Chapter 12
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11-12-1: TITLE:
11-12-2: PURPOSE AND SCOPE:
11-12-3: JURISDICTION:
11-12-4: PROHIBITED SIGNS AND CONDITIONS:
11-12-5: DESIGN STANDARDS:
11-12-6: MONUMENT SIGNS:
11-12-7: MULTIPLE-TENANT MONUMENT SIGNAGE:
11-12-8: BUILDING SIGNS:
11-12-9: MULTIPLE-TENANT BUILDING SIGNAGE:
11-12-10: INTERSTATE SIGNS:
11-12-11: DIRECTIONAL SIGNS:
11-12-12: ASSOCIATION IDENTIFICATION SIGNS:
11-12-13: MONUMENT SIGNS FOR CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS:
11-12-14: PUBLIC FACILITY SIGNS:
11-12-15: ELECTRIC CHANGEABLE COPY:
11-12-16: RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS:
11-12-17: NEON LIGHTS, MURALS:
11-12-18: HOME OCCUPATIONS:
11-12-19: GARAGE SALES:
11-12-20: ADDRESSES:
11-12-21: FLAGS:
11-12-22: AUTHORITY OF DIRECTOR TO CLASSIFY:
11-12-23: SIGN AREA FORMULA:
11-12-24: SIGN REGULATIONS TABLE:
11-12-25: TEMPORARY SIGNS:
11-12-26: SIGNS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY:
11-12-27: LICENSE FEE AND BOND:
11-12-28: PERMIT REQUIREMENTS; FEES; EXCEPTIONS:
11-12-29: INSPECTIONS:
11-12-30: MAINTENANCE:
11-12-31: ABANDONED SIGNS:

11-12-1: TITLE:linklink


This chapter, providing for the administration and enforcement of sign regulations, shall be known and may be cited and referred to as the SIGN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CLIVE, IOWA. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)
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11-12-2: PURPOSE AND SCOPE:linklink

The purpose of this chapter is to permit such signs that will not, by reason of their size, location, construction or manner of display, endanger life and limb, confuse or mislead traffic, obstruct vision necessary for traffic safety, or otherwise endanger the public morals, health and safety; and further, to regulate such permitted signs in a way to promote development that is not detrimental to the property values and aesthetics of the city. No sign shall be erected or maintained in the city's jurisdiction, except those specifically allowed by this chapter. Signs allowed by this chapter may be erected and maintained only as on premises signs. All signs as permitted by the applicable zoning district regulations in all zoning districts in the city shall comply with the regulations of this chapter. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)
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11-12-3: JURISDICTION:linklink

The lawful use of a sign existing at the time of the enactment of the zoning ordinance may be continued although such use may not conform to the regulations herein. For those signs permitted before the adoption of these regulations, such signs shall be classified as "permitted nonconforming" structures. No sign permit shall be issued for any lot, tenant, or development after the effective date hereof and not in substantial conformity with the provisions of this title. Nor shall any sign, except as hereinafter specified, be erected, substantially improved, converted, enlarged, moved, or structurally altered without conforming with the provisions of this title. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)
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11-12-4: PROHIBITED SIGNS AND CONDITIONS:linklink

The city has determined that the preservation and promotion of the public health, safety, and general welfare, the maintenance and enhancement of the visual environment, the improvement of pedestrian and traffic safety, and the minimization of possible adverse effects the following signs may have on nearby public and private property, are the express purpose of this chapter. The city has determined that the appropriate way to further these interests is to prohibit the installation, construction, placement, or erection of the following enumerated signs. This chapter, through the exercise of the city's police powers, is intended to curtail the adverse effects of such signage while promoting the purpose and intent of this title. The following signs shall not be permitted, erected, or maintained on any property within the city:


A. Banners, pennants, spinners, streamers, except as permitted elsewhere in this title.


B. Billboards.


C. Neon lights or signs, not intended to add to the overall architectural theme of the site.


D. Building panel signs (such signs are prohibited in all commercial districts).


E. Hazardous signs, any sign or sign structure which is structurally unsafe, is not kept in good repair, or is capable of causing electrical shock to persons likely to come in contact.


