city ordinances – chapter 13

SIGN REGULATIONS

SEC. 13.01. OBJECTIVES.

SEC. 13.01. OBJECTIVES.

Subd. 1. To establish standards which permit businesses a reasonable and equitable opportunity to advertise.

Subd. 2. To preserve and promote civic beauty and prohibit signs which would detract from this objective because of size, shape, height, location, condition, cluttering or illumination.

Subd. 3. To insure that signs do not create safety hazards.

Subd. 4. To preserve and protect property values.

SEC. 13.02. CONFLICT WITH ZONING CHAPTER.

SEC. 13.02. CONFLICT WITH ZONING CHAPTER. If there is a conflict between this Chapter and the Zoning Chapter, the Zoning Chapter shall prevail.

SEC. 13.03. DEFINITIONS.

SEC. 13.03. DEFINITIONS. The following terms, as used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings stated:

1. “Advertising Signs” – A sign used to advertise products, goods or services not exclusively related to the premise on which the sign is located.

2. “Address Sign” – A sign communicating only a street address.

3. “Alteration” – Any major alteration to a sign excluding routine maintenance, painting or change of copy.

4. “Area Identification Sign” – A freestanding sign identifying the name of a single or two-family residential subdivision consisting of twenty (20) or more lots; a residential planned unit development; a multiple residential complex consisting of three (3) or more independent operations; a single business consisting of three (3) or more separate structures; a manufactured home court; or any integrated combination of the above. The sign shall only identify an area, complex or development and shall not, unless approved by the Council, contain the name of individual owners or tenants. The sign may not contain advertising.

5. “Awning” – A temporary hood or cover projecting from the wall of a building, and which can be retracted, folded or collapsed against the face of a supporting building.

6. “Banners” – Attention getting devices which resemble flags and are of a paper, cloth or plastic-like consistency.

7. “Bench Signs” – A sign affixed to a bench such as at a bus stop.

8. “Billboard” – An advertising sign.

9. “Building Facade” – That portion of the exterior elevation of a building extending from grade to the top of the parapet wall or eaves and the entire width of the building elevation.

10. “Business Sign” – Sign identifying a business or group of businesses, either retail or wholesale, or any sign identifying a profession or used in the identification or promotion of any principal commodity or service, including entertainment, offered or sold upon the premises where the sign is located.

11. “Campaign Sign” – A temporary sign promoting the candidacy of a person running for governmental office, or promoting an issue to be voted on at a governmental election.

12. “Canopy Sign” – Message or identification affixed to a canopy or marquee that provides a shelter or cover over the approach to any building entrance.

13. “Construction Sign” – A sign at a construction site identifying the project or the name of the architect, engineer, contractor, financier or other involved parties.

14. “Directional Sign” – A sign erected with the address and/or name of a business, institution, church or other use or activity plus directional arrows or information on location.

15. “Directory Sign” – An exterior informational wall sign identifying the names of businesses served by a common public entrance in a shopping center or office building.

16. “Flashing Sign” – An illuminated sign upon which the artificial light is not kept constant in terms of intensity or color when the sign is illuminated.

17. “Freestanding Sign” – Self-supported sign not affixed to another structure.

18. “Identification Sign” – A sign which identifies the business, owner, manager, resident or address of the premises where the sign is located and which contains no other material.

19. “Illuminated Sign” – Sign illuminated by an artificial light source either directed upon it or illuminated from an interior source.

20. “Informational Sign” – Any sign giving information to employees, visitors or delivery vehicles, but containing no advertising or identification. Gas price and menu board signs are informational signs and shall not be included in calculating the size limitations imposed within the respective zoning district.

21. “Institutional Sign” – A sign identifying the name and other characteristics of a public or semi-public institution on the premises where the sign is located.

22. “Integral Sign” – A sign carrying the name of a building, its date of erection, monumental citations, commemorative tablets and the like when carved into stone, concrete or similar material or made of bronze, aluminum or other permanent type of construction and made an integral part of the structure.

23. “Marquee” – A canopy.

24. “Menu Board” – A sign containing a food price list for restaurant customers, but containing no advertising or identification.

25. “Motion Sign” – Any sign which revolves, rotates, has moving parts or gives the illusion of motion.

26. “Nonprofit Organization” – A corporation formed under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 317, a church or community or civic group.

27. “Parapet” – A low wall which is located on a roof of a building.

28. “Portable Sign” – A sign designed to be movable from one location to another and which is not permanently attached to the ground, sales display device, or structure.

