[R.O. 2003 §420.010; Ord. No. 487 §10.1, 11-14-1991]
The purpose of this Chapter is to regulate the construction, alteration and maintenance of all signs so as to protect the property values as well as the character of the various Zoning Districts in the City, to protect health, safety, and morals and to promote the public welfare. It is the intention of this Chapter to regulate the construction and maintenance of all signs, both for appearance and safety and to provide for the removal of unsafe, unsightly and unlawful signs. The provisions of this Chapter shall apply within the City limits of Buckner, Missouri.
[R.O. 2003 §420.020; Ord. No. 487 §10.2, 11-14-1991]
For the purpose of this Chapter, certain terms or words used herein shall be interpreted or defined as follows, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
- APPROVED COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL
- Wood, or materials not more combustible than wood and those plastics which, when tested in accordance with American Society for Testing Materials standard methods for test flammability of plastics over 0.050 inch in thickness (D635-44), burn no faster than two and one-half (2 1/2) inches per minute in sheets of 0.060 inch thickness.
- Any structure entirely supported by the wall or canopy to which it is attached and which is covered by canvas, cloth or other similar temporary material and/or which can be retracted or rolled to the structure by which it is supported.
- Any off-premises sign that contains more than one hundred (100) square feet in surface area or any one (1) sign face.
- Any structure other than an awning attached to a building at the inner end and projected outward either supported or cantilevered. A portico shall be considered a canopy for the purpose of this Chapter.
- Land that touches other land with no intervening street, alley, or other public way.
- DEVICE, ATTENTION-ATTRACTING
- Banners, pennants, streamers, wind-operating mechanisms, flashing lights and any other type of fluttering or flashing object designed or intended to attract the attention of the public, but shall not include three-dimensional signs or those otherwise defined under this Chapter.
- To build, construct, attach, hang, place, suspend or affix a sign to a wall, pole or structure.
- FACING or SURFACE
- Any area of a sign upon, against or through which the advertising message is displayed or illustrated on the sign, including structural trim, which displays or upon which is displayed any graphic, message, name or symbol of any kind for the purpose of advertising, announcing, directing or attracting attention from the outside of a building and which can be seen from a single location on an adjacent street, provided that the ends or thickness of a sign shall not be counted as a separate sign face unless an advertising message is displayed thereon.
- A piece of cloth or other flexible material varying in size, shape, color and design, usually attached at one (1) edge to a staff or cord and used as the symbol of a nation, state or city. May also be imprinted with an advertising message or design.
- The length of the lot along the abutting street. The front of a lot abutting more than one (1) street is considered separate for each street.
- Turning and stopping action of the sections of a multi-prism sign designed to show several messages in the same area.
- JUNIOR POSTER PANEL
- A freestanding, off-premises sign with less than one hundred (100) square feet of surface area on each sign face.
- Any individual, firm, agency, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- That portion of a lot of record or building occupied by a single occupant, exclusive of common area, if any, shared with adjacent occupants. Permitted sign area shall be separately calculated for multi-tenant, commercial buildings only when said tenants have a separate entrance for their exclusive use.
- SHOPPING CENTER
- Any area containing four (4) or more shops, stores and other places of businesses and providing off-street parking facilities in common for all of the businesses and their customers.
- A device, flag, illustration, structure or part of a structure, including structural trim, which displays or upon which is displayed any graphic, message, name or symbol of any kind for the purpose of advertising or promoting the interest of any service, establishment, product or person. A cross or other religious symbol on a religious building or site shall not be considered a sign. Sign supports are not a part of the sign for the purpose of computing dimension.
- SIGN, ANIMATED
- Any sign which includes action or motion. For purposes of this Chapter, this term does not refer to flashing, changing or indexing, all of which are separately defined.
