proposed on-premises signage on a development or complex of buildings.
MONUMENT SIGN
A freestanding sign mounted on an enclosed, structural base which base length is at least one and one-half (1.5) times the length of the sign face and which base depth is not narrower than the structure containing the sign face or twelve (12) inches, whichever is greater.
MULTIPLE-TENANT BUILDING
A development consisting of two (2) or more separate uses or tenancies that share either the same lot or structure and use common access and/or parking facilities.
NON-CONFORMING SIGN
Any sign that conformed to existing sign regulations at the time it was erected but that would no longer be permitted by virtue of the adoption of this Sign Code or an amendment thereto.
OFF-PREMISE DIRECTORY SIGN
A sign that assists the general public in finding a route to a business. A directory sign shall list only the name and/or logo of each eligible use. Permitted only in the Central Business District.
OFF-PREMISE SIGN
Any sign advertising or announcing any place, product, goods, services, idea or statement whose subject is not available or located at or on the lot where the sign is erected or placed.
ON-PREMISE SIGN
Any sign advertising or announcing any place, products, goods, services, idea or statement whose subject is available or located at or on the lot where the sign is erected or placed.
PAINTED WALL SIGN
A non-projecting sign that is painted directly upon the exterior wall of a building. Permitted only in the Central Business District. Wall signs may not be painted directly on to any building surface except in the Central Business District as defined in Section 501.140(I)(2).
PARAPET WALL
The vertical extension of the exterior building wall above the plate line.
PENNANT
Any lightweight plastic, fabric or other material, whether or not containing a message of any kind, suspended from a rope, wire or string, usually in a series, designed to move in the wind.
PERMANENT SIGN
A sign constructed of durable materials and intended to exist for the duration of time that the use or occupant is located on the premises.
PERSON
Any association, company, corporation, firm, organization, manager or corporate officer, or partnership, singular or plural, of any kind.
PLATE LINE
The point at which any part of the roof structure first touches or bears upon an external wall.
POLE SIGN
A permanent, freestanding sign that is mounted on pole(s) or other support(s) that is placed on, and anchored in, the ground and that is independent from any building or other structure.
POLITICAL SIGN
A sign designed for the purpose of advertising support of or opposition to a candidate or proposition for a public election.
PORTABLE SIGN
A detached movable sign.
PRINCIPAL BUILDING
The building in which is conducted the principal use of the lot on which it is located. Lots with multiple principal uses may have multiple principal buildings, but storage buildings, garages and other clearly accessory buildings shall not be considered principal buildings.
PROJECTING SIGN
A sign affixed to a wall of a building and extending more than one (1) foot from the surface of such wall, usually perpendicular to the wall surface. Any sign affixed to a building in such a manner that its leading edge extends more than twelve (12) inches beyond the surface of the building.
PROPERTY FRONTAGE
The side of a lot or development site abutting on a public street.
REAL ESTATE SIGN
Any on-premises sign placed upon a lot, subdivision or parcel of land or on a building advertising the lease, rent or sale of said building, lot or parcel of land.
RIDER
A small sign attached to a real estate sign that provides limited information about the property (e.g., number of bedrooms, agent's name, open house, etc.).
RIGHT-OF-WAY
The land opened, reserved or dedicated for a street, sewer, water line, walk, drainage course or other public purpose.
ROOF SIGN
Any sign erected or constructed as an integral or essentially integral part of a normal roof structure of any design.
SANDWICH SIGN
An "A-frame" sign which stands with self-supporting elements and is not permanently affixed to the ground. The purpose of a sandwich sign shall be to communicate a specific message or information (e.g., lunch menus, special sales, promotional events) that is not found in a business's permanent signage. A sandwich sign is permitted only in the Central Business District.
SETBACK
The distance from the property line to the nearest part of the applicable building, structure or sign measured perpendicularly to the property line.
SIGN
Any device conveying either commercial or non-commercial messages or both commercial or non-commercial messages for visual communication that is used for the purpose of bringing the subject thereof to the attention of the public, but not including any lawful display of merchandise.
The term "sign" shall also mean and include any display of one (1) or more of the following:
A. 
Any letter, numeral, figure, emblem, picture, outline, character, spectacle delineation, announcement, trademark, logo;
B. 
Multiple colored bands, a stripe or stripes, patterns, outlines or delineations displayed for the purpose of commercial identification; or
C. 
Anything specified above in (A) or (B) in part or in combination by any means whereby the same are made visible from beyond the boundaries of the lot on which the same are displayed for the purpose of attracting attention outdoors to make anything known.
SIGN AREA
The entire face of a sign, including the extreme limits of writing, representation, emblem or other display, together with any material or color forming an integral part of the background of the display but not including any supporting framework.
SIGN FACE
The area or display surface used for the message.
SPECIAL EVENT SIGN
A sign that carries a message regarding a special event or function that is of general interest to the community and does not include for-profit business promotional activities that are strictly commercial in nature.
STRUCTURE
Anything constructed or erected on the ground or which is attached to something on the ground, including sign supports, uprights, braces and framework, whether installed on, above or below the surface of land or water.
SUSPENDED SIGN
A sign that is suspended from the underside of a horizontal plane surface and is supported by such surface.
THREE-DIMENSIONAL SIGNS
Signs that have a depth or relief on their surface.
TIME AND TEMPERATURE UNIT
A sign or portion of a sign displaying only current time and temperature in an electronic, digital fashion.
UMBRELLA SIGN
An umbrella that has a printed surface with advertising.
UNDER CANOPY SIGN
A display attached to the underside of a marquee or canopy and protruding over public or private sidewalks or rights-of-way. This type of sign is categorized as a suspended sign.
USE
Includes all purposes or activities for which the land or buildings are arranged, designed or intended, or for which land or buildings are occupied or maintained. A use may include multiple ownership, tenancy or affiliations and may include accessory, conditional and temporary uses.
VEHICLE SIGN
A sign mounted, painted or otherwise placed on a trailer, truck, automobile or other vehicle so parked or placed so that the sign thereon is visible from a public street or right-of-way and is so parked primarily for the purpose of displaying advertising signage.
WALL SIGN
A non-projecting sign that is attached parallel to a wall or building and extends from the surface of the wall no more than one (1) foot.
WINDOW
An opening constructed in a wall that functions to admit light or air inside a building, such that individuals within the building can look out upon the exterior landscape, and is often framed and spanned with glass or similar surface.
WINDOW SIGN
Any sign, pictures, symbol or combination thereof designed to attract off-premise attention and communicate information about an on-premises activity, business, commodity, event, sale or service that is placed inside a window or upon the window panes or glass and is visible from the exterior of the window.