City of Ozark, MO
Christian County
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[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
The purpose of this Chapter is to protect the safety and orderly development of the community through the regulation of signs and sign structures.
[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
The following words and terms shall, for the purposes of this Chapter and as used elsewhere in this Code, have the following meaning:
ABANDONED SIGN
A sign structure that has ceased to be used, and the owner intends no longer to have used, for the display of sign copy.
ANIMATED SIGN
A sign employing actual motion or the illusion of motion. Animated signs, which are differentiated from changeable signs as defined and regulated by this Chapter, include the following types:
ELECTRICALLY ACTIVATED — Animated signs producing the illusion of movement by means of electronic, electrical or electro-mechanical input and/or illumination capable of simulating movement through employment of the characteristics of one (1) or both of the classifications noted below:
a.
Flashing: Animated signs or animated portions of signs whose illumination is characterized by a repetitive cycle in which the period of illumination is either the same as or less than the period of no illumination. For the purposes of this Chapter, flashing will not be defined as occurring if the cyclical period between on-off phases of illumination exceeds four (4) seconds.
b.
Patterned illusionary movement: Animated signs or animated portions of signs whose illumination is characterized by simulated movement through alternate or sequential activation of various illuminated elements for the purpose of producing repetitive light patterns designed to appear in some form of constant motion.
ENVIRONMENTALLY ACTIVATED — Animated signs or devices motivated by wind, thermal changes or other natural environmental input. Includes spinners, pinwheels, pennant strings and/or other devices or displays that respond to naturally occurring external motivation.
MECHANICALLY ACTIVATED — Animated signs characterized by repetitive motion and/or rotation activated by a mechanical system powered by electric motors or other mechanically induced means.
ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTION
Any projection that is not intended for occupancy and that extends beyond the face of an exterior wall of a building, but that does not include signs as defined herein. See also "AWNING", "BACKLIT AWNING" and "CANOPY, (ATTACHED and FREESTANDING)".
AWNING
An architectural projection or shelter projecting from and supported by the exterior wall of a building and composed of a covering of rigid or non-rigid materials and/or fabric on a supporting framework that may be either permanent or retractable, including such structures that are internally illuminated by florescent or other light source.
AWNING SIGN
A sign displayed on or attached flat against the surface or surfaces of an awning. See also "WALL OR FASCIA SIGN".
BACKLIT AWNING
An awning with a translucent covering material and a source of illumination contained within its framework.
BANNER
A flexible substrate on which copy or graphics may be displayed.
CANOPY (ATTACHED)
A multi-sided overhead structure or architectural projection supplied by attachments to a building on one (1) or more sides and either cantilevered from such building or also supplied by columns at additional points. The surface(s) and/or soffit of an attached canopy may be illuminated by means of internal or external sources of light. See also "MARQUEE".
CANOPY (FREESTANDING)
A multi-sided overhead structure supported by columns, but not enclosed by walls. The surfaces(s) and/or soffit of a freestanding canopy may be illuminated by means of internal or external sources of light.
CANOPY SIGN
A sign affixed to the visible surface(s) of an attached or freestanding canopy. For reference, see Sign Regulation Guideline.
CHANGEABLE SIGN
A sign with the capability of content by means of manual or remote input, including signs which are:
ELECTRICALLY ACTIVATED — A changeable sign whose message copy or content can be changed by means of remote electrically energized on-off switching combinations of alphabetic or pictographic components arranged on a display surface. Illumination may be integral to the components, such as characterized by lamps or other light-emitting devices; or it may be from an external light source designed to reflect off the changeable component display. See also "ELECTRIC MESSAGE SIGN OR CENTER".
MANUALLY ACTIVATED — A changeable sign whose message copy or content can be changed manually.
CODE OFFICIAL
The employee of the Planning and Development Department of the City of Ozark specifically designated to conduct inspections, enforce provisions of this Chapter, review applications and issue permits as authorized herein. The Code Official so designated may not necessarily be the same individual.
COPY
Those letters, numerals, figures, symbols, logos, and graphic elements comprising the content or message of a sign, excluding numerals identifying a street address only.
DEVELOPMENT COMPLEX SIGN
A freestanding sign identifying a multiple-occupancy development, such as a shopping center or planned industrial park, which is controlled by a single owner or landlord, approved in accordance with Section 407.070 of this Chapter.
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
Any sign that is designed and erected for the purpose of providing direction and/or orientation for pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
ELECTRIC MESSAGE SIGN OR CENTER
An electrically activated changeable sign whose variable message capability can be electronically programmed.
FACIA SIGN
See "WALL OR FASCIA SIGN".
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign principally supported by a structure affixed to the ground, and not supported by a building, including signs supported by one (1) or more columns, poles or braces placed in or upon the ground.
FRONTAGE (BUILDING)
The length of an exterior building wall or structure of a single premise oriented to the public way or other properties that it faces.