29. “Projecting Sign” – A sign, other than a wall sign, which is affixed to a building and perpendicular from the building wall.

30. “Public Entrance” – Passage or opening which affords entry and access to the general public.

31. “Public Entrance, Common” – A public entrance providing access for the use and benefit of two (2) or more tenants or building occupants.

32. “Reader Board” – A sign with an electronic changing message.

33. “Real Estate Sign” – A business sign placed upon property advertising that particular property for sale or rent.

34. “Roof Line” – The top of the coping or, when the building has a pitched roof, the intersection of the outside wall with the roof.

35. “Roof Sign” – Sign erected, constructed or attached wholly or in part upon or over the roof of a building.

36. “Sign” – Use of words, numerals, figures, devices or trade marks by which anything is made known such as individuals, firms, professionals, businesses, services or products and which is visible to the general public.

37. “Sign Area” – The area within the marginal lines of the surface of a sign which bear the advertisement or, in the case of messages, figures or symbols attached directly to a building or sign structure, that area which is included in the smallest rectangle or series of geometric figures used to circumscribe the message, figure or symbol displayed thereon.

38. “Sign, Maximum Height of” – The vertical distance from the grade to the top of the sign.

39. “Sign Structure” – The supports, uprights, bracing and framework for a sign including the sign area.

40. “Street Frontage” – The proximity of a parcel of land to one or more streets. An interior lot has one (1) street frontage and a corner lot has two (2) or more frontages.

41. “Temporary Sign” – A sign erected or displayed for a specified period of time.

42. “Wall Sign” – A sign affixed to the exterior wall of a building and which is parallel to the building wall. A wall sign does not project more than twelve (12) inches from the surface to which it is attached, nor extend beyond the top of the parapet wall.

43. “Wall Graphics” – A sign painted directly on an exterior wall.

44. “Window Sign” – A sign affixed to or inside of a window in view of the general public. This does not include merchandise on display.

SEC. 13.04. EXISTING SIGNS AND NON-CONFORMING SIGNS.

SEC. 13.04. EXISTING SIGNS AND NON-CONFORMING SIGNS.

Subd. 1. Except for signs determined to create a public safety hazard due to content or due to disrepair and condition, or illegally established signs, all legally established signs existing upon the effective date of this Chapter shall not be enlarged or reconstructed, but may be continued at the size and in the manner of operation existing upon such date.

Subd. 2. A non-conforming sign may not be:

A. Structurally altered except to bring it into compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.

B. Enlarged.

C. Re-established after its removal or discontinuance.

D. Repaired or otherwise restored, unless the damage is to less than fifty (50) percent of sign structure.

E. Replaced.

Subd. 3. Non-Conforming Sign Maintenance and Repair. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed as relieving the owner or user of a legal non-conforming sign or owner of the property on which the legal non-conforming sign is located from the provisions of this Chapter regarding safety, maintenance, and repair of signs; provided, however, that any repainting, cleaning, and other normal maintenance or repair of the sign or sign structure shall not modify the sign structure or copy in any way which makes it more non-conforming or the sign shall lose its legal non- conforming status.

Subd. 4. Non-Conforming Uses. When the principal use of land is legally non-conforming under the Zoning Chapter, all existing or proposed signs in conjunction with that land, shall be considered conforming if they are in compliance with the sign provisions for the most restrictive zoning district in which the principal use is allowed.

 

SEC. 13.05. GENERAL PROVISIONS.

SEC. 13.05. GENERAL PROVISIONS.

Subd. 1. The design and construction standards as set forth in Chapter 4 of the 1973 Edition of the Uniform Building Code, as may be amended, are hereby adopted.

Subd. 2. The installation of electrical signs shall be subject to the State’s Electrical Code. Electrical service to such sign shall be underground.

Subd. 3. Signs containing noncommercial speech are permitted anywhere that advertising or business signs are permitted, subject to the same regulations applicable to such signs.

Subd. 4. Signs shall not create a hazard to the safe, efficient movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. No private sign shall contain words which might be construed as traffic controls, such as “Stop”, “Caution”, “Warning”, unless the sign is intended to direct traffic on the premises.

Subd. 5. Signs and sign structures shall be properly maintained and kept in a safe condition. Sign or sign structures which are rotted, unsafe, deteriorated or defaced shall be repainted, repaired or replaced by the licensee, owner or agent of the building upon which the sign stands.