F. Signs which incorporate in any manner any flashing or moving lights unless expressly permitted by city council.


G. Signs which include visible moving parts, changeable copy or description by electrical or nonelectrical means, or by action of wind currents; except as permitted in this chapter.


H. Spotlights or strobe lights, whether stationary or moving, intended to draw attention to a location of a property and not primarily intended to accent the signage or building form, except as expressly permitted by city council.


I. Pole signs.


J. Portable or temporary signs, except as permitted elsewhere in this chapter.


K. String lights or other displays used in connection with commercial premises for commercial purposes, other than holiday decorations used on a temporary basis between October 15 and January 15.


L. Any sign unlawfully installed, erected, or maintained in violation of this chapter.


M. Any sign displaying any obscene, indecent or immoral matter, as defined by this code.


N. Roof signs.


O. Any vehicle sign, not normally used in the day to day operations of a business, parked in such a way to draw attention of people from a public place or street.


P. Any sign, except permitted nonconforming signs, not specifically permitted in this chapter. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)

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11-12-5: DESIGN STANDARDS:linklink


A. Sign Face Extension: No sign face shall extend horizontally beyond the supporting structure a distance greater than twelve inches (12").


B. Electric Signs: All electric signs shall be manufactured to meet UL specifications and be approved by the building official in accordance with the city of Clive electrical code. An alternate equivalent may be accepted as approved by the building official.

1. Electric signs shall be watertight, with service holes to provide access to each compartment with fitted waterproof covers.

2. Any electrical equipment or apparatus of a sign, which causes interference with radio or television reception, shall not be allowed.


C. Wind Pressure And Dead Load Requirements: All signs and sign structures shall be designed and constructed to withstand a wind pressure as regulated by the building code of the city, and shall be constructed to receive dead loads as required in the building code and/or other ordinances of the city. Temporary signs shall be excluded from dead load requirements as required above.


D. Clearance From Electric Lines: A clearance of not less than eight feet (8') horizontally and twelve feet (12') vertically shall be maintained between any sign and any overhead electrical transmission line.


E. Number Of Faces: No sign shall have more than two (2) faces. Sign faces shall be parallel, unless otherwise permitted.


F. Lighting Of Signs: Signs, if illuminated, must be lit by internal fixtures unless an alternate method is approved by the community development director. A constant level of light must be maintained, provided that this shall not be construed to prohibit use of an automatic dimmer to reduce garish effects at night. Lighting shall not flash or move unless approved by city council.


G. Emissions Prohibited: No sign shall emit audible sound, noticeable odor, or smoke or other visible matter.


H. Obstruction Of Fire Exits, Light Or Ventilation: No sign shall be permitted to obstruct or interfere in any way with free use of any door, window, fire escape, nor to obstruct or impair operation of any opening required for light or ventilation.


I. Traffic Hazards: It is illegal for any sign to interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be of such design which may be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal, or device; no sign shall imitate an official traffic sign or include the words "stop", "look", "caution", or any other word, phrase, symbol, or character in such a manner as to interfere with, mislead, or confuse motorists. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)

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11-12-6: MONUMENT SIGNS:linklink


A. Cutout Letters Or Figures; Copy Area Limited: All letters, figures, characters or representations in cutout or irregular form maintained in conjunction with, attached to, or superimposed on a monument sign shall be safely and securely built to or attached to the sign structure and shall comply with all requirements of the "design" and "maintenance" subsections of this chapter1. The copy area shall be limited to a single geometric shape unless it emulates the building form or feature.


B. Sign Bases: All sign bases shall be designed and constructed of materials that are similar to those used on the principal building. Sign bases shall be dominated with materials of permanency and strength, such as brick, stone, block, or other masonry or concrete materials and shall be compatible with other structures and signs in the development. Metal skirting around a supporting pole shall not be considered an acceptable sign base material.