- SIGN AREA
- The area of the sign face. The "sign area" of a multi-faced sign is the sum of the sign areas of each face, including structural trim which can be seen from a single location on an adjacent street and which displays or upon which is displayed any graphic, message, name or symbol of any kind for the purpose of advertising, announcing, directing or attracting attention from the outside of the building. If a sign or letters are attached to building or suspended in any manner whereby there is no apparent trim or confining border, the sign area shall be computed by drawing imaginary straight lines around generally rectangular margins and measuring the area so encompassed by these lines.
- SIGN AWNING AND CANOPY
- A sign attached to or illustrated on a canopy or awning, respectively.
- SIGN, CHANGEABLE (AUTOMATIC)
- An electronically or electrically controlled time, temperature and date sign, message center or reader board, where different copy changes are shown on the same location.
- SIGN, CHANGEABLE COPY (MANUAL)
- A sign on which copy or sign panels may be changed manually in the field, such as boards with changeable letters or changeable pictorial panels.
- SIGN, CONSTRUCTION
- A temporary sign used during construction of new buildings or reconstruction of or additions to existing buildings, such as those identifying the project and denoting the owner, architect, engineer, contractor and/or financing institution of the project.
- SIGN, CREDIT CARD OR CHARGE PLATE
- Any sign advertising the acceptance of, or being a replica of any credit card plate whether national, local or otherwise.
- SIGN, DIRECTIONAL
- A sign which indicates a direction for vehicular or pedestrian traffic or other movement.
- SIGN, FLASHING
- Any sign which contains an intermittent or flashing light source, or which includes the illusion of intermittent or flashing light by means of animation, or an externally mounted intermittent light source. Automatic changing signs such as public service time, temperature and date signs or electronically controlled message centers are classed as "changeable signs" not "flashing signs."
- SIGN, FLUTTERING
- A sign which flutters and includes pennants, banners, non-official governmental flags or other flexible material which moves with the wind or by some artificial means.
- SIGN, FREESTANDING
- Any sign erected, constructed or maintained for the purpose of indicating the name of the business, services, articles and products offered when such sign is supported by one (1) or more uprights, posts, poles or braces placed upon or affixed in the ground and not attached to any building. (i.e., garage sale, real estate, and auction signs).
- SIGN, GROUND
- Any detached sign on the same lot or parcel for the purpose of indicating the name of the business, service, article or product offered, and which has its bottom portion erected upon or supported by the ground, a ground planter box or other support, and which is permanently attached.
- SIGN, INSTITUTIONAL OR GOVERNMENTAL
- A sign identifying an institution or government facility.
- SIGN, MEMORIAL OR TABLET
- A sign that denotes the name of a building or site, date of erection, historical significance, dedication or other similar information.
- SIGN, NONCONFORMING
- A legal "nonconforming sign" is a sign, including the framework and support which was lawful when constructed, but has become nonconforming as a result of this Chapter an amendment to this Chapter. No legal nonconforming sign shall be extended, enlarged or structurally altered; however, nonstructural alterations, maintenance or modifications designed to improve the appearance of the sign are permitted and encouraged.
- SIGN, OCCUPATIONAL AND/OR IDENTIFICATION
- A sign identifying the name of an organization and/or person(s) occupying a building.
- SIGN, OFF-PREMISES
- All signs which advertise a product or business not located on the same lot of record, planned unit development, or premises as the sign.
- SIGN, ON-SITE INFORMATIONAL
- A sign located on a commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, or other site which gives parking, fire protection, traffic flow (other than directional signs), height clearance, pedestrian or other similar information and which does not advertise the business or use located on said site, except for drive-in restaurant menu signs which are permitted.
- SIGN, POLITICAL
- A temporary sign advocating or opposing any political proposition or candidate for public office.
- SIGN PORTABLE
- A sign that is temporarily affixed to one (1) location and which has the capability of being moved from (1) location to another that is not a part of a self-propelled vehicle, said vehicle being designed to perform other ordinary functions other than being a sign. (A trailer is not a self-propelled vehicle if it must be attached to another self-propelled vehicle.)