FRONTAGE (PROPERTY)
The length of the property line(s) of any single premise along either a public way or other properties on which it borders.
GROUND SIGN
See "FREESTANDING SIGN".
IDEOLOGICAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL SIGNS
A sign which does not name or advertise a product, service or business but only expresses a viewpoint, non-commercial message, opinion or idea. This includes commemorative plaques, historic markers, holiday decorations, political or fraternal flags or emblems, or protective signs which are commonly associated with safeguarding the permitted uses of a premise including, but not limited to, "vicious dog", "no trespassing", "neighborhood watch" and "authorized parking".
ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign characterized by the use of artificial light, either projecting through its surface(s) (internally illuminated); or reflecting off its surface(s) (externally illuminated).
INTERIOR SIGN
Any sign placed within a building, but not including "window signs" as defined herein. Interior signs, with the exception of window signs as defined herein, are not regulated by this Chapter.
MANSARD
An inclined decorative roof-like projection that is attached to an exterior building facade.
MENU BOARD
A freestanding sign oriented to the drive-through lane for a restaurant that advertises the menu items available from the drive-through window, and which has no more than twenty percent (20%) of the total area for such a sign utilized for business identification.
OFF-PREMISE SIGN
See "OUTDOOR ADVERTISING SIGN".
ON-PREMISE SIGN
A sign erected, maintained or used in the outdoor environment for the purpose of the display of messages appurtenant to the use of, products sold on, or the sale or lease of, the premise on which it is displayed.
OUTDOOR ADVERTISING SIGN
A permanent sign erected, maintained or used in the outdoor environment for the purpose of the display of commercial or non-commercial messages not appurtenant to the use of, products sold on, or the sale or lease of, the premise on which it is displayed.
PARAPET
The extension of a building facade above the line of the structural roof.
POLITICAL SIGN
A temporary sign intended to advance a political statement, cause or candidate for office. A legally permitted outdoor advertising sign shall not be considered to be a political sign.
PORTABLE SIGN
Any sign not permanently attached to the ground or to a building or building surface.
PREMISES
That portion of a lot or building occupied by a single person or legal entity inclusive of common area, if any, shared with adjacent occupants. Permitted sign area shall be separately calculated for multi-tenant commercial buildings only when the tenants have a separate entrance for their exclusive use.
PROJECTING SIGN
A sign other than a wall sign that is attached to or projects more than eighteen (18) inches (457 mm) from a building face or wall or from a structure whose primary purpose is other than the support of a sign.
REAL ESTATE SIGN
A temporary sign advertising the sale, lease or rental of the property or premise upon which it is located.
REVOLVING SIGN
A sign that revolves three hundred sixty degrees (360°)(6.28 rad) about an axis. See also "ANIMATED SIGN, MECHANICALLY ACTIVATED".
ROOFLINE
The top edge of a peaked roof or, in the case of an extended facade or parapet, the uppermost point of said facade or parapet.
ROOF SIGN
A sign mounted on, and supported by, the main roof portion of a building, or above the uppermost edge of a parapet wall of a building and which is wholly or partially supported by such a building. Signs mounted on mansard facades, pent eaves and architectural projections such as canopies or marquees shall not be considered to be roof signs.
SIGN
Any device visible from a public place that displays either commercial or non-commercial messages by means of graphic presentation of alphabetic or pictorial symbols or representations. No sign located outside of a building shall be constructed of paper, cardboard or other similar non-permanent material. Non-commercial flags or any flags displayed from flagpoles or staffs will not be considered signs.
SIGN AREA
The area of the smallest geometric figure, or the sum of the combination of regular geometric figures, which comprise the sign face. The area of any double-sided or "V" shaped sign shall be the area of the largest single face only. The area of a sphere shall be computed as the area of a circle. The area of all other multiple-sided signs shall be computed as fifty percent (50%) of the sum of the area of all faces of the sign.
SIGN COPY
Those letters, numerals, figures, symbols, logos and graphic elements comprising the content or message of a sign, exclusive of numerals identifying a street address only.
SIGN FACE
The surface upon, against or through which the sign copy is displayed or illustrated, not including structural supports, architectural features of a building or sign structure, non-structural or decorative trim, or any areas that are separated from the background surface upon which the sign copy is displayed by a distinct delineation, such as a reveal or border. See Sign Regulation Guideline Details.
1. 
In the case of panel or cabinet type signs, the sign face shall include the entire area of the sign panel, cabinet or face substrate upon which the sign copy is displayed or illustrated, but not open space between separate panels or cabinets.
2. 
In the case of sign structures with routed areas of sign copy, the sign face shall include the entire area of the surface that is routed, except where interrupted by a reveal, border, or a contrasting surface or color.
3. 
