Article 10.10 - Signs Permitted Without a Permit

The following types of signs are exempt from permit requirements and allowed in all zones, but shall be in conformance with all other requirements of this ordinance.

.1 Memorial signs, plaques, or grave markers.

.2 Public interest signs.

.3 Public information kiosks on public or private property, subject to design approval by the Board of Commissioners and written permission of the owner of property upon which the kiosk is to be placed. The text shall not be visible from adjacent properties and/or public streets.

.4 On premise directional and instructional signs not exceeding 6 square feet in area, unless such sign is a monument sign, in which case it may not exceed 9 square feet. Maximum height: 4 feet.

.5 Identification signs not exceeding 1 1/2 square feet in area, which indicates the name and/or address of the occupant. Maximum height: 4 feet.

.6 Window signs with a total copy area not exceeding 50% of the window or glass door on which the sign(s) are located.

.7 Incidental signs.

.8 Flags. A flag that meets the criteria of a sign shall mean a piece of durable fabric no greater than 24 feet in height and 20 square feet in area, and no more than one (1) per lot, on which is displayed the logo of a corporation, association or other entity. corporate logo flags for large regional corporations or headquarters may be allowed additional height and area through a Master Signage Program. (For non-commercial flags see Article 8.18).

.9 Campaign or Election signs provided that:

a) Individual signs shall not exceed 16 square feet in area or 6 feet in height if located on private property, and 6 square feet in area and 3 1/2 feet in height if located in a right of way.

b) No signs shall be permitted in the right-of-way of a fully controlled access highway.

c) Signs shall be no closer than 3 feet from the edge of pavement of the road, and shall not obscure motorists' visibility at an intersection.

d) Permission shall be obtained from any property owner fronting the right-of-way where a sign is erected.

e) Signs may be erected no earlier than 30 days prior to the beginning date of "one-stop" early voting (or third Thursday prior to the election date).

f) All signs shall be removed within 10 days after the election or primary for which they were made.

.10 Real estate signs, other than the temporary signs described in Section 10.8.

a) Signs advertising a single family home or lot, a duplex, triplex, or quadraplex, or an individual unit within an attached housing development shall not exceed 6 square feet. Rider signs not exceeding a total of 2 square feet in sign face area shall be permitted in addition to the 6 square feet. Maximum height: 4 feet.

b) Signs advertising all other uses shall not exceed one square foot for every 5 linear feet of frontage of the advertised property, up to a maximum sign face area of 32 square feet and maximum height of 6 feet.

c) Only one sign per street front of the advertised property shall be erected.

d) Properties having a continuous frontage in excess of 850 linear feet may be allowed an additional sign so long as such sign is no closer than 850 feet from another real estate sign on the property.

e) Signs shall not be illuminated.

f) Signs shall be removed within 7 days after the sale is closed or rent or lease transaction is finalized.

.11 Holiday decorations without a commercial message provided:

a) Such displays do not extend into the public right-of-way.

b) Decorations shall be installed no more than thirty (30) days before the event, and removed no more than fourteen (14) days after the event.

.12 Construction signs, other than Temporary Planned Development Signs, Section 10.8, provided:

a) Signs located on single-family lots or duplex, triplex, or quadraplex lots shall not exceed 6 square feet in area. Rider signs not exceeding 2 square feet in area shall be permitted in addition to the 6 square feet. Maximum height: 4 feet.

b) Signs for all other uses shall not exceed one square foot for every 5 linear feet of frontage of property under construction, up to a maximum sign face area of 32 square feet and a maximum height of 6 feet.

c) Signs are confined to the site of construction.

d) Only one sign per street front of the property under construction shall be erected.

e) Signs shall not be illuminated.

f) Signs shall be removed within 7 days after the completion of a project.

.13 Temporary farm products signs provided:

a) Signs are located on the premises where the products are sold in conjunction with a bona fide farm use.

b) Signs shall not exceed 32 square feet in area or 6 feet in height.

c) Only one sign shall be erected.

d) Signs shall be removed within 7 days of the termination of sale activities.

.14 Temporary special event signs or banners for religious, charitable, civic, fraternal, or similar organizations, provided:

a) No more than one sign per street front shall be permitted per event.

b) Signs shall be located on the property on which the event will occur.

c) Signs shall not exceed 32 square feet in area or 6 feet in height.

d) Signs shall be erected no sooner than 14 days before and removed 7 days after the event.

.15 Temporary banners in commercial and mixed use districts, provided:

a) Only one banner per establishment shall be allowed at a time.

b) All banners shall be attached in total to a building wall or permanent canopy extending from a building.

c) No paper banners shall be allowed.

d) Banners shall be erected for a period not to exceed 2 weeks.

e) No more than 6 such signs per establishment shall be erected within a calendar year.

f) No banner shall extend above the second occupiable floor level of a building.

g) In addition to the banners above, Grand Openings and Going Out-of-Business banners are allowed provided that:

i. Banners shall be erected for a period not to exceed 30 calendar days.

ii. Total number of banners shall not exceed two (2) per property.

iii. Banners shall be subject to b, c and f above.

iv. One additional temporary ground-mounted sign shall be erected for a Grand-Opening for a period not to exceed 10 calendar days.

v. Temporary ground-mounted sign shall be a maximum 6 feet in height and 24 square feet in area.

vi. Temporary ground-mounted sign shall be located outside of the right-of-way and sight triangle.

vii. Temporary ground-mounted sign shall be exempt from Article 10.12.3.

.16 Public service and advertising signs in association with athletic fields.

Signs may be attached to the interior face of any fence that encloses or partially encloses an athletic playing field upon the property of a school or public park subject to the following conditions:

a) No sign face area shall be visible from any public street nor from any abutting property in a residential or mixed-use district.

b) No sign shall extend above the top of the enclosing fence.

c) The property owner or an authorized representative shall provide the town with a signed statement granting permission for signs to be displayed and assuming responsibility for management of the signs as well as the appropriate removal and disposal of damaged or obsolete signs.

.17 Temporary Special Occasion Flag.

Flag of durable fabric, unrestricted as to size, on which is displayed the emblem of a nation, state, city, or fraternal, religious, or civic organization, provided:

a) Flag shall be displayed only on the property on which the event is held or the occasion is celebrated.

b) Flag shall be flown, mounted or displayed no sooner than 7 days prior to the event or occasion, and shall be removed within 7 days following the conclusion of the event or occasion.

.18 Sidewalk signs.

Sidewalk signs such as easel or A-frame signs located near the main entrance to a non-residential use are allowed subject to the following:

a. One sidewalk sign per tenant is allowed provided it is located within 5 feet of the public entry to the building.

b. The sign location shall not interfere with pedestrian or vehicular circulation or obstruct the clear sight triangle at a street intersection (Section 8.9). There shall be a minimum sidewalk clearance of 5 feet.

c. The sign shall not exceed 8 square feet in area and 4 feet in height.

d. The sign may have changeable copy such as chalkboard, whiteboard, and cork.

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