- SIGN, PROJECTING
- A sign, other than a wall sign, which is attached to and projects from a structure or building face. The area of double-faced projecting signs are calculated on one (1) face of the sign only.
- SIGN, REAL ESTATE
- A sign pertaining only to the prospective rental, lease, or sale of the property on which it is located.
- SIGN, ROOF
- Any sign erected upon, against or directly above a roof or on top of or above the parapet of a building.
- SIGN STRUCTURE
- The sign and all parts associated with its construction.
- SIGN, SUBDIVISION
- Any entry sign identifying a subdivision entry, subdivision name and/or street names within the subdivision.
- SIGN, SUBDIVISION REAL ESTATE
- A temporary real estate sign advertising an entire residential subdivision.
- SIGN WALL
- A sign attached to or erected against a wall of a building, with the face parallel to the building wall and extending not more than one (1) foot therefrom, including signs attached to a mansard or similar decorative roof.
- A specified period not exceeding sixty (60) days.
- ZONING ADMINISTRATOR
- Public Works Superintendent or his designee.
[R.O. 2003 §420.030; Ord. No. 487 §10.3, 11-14-1991]
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, structurally alter, or relocate any sign or other advertising structure in the City without first obtaining a permit and making payment of the fee required in Section 420.200, except for the following, which are exempt from this permit Section:
Real estate signs.
Memorial signs or tablets.
Traffic or other municipal signs, legal notices, railroad crossing signs, danger and temporary emergency signs, private road, or no trespassing signs.
Subdivision entrance signs.
Copy change on legal existing signs.
Flags of the United States, State of Missouri and City of Buckner.
Garage sale and auction signs.
Price signs less than one (1) square foot in area.
Church bulletin boards or signs.
[R.O. 2003 §420.040; Ord. No. 487 §10.4, 11-14-1991]
All signs permitted under this Chapter shall be constructed only of approved combustible materials.
[R.O. 2003 §420.050; Ord. No. 487 §10.5, 11-14-1991]
The following types of signs and devices shall be prohibited, except as noted in the special display Section 420.070(A)(8):
Paper, cardboard or other similar non-permanent material signs located outside of a building, except for signs not requiring a permit.
[R.O. 2003 §420.060; Ord. No. 487 §10.6, 11-14-1991]
Any sign existing on November 14, 1991, shall be governed by the following provisions of this Section:
Existing church bulletin boards and signs, institutional or governmental signs, memorial signs, or tablet signs shall not be affected by this Chapter, except that should said signs be removed, replaced or substantially altered, they shall be brought into conformity with this Chapter.
It shall be unlawful to enlarge, structurally alter or relocate off premises any existing sign, except in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.
Any legal nonconforming permanent sign shall within a period of twenty-five (25) years be made to comply with all of the provisions hereof together with all other ordinances of the City applicable thereto, or be removed.
[R.O. 2003 §420.070; Ord. No. 487 §10.7, 11-14-1991]
Subject to limitations hereinafter set forth, the following signs shall be permitted in Residential Districts:
Church bulletin boards.
Institutional or governmental signs.
Memorial signs or tablet signs.
Real estate signs.
Subdivision real estate signs.
Subdivision entrance signs.
On-site informational signs.
Flags of the United States, State of Missouri, and City of Buckner.
Signs which prohibit trespassing or indicate private premises, driveways or roads.
Garage sale and auction signs.
[R.O. 2003 §420.080; Ord. No. 487 §10.8, 11-14-1991]
Subject to limitations hereinafter set forth, only the following signs shall be permitted in Zoning Districts C-1, C-2 and C-3:
[R.O. 2003 §420.090; Ord. No. 487 §10.9, 11-14-1991]
[R.O. 2003 §420.100; Ord. No. 487 §10.10, 11-14-1991; Ord. No. 802, 8-7-2008]
The following standards and conditions shall be applicable to the signs listed herein:
Construction signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
One such sign, not exceeding thirty-two (32) square feet in surface area and a height not exceeding eight (8) feet above street level shall be permitted on the work site of each street frontage, the signs shall be removed upon completion of the work.