In the case of signs painted on a building, or individual letters or graphic elements affixed to a building or structure, the sign face shall be comprised of the sum of the geometric figures or combination of regular geometric figures drawn closest to the edge of the letters or separate graphic elements comprising the sign copy, but not the open space between separate groupings of sign copy on the same building or structure.
4. 
In the case of sign copy enclosed within a painted or illuminated border, or displayed on a background contrasting in color with the color of the building or structure, the sign face shall comprise the area within the contrasting background, or within the painted or illuminated border.
SIGN, PRIMARY
A permanent wall sign that displays the name of a commercial entity.
SIGN, SECONDARY
A permanent wall sign that may advertise products and services offered by the commercial entity.
SIGN STRUCTURE
Any structure supporting a sign.
TEMPORARY SIGN
A sign intended to display either commercial or non-commercial messages of a transitory or temporary nature. Portable signs or any sign not permanently affixed to a building or sign structure that is permanently embedded in the ground, are considered temporary signs.
UNDER CANOPY SIGN OR UNDER MARQUEE SIGN
A sign attached to the underside of a canopy or marquee.
V-SHAPED SIGN
The two (2) permitted faces of a standard double-faced yard or monument sign placed in a horizontal V-shaped configuration where the two (2) faces or their supporting structures are connected at the point of the V.
[Ord. No. 14-025 §1, 6-16-2014]
WALL OR FASCIA SIGN
A sign that is in any manner affixed to any exterior wall of a building or structure and that projects not more than eighteen (18) inches (457 mm) from the building or structure wall, including signs affixed to architectural projections from a building provided the copy area of such signs remain on a parallel plane to the face of the building facade or to the face or faces of the architectural projection to which it is affixed. For a visual reference and comparison of differences between wall or fascia signs and roof signs, see Sign Regulation Guideline Details.
WINDOW SIGN
A sign affixed to the surface of a window with its message intended to be visible to and readable from the public way or from adjacent property.
[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
All signs of any size or description are prohibited except those that are described and allowed by this Chapter. Allowed signs are divided into two (2) general categories, permanent and temporary and may further be subdivided by requiring permits or being exempt from permits. Each category of sign may have specific restrictions as set forth in this Chapter, however, if a specific sign or a restriction to an allowed sign is not enumerated in this Chapter, it is either not allowed or does not apply to a specific sign type.
[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
A. 
Conformance To Codes. Any sign hereafter erected shall conform to the provisions of this Chapter and the provisions of Chapter 500, Article I "International Building Code" and of any other applicable provision of this code or any regulations promulgated hereunder.
B. 
Permits Required. All signs allowed by this Chapter shall require a permit issued by the Code Official unless exempted for a specified sign type. Each permit shall have a specified fee and those fees to erect, alter or relocate a sign shall be set in accordance with the procedures and fee schedule adopted pursuant to Section 405.490 of this Title. Each specific sign type may have its unique criteria which are set forth in the descriptions of the allowable sign type later in this Chapter. If a specific sign type is exempt from the necessity of securing a permit, it shall not be construed to relieve the owner of the sign involved from responsibility for its erection and maintenance in a safe manner in compliance with all the other provisions of this Chapter.
C. 
Signs In Right-Of-Way. No sign, other than a traffic, directional or promotional sign authorized by the appropriate governmental agency, shall be erected within any public way, unless specifically authorized by ordinance, resolution or regulation of the City of Ozark.
D. 
Projections Over Public Ways Or Upon Public Property. Projecting signs over public walkways shall be allowed to do so only subject to the projection clearance limit at a minimum height of eight (8) feet (2,438 mm) from grade level to the bottom of the sign. No sign may be placed in, upon or projecting over property owned, leased or managed by the City, including, but not limited to, rights-of-way without prior authorization from the City.
E. 
Traffic Visibility. No sign or sign structure shall be erected at the intersection of any street in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision, or at any location where by its position, shape, or color it may interfere with or obstruct the view of or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device.
F. 
Computation Of Frontage. If a premise contains walls facing more than one (1) property line or encompasses property frontage bounded by more than one (1) street or other property usages, the sign area(s) for each building wall or property frontage will be computed separately for each building wall or property line facing a different frontage. The sign area(s) thus calculated shall be permitted to then be applied to permitted signs placed on each separate wall or property line frontage.
G. 
Animation And Changeable Messages. Animated signs, changeable signs (electrically, environmentally or mechanically activated), except those that blink, flash or are animated by lighting in any fashion that would cause such signs to have the appearance of traffic safety signs and lights or municipal vehicle warnings from a distance, are allowed for non-residential uses in all districts.
H. 