C. Number Of Signs: One sign shall be permitted on each lot of record; provided, however, if the frontage of such lot measured in a straight line along such street exceeds five hundred feet (500'), then two (2) such signs shall be permitted. A minimum distance of two hundred fifty feet (250') shall separate the two (2) permitted monument signs.


D. Setback Requirement: The minimum setback required for monument signs shall be five feet (5'). All signs shall have a side setback not less than the height of the sign. See section 11-12-24, "Sign Regulations Table", of this chapter, for more information.


E. Sign Area: The total area of a sign shall be the actual square footage of one sign face. Double faced signs may be permitted with the maximum square footage permitted on each side. The maximum sign area of a monument sign shall not exceed twenty five (25) square feet; provided, however, the maximum sign area may be increased one square foot for each additional one foot (1') of setback over the minimum required setback to a maximum sign area of one hundred (100) square feet. See section 11-12-24, "Sign Regulations Table", of this chapter, for more information.


F. Height: The maximum height of a monument sign shall be five feet (5'); provided, however, the maximum height may be increased one foot (1') for each additional three feet (3') of setback over the minimum required setback to a maximum sign height of thirty feet (30'). See section 11-12-24, "Sign Regulations Table", of this chapter, for more information. Where the street is substantially higher or lower than the proposed sign location, the city council may provide variations on the height requirement as described in this chapter. "Substantially" is defined, in this case, as a change in vertical distance greater than five feet (5').


G. Vertical Distance: The vertical distance between the sign face and the base shall not be greater than six inches (6").


H. Monolithic Or Columnar Line: Monument signs shall have a monolithic or columnar line that maintains essentially the same profile from grade to top. The width of the sign base shall be a minimum of sixty percent (60%) of the entire width of the sign.


I. Special Regulations For Town Center District: All town center district signage is subject to section 11-8-6 of this title. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)

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11-12-7: MULTIPLE-TENANT MONUMENT SIGNAGE:linklink

Monument signage in planned commercial developments with at least three (3) tenants, and over fifty thousand (50,000) square feet of gross building square footage is intended to provide primary development identification within a planned commercial unit. Additionally, such signage may provide advertisement to tenants of the development. In lieu of any other permitted monument sign, a multiple tenant sign shall be allowed on lots or tracts under single ownership, management or control, provided the following conditions are met:


A. Sign Bases: All sign bases shall be designed and constructed of materials that are similar to those used on the principal building. Sign bases shall be dominated with materials of permanency and strength, such as brick, stone, block, or other masonry or concrete materials and shall be compatible with other structures and signs in the development. Metal skirting around a supporting pole shall not be considered an acceptable sign base material.


B. Number Of Signs: One sign shall be permitted per street frontage; provided, however, if the frontage measured in a straight line along such street exceeds five hundred feet (500'), then two (2) such signs shall be permitted. A minimum distance of two hundred fifty feet (250') shall separate the two (2) permitted monument signs. In no case shall a development be permitted more than two (2) such signs. All signage shall be consistent in design, color and materials used in the construction of the signage.


C. Sign Area: The total area of a sign shall be actual square footage of one sign face. Double face signs may be permitted with the maximum square footage permitted on each side. The maximum sign area of a monument sign shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet.


D. Height: The maximum height of a sign shall be fifteen feet (15'). Where the street is substantially higher or lower than the proposed sign location, the city council may provide variations on the height requirement as described in this chapter. "Substantially" is defined, in this case, as a change in vertical distance greater than five feet (5').


E. Face: The sign face shall be no further than six inches (6") from the sign base.


F. Setback: The minimum sign setback shall be fifteen feet (15'). All signs shall have a side setback not less than the height of the sign.


G. Monolithic Or Columnar Line: Monument signs shall have a monolithic or columnar line that maintains essentially the same profile from grade to top. The width of the sign base shall be a minimum of sixty percent (60%) of the entire width of the sign.