Signs identifying mechanics, painters, architects, general contractor, engineers and similar artisans and workmen, which are attached to or on trailers on the site of construction shall be permitted; provided that upon completion of the project, the trailer and signs must be promptly removed.
Construction signs and construction trailers with signs on said trailer shall not be placed on construction sites until an application for a building permit on the subject site has been approved by the City.
Directional signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
All sign supports and frames shall be of a permanent material.
Signs may be double-faced not to exceed six (6) square feet per face. Said dimensions shall be exclusive of sign trim or supports.
Signs shall be located so as not to obstruct the view of motorists.
At least fifty percent (50%) of any directional sign face shall contain one of the following words, phrases or similar traffic directions:
"Entrance" or "Entrance only."
"Exit" or "Exit Only."
"Do Not Enter."
"No Exit" or "No Entrance."
"Right Turn Only" or "No Left Turn."
"Loading Area," "Parcel Pickup Area" or "Loading Zone."
"Service Vehicles Only" or "No Trucks."
In the remaining fifty percent (50%) of the sign face, there may be provided the name of the business center, development or name of the business center, development or name of the use or building, trademark, logo or similar matter.
There shall be no more than two (2) such signs per entry/exit unless said entry/exit is divided by a raised median, in which case each side shall be treated as separate entry/exit.
Church/institutional/governmental signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
Shall not be over thirty-six (36) square feet in sign area, nor exceed a total height of seven (7) feet above grade at its base.
No more than (1) sign shall be placed on each road frontage.
Shall be located only on the property of a governmental agency or on not-for-profit institutional property.
No direct light shall be cast upon any residential property from sign illumination.
Memorial signs or tablet signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
All preexisting memorial or tablet signs are exempt from this Chapter.
Any new memorial or tablet sign shall not exceed six (6) square feet unless such signs or tablets are placed by ordinance of, or commission of the United States Government, State of Missouri, Jackson County, or the City of Buckner, or agencies thereof.
Real estate, garage sale and auction signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
Not greater than eight (8) square feet per sign face in residential districts, or thirty-two (32) square feet per sign face in all other districts, which shall not be included in the calculation of other permitted sign sizes on a building or site.
Real estate, garage sale and auction signs giving directions, located on the premises which they do not pertain shall not be in use more than forty-eight (48) hours per week.
Garage sale, real estate, auction, or any sign giving direction to premises which they do not pertain shall not be attached to any pole, tree, building, or support that does not belong to the individual or individuals placing the signs.
Special displays shall be subject to the following restrictions:
Temporary signs pertaining to special events may be displayed by any church, not-for-profit institution or governmental agency, provided that such signs are not displayed for a period longer than fifteen (15) days, nor shall any such sign be permitted more often than once each sixty (60) days, nor shall such sign be larger than two hundred (200) square feet.
Temporary advertising devices, such as banners, pennants affixed to poles, wires or ropes and streamers, wind-operated mechanisms and any other type of fluttering device when used for special occasions, may be used no used no more than sixty (60) days per year.
Portable signs not exceeding forty (40) square feet for grand openings, not to exceed thirty (30) days.
The name or logo of the business shall appear on the special display.
Subdivision real estate signs shall not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet per sign face and shall be maintained in good repair and shall be removed when ninety-five percent (95%) of the lots in said subdivision have been sold, subject to the following conditions:
Subdivision entrance signs shall conform to standards for ground signs and shall be subject to the following restrictions:
May be illuminated, provided such illumination does not shine directly onto adjacent residences.
