Signs

The Sign application reviews new, enlarged, moved or converted signs of several types for conformance with the sign regulations of both the Zoning Ordinance and Building Code. Signs are reviewed specifically for type, placement, size, and height requirements as outlined in the Sign Standards of the Zoning Ordinance.

A complete list of sign types is available below and includes additional information which may be required. Signs within the Historic District also require prior approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness.

  • Exterior Signs includes exterior building signs and free-standing signs.
  • Electronic Message Displays (EMD) includes any sign or portion of sign capable of displaying words, symbols, figures or images that can be electronically or mechanically changed by remote or automatic means.
  • Awnings also require prior approval of a Zoning Certificate.
  • Billboards also require prior approval of a Conditional Use Permit. The Development Code has specific standards for billboards, these include a limited number of allowed zones, spacing requirements, and proof of a demolition permit for an existing billboard. This ensures the number of billboard signs in the city does increase over time.
  • Interior Mall Signs are considered those oriented to only those businesses within the mall property. Signs on exterior walls may require a Sign Program.
  • Temporary Signs are not required to complete the application on this page. These are administratively reviewed by the Planning Team under a Temporary Signs. Temporary Signs typically include Special Promotion, Event and Grand Opening Signs, and Sandwich Boards Downtown.
  • Sign Programs are not required to complete the application on this page. These applications are typically reviewed administratively by the Planning Team under a Sign Program. These applications may also require Design Review Committee and/or Planning & Zoning Commission approval.

    Sign Programs, also called a Master Sign Plan are required for multi-tenant developments (on at least two-acres) that are planned, designed, and built as an integrated and cohesive unit. The Master Sign Plan is created to establish criteria for all signs as it pertains to the design, materials, location, and quantity of signs in the development.

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