Subd. 6. No sign shall be attached or be allowed to hang from any building until all necessary wall and roof attachments have been approved by the Building Official.

Subd. 7. No signs, guys, stays, or attachments shall be erected, placed or maintained on rocks, fences or trees nor interfere with any electric light, power, telephone or telegraph wires or the supports thereof.

Subd. 8. The use of search lights, banners, pennants and similar devices shall require a license. The license shall be valid for no more than fifteen (15) consecutive days. No more than two (2) licenses per business shall be granted during any twelve (12) month period.

Subd. 9. Illuminated signs shall be shielded to prevent lights from being directed at oncoming traffic in such brilliance that it impairs the vision of the driver. Nor shall such signs interfere with or obscure an official traffic sign or signal. This includes indoor signs which are visible from public streets.

Subd. 10. Except for legal, non-conforming portable signs existing prior to the effective date of this Chapter, portable signs may not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet and may not be illuminated with any flashing device. Use of a portable sign shall require a license. The license shall be valid for no more than fifteen (15) consecutive days. No more than two (2) licenses per business shall be granted during any twelve (12) month period.

Subd. 11. No sign or sign structure shall be closer to any lot line than a distance equal to one-half (1/2) the minimum required yard setback. No sign shall be placed within any drainage or utility easement.

Subd. 12. Signs requiring licenses shall display in a conspicuous manner the license sticker or sticker number.

Subd. 13. No sign or sign structure shall be erected or maintained that prevents free ingress or egress from any door, window or fire escape. No sign or sign structure shall be attached to a standpipe or fire escape.

Subd. 14. A freestanding sign or sign structure constructed so that the faces are not back to back, shall not have an angle separating the faces exceeding twenty (20) degrees unless the total area of both sides added together does not exceed the maximum allowable sign area for that district.

Subd. 15. Signs prohibited in residential districts shall be positioned so that the copy is not visible from residential uses or districts along adjoining side and rear yard property lines.

Subd. 16. Except for farm buildings, at least one (1) address sign identifying the correct property number as assigned by the City shall be required on each principal building in all districts. The number shall be at least three (3) inches in height.

SEC. 13.06. PERMITTED AND PROHIBITED SIGNS.

SEC. 13.06. PERMITTED AND PROHIBITED SIGNS.

Subd. 1. Permitted Signs. The following signs are allowed without a permit:

A. Public Signs. Signs of a public, non-commercial nature, including safety signs, directional signs to public facilities, trespassing signs, traffic signs, signs indicating scenic or historical points of interest, memorial plaques and the like, when erected by or on behalf of a public official or employee in the performance of official duty.

B. Identification Signs. Identification signs not exceeding three (3) square feet.

C. Informational Signs. Informational signs not exceeding sixteen (16) square feet.

D. Directional Signs.

1. On-Premise Signs. Shall not be larger than four (4) square feet. The number of signs shall not exceed four (4) unless approved by the Council.

2. Off-Premise Signs.

(a)    In all zoning districts except the B-5, Central Business District or the PUD, Planned Unit Development District, such signs shall be limited to situations where access is confusing and traffic safety could be jeopardized or traffic could be inappropriately routed through residential streets.  The size and design of the sign shall be approved by the Council and shall contain no advertising.

(b)   Businesses located in the B-5, Central Business District and the PUD, Planned Unit Development District, may display temporary, off-premise signs by express permit issued by the Council where access to commercial areas requires directional signage from the City’s arterial roads.  Such signs may, at the discretion of the Council, be permitted under the following conditions:

i.            Off-premise, temporary signs shall be no more than four (4) square feet in area.

ii.            No such signs shall be permitted within the right-of-way of any public street or highway.

iii.            An application for an off-premise, temporary sign shall be accompanied by a written statement of permission from the owner of the private property on which the sign is to located.  Such statement shall include an express grant of permission for City inspectors to enter the property for the purpose of inspecting and/or removing said signs.

iv.            Any permit may be granted for no more than four (4) consecutive days of display, nor shall any business or property be granted more than one (1) such permit in any thirty (30) day period.  Each permit may allow up to two (2) signs in different locations.

v.            Each sign permitted shall have a weather-resistant sticker attached to the sign indicating the permittee’s name, telephone number, approved location, and dates of display.  Such stickers shall be supplied by the applicant.

vi.            No permit shall be granted for more than one (1) such sign within three hundred (300) feet of any other off-premise, temporary sign.

