City of Eureka, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 1681 §1, 3-4-2003; Ord. No. 1772 §1, 8-3-2004]
(a) 
Unless otherwise provided for, it shall be unlawful for any person to erect any sign without first obtaining a permit from the Building Commissioner and making payment of the fee as herein required.
(b) 
Applications for permits shall be submitted and accompanied by two (2) sets of plans showing proposed copy of sign with location, sign area, construction details, materials and illumination details, existing sign locations and sizes, if any. In addition, plans for monument signs (and pole signs if applicable) shall include the length of street frontages (and street facings if applicable) in linear feet, and plans for wall signs shall include building elevation with height and width dimensions shown for the face of the building that the sign is proposed to be installed upon. When proposing pole signs, the sign plan shall include the elevation of the proposed pole sign location and the adjacent Interstate 44 pavement elevation. The Interstate 44 pavement elevation measurement shall be at the closest point perpendicular to the subject sign location.
(c) 
All applications shall be signed by the owner of the building, structure or property.
(d) 
All illuminated signs shall be subject to the provisions of the Electric Code and permit fees required thereunder.
(e) 
Any permit issued will expire in six (6) months if construction is not completed or an extension has not been granted. Permits for temporary signs will expire at the end of allowable period as specified in Section 19A-18.
(f) 
The Building Commissioner shall deny a permit if the application shows the sign to be at variance with the regulations of this Chapter. Under the procedures outlined in Chapter 23, Article XIX, the applicant may pursue a variance from the Board of Adjustment.
(g) 
Assignment Of Sign Permits. A current or valid sign permit shall be freely assignable to a successor as owner of the property or holder of a business license for the same premises, subject only to filing such information with the Building Commissioner.
[Ord. No. 1681 §1, 3-4-2003]
Anyone denied a permit for a sign under the provisions of this Chapter, or who has been ordered by the City to remove any existing sign, may appeal to the Board of Adjustment as provided for in Article XIX of Chapter 23. Owners or operators of signage under appeal are not exempt from being issued violation citations, and whenever deemed possible and reasonable by the City, the owner or operator of same must remove the subject signage during the appeal process in accordance with Section 19A-6. In the event that the owner or operator fails to remove said signage, the City may remove the sign or order the sign to be removed at the expense of the owner or operator of same.
[Ord. No. 1681 §1, 3-4-2003]
A flat fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per sign permit will be charged and collected by the Building Commissioner upon filing of the application that, after permit issuance, shall not be refundable. In addition to the above fees, a charge of ten dollars ($10.00) will be assessed for each inspection performed by the Building Commissioner.
[Ord. No. 1681 §1, 3-4-2003; Ord. No. 1706 §1, 8-5-2003; Ord. No. 1712 §2, 8-19-2003; Ord. No. 2049 §§1 — 2, 7-11-2008]
(a) 
The following signs shall be exempt from permits and fees:
(1) 
Signs, banners and special displays of the United States, the State of Missouri, the City of Eureka, the Rockwood School District, the Eureka Fire Protection District or churches, schools, civic or fraternal organizations located within the Eureka City limits. Signs, banners and special displays for other governmental units and churches, schools, civic or fraternal organizations located outside of the Eureka City limits must be authorized by the Board of Aldermen. Signs of such entities may be erected in City right-of-way, other City-owned property and on other, off-site premises with the permission of the property owner for the explicit purpose of giving public notice of special events under the following conditions:
a. 
Signs erected in City right-of-way located adjacent to residentially utilized property shall have the permission of the adjacent property owner. Such signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in sign area nor a height of four (4) feet from the ground and should be removed within two (2) days after the special event is completed. The placement of such signs in State right-of-way is not allowed.
b. 
Signs erected in City right-of-way located adjacent to a commercial, industrial, planned commercial or planned industrial zoned property shall have the permission of the adjacent property owner. Such signs shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in sign area nor a height of six (6) feet from the ground and should be removed within two (2) days after the special event is completed. The placement of such signs in State right-of-way is not allowed.
(2) 
Banners or signs of the United States, the State of Missouri, the City of Eureka, the Rockwood School District or the Eureka Fire Protection District affixed to utility poles, provided approvals are received from the utilities and governmental units having jurisdiction over the poles and adjacent rights-of-way respectively. Banners or signs for other governmental units may be allowed if authorized by the Board of Aldermen.
(3) 
Construction information signs.
a. 