H. Special Regulations For Town Center District: All town center district signage is subject to section 11-8-6 of this title. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)

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11-12-8: BUILDING SIGNS:linklink


A. Sign Area Allowed: One square foot of sign area may be erected for every linear foot of building frontage to a maximum of one hundred (100) square feet. In the case that a building frontage exceeds two hundred feet (200') and has a setback of greater than two hundred fifty feet (250'), two (2) square feet of sign area may be erected per linear foot of building frontage to a maximum sign area of two hundred (200) square feet.


B. Number Of Signs: On buildings set back less than or equal to two hundred fifty feet (250'), one building sign shall be permitted. On buildings set back further than two hundred fifty one feet (251'), two (2) building signs shall be permitted, provided total sign area shall not exceed that permitted above. In the case of a building on a corner lot, one building sign per public street frontage may be permitted, regardless of setback. In no case shall a building with one tenant display more than two (2) building signs.


C. Letters, Symbols And Logos: Under no circumstances will a letter, symbol, or logo dimension greater than six feet (6') be allowed.


D. Convenience Stores: One sign on a canopy in a convenience store or gasoline pump use may be permitted in exchange for a building sign. Said sign shall be one square foot per linear foot of frontage of the canopy to a maximum sign area of fifty (50) square feet. Said sign shall be confined to the actual dimensions of the canopy. In no case shall more than a combination of two (2) building or canopy signs be permitted within the site.


E. Special Regulations For Town Center District: All town center district signage is subject to section 11-8-6 of this title. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)

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11-12-9: MULTIPLE TENANT BUILDING SIGNAGE:linklink


A. Sign Area: For horizontal multiple tenant buildings, one square foot of sign area may be erected for every linear foot of tenant frontage measured from demising wall to demising wall to a maximum of one hundred (100) square feet per business (see figure 11-12-9.1 in this section). In the case that a tenant is not oriented towards a building frontage and desires to place a sign on the elevation that faces a building frontage, the maximum allowable signage shall be one square foot of sign area per linear foot of building frontage for all tenant signage on the building frontage (see figure 11-12-9.2 in this section). In no case shall the allowable square footage of all tenant signage be greater than one hundred (100) square feet per building frontage.



Figure 11-12-9.1: Horizontal multiple tenant building oriented towards street frontage - Tenant B would be permitted a 25 square foot sign, regardless of overall interior square footage of the tenant space.




Figure 11-12-9.2: Horizontal multiple tenant building not oriented toward street frontage - Tenant A, B and C would be permitted to place a sign on the elevation that faces the public street, provided that the total square footage of all 3 signs does not exceed 75 square feet.

In the case that a horizontal multiple tenant building frontage exceeds two hundred feet (200') and has a setback of greater than two hundred fifty one feet (251'), two (2) square feet of sign area may be erected per linear foot of tenant frontage.


B. Vertical Multiple Tenant Buildings: For vertical multiple tenant buildings, the maximum square footage for all tenant signs shall be one square foot of sign area for every linear foot of building frontage (see figure 11-12-9.3 in this section). In the case that a vertical multiple tenant building frontage exceeds two hundred feet (200') and has a setback of greater than two hundred fifty one feet (251'), two (2) square feet of sign area may be erected per linear foot of tenant frontage.



Figure 11-12-9.3


C. Number Of Signs: One building sign shall be permitted per tenant. In the case of a tenant located on a corner of a building that faces two (2) public streets, one building sign per street frontage may be permitted. In no case shall a tenant within a multiple tenant building display more than two (2) building signs.


D. Letters, Symbols And Logos: Under no circumstances will a letter, symbol or logo dimension greater than six feet (6') be allowed.


E. Design: All signage on a multi-tenant building shall complement the character and architecture of the building and be consistent in design and construction.


F. Special Regulations For Town Center District: All town center district signage is subject to section 11-8-6 of this title. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)

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11-12-10: INTERSTATE SIGNS:linklink

In addition to monument signs as permitted under this chapter, one interstate monument sign shall be allowed on lots or tracts under single ownership, management or control, provided the following conditions are met:


A. Monolithic Or Columnar Line: Interstate signs shall have a monolithic or columnar line that maintains essentially the same profile from grade to top. The sign face shall be no further than six inches (6") away from the base.


