Signs in the C-1, HC, E-1, CM, and M-1 zones, excepting the C-1-D zone and the Freeway Sign Overlay, shall conform to the following regulations.
A. Special Provisions.
1. Frontage. The number and use of signs allowed by virtue of a given business frontage shall be placed only upon such business frontage.
2. Aggregate Number of Signs. The aggregate number of signs for each business shall be two signs for each business frontage.
3. Aggregate Area of Signs. The aggregate area of all signs established by and located on a given street frontage, shall not exceed an area equal to one square foot of sign area for each lineal foot of street frontage. Aggregate area shall not include nameplates, and temporary real estate and construction signs.
B. Permitted Wall Signs.
1. Number. Two signs per building frontage shall be permitted for each business or group of businesses occupying a single common space or suite in lieu of a wall sign.
2. Area. Buildings with two or fewer business frontages shall be permitted one square foot of sign area for each lineal foot of business frontage. For the third and subsequent business frontages on a single building, the business shall be permitted one square foot of sign area for every two lineal feet of business frontage. The maximum sign area on any single business frontage shall not exceed 60 square feet. Business frontages of three or more, on a single building, shall comply with the all of the following criteria established in chapter 18.4.2 Building Placement, Orientation, and Design.
a. A pedestrian entrance designed to be attractive and functional, and open to the public during all business hours.
b. The pedestrian entrance shall be accessed from a walkway connected to a public sidewalk.
3. Projection. Except for marquee or awning signs, a projecting sign may project a maximum of two feet from the face of the building to which they are attached, provided the lowest portion of the sign is at least eight feet above grade. Any portion lower than eight feet can only project four inches.
4. Extension Above Roofline. Signs may not project above the roof or eave line of the building.
C. Permitted Ground Signs.
1. Number. One sign shall be permitted for each lot with a street frontage in excess of 50 lineal feet. Corner lots can count both street frontages in determining the lineal feet of the street frontage but only one ground sign is permitted on corner lots. Two or more parcels of less than 50 feet may be combined for purposes of meeting the foregoing standard.
2. Area. Signs shall not exceed an area of one square foot for each two lineal feet of street frontage, with a maximum area of 60 square feet per sign.
3. Placement. Signs shall be placed so that no sign or portion thereof shall extend beyond any property line of the premises on which such sign is located. Signs on corner properties shall also comply with the vision clearance area requirements in section 18.2.4.040.
4. Height. No ground sign shall be in excess of five feet above grade.
D. Permitted Awning or Marquee Signs.
1. Number. Two signs shall be permitted for each business frontage in lieu of wall signs.
2. Area. Signs shall not exceed the permitted aggregate sign area not taken up by a wall sign.
3. Projection. Signs may not project beyond the face of the marquee if suspended or above or below the face of the marquee if attached to and parallel to the face of the marquee.
4. Height. Signs shall have a maximum face height of nine inches if attached to the marquee.
5. Clearance Above Grade. The lowest portion of a sign attached to a marquee shall not be less than 7 ½ above grade.
6. Signs Painted on a Marquee. Signs can be painted on the marquee in lieu of wall sign provided the signs do not exceed the permitted aggregate sign area not taken up by wall signs.
E. Permitted Portable Business Signs.
1. Number. One portable business sign, limited to sandwich boards, pedestal signs, ‘A’ frame signs, flags, and wind signs, shall be allowed on each lot excepting that buildings, businesses, shopping centers, and business complexes with permanent ground signs shall not be permitted to have portable signs.
2. Area. Sign area shall be deducted from the aggregate sign allowed for exempt incidental signs established in 18.4.7.040.G. Signs shall not exceed an area of four square feet per face including any border or trim, and there shall be no more than two faces.
3. Height. Sandwich board signs and ‘A’ frame signs shall not extend more than three feet above the ground on which it is placed. Pedestal signs shall not extend more than four feet above the ground on which it is placed. A freestanding wind sign shall not extend more than five feet above the ground on which it is placed.
4. Placement. Signs shall be placed so that no sign or portion thereof shall extend beyond any property line of the premises on which such sign is located. Portable signs shall be located within ten feet of the business entrance and shall not be placed on public right-of-way. No portable business sign shall be constructed and placed so as to interfere with pedestrian ingress and egress as regulated within AMC Title 13.
5. General Limitations. Signs shall be anchored, supported, or designed as to prevent tipping over, which reasonably prevents the possibility of signs becoming hazards to public health and safety. Signs shall not be constructed of plastic, illuminated, or contain any electrical component. No objects shall be attached to a portable sign such as but not limited to balloons, banners, merchandise, and electrical devices. Portable business signs shall be removed at the daily close of business. These signs are prohibited while the business is closed.
F. Permitted Three-Dimensional Signs.
1. Number. One three-dimensional sign shall be permitted for each lot in lieu of one three-square foot incidental sign otherwise allowed per 18.4.7.040.G.
2. Surface Area. Flat surfaces in excess of two square feet shall count toward the total aggregate sign area per 18.4.7.080.A.3.
3. Placement. The three-dimensional sign shall be located so that no sign or portion thereof is within a public pedestrian easement or extends beyond any property line of the premises on which such sign is located into the public right-of-way unless the sign is attached to the face of the building and located eight feet above grade, or the sign is attached to a marquee with the lowest portion of the sign not less than 7 ½ above grade not projecting beyond, or above, the face of the marquee.
4. Dimensions. No three-dimensional sign shall have a height, width, or depth in excess of three feet.
5. Volume. The volume of the three-dimensional sign shall be calculated as the entire volume within a rectangular cube enclosing the extreme limits of all parts of the sign and shall not exceed three cubic feet. For the purposes of calculating volume the minimum dimension for height, width, or depth shall be considered one foot.
6. Materials. The three-dimensional signs shall be constructed of metal, wood, bronze, concrete, stone, glass, clay, fiberglass, or other durable material, all of which are treated to prevent corrosion or reflective glare. Three-dimensional signs shall not be constructed of plastic. Three-dimensional signs shall not be internally illuminated or contain any electrical component.