Source: Ordinance No. 33, Series V

Effective Date: 06-7-2001

E. Integral Signs.

Source: Ordinance No. 8, Second Series

Effective Date: 1-2-87

F. Non-Commercial Signs. Non-Commercial signs in Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural and Institutional zones not exceeding eight (8) square feet, and in all Residential zones not exceeding four (4) square feet. The sign must contain the name and address of the person responsible for such sign, and that person shall be responsible for its removal. Such signs shall remain for no longer than one hundred ten (110) days in any calendar year. The City shall have the right to remove and destroy signs not conforming to this Chapter. The City shall assess a fee of $2.00 per sign removed by the City.

Source: Ordinance No. 6, Series III

Effective Date: 10-7-88

Source:  Ordinance No.  , Series V

Effective Date:  10-14-10

G. Holiday Signs. Signs or displays which contain or depict a message pertaining to a religious, national, state or local holiday and no other matter and which are displayed for a period not to exceed seventy-five (75) days in any calendar year.

H. Construction Signs. A non-illuminated construction sign confined to the site of the construction, alteration or repair. Such sign must be removed within two (2) years of the date of issuance of the first building permit on the site or when the particular project is completed, whichever is sooner. One sign shall be permitted for each street the project abuts. No sign may exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in the R-R, R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-MH Districts or sixty-four (64) square feet in the A-1, R-4, R-5, R-6, R-7 and R-B business and industrial districts.

I. “For Sale” and “To Rent” Signs. “For Sale” and “To Rent” signs shall be permitted subject to the following regulations:

1. Six (6) or Less Residential Dwelling Units. The following applies to the for sale or for rent of a single family residence or where six (6) or less dwelling units (or lots for residential development) are for sale or rent: no more than one such sign per lot, except on a corner lot two (2) signs, one facing each street, shall be permitted. No such signs shall exceed sixteen (16) square feet in area, or be illuminated. Each such sign must be devoted solely to the sale or rental of the property being offered and must be removed immediately upon the sale or rental of the property. Each sign must be placed only upon the property offered for sale or rent.

2. Seven (7) or More Residential Dwelling Units. Where more than six (6) dwelling lots (or lots for residential development purposes) are offered for sale or rental by the same party, signs advertising such sale or rental may be constructed therefor in any district. There shall be permitted one sign facing each public street providing access to the property being offered. Each such sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area; shall be located at least one hundred (100) feet from any pre-existing home; and shall be removed within one year from the date of building permit issuance, or when less than six (6) units remain for sale or rent, whichever is less. Said sign shall fully comply with the setback requirement for the zoning district in which the property is located.

3. Industrial or Commercial Property. In the event of an industrial or commercial sale or rental of real property, there shall be permitted one sign facing each public street providing access to the property being offered. Each sign shall not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet in area and must be devoted solely to the sale or rental of the property being offered and must be removed immediately upon the sale or rental of the last property offered at that location. Said sign may not be located closer to the property line than fifty (50) percent of the setback required within the particular zoning district in which the property is located.

4.   Off-site, Temporary Directional Signage.  Residential units, including single family, two-family, and/or townhouse units for sale or rent may display off-site, temporary directional signs generally during the period that said units are open for inspection to prospective buyers/renters under the following conditions.  Signs which violate any of these provisions, or interfere with the safe use of the public streets or trails by vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, or others may be removed at the discretion of the City:

a)     Off-site, temporary signs are allowed without special permit when related to providing directions to units that are for sale or rent, and open for inspection.  Such signs may displayed Monday through Friday from one-half hour prior to opening, to one-half hour after closing.  For weekend “open houses”, such signs may be displayed no earlier than 7:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m. Monday.

 b)     Signs shall be for the purpose of providing directions only.  No more than one (1) sign per unit may displayed at any street intersection, and no signs may displayed between intersections.

c)      Such signs may be located on the public right-of-way, but shall be no closer than ten (10) feet from the curb, or edge of pavement where no curb exists.

d)     Such signs shall be freestanding, and shall not be attached to any other structure such as traffic control signs, utility poles, or other similar devices.

e)     Signs must be located so as to avoid interference with pedestrian or bicycle trails, and to avoid conflicts with traffic circulation and visibility.

f)        Such signs shall be no larger than four (4) square feet in area, and no more than three (3) feet in height.

g)     Signs may incorporate directional arrows, real estate company or agent names, and addresses or project names of the subject real estate.  No balloons, banners, or other attachments shall be permitted.