Maintenance, Repair And Removal. Every sign allowed by this Chapter shall be kept in good condition and repair. When any sign becomes insecure, in danger of falling or is otherwise deemed unsafe by the Code Official, or if any sign shall be unlawfully installed, erected or maintained in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter, the owner thereof or the person or firm using same shall, upon written notice by the Code Official forthwith, in the case of immediate danger, and in any case within not more than ten (10) calendar days, make such sign conform to the provisions of this Chapter, or shall remove it. If within ten (10) calendar days the order is not complied with, the Code Official shall be permitted to remove or cause such sign to be removed at the expense of the owner and/or the user of the sign.
I. 
Obsolete Sign Copy. Any sign copy that no longer advertises or identifies a use conducted on the property on which said sign is erected must have the sign copy covered or removed within thirty (30) calendar days after written notification from the Code Official; and upon failure to comply with such notice, the Code Official is hereby authorized to cause removal of such sign copy, and any expense incident thereto shall be paid by the owner of the building, structure or ground or which the sign is located.
J. 
Non-Conforming Signs. Any sign legally existing at the time of the passage of this Chapter that does not conform in use, location, height or size with the regulations of the property use in which such sign is located shall be considered a legal non-conforming use or structure and shall be permitted to continue provided that it is maintained in good condition, but shall not be:
1. 
Structurally altered (except to meet safety requirements) so as to prolong the life of the sign; or
2. 
Altered so as to increase the degree of non-conformity of the sign; or
3. 
Expanded; or
4. 
Moved or replaced except to bring the sign into complete conformity with this Chapter; or
5. 
Reconstructed after damage if the cost of reconstruction exceeds fifty percent (50%) of the value (appraised or tax value if listed for tax purposes) of such sign; or
6. 
Abandoned or discontinued for a continuous period of one hundred eighty (180) days.
K. 
Outdoor advertising signs shall not be allowed on Business 65, Business 14, State Highway NN, State Highway J and State Highway CC within the City limits of the City of Ozark.
L. 
Roof Signs. Roof signs existing prior to the enactment of this Chapter may be refaced. Regular maintenance is allowed. Replacement of a non-conforming sign will not be allowed once an existing sign has been removed.
M. 
Placement Of Signs. No sign shall be attached to any utility pole, public light standard, trees, rocks, natural features, fences, fence posts, fence railing, benches, flower boxes, perimeter or privacy walls, accessory structures, trash enclosures and any other public facility located within the public right-of-way.
[Ord. No. 17-060, 12-18-2017]
[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
A. 
The following signs shall be exempt from the provisions of this Chapter. No sign shall be exempt from Section 407.040(D) or 407.040(H).
1. 
Any government's sign erected or maintained by or for any agency of government pursuant to and in discharge of any governmental function or required or authorized by law, ordinance or governmental regulations. Such signs shall include, but not be limited to, official notices authorized by a court, public body or public safety official; directional, Federal, State or municipal warning or information signs; street address signs and combination nameplate and street signs which do not exceed six (6) square feet; and any sign warning the public of the existence of danger.
2. 
Memorial plaques, building identification signs and building cornerstones when cut or carved into a masonry surface or when made of non-combustible material and made an integral part of the building or structure.
3. 
The flag of a government or non-commercial institution, such as a school.
4. 
Religious symbols and seasonal decorations within the appropriate public holiday season.
5. 
Works of fine art displayed in conjunction with a commercial enterprise where the enterprise does not receive direct commercial gain.
6. 
A sign in or upon a civic organization, political subdivision or City property, to include, but not limited to, outdoor sports facilities, parks and green spaces, which provides information, advertising sponsorships or other information related to a municipal activity. These signs may include, but are not limited to, banners, scoreboards, time clocks, benches, and signs on fences or signs in concession stands.
[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
A. 
The following permanent sign types are specifically allowed subject to the criteria and limitations set forth below. Each sign type shall require a permit issued by the Code Official unless the sign type is specifically exempted. All such permits shall be subject to the following further regulations:
1. 
Before any permit is granted for the erection of a permanent sign or sign structure requiring such permit, construction documents shall be filed with the Code Official showing the dimensions, materials and required details of construction, including load, stresses, anchorage and any other permanent data. The permit application shall be accompanied by the written consent of the owner or lessee of the premises upon which the sign is to be erected and by the engineering calculations signed and sealed by a registered design professional where required by Sections 500.010 and 500.020 of this Code.
2. 
No permanent signs shall be structurally altered, enlarged or relocated except in conformity with the provisions herein, nor until a proper permit, if required, has been secured. The changing or maintenance of a movable sign or component of an approved permanent sign that is designed for such change, or the changing of sign copy, business names, lettering, sign faces, colors, display and/or graphic matter, or the content of any sign shall not be deemed a structural alteration.
3. 
In the event that a requested permanent sign is located on a property designated as "historic", that request shall comply with the requirements of this Chapter along with those of Chapter 420 of this Title.
4. 
The refacing of an existing sign is allowed as long as it is not enlarged and the original sign structure is structurally sound.