[R.O. 2003 §420.110; Ord. No. 487 §10.11, 11-14-1991]
Wall, awning and canopy signs, projecting and roof signs relating only to service, name of business, articles and products offered within the building or store to which the sign is attached shall be permitted, providing:
Shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the area of the largest exposed wall of the building on which the sign(s) is/are to be installed and shall not extend above the roof line more than four (4) feet. The area limitation shall include any special display such as banners.
A wall sign shall not project beyond the plane of the wall for a distance of more than twelve (12) inches except for wall signs mounted on a mansard roof.
Shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the area of the building wall on which signs are installed, including the area of a roof sign.
[R.O. 2003 §420.120; Ord. No. 487 §10.12, 11-14-1991]
Occupational and/or Identification signs shall be subject to the Zoning Regulations of the City of Buckner, Missouri. (See Chapter 400 of this Code.)
[R.O. 2003 §420.130; Ord. No. 487 §10.13, 11-14-1991]
Ground signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
Located so as to not obstruct vision at an intersection or a vehicular entry or exit from the property.
May be supported by posts or poles that are not less than six (6) inches and do not exceed a height of two (2) feet plus a planter box, if used. The sign shall not exceed a height of six (6) feet above the prevailing grade, nor a length of eight (8) feet.
The maximum size of ground signs shall be forty-eight (48) square feet.
[R.O. 2003 §420.140; Ord. No. 487 §10.14, 11-14-1991]
Freestanding signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
One (1) freestanding sign shall be allowed for each building fronting a public street. The foregoing, however, is subject to the specific provisions of this Chapter regarding the total number of signs allowed for each business, as provided for in Section 420.170 of this Chapter.
The bottom of the signs shall be at least eight (8) feet above the main ground level on which the sign is placed, and shall not exceed a height of thirty-five (35) feet above the nearest adjacent street level.
Every freestanding sign shall be constructed and anchored securely and meet the following specifications:
A freestanding sign may have an area of sixty (60) square feet, or three-fourths (3/4) square feet of sign face for every foot of frontage of the business advertised, whichever is greater; however, the maximum allowable size for any freestanding sign shall be one hundred (100) square feet.
The sign must be so located that no part of it projects beyond a one-foot setback line from the property line of the street on which it abuts, or closer than one (1) foot to an interior property line.
[R.O. 2003 §420.150; Ord. No. 487 §10.15, 11-14-1991]
[R.O. 2003 §420.160; Ord. No. 487 §10.16, 11-14-1991]
Billboards shall not be permitted in the City of Buckner.
[R.O. 2003 §420.170; Ord. No. 487 §10.17, 11-14-1991]
All wall, projecting, roof, freestanding and ground signs shall be governed by the following restrictions:
There shall be no more than two (2) different types of signs on the same side/top of a building or site frontage, except: on multi-tenant building and shopping centers, a freestanding sign shall be permitted for every three hundred (300) feet of frontage or fraction thereof.
The total signage of all signs except freestanding and ground signs shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the area of the largest exposed wall.
[R.O. 2003 §420.180; Ord. No. 487 §10.18, 11-14-1991]
Except as hereinafter provided, all signs shall be subject to the following general construction standards and maintenance standards:
The Zoning Administrator, or his designee, shall initiate the necessary procedures to remove any sign of immediate danger or hazard to persons or property, as provided in Chapter 505, Building Code, relating to the abatement of dangerous buildings.
No signs or other advertising structure regulated by this Chapter shall be erected in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision; or at any location where, by reason of its position, shape or color, it may interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device; or which makes use of the words "stop," "look," "drive-in," "danger," or any word, phrase, symbol or character in such a manner as to interfere with, mislead or confuse traffic.
All outdoor signs and supports shall be weather-resistant and shall be maintained in good repair so as to prevent rust, peeling, flaking or fading. Broken panels, missing letters, flaking or peeling paint and other visual damage to a sign shall be repaired within forty-five (45) days of notice to repair.
Illuminated signs shall be subject to the following restrictions: All illumination shall be oriented so as to prevent casting light onto residential properties.