Source: Ordinance No. 33, Series V
Effective Date: 06-7-2001

J. Rummage (Garage) Sale Signs. Rummage sale signs shall not be posted until the date of the sale and shall be removed within one (1) day after the end of the sale and shall not exceed six (6) square feet. Rummage sale signs shall not be located in any public right-of-way, or on utility poles or equipment. The City shall have the right to remove and destroy signs not conforming to this Chapter. The City shall assess a fee of $10.00 per sign removed by the City.  Rummage sale signs advertising sales within the City of Buffalo, and complying with these requirements may be located off-site, on private property for the purpose of directing traffic to the sale.  Owners of such signs shall be required to obtain permission from the owner of the property on which the sign is to be located.  Signs shall contain the name, address, and dates of the sale.  This ordinance shall not abridge the right of the private property owner to make more restrictive requirements or to remove such signs placed on their property.

Source: Ordinance No. 46, Series V
Effective Date: 01-30-2003

K. O.S.H.A. Signs.

L. Window Signs. Window signs shall not exceed fifty (50) percent of the total area of the window in which they are displayed.

M. Off-site, Temporary Directional Signage.

Retail facilities in the B-3, B-4, B-5, and PUD Districts may display off-site temporary directional signage pursuant to this subsection. Signs which violate any of these provisions, or interfere with the safe use of the public streets or trails by vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, or others may be removed at the discretion of the City:

a) Off-site, temporary signs are allowed with the issuance of a special permit, issued on an annual basis, when related to providing directions to retail facilities on an intermittent basis. Each permit shall provide for the location of two (2) such signs with a fee established by the City Council. Such signs may be displayed for a maximum of five (5) days per month.

b) Signs shall be for the purpose of providing directions only. No more than one (1) sign per unit may displayed at any street intersection, and no signs may displayed between intersections.

c) Such signs may be located on the public right-of-way, but shall be no closer than ten (10) feet from the curb, or edge of pavement where no curb exists.

d) Such signs shall be freestanding, and shall not be attached to any other structure such as traffic control signs, utility poles, or other similar devices.

e) Signs must be located so as to avoid interference with pedestrian or bicycle trails and sidewalks, and to avoid conflicts with traffic circulation and visibility.

f) Such signs shall be no larger than four (4) square feet in area, and no more than three (3) feet in height.

g) Signs may incorporate directional arrows, business names, andaddresses of the subject business. No balloons, banners, or other attachments shall be permitted.

Source:  Ordinance 62, Series V

Effective Date:  06-02-2005

Subd. 2. Prohibited Signs. The following signs are prohibited:

A. Advertising Signs with the following exceptions:

1. Signs advertising nonprofit organizations are permitted subject to the restrictions imposed within the zoning district in which the sign is located.

2. Real Estate Development Project Signs. A real estate development project sign advertising lots or property for sale, may be located off-premises by permit. The permit shall be renewable annually and conditioned upon documentation allowing such sign or structure by the property owner upon which it is to be located. The sign shall conform to the size restriction of signs imposed within the respective district in which the sign is located or a maximum of sixty-four (64) square feet each side, whichever is greater.

B. Advertising or business signs on or attached to equipment such as semi-truck trailers where signing is a principal use of the equipment on either a temporary or permanent basis.

C. Motion signs and flashing signs, except time and temperature signs and barber poles.

D. Projecting signs except as provided for in Section 13.08 of this Chapter.

E. Roof Signs. Except that a business sign may be placed on the facia or marquee of a building, provided it does not extend above the highest elevation of the building, excluding chimneys.

1. Roof signs shall be thoroughly secured and anchored to the frames of the building over which they are constructed and erected.

2. No portion of roof signs shall extend beyond the periphery of the roof.

F. Business signs which advertise an activity, business, product or service no longer produced or conducted on the premises upon which the sign is located. Where the owner or lessor of the premises is seeking a new tenant, such signs may remain in place for not more than thirty (30) days from the date of vacancy.

G. Wall Graphics.

H. Portable signs except as permitted in Section 13.05 of this Chapter.

I. Signs which are tacked on trees, fences or utility poles.

J. Bench signs except by special permit of the Council.

K. Home occupation signs.

SEC. 13.07. GENERAL DISTRICT REGULATIONS.

SEC. 13.07.  GENERAL DISTRICT REGULATIONS.

Subd. 1.  A-1, R-R, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5 and R-MH Districts.