[Ord. No. 17-060, 12-18-2017]
B. 
Identification Signs. Permanent identification signs shall be allowed in accordance with Subsections (1) through (5) of this Subsection.
1. 
Wall signs. Every multiple-family residential complex, commercial, office warehouse or industrial building, and every separate non-residential building in a residential district may display non-animated primary and secondary wall signs per street property frontage subject to the limiting standards that each individual wall facade shall have an effective area not to exceed three (3) square feet per lineal foot of wall length. Such signs shall be allowed by permit and are subject to the following limitations:
a. 
For commercial, office warehouse, industrial or other multiple occupancy non-residential buildings, the building face or wall shall be calculated separately for each separate occupancy.
b. 
All permanent signs shall be made of rigid material and/or placed in a rigid enclosure.
c. 
Building(s) that have an allowable side wall facade shall be calculated one (1) square foot of sign area per linear foot of frontage of that side of the building or a maximum area of one hundred fifty (150) square feet, whichever is less.
[Ord. No. 14-025 §2, 6-16-2014]
2. 
Freestanding signs. In addition to any allowable wall sign, every single-family residential subdivision, multiple-family residential, commercial, office warehouse or industrial building and every separate non-residential building in a residential zone shall be permitted to display freestanding or combination signs per street property frontage subject to the limiting standards set forth in Table 407.080(T)(1). All freestanding signs shall have a front yard setback of ten (10) feet or must be placed outside of any utility easements, whichever may be greater. Where two (2) such faces are placed together creating a horizontal V-shape with an angle no greater than sixty degrees (60°), it will be considered a double-faced sign. If the angle is greater than sixty degrees (60°), it will be considered a single-faced sign.
[Ord. No. 14-025 §3, 6-16-2014]
Table 407.080(T)(1)
Identification Sign Standards — Freestanding Signs (a & b)
Land Use
Number of Signs
Max Height in Feet
Area in Square Feet
Single-family residential subdivision
1 monument sign per entrance
10
150
Multiple-family residential
1 monument sign per entrance
10
150
Non-residential in a residential zone
1 ground or low profile sign
8
32
Commercial, office warehouse and industrial
1
25 above street grade
300
a)
For any commercial, office warehouse or industrial premises that have more than four hundred twenty-five (425) feet of property frontage along a street may have one (1) additional detached sign for each additional four hundred twenty-five (425) feet of property frontage, provided a minimum of three hundred (300) feet of separation is maintained between signs on a given premise and a setback of twenty-five (25) feet from the adjacent property line is maintained for all detached signs on the premise, except the twenty-five (25) foot setback does not apply to outdoor advertising signs.
b)
For any commercial, office warehouse or industrial development complex exceeding one million (1,000,000) square feet of gross leasable area, or forty (40) acres in size, such as regional shopping centers, auto malls or industrial parks, one (1) freestanding sign per street front shall be permitted to be increased in sign area by up to fifty percent (50%).
3. 
Directional signs. No more than two (2) permanent directional signs shall be allowed per street entrance to any lot. There shall be no limit to the number of permanent directional signs providing directional information interior to a lot. In residential districts, the maximum area for directional signs shall be three (3) square feet. For all other districts, the maximum area for any directional sign visible from adjacent property or right-of-way shall be six (6) square feet. Not more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the area of any directional sign shall be permitted to be devoted to business identification or logo, which area shall not be assessed as identification sign area.
4. 
On-premise highway commercial freestanding signs. The following areas are designated as Highway Commercial Sign Districts and are within a six hundred sixty (660) foot radius from the intersection of the right-of-way of the following:
a. 
U.S. Highway 65 and State Highway Business 14 (Jackson Street/Tiger Boulevard).
b. 
U.S. Highway 65 and State Highway CC.
c. 
U.S. Highway 65 and State Highway F/Business 65.
Any freestanding sign within these Highway Commercial Sign Districts shall have a minimum height of ten (10) feet above finish grade and must meet restrictions as set forth in Table 407.080(T)(2).
Table 407.080(T)(2)
Highway Commercial District Freestanding Signs (a)
[Ord. No. 13-040 §1, 10-21-2013]
Land Use
Minimum Setback
(feet)
Maximum Height
(feet)
Maximum Area
(square feet)
C-2, O-W, and I-1
10
40
400
(a)
Businesses within the Highway Commercial District may opt to follow Table 407.080(T)(1).
5. 
Off-premise outdoor advertising signs along U.S. Highway 65 within the City limits of the City of Ozark.
a. 
Along U.S. Highway 65, any off-premise outdoor advertising signs shall be a maximum forty (40) feet above street grade, minimum ten (10) feet to bottom from finish grade, maximum six hundred seventy-two (672) square feet and shall not be erected within fourteen hundred (1,400) feet of any other off-premise outdoor advertising sign on the same side of the right-of-way.
b. 