Signs to be removed from premises: Any on-premises sign which advertises a business no longer conducted or a product no longer sold on the premises or lot shall be removed by the owner, agent, or person having beneficial use of the premises or lot upon which the sign is erected within thirty (30) days after the business or product is no longer in operation or being produced or sold on premises, or within ten (10) days of notification from the Zoning Administrator, or his designee, whichever occurs first.
All signs on a single parcel or lot occupied by multi-tenants and all signs in a commercial or industrial planned unit development shall be subject to the following restrictions:
Shall be of uniform height, proportions, background color(s), materials and location in relationship to the business and generally uniform thickness, appearance and illumination.
For any new building or for any existing building which is more than fifty percent (50%) vacant, and which does not have approved uniform standards, the building owner shall submit with, or prior to, the first or (or next) sign permit application, a list of requested uniform standards for said building for approval. No sign permit shall be issued except in conformity with the uniform standards.
Nonconforming signs owned by tenants under a current lease in a multi-tenant building shall not be affected.
Non-governmental signs shall not be allowed to be placed upon street right-of-way and any so located must be removed within sixty (60) days after passage or notification by the Zoning Administrator.
[R.O. 2003 §420.190; Ord. No. 487 §10.19, 11-14-1991; Ord. No. 1255, 10-4-2012]
It shall be unlawful to erect, relocate, alter, post or otherwise display any signs or signage on property designated and zoned as commercial property without making application, submitting a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), and obtaining the approval from the City Clerk. Prior to approval, a proposed photograph or artist's rendering of the sign(s) must be submitted with the application, and no sign(s)/signage shall be erected, relocated, altered, posted or otherwise displayed without the required permit.
Any person found guilty of this or any provision of this Section shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation and shall be subject to a fine of up to five hundred ($500.00) dollars and/or incarceration for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days.
[R.O. 2003 §420.200; Ord. No. 487 §10.20, 11-14-1991]
Application for any permit shall be subject to the following conditions:
Application for any permit required for any sign not included in Section 420.060 hereof, shall be made upon forms provided by the Zoning Administrator.
Fees for processing the application and sign inspection shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00), which sum is nonrefundable after the application is submitted.
The Zoning Administrator shall, within fifteen (15) days, review said permit application and either approve or reject and return same to applicant or make it otherwise available to the applicant.
If the work authorized under any sign permit has not been completed within six (6) months after the date of approval, it shall become null and void.
[R.O. 2003 §420.210; Ord. No. 487 §10.21, 11-14-1991]
Violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter is hereby declared to be unlawful; and, except as provided elsewhere herein, the Zoning Administrator, or his designee, shall be responsible for the enforcement of this Chapter, and may at any time he deems necessary, inspect any sign structure regulated by this Chapter.
Written Notice To Be Given Of Violations. If it is found that a sign is in violation of this Chapter, the Zoning Administrator, or his designee, shall give written notice to the owner of the sign; or if the owner cannot be located within thirty (30) days by the Zoning Administrator, to the owner of the premises on which the sign is located; or if the sign erection is not complete, to the sign erector stating that failure to comply, or to make good faith efforts to comply with the terms of this notice shall constitute grounds for the Zoning Administrator to initiate prosecution or enforcement in the appropriate judicial forum as determined by the City Attorney.
[R.O. 2003 §420.220; Ord. No. 487 §10.22, 11-14-1991]
Within the purview of its jurisdiction, the Board of Zoning Adjustment is empowered to review or modify the Zoning Administrator's, or his designee's order or determination with respect to signs covered by this Chapter and may consider variances as provided by State Statutes.
[R.O. 2003 §420.230; Ord. No. 487 §10.23, 11-14-1991; Ord. No. 1255, 10-4-2012]
It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any provisions of this Chapter.
Any person found guilty of any provision of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation and shall be subject to a fine of up to five hundred ($500.00) dollars and/or incarceration for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days.