Development construction information signs. A maximum of two (2) for every twenty (20) acres or fraction thereof of the development site, each sign not to exceed forty-eight (48) square feet in outline area per facing, with the exception of Planned Residential District developments containing a minimum of five hundred (500) lots, whereby each sign may not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet in outline area. The maximum height of such signage shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height above the average existing finished grade elevation of the sign or the elevation of the adjacent street, whichever is higher. Such signage shall be removed within thirty (30) days after the last lot is sold within the development. In addition, such signage may only be erected on property owned or operated by the applicant.
[Ord. No. 2390 § 1, 9-20-2016]
b. 
Building construction information signs. For developments involving the construction, reconstruction or repair of multiple buildings in any "C", "M-1" or "M-2" zoning district, each individual building will be allowed one (1) building construction information sign not to exceed twenty-four (24) square feet in outline area per facing. The maximum height of such signage shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height above the average existing finished grade elevation of the sign or the elevation of the adjacent street, whichever is higher. Such signage shall be removed within thirty (30) days after the issuance of an occupancy permit. In addition, such signage may only be erected on property owned or operated by the applicant.
(4) 
Political signs.
(5) 
Signs allowed for all uses in "R-1", "R-2", "R-3", "R-4", "R-5", "LLRD" and "FP". One (1) sign not exceeding twelve (12) square feet in sign area shall be allowed. Such sign shall not exceed four (4) feet in height from the surrounding grade when the sign is erected as a freestanding sign. Such sign shall conform to the definitions of a banner, wall or monument sign as found in Section 19A-2. Also, two (2) additional signs, that are visible to the public and do not exceed four (4) square feet in sign area, shall be allowed. Such signs shall not exceed four (4) feet in height from the surrounding grade when the sign is erected as a freestanding sign. Such signs shall also conform to the definitions of a banner, wall or monument sign as found in Section 19A-2. No such signs shall be used to convey a commercial message with the exception that signs used to identify a garage sale or the sale/lease of the property upon which the sign is placed shall be allowed.
(6) 
Signs relative to the sale, lease or rental of property erected on the offered property as follows:
a. 
Commercial and industrial zones. One (1) sign having a maximum of seventy (70) square feet in outline area per facing. No sign shall exceed ten (10) feet in height from the surrounding grade to the highest point on the sign. In those cases where a parcel or lot has more than one (1) street frontage and/or street facing, one (1) sign may be placed on each street frontage and/or street facing.
b. 
In commercial and industrial zones, one (1) banner not exceeding thirty-two (32) square feet in maximum sign area shall be allowed in lieu of the requirements listed above. If a banner is erected for the purpose of advertising the sale, lease or rental of property in commercial or industrial zones, no other banners, as provided for in Section 19A-18, may be erected simultaneously. No banner shall be allowed to be placed upon a roof.
(7) 
Memorial signs or tablets, names of buildings and date of erection when cut into any masonry surface or when constructed of bronze or other incombustible materials.
(8) 
Occupational/identification signs. One (1) wall, non-illuminated sign or one (1) window sign not exceeding two (2) square feet in size displaying the name, occupation and/or service located upon the premises and the address.
(9) 
Signs erected inside a building excluding window and interior logo signs.
(10) 
Help wanted signs. One (1) sign advertising employment opportunities, located on the lot or parcel of the business advertising employment opportunities and not larger than eight (8) square feet. One (1) banner not exceeding thirty-two (32) square feet in maximum sign area shall be allowed in lieu of the requirements listed above. However, if a banner is erected for the purpose of advertising employment opportunities, no other banners, as provided for in Section 19A-18, may be erected simultaneously. No banner shall be allowed to be placed upon a roof.
(11) 
Open/closed signs and signs indicating business hours. Such signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet and shall contain no other information than that necessary to highlight business hours and the open/closed status of a business.
(12) 
Window signs.
(13) 
Special displays.
(14) 
Information signs. Placement of such signage shall not create any safety or traffic hazards.
(15) 
Daily advertising signs.
(16) 
Banner sign erected relative to the sale, lease or rental of multiple-family dwelling property.
(b) 
The following signs shall be exempt from fees. Sign permits shall be required.
(1) 
Monument and wall signs for non-residential uses located in "R-1", "R-2", "R-3", "R-4", R-5", "LLRD" and "FP" zoning districts.
(2) 
Flags. As allowed by Section 19A-19.
(3) 
Banners. As allowed by Section 19A-18.
[Ord. No. 1681 §1, 3-4-2003]
The Building Commissioner may revoke any sign permit which violates any provision of this Chapter, or which has been secured by subterfuge, or is void, or which has been issued by mistake, misunderstanding or error of the City.