No off-premise outdoor advertising sign shall be located closer than five hundred (500) feet to a highway interchange existing or approved for construction by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department. Such five hundred (500) feet shall be measured from the beginning or ending of the pavement widening at the exit from or entrance to the main traveled way.
c. 
No off-premise outdoor advertising sign shall be located within one thousand (1,000) feet of any residential zoning district.
d. 
Any electric message sign, changeable sign or projected display that maintains a continuous static message without blackness or disruption shall comply with the following:
(1) 
The static display time for each message is a minimum of eight (8) seconds.
(2) 
The time to completely change from one message to the next is a maximum of two (2) seconds.
(3) 
The image shall not flicker or flash in accordance with this Code.
(4) 
No projected image(s) or messages shall appear to move or be animated.
(5) 
Any such sign shall be designed such that the sign will freeze in one (1) position if a malfunction occurs.
e. 
Sign regulations enforced by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission along U.S. Highway 65 shall take precedence over any less restrictive requirements of this Chapter.
f. 
All heights specified in this Chapter shall be facing street unless otherwise specified.
C. 
Requirements For Specific Sign Types. Signs of the following specific types shall be allowed in accordance with Subsections (1) through (6) set out below:
1. 
Canopy signs.
a. 
The permanently affixed copy area of canopy signs shall not exceed an area equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the face area of the canopy (attached) or architectural projection upon which such sign is affixed or applied.
b. 
Graphic striping, patterns or color bands on the face of a building, canopy (attached) or architectural projection shall not be included in the computation of sign copy area.
2. 
Awning signs.
a. 
The copy area of awning signs shall not exceed an area equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the background area of the awning or awning surface to which such a sign is affixed or applied, or the permitted area for wall or facia signs, whichever is less.
b. 
Neither the background color of the awning, nor any graphic treatment or embellishment thereto such as striping, patterns or valances shall be included in the computation of sign copy area.
3. 
Projecting signs.
a. 
Projecting signs shall be permitted in lieu of freestanding signage on any street property frontage limited to one (1) sign per occupancy along any street property frontage with public entrance to such an occupancy, and shall be limited in height to eight (8) feet minimum and fifteen (15) feet maximum and that no such sign shall exceed an area of twelve (12) square feet.
b. 
Such signs shall not extend over a public sidewalk in excess of fifty percent (50%) of the width of sidewalk.
c. 
Such signs shall maintain a clear vertical distance above any public sidewalk a minimum of eight (8) feet.
4. 
Window signs. Window signs shall be permitted for any non-residential use in a residential district, and for all commercial, office warehouse and industrial districts.
5. 
Menu boards. Menu board signs shall not be permitted to exceed fifty (50) square feet.
6. 
Permanent mobile signs (no permit required). No sign may be attached to, or placed upon, a vehicle or trailer parked on public or private property, except for permanent mobile signs meeting the following conditions:
a. 
The primary purpose of such a vehicle or trailer is not the display of signs and the vehicle or trailer is not used primarily as a static display advertising a product or service, nor is the vehicle or trailer used for storage, shelter or distribution points for commercial products or services for the general public unless otherwise authorized by the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ozark.
b. 
The signs are magnetic, decals or painted upon an integral part of the vehicle or equipment as originally designed by the manufacturer.
c. 
The vehicle or trailer is in operating condition, currently registered and licensed to operate on public streets when applicable, and actively used or available for use in the daily function of the business to which such sign relates.
[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
A. 
Master Sign Plan Required. All landlord or single-owner controlled multiple-occupancy development complexes shall submit to the Code Official a master sign plan prior to issuance of new sign permits. The master sign plan shall establish standards and criteria for all signs in the complex that require permits and shall address, at a minimum, the following:
1. 
Proposed sign locations.
2. 
Materials.
3. 
Type of illumination.
4. 
Design of freestanding sign structures.
5. 
Size.
6. 
Quantity.
7. 
Uniform standards for non-business signage, including directional and informational signs.
B. 
Compliance With Master Sign Plan. All applications for sign permits for signage within a multiple-occupancy development complex shall comply with the master sign plan.
C. 
Amendments. Any amendments to a master sign plan must be signed and approved by the owner(s) within the development complex before such amendment will become effective.
[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
A. 
Temporary Signs. Temporary signs shall be allowed in accordance with Subsections (1) through (6) of this Subsection.
1. 
General provisions. The following temporary sign types are specifically allowed subject to the criteria and limitations set forth below. Each sign type shall require a permit issued by the Code Official unless the sign type is specifically exempted. All such permits shall be subject to the following further regulations:
a. 
Any balloons, streamers or pinwheels are prohibited except those temporarily displayed as a part of a special sale, promotion or community event.
b. 