A.  Institutional Identification.  Except as provided for in Section 13.08 of this Chapter, only one (1) sign per principal use.  Sign area may not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet with a maximum height of eight (8) feet for freestanding signs.

 

B.  Residential Area Identification.  Only one (1) sign for each area.  Sign area may not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet with a maximum height of eight (8) feet for freestanding signs.

 

C.  Business Sign.  Except for home occupations, only one sign as accessory to a permitted or conditional use.  Sign area may not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet with a maximum height of eight (8) feet for freestanding signs.

 

Subd. 2.  R-6, R-7 and R-B Districts.

 

A.  Institutional Identification.  Except as provided for in Section 13.08 of this Chapter, only one sign per principal use.  Sign area may not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet with a maximum height of ten (10) feet for freestanding signs.

 

B.  Residential Area Identification.  Only one (1) sign for each area.  Sign area may not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet with a maximum height of ten (10) feet for freestanding signs.

 

C.  Single or Double Occupancy Multiple Family or Business Sign.  The total sign area may not exceed ten (10) percent of the total front building facade, except that both front and side facades may be counted on a corner lot.  Signs chosen to comprise the total sign area shall be consistent with the following provisions:

 

1.  Freestanding.  Not more than one (1) freestanding sign.  Sign area may not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet with a maximum height of ten (10) feet.

 

2.  Wall, Canopy or Marquee.  Not more than one (1) wall, canopy or marquee sign per building.  However, on corner lots two such signs are allowed, one per street frontage.  Individual sign area may not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet.

 

 

Subd. 3.  B-1, B-2 Districts.

 

A. Area Identification.  Only one (1) sign.  Sign area may not exceed seventy-five (75) square feet with a maximum height of twenty (20) feet for freestanding signs.

 

B.  Single or Double Occupancy Business Signs.  The total sign area for the subject property may not exceed fifteen (15) percent of the total front building facade except both front and side facades may be counted on a corner lot.  Signs chosen to comprise the total sign area shall be consistent with the following provisions:

 

1.  Freestanding.  Not more than one (1) sign.  Sign area may not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet with a maximum height of twenty (20) feet.

 

2.  Wall, Canopy or Marquee.  Not more than one wall, canopy or marquee sign per building.  However, on corner lots two (2) such signs are allowed, one per street frontage.  Individual sign area may not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet.

 

Subd. 4.  B-3, B-4, B-5, B-6, B-W and I-3 Districts.

 

A.  Area Identification.  Only one (1) sign.  Sign area may not exceed one hundred (100) square feet with a maximum height of twenty-five (25) feet for freestanding signs.  In the B-5, Central Business District, freestanding signs shall be of a monument style of construction.  Such signs shall be attached to the ground no less then eighty percent (80%) of the total width of the sign, in contract to a pole type of support.  Monument signs in the B-5 District may be no greater than ten (10) feet in height and sixty (60) square feet in area, may be constructed with a zero setback, but must be located in areas where they will not interfere with traffic visibility.

Ord 45, Series V
Effective Date:  01-30-2003

B.  Single or Double Occupancy Business Sign.  The total sign area may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) square feet or fifteen (15) percent of the total front building facade, whichever is less.  In calculating building facade, both front and side facades may be counted on a corner lot.  Signs chosen to comprise the total sign area shall be consistent with the following provisions:

 

1.  Freestanding.  Not more than one (1) sign.  Sign area may not exceed a maximum height of twenty-five (25) feet, except that in the B-5, Central Business District, freestanding signs shall comply with the regulations of Section 13.07, Subd 4A above.

Ord 45, Series V
Effective Date:  01-30-2003

2.  Wall, Canopy or Marquee.  Not more than one (1) wall, canopy or marquee sign per building.  However, on corner lots two (2) such signs are allowed, one per street frontage.  Individual sign area for the second wall sign shall not be calculated in the maximum for the property, but shall be limited so as not to exceed one hundred (100) square feet.

 

Source:  Ordinance No. 8, Second Series

Effective Date:  1-2-87

 

Subd. 5.  BC, I-1, I-2 and I-4 Districts.

 

Source:  Ordinance No. 1, Series III

Effective Date:  8-5-88

 

A.  Area Identification.  Only one (1) sign.  Sign area may not exceed one hundred (100) square feet with a maximum height of ten (10) feet for freestanding signs.