B. Size Of Sign: The total area of a sign shall be actual square footage of one sign face. Double face signs may be permitted with the maximum square footage permitted on each side. The area of one sign face shall equal one square foot per linear foot of interstate ROW frontage. The maximum size of an interstate sign shall be one hundred (100) square feet.


C. Tract Frontage: The tract must have frontage abutting the interstate ROW.


D. Height: The maximum height of an interstate sign shall be thirty feet (30') above the interstate road grade.


E. Location: An interstate monument sign must be located within fifty feet (50') of the interstate or interstate ramp ROW.


F. Setback: Minimum interstate sign setback shall be five feet (5').


G. Distance From Other Signs: An interstate monument sign must be at least one hundred feet (100') from any other such interstate monument sign, or other monument sign.


H. Permits: All applicable permits shall be obtained from the Iowa department of transportation.


I. Special Regulations For C-5 District: In lieu of any other permitted interstate signs, a maximum of a seven hundred fifty (750) square foot monument sign shall be allowed on lots or tracts under single ownership, management or control comprising a minimum of twenty five (25) acres, provided the following conditions are met:

1. The twenty five (25) acre tract must have a minimum of one thousand (1,000) linear feet of frontage abutting the interstate and interstate ramp ROW.

2. The maximum height of an interstate monument sign shall be thirty feet (30') above the interstate road grade.

3. An interstate monument sign must be within two hundred feet (200') of the interstate or interstate ramp ROW.

4. An interstate monument sign must be at least eight hundred feet (800') from the centerline of any public road ROW, other than interstate ROW.

5. An interstate monument sign must be at least five hundred feet (500') from any other such interstate monument sign.

6. A component part interstate monument sign shall be subject to approval pursuant to site plan review.

7. An interstate monument sign may be designed to have running lighted messages without animation or other lighted messages provided the lighted messages do not change more frequently than every three (3) seconds. All other provisions of this chapter inconsistent herewith shall remain in full force and effect for such interstate monument signs.

8. An interstate monument sign must comply with Iowa Code and the regulations promulgated hereunder, and such chapters and regulations shall control to the extent they are more restrictive than the provision of this chapter. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)

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11-12-11: DIRECTIONAL SIGNS:linklink

Such signs shall be permitted on site in conjunction with any multiple residence, commercial, office, or industrial development to direct on site vehicles to specific buildings, building entrances and exits, drive-through(s), drop box(es).


A. Ground Directional Signs: Such signs shall be permitted provided the following conditions are met:

1. Do not exceed six (6) square feet in area and four feet (4') above grade.

2. Are utilized only when necessary for traffic directional or other informational purposes.

3. Do not display logos or other commercial messages.


B. Building Directional Signs: Such signs shall be permitted provided the following conditions are met:

1. Do not exceed four (4) square feet in area.

2. Must be affixed to principal building.

3. Do not display logos or other commercial messages. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)

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11-12-12: ASSOCIATION IDENTIFICATION SIGNS:linklink

Association identification signs shall be permitted for the purpose of establishing a common neighborhood or complex identification when there exists an owners' association that provides for the maintenance of the sign or structures. Such signs shall be extensively landscaped with trees, plantings, and natural features. Such signs may incorporate fountains, fences, or similar features. Association identification sign dimensions shall be regulated in accordance with the sign regulations table as provided in section 11-12-24 of this chapter; however, the maximum area shall be thirty two (32) square feet. The minimum setback required of association identification signs is five feet (5'). All signs shall have a side setback not less than the height of the sign. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)
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11-12-13: MONUMENT SIGNS FOR CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS:linklink

Monument signs for churches, schools and other public uses shall be regulated in accordance with the sign regulations table as provided in section 11-12-24 of this chapter. The maximum sign area of said signs in residential districts shall be thirty two (32) square feet. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008)
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11-12-14: PUBLIC FACILITY SIGNS:linklink

Public facility signs shall be reviewed by the planning and zoning commission and approved by city council. (Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-15: ELECTRIC CHANGEABLE COPY:linklink

Electric changeable copy shall be allowed on monument signs for events centers, convenience stores, schools, churches and other public uses. A maximum of thirty two (32) square feet or fifty percent (50%) of the maximum sign area, whichever is less, may be dedicated to electric changeable copy, provided the following conditions are met:


A. Electric changeable message copy may change no more than one time in a twenty four (24) hour period and shall not include any flashing, flowing, alternating or blinking lights.