The specific criteria and restrictions shall apply to a particular use (i.e. commercial or residential) in a Planned Unit Development (PUD) as provided in Section 405.410 of this Title unless the approved PUD plan contains other criteria or restrictions for signs within the specific PUD.
c. 
No sign shall be attached to any utility pole, public light standard, trees, rocks, natural features, flower boxes, perimeter or privacy walls, accessory structures, trash container or any other public facility located within the public right-of-way.
2. 
Real estate signs (no permit required). Real estate signs shall be allowed in all zoning districts, subject to the following limitations:
a. 
Real estate signs located on a single residential lot shall be limited to one (1) sign not greater than four (4) feet in height and six (6) square feet in area.
b. 
For the purpose of publicizing a property open house, outdoor, off-premises advertising signs are permitted to be displayed up to seventy-two (72) hours prior to the day of the open house. Outdoor, off-premises advertising signs shall not be displayed, placed or mounted in a public right-of-way or on private property without the property owner's permission.
[Ord. No. 14-049 §1, 12-1-2014]
c. 
Real estate signs advertising the sale of lots located within a subdivision shall be limited to one (1) sign per entrance to the subdivision, and each sign shall be no greater than thirty-two (32) square feet in area nor eight (8) feet in height. All signs allowed under this Section shall be removed when fifty percent (50%) of the project has been completed and replaced with a permanent development complex sign.
d. 
Real estate signs advertising the sale or lease of space within commercial, office warehouse or industrial buildings shall be no greater than thirty-two (32) square feet in area nor eight (8) feet in height, and shall be limited to one (1) sign per street front.
e. 
Real estate signs advertising the sale or lease of vacant commercial, office warehouse or industrial land shall be limited to one (1) sign per property frontage, and each sign shall be no greater than eight (8) feet in height, and thirty-two (32) square feet for property of ten (10) acres or less, or one hundred (100) square feet for property exceeding ten (10) acres.
f. 
Real estate signs in any zoning district shall be removed not later than ten (10) days after execution of a lease agreement in the event of a lease, or the closing of the sale in the event of a purchase.
3. 
Development and construction signs (no permit required). Signs temporarily erected during construction to inform the public of the developer, contractors, architects, engineers, the nature of the project or anticipated completion dates shall be allowed in all zoning districts, subject to the following limitations:
a. 
Such signs on a single residential lot shall be limited to one (1) sign not greater than six (6) square feet in area.
b. 
Such signs for a residential subdivision or multiple residential lots shall be limited to one (1) sign at each entrance to the subdivision or on one (1) of the lots to be built upon, and shall be no greater than eight (8) feet in height and thirty-two (32) square feet in area.
c. 
Such signs for non-residential uses in residential districts shall be limited to one (1) sign, and shall be no greater than eight (8) feet in height and thirty-two (32) square feet in area.
d. 
Such signs for commercial, office warehouse or industrial projects shall be limited to one (1) sign per property frontage, not to exceed eight (8) feet in height and thirty-two (32) square feet for projects on parcels five (5) acres or less in size, and not to exceed twelve (12) feet in height and sixty-four (64) square feet for projects on parcels larger than five (5) acres.
e. 
Development and construction signs may not be displayed until after the issuance of construction permits by the Building Official, and must be removed not later than twenty-four (24) hours following issuance of an occupancy permit for any or all portions of the project.
4. 
Banners (Permit Required). Signs temporarily displayed shall be allowed for non-residential uses in a residential district and for all commercial, office, warehouse and industrial districts subject to the following limitations:
[Ord. No. 17-060, 12-18-2017[1]]
a. 
Such signs shall be limited to one (1) sign per street front.
b. 
Such banner signs shall be displayed not more than thirty (30) consecutive days and not more than ninety (90) days per calendar year.
c. 
No sign shall be displayed without obtaining a new permit before each display period.
d. 
The total area of all such signs shall not exceed the thirty-two (32) square feet of area.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance provided for the renumbering of former Subsection (A)(4) through (9) as Subsection A(5) through (10).
5. 
Grand opening signs (no permit required). Signs temporarily displayed to advertise grand openings shall be allowed for non-residential uses in a residential district, and for all commercial, office warehouse and industrial districts subject to the following limitations:
a. 
Such signs shall be limited to one (1) sign per street front.
b. 
Such grand opening banner signs shall be displayed not more than thirty (30) consecutive days, to allow time for permanent signage to be erected.
c. 
The total area of all such signs shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet of area.
[Ord. No. 17-060, 12-18-2017]
6. 
Vertical infrastructure signs (no permit required). Vertical infrastructure not attached to a principal structure may have one (1) two-sided sign attached to the vertical structure not to exceed twelve (12) square feet as long as the vertical structure is capable and/or engineered to meet all structural requirements.
7. 