 

B.  Single or Double Occupancy Business Sign.  The total sign area may not exceed fifteen (15) percent of the front building facade except that both front and side facades may be counted on a corner lot.  Signs chosen to comprise the total sign area shall be consistent with the following provisions:

 

1.  Freestanding.  Not more than one (1) sign.  Sign area may not exceed one hundred (100) square feet with a maximum height of ten (10) feet.

 

2.  Wall, Canopy or Marquee.  Not more than one (1) wall, canopy or marquee sign per building.  However, on corner lots two such signs are allowed, one per street frontage.  Individual sign area may not exceed one hundred (100) square feet.

 

Subd. 6.  “PUD”, Planned Unit Development District.  In a Planned Unit Development District signing restrictions shall be based upon the individual uses and structures contained in the complex.  Signs shall be in compliance with the restrictions applied in the most restrictive zoning district in which the use is allowed.  Commercial projects may be allowed to replace a permitted freestanding sign with one (1) addition wall sign, provided that the allowance does not increase the total number or square footage of signs permitted on the property under the applicable regulations, and that no more than one (1) wall sign is erected on any wall.

 

Source: Ordinance No. 25, Series V

Effective Date: 05-27-99

SEC. 13.08. SPECIAL DISTRICT REGULATIONS.

SEC. 13.08.  SPECIAL DISTRICT REGULATIONS.

Subd. 1.  Motor Fuel Stations.  Signs for motor fuel stations shall be regulated by the single occupancy business structure sign provisions for the zoning district in which the station is located.  In addition, motor fuel stations may also display signs which identify current fuel prices and car wash facilities.  Such signs shall be limited to a maximum size of sixteen (16) square feet and a maximum height of ten (10) feet each.

Subd. 2.  Wall, Canopy or Marquee Signs in the Commercial and Industrial Zoning Districts.  Where freestanding signs are not used and where principal structures have a front yard setback in excess of that which is required under the applicable zoning district regulations, the maximum property signage percentage limitation or maximum square feet restriction may be increased one (1) percent for every five (5) feet of additional setback beyond the zoning district front yard setback requirement.  This increase shall be limited to a twenty-five (25) percent maximum and shall be applied only to signs located in the yard for which the calculation was made.

Subd. 3.  Multiple Occupancy Business and Industrial Buildings.  When a single principal building is devoted to four (4) or more businesses, or industrial uses, a comprehensive sign plan for the entire structure shall be submitted and shall be of sufficient scope and detail to permit a determination as to whether or not the plan is consistent with the following regulations.  The plan shall be subject to the approval of the Council.  No permit shall be issued for an individual use except upon a determination that it is consistent with the approved comprehensive sign plan.

 

A.  The maximum individual sign sizes for multiple occupancy structures and individual uses which may display signs shall not exceed the maximum provisions for single or double occupancy structures in the same zoning district.  The bonus provided in Subd. 2 of this Section shall not apply in calculating maximum sign size.

 

B.  Multiple occupancy structures may display an area identification sign consistent with the applicable district provisions of Section 13.07 of this Chapter.  Individual freestanding signs identifying the tenants’ business shall not be displayed.

 

C.  Except as provided in Subparagraph D below, individual tenants of multiple occupancy structures shall not display separate business signs unless the tenants’ business has an exclusive exterior entrance.  The number of signs shall be limited to one (1) per entrance, and each sign shall be limited to the maximum wall size sign permitted in the district.  The signs shall be located only on exterior walls which are directly related to the use being identified.

 

D.  In any multiple occupancy structure qualifying as a shopping center, directory signs shall be permitted for each common public entrance.  Each directory sign area shall not exceed a total of fifty (50) square feet and shall be located within fifty (50) feet of the common public entrance being served.  The size of individual business identification signing within the directory shall be established during the site plan review process.  Attention shall be given to the possible number of tenant or occupancy bays which may be served by the common public entrance for which the directory sign is intended.

 

Subd. 4.  Shopping Centers, Retail Developments, and Industrial Parks Containing More Than Ten (10) Acres, and More Than Fifty Thousand (50,000) Square Feet in Floor Area.  Where Shopping Centers, Retail Developments, or Industrial Parks cover more than ten (10) acres and contain more than fifty thousand (50,000) gross square f eet of f loor area, the City may approve a number of freestanding signs equal to one sign per street frontage, with a maximum height of thirty (30) feet. All signs shall be displayed in accordance with the maximum sign size provisions of the applicable zoning district. In the alternative, the City may approve a Comprehensive Sign Plan by Conditional Use Permit, in accordance with the provisions for

Conditional Use Permits in Chapter 11.07. Said Comprehensive Sign Plan shall allow the City to consider additional or larger signs consistent with the size and use of the project.