B. Electric changeable message copy shall be integral to and a part of an approved monument sign.


C. Electric changeable message copy shall be limited to one color.


D. Sign copy shall not include any use of logos or symbols and message shall be limited to advertisement of events.


E. In the case of convenience stores, electric changeable message copy shall be limited only to advertise the price of automotive fuels. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)

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11-12-16: RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS:linklink

All religious symbols which convey a commercial use may be permitted, subsequent to planning and zoning and city council approval prior to erection. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-17: NEON LIGHTS, MURALS:linklink

Neon lights, murals, or similar architecture details, subsequent to planning and zoning and city council approval, may be permitted as part of the theme of the site if it is determined that the architecture detail proposed is intended to create an identifiable theme and will not be detrimental to the surrounding environment. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-18: HOME OCCUPATIONS:linklink

Home occupation signs and property address identification shall be permitted provided such signs shall not be larger than two (2) square feet in sign area. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-19: GARAGE SALES:linklink

Garage sale signs shall be limited to six (6) square feet in area. Such signs shall be removed within twenty four (24) hours of the event they advertise. No sign shall be placed on public property. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-20: ADDRESSES:linklink

Address letters on commercial and manufacturing developments shall not have a dimension greater than twelve inches (12"). (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-21: FLAGS:linklink

Flags of the United States, the state, the city, foreign nations having diplomatic relations with the United States, and other flags adopted or sanctioned by an elected legislative body of competent jurisdiction, must be flown in accordance with protocol established by the congress of the United States for the Stars and Stripes. Notwithstanding the above, the following flags shall not be prohibited by this chapter:


A. Any flag of the United States, the state of Iowa or any political subdivision thereof provided the following:

1. The size of the flag is not greater than six feet by ten feet (6' x 10').

2. Flags shall be displayed on separate flagpoles and in no event higher than thirty five feet (35'). Minimum setback from property line shall be the height of the flagpole.


B. A flag identifying a corporation, business, commercial enterprise, educational institution, or any other entity or organization that satisfies the following requirements must comply with the general provisions for flags and first obtain administrative approval.

1. The size is not greater than three feet by five feet (3' x 5').

2. The flag shall be flown horizontally, in conjunction with and at the same time as flags of the United States and the state of Iowa are flown on the premises.

3. The flag shall be displayed on a separate flagpole located in close proximity to and no higher than the flagpoles of the Stars and Stripes and the state of Iowa and in no event higher than thirty feet (30'). One commercial flag shall be allowed in connection with any lot of record. Minimum setback from property line shall be the height of the flagpole.


C. No flag of a commercial nature may be flown in a residential zone, except an apartment complex may have one flag in addition to the Stars and Stripes and the state of Iowa flag. A flag not meeting any one of the regulations established in this chapter shall be considered a banner sign and regulated as such.


D. Flags shall be displayed on flagpoles only. Flags displayed on light poles, utility poles, etc., except for city sponsored events, shall be prohibited. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)

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11-12-22: AUTHORITY OF DIRECTOR TO CLASSIFY:linklink

The community development director has the authority to classify a proposed sign as incompatible with the already existing environment. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-23: SIGN AREA FORMULA:linklink

The area of a sign is determined by the community development director using actual dimensions where practical, or approximate dimensions when irregularity of a sign shape warrants. The sign area shall be the sum of the area of not more than two (2) contiguous rectangles or squares that enclose the extreme points or edges of all copy, logos, and symbols of said sign. In the case of a horizontal multiple-tenant building or a vertical multiple-tenant building, the sign area shall not include any blank space located between two (2) individual tenant signs. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-24: SIGN REGULATIONS TABLE:linklink