Civic signs (no permit required). A banner sign is allowed to temporarily display civic events within the City of Ozark, to include, but not limited to, outdoor sports facilities, parks and green spaces or upon private property with property owner's permission, which provides information, advertising sponsorship or other information relating to the civic event and shall have the following limitations:
a. 
The civic banner may be posted thirty (30) days prior to the event and must be removed within seventy-two (72) hours after the event.
b. 
A total of five (5) civic banners may be allowed per any given event.
c. 
Signs advertising a special community event shall not impair the safety and convenience of use of public rights-of-way, or obstruct traffic visibility.
8. 
Yard and/or portable sandwich board signs (no permit required). Such signs shall be allowed only in commercial, office warehouse and non-residential uses in a residential zoned district as designated in this Chapter, subject to the following limitations:
a. 
One (1) of each such sign is permitted per each ground-floor business.
b. 
All such signs displayed by businesses must be removed from public view daily at the close of business.
c. 
Sandwich board signs on private property shall not obstruct doorways and/or sidewalks.
d. 
Sandwich boards shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area and four (4) feet in height.
e. 
Yard signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area and four (4) feet in height.
f. 
Businesses that have "drive thru" service windows for the sale of goods shall be allowed three (3) additional yard signs for outside menu boards or the advertisement of products, which said signs are located within fifteen (15) feet of the primary structure.
g. 
Signs on a public right-of-way/sidewalk shall be required to maintain thirty-two (32) inches of sidewalk clearance for disabled accessibility (per ANSI 117.1 (2003)). No such sign shall obstruct pedestrian traffic or impede maintenance and/or snow or ice removal.
9. 
Political, ideological and non-commercial signs (no permit required). Political, ideological and non-commercial signs shall be allowed in all zoning districts, subject to the following limitations:
a. 
Signs in residential districts or upon a residential use in any district shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area.
b. 
Signs in all non-residential districts shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area.
c. 
Signs for election candidates, ballot propositions or holiday/special events shall only be displayed for only a period of sixty (60) days preceding the election or holiday/special event and shall be removed within ten (10) days after the election, holiday/special event except that signs promoting successful candidates or ballot propositions in a primary election may remain displayed until not more than ten (10) days after the general election.
10. 
Temporary Mobile Signs (No Permit Required). Temporary mobile signs may be allowed for a thirty-day period, not to exceed six (6) periods per calendar year.
[Ord. No. 17-060, 12-18-2017]
a. 
The primary purpose of such a vehicle or trailer is not the display of signs and the vehicle or trailer is not used primarily as a static display advertising a product or service, nor is the vehicle or trailer used for storage, shelter or distribution points for commercial products or services for the general public unless otherwise authorized by the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ozark.
b. 
The signs are temporarily affixed to the vehicle.
c. 
The vehicle or trailer is in operating condition, currently registered and licensed to operate on public streets when applicable, and actively used or available for use in the daily function of the business to which such sign relates.
d. 
A temporary mobile sign may be posted thirty (30) days prior to any promotional event and must be removed within seventy-two (72) hours after the event. Temporary mobile signs may be allowed a permit for a thirty (30) day period, not to exceed six (6) periods per calendar year.
e. 
Temporary mobile signs for election candidates, ballot propositions or holiday/special events shall only be displayed for a period of sixty (60) days preceding the election or holiday/special event and shall be removed within seventy-two (72) hours after the election, holiday/special event except that temporary mobile signs promoting successful candidates or ballot propositions in a primary election may remain displayed until not more than seventy-two (72) hours after the general election.
[Ord. No. 13-001 §1, 1-7-2013]
A. 
Unlawful Acts. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, alter, extend, expand, repair or move any sign, structure or equipment regulated by this Chapter, or cause same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter.
B. 
Notice Of Violation. The Code Official is authorized to serve a notice of violation or order on the person responsible for a violation of the provisions of this Chapter or in violation of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this Chapter. Such order shall direct the discontinuance of the illegal action or condition and the abatement of the violation within a specified, reasonable period of time.
C. 
Prosecution Of Violation. If the notice of violation is not complied with within the time specified in the notice of violation, the Code Official is authorized to issue a citation and request the City Prosecuting Attorney to institute the appropriate proceeding at law or in equity to punish, restrain, correct or abate such violation.
D. 
Removal Of Temporary Signs. In the event that the violation as set forth above consists of signage that has been placed and does not meet the requirements within this Chapter, the Code Official is hereby authorized to remove said signage and to notify the owner how and where the signs can be retrieved. If the owner of said signs cannot be determined or, after due notice, the owner fails to retrieve the signs, then the Code Official is authorized to dispose of said signs after a reasonable period of time.
[Ord. No. 17-060, 12-18-2017]
E. 
Penalties. Any person, firm or corporation found responsible for a violation of this Chapter shall be punished as provided in Section 100.220 of this Code.