 

Source: Ordinance 14, Series 5

Effective Date: 10-15-98

 

 

Subd. 5.  Highway Area Directional Signs.  Within the area immediately adjacent to U.S. Highway 55 and Minne­sota Trunk Highway 25, directional signs indicating business identification and access routing signs may be allowed by approval of the Council.  Such signs shall be in compliance with the maximum sign size provisions of the district.

 

Subd. 6.  Schools, Athletic Complexes or Other Public or Semi-Public Institutions.

 

A.  For such facilities occupying an area of five (5) acres or more, an identification sign not larger than ninety-six (96) square feet may be permitted upon approval of a permit by the Council.

 

B.  Temporary Signs.  Temporary signs, banners and displays for church, school, institutional or civic events are permitted but must be located on property owned or controlled by the church, school, institution, or civic organization and may be displayed only during a period commencing sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled event and ending three (3) days after closing date of said scheduled event.

 

Subd. 7.  Projecting Signs.  Such signs, including those projecting into the public right-of-way, may be allowed by a permit approved by the Council in the B-5 Zoning District, provided that:

 

A.  The sign conforms to the uniform character and design guidelines established for the area.

 

B.  The owner assumes all liability for such signs.

 

C.  The signs conform to the size and height limitations of the respective district.

 

SEC. 13.09. INSPECTION

SEC. 13.09. INSPECTION. All signs for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the Building Official. The Building Official may order the removal of any sign that is not maintained in accordance with the maintenance provisions of this Chapter.

 

 

SEC. 13.10. PERMIT, APPLICATION, LICENSE, VARIANCE AND COUNCIL APPROVAL.

SEC. 13.10. PERMIT, APPLICATION, LICENSE, VARIANCE AND COUNCIL APPROVAL.

Subd. 1. Except as provided in Section 13.06 of this Chapter, it is unlawful for any person to erect, construct, alter, rebuild or relocate any sign or structure until a permit has first been issued by the City.

Subd. 2. Sign Application. The following information for a sign license shall be supplied by an applicant if requested by the City:

A. Name, address and telephone number of person making application.

B. Name, address and telephone number of person owning sign.

C. A site plan to scale showing the location of lot lines, building structures, parking areas, existing and proposed signs and any other physical features.

D. Plans, location and specifications and method of construction and attachment to the buildings or placement method in the ground.

E. Copy of stress sheets and calculations showing that the structure is designed for dead load and wind pressure in any direction in the amount required by this and all other laws and City Code provisions.

F. Written consent of the owner or lessee of any site on which the sign is to be erected.

G. Any electrical permit required and issued for the sign.

H. Such other information as the City shall require to show full compliance with this and all other laws and City Code provisions.

Subd. 3. License Issued if Application is in Order. The Building Official, upon the filing of an application for a license, shall examine such plans, specifications and other data and the premises upon which it is proposed to erect the sign. If it appears that the proposed structure is in compliance with all requirements of this Chapter and all other laws and City Code provisions, the license shall be issued. If the work authorized under a license has not been completed within sixty (60) days after the date of issuance, the license shall be null and void.

Subd. 4. Council Approval. When this Chapter requires Council approval for a sign, the application shall be processed in accordance with the procedural and substantive requirements of the Zoning Chapter for a conditional use permit.

Subd. 5. Variances. The Council may, upon application, grant a variance from the terms of this Chapter. The request for a variance shall be processed in accordance with the procedural and substantive requirements of the Zoning Chapter.

Subd. 6. Fees. Fees for the review and processing of sign license applications and variance requests shall be imposed in accordance with the fee schedule established by Council resolution.

 

 

 

SEC. 13.11. ENFORCEMENT.

SEC. 13.11. ENFORCEMENT. This Chapter shall be administered and enforced by the Building Official. The Building Official may institute in the name of the City appropriate actions or proceedings against a violator.

Source: Ordinance No. 8, Second Series

Effective Date: 1-2-87

 

 

 

SEC. 13.99. VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR

SEC. 13.99. VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR. Every person violates a section, subdivision, paragraph or provision of this Chapter when he performs an act thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, or fails to act when such failure is thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as for a misdemeanor except as otherwise stated in specific provisions hereof.

Source: Ordinance No. 8, Second Series

Effective Date: 1-2-87

 

 

 

 

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