SIGN REGULATIONS TABLE

Setback
(Feet)  
Height
(Feet)  
Area
(Square Feet)  
5   5   25  
6   5   26  
7   5   27  
8   6   28  
9   6   29  
10   6   30  
11   7   31  
12   7   32  
13   7   33  
14   8   34  
15   8   35  
16   8   36  
17   9   37  
18   9   38  
19   9   39  
20   10   40  
21   10   41  
22   10   42  
23   11   43  
24   11   44  
25   11   45  
26   12   46  
27   12   47  
28   12   48  
29   13   49  
30   14   50  
31   14   51  
32   14   52  
33   15   53  
34   15   54  
35   15   55  
36   16   56  
37   16   57  
38   16   58  
39   17   59  
40   17   60  
41   17   61  
42   18   62  
43   18   63  
44   18   64  
45   19   65  
46   19   66  
47   19   67  
48   20   68  
49   20   69  
50   20   70  
51   21   71  
52   21   72  
53   21   73  
54   22   74  
55   22   75  
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(Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-25: TEMPORARY SIGNS:linklink

The purpose of this section is to allow temporary signage for specified land uses and events of a limited duration. Signs in this section shall be permitted in all districts and require a temporary sign permit. Such signs shall be limited to two (2) events per year for any one business. Each temporary sign event shall last for a period of not more than ten (10) days and shall not exceed two (2) occurrences in a twelve (12) month period. In conjunction with a temporary site plan, the city council may permit the display of temporary signs for a greater period of time. Temporary signs shall be no larger than thirty two (32) square feet in area. The minimum sign setback of temporary signs shall be five feet (5') from property line. Under no circumstances shall any temporary sign be located on public property. The following signs are allowed:


A. Banners: One banner sign may be permitted for an event, provided the size of the banner does not exceed thirty two (32) square feet in size.


B. Bag Signs: Such signs shall be permitted for businesses wishing to cover existing signage until the replacement sign is manufactured. Bag signs shall be made of a canvas or cloth material and may be displayed for a period no longer than forty five (45) days. Under special circumstances, the community development director may authorize to extend this period by an additional thirty (30) days. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)

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11-12-26: SIGNS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY:linklink

It is unlawful for any person to paint, print, or in any way affix any picture, bill, sign, signboard, poster or advertising material on any post, utility pole, fire escape, hydrant, curb, sidewalk, tree, lamppost or other structure of any kind on, or as to overhang or protrude over any property owned by the city or any easement of the city. No sign shall be located on or allowed to extend over public property except by permission of the city council. The community development director is hereby authorized and empowered to remove any such sign at the expense of the parties responsible for erection of such signs. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-27: LICENSE FEE AND BOND:linklink


A. Licenses Required; Fees: Any person engaging in the act of erecting, maintaining, repairing, servicing, installing, or removing signs, billboards, or signboards must first apply to the city for a license. The fee for said license shall be an amount determined by resolution of the city council payable every year. The license shall expire on December 31 of every year.


B. License Exception: No license is required for the following:

1. Business owners performing minor maintenance, i.e., painting, resurfacing, replacing light bulbs, fuses, or ballast on their own property shall not be required to apply to the city for a license.

2. A nonelectrical sign erected by the owner on their property, which is exempt from the owner's insurance or certificate of liability.

3. Installation of a temporary ground sign.


C. Erector's Bond: Any person making application for an erector's license shall execute and file with the application a surety and cash bond in an amount determined by city council resolution and duly executed by sureties.


D. Revocation Of Licenses: The community development director is hereby authorized and empowered to revoke any license issued upon failure of the holder thereof to comply with any provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)

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11-12-28: PERMIT REQUIREMENTS; FEES; EXCEPTIONS:linklink


A. Permit Required; Payment Of Fee: It is unlawful for any person to erect, alter or relocate within the city any sign without first obtaining a permit from the community development department and paying the fee required herein unless provided elsewhere. The community development director may require persons failing to hold such permit to pay double the permit fee. No person shall erect, construct, or maintain any sign upon any property or building without the consent of the owner or person entitled to possession of the property or building. Application for permits shall be made upon forms provided by the community development department.


B. Permit Fees: Every applicant before being granted a permit hereunder shall pay to the city a permit fee in an amount determined by resolution of the city council from time to time.


C. Signs Not Needing Permit: The following signs do not require a permit. The provisions and regulations of section 11-12-27, "License Fee And Bond", of this chapter, do not apply to the following signs:

1. Real estate signs, provided such sign shall not exceed six (6) square feet.

a. Such real estate signs shall be limited to one sign for each parcel listed.

b. Real estate signs are not permitted on city property or within city ROW.

c. Real estate signs shall be permitted on lots for sale, lease, or rent in all zoning districts.

d. The minimum setback required of a real estate sign is five feet (5').

2. Political signs are not permitted on city property or within city ROW.

3. Professional nameplates, not exceeding two (2) square feet in area.

4. Home occupation signs, provided such sign shall not exceed two (2) square feet in total sign area.

5. Signs located within the confines of a building.

6. Memorial signs.

7. Garage and yard sale signs.

8. Traffic or other municipal signs, civic or service organizations, legal notices, railroad crossing signs, danger, and such temporary, emergency or nonadvertising signs as may be approved by the city council.

9. Directional signs, provided such signs meet requirements of section 11-12-11 of this chapter.

10. Real estate/project identification boards, provided such signs do not exceed thirty two (32) square feet.

a. Such real estate boards shall be limited to two (2) boards for each plat listed in any residential district. Such real estate boards shall be limited to one board for each lot listed in any commercial or industrial district.

b. Real estate boards placed on public property or on public rights of way will be removed at the expense of the sign owner.

c. The minimum setback required of a real estate board is five feet (5') from the property line.

d. Such signs shall be removed before issuance of a certificate of occupancy. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)

11. Traffic or other municipal signs, public facility signs, civic or service organizations, legal notices, railroad crossing signs, danger, and such temporary, emergency and nonadvertising signs as may be approved by city council. (Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)

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11-12-29: INSPECTIONS:linklink

All construction work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official. All such construction or work, including footings and foundations (structural and location), electrical connections, etc., shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection until approved. Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code. Inspections presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this code shall not be valid. It shall be the duty of the permit applicant to cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes and to schedule and be present for the required inspections. Neither the building official nor the city shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal of any material required to allow inspection. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-30: MAINTENANCE:linklink

All signs and parts thereof, including, but not limited to, electrical wiring and fixtures, supports, faces, lighting, and braces, shall be kept in good repair at all times, and shall be kept neatly painted or otherwise treated to prevent rust and similar unsightly deterioration and weathering. The community development director, after thirty (30) days' written notice to the sign owner, may order the removal of any sign that is not maintained in accordance with the provisions of this section and the cost assessed against the property where said sign is located. However, in the case a sign structure becomes a safety hazard as defined in the city building code, the building official shall require owner of said sign structure to immediately abate the safety hazard as provided in the city building code. The community development director may cause to be inspected, from time to time as he deems necessary, any sign regulated by this chapter for the purpose of ascertaining whether the same is secure, and whether it is in need of removal or repair to be in compliance with this chapter. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. 2008 Code; Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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11-12-31: ABANDONED SIGNS:linklink

Any abandoned sign now or hereafter existing shall be taken down and removed by the owner, agent or person having beneficial use of the building or land upon which the sign may be found within thirty (30) days after written notification from the community development director and, upon failure to comply with such notice within the time specified in such order, the community development director is hereby authorized to cause removal of such sign, and any expense thereto shall be paid by the owner of the building or structure to which the sign is attached. (Ord. 876, 1-17-2008; amd. Ord. 908, 2-5-2009)
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Footnotes - Click any footnote link to go back to its reference.
Footnote 1: See sections 11-12-5 and 11-12-30, respectively, of this chapter.