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Chapter 13 Article 08 Zone District Regulations - 0818 Signs

13-818    Signs.
 
A.     Purpose
        
        The purpose of this Ordinance is to encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communicatin within the city while at the same time protecting the general welfare, health, safety, order, and aesthetics of the community.  It is the intent of this Ordinance to provide a reasonable balance between the rights of business to identify and promote themselves and the rights of the public to be protected from the visual discord and distractions that result from unrestricted signage.
 
B.    Definitions       
 
        Address/Nameplate Identification Sign:  A sign that identifies the address for each residence and business, provided that, for residential uses said signage shall not exceed two (2) square feet in area and shall not contain the name of any business.
 
        Awning Sign:  A sign incorporated into or attached to an awning or canopy.  Awnings and canopies shall be considered to be an integral part of the structure to which they are accessory.  Signs may be attached to the surface of a canopy or awning and shall be considered a wall sign.
 
        Billboard or Off-Premise Sign:  A permanently affixed freestanding sign whereon advertising matter is displayed conspicuously and which advertising does not apply to the premises or any use of the premises upon which the signage is located.
 
        Digital Billboard Sign:  An Off-Premise Electronic Message Board Sign.
 
        Dwell Time:  The amount of time an electronic message is displayed on a sign before transitioning to another message.
 
        Electronic Message Board Sign:  A sign with a fixed or changing display/message composed of lights that may be changed through electronic means, but shall not include signage devoted solely to display of time/temperature or fuel pricing.
 
        Flashing Sign:  A sign which sends out a sudden brief light within the time sequence of 10 seconds or less.  Flashing signs are prohibited in the city of Rock Springs.
 
        Freestanding Sign:  Any sign permanently affixed to the ground but not afixed to a building, except that off-premise signs and electronic message boards shall comply with specific requirements contained in this section.
 
        Governmental Purpose Sign:  Any sign erected or authorized to be erected by Director of Engineering & Operations and which performs an expressly governmental purpose.  Said signs shall include traffic signs, street signs, trailblazer signs and wayfinding signs.
 
        Identification Sign:  A permanent, on-premise, freestanding sign identifying a residential, institutional, public, commercial, or industrial development or project and including the name of the development or project.
 
        Illuminated Sign:  A sign lighted by or exposed to artificial lighting by lights on, in, or directed toward the sign.
 
        Internal Sign:  A sign located on the inside of a building, whether or not said sign is visible from the exterior of the building.
 
        Interstate Orientated Sign:  A freestanding sign located within 2,500 feet of the center point of any interstate interchange.
 
        Moving Sign:  A sign which changes place or position by way of movement.  This shall include revolving and rotating signs.  Moving signs are prohibited in the city of Rock Springs.
 
        Mural Sign:  Any picture, scenery, drawing or diagram painted on any exterior wall or fence that does not contain advertising, e.g. business name, logo, symbols, trademarks, lettering, numerals, etc.  Murals determined to be advertising shall be considered a sign and shall be included in the calculations of allowable sign area in those districts where said signage is regulated.
 
        Political Sign:  A sign identifying and urging voter support for a particular election issue, political party or candidate for public office.
 
         Portable Sign:  Any temporary sign not permanently affixed to the ground or a building.  Portable signs shall include, but are not limited to, signs mounted or painted upon on a trailer, bench, wheeled carrier, fence, or vehicle.
 
        Projecting Sign:  Any sign that is attached to and projects perpendicular from the wall or face of a building.
 
        Promotional Development Sign:  Signs erected for the purpose of selling or promoting a residential project of ten (10) or more dwelling units or any non-residential project that is under construction.  Signage shall include the name of the project and may include the name of the owner, architect, engineer, or contractor.
 
        Real Estate Sign:  A temporary sign that relates to the sale, lease, or rental of an individual property or building.
 
        Roof Sign:  Any sign erected upon, against, or directly above a roof or roof eave, or on top or above the parapet, or on a functional architectural appendage above the roof or roof eave.
 
        Sign:  A device designated or intended to convey information to the public in written or pictorial form, including text, figures, numerals, emblems, trademarks, trade names or any combination thereof.
 
        Sign Area:  The entire area within a continuous perimeter, enclosing the extreme limits of sign display, including any frame or border.  The calculation for a double-faced sign shall be the area of one face only.  Double-faced on-premise signs shall be so constructed that the perimeter of both faces coincide, are parallel and are not more than 24 inches apart.  Double-faced off-premise signs of up to 288 sf shall be constructed so that the sign faces are no more than 48 inches apart.  Double-faced off-premise signage exceeding 288 sf shall be constructed so that the sign faces are no more than 72 inches apart.  V-shaped signage shall count as a single-faced sign as long as the signage shares a single support, meets the separation requirements of this section at the closest point and the angle between the signs does not exceed 45 degrees.  Multi-faced signage shall not exceed twice the permitted area of a single face sign.
 
        Sign Height:  The vertical distance measured from the lowest adjacent grade to the highest point of the sign or sign structure.
 
        Sign Transition:  For electronic signage, the method used to change from one message to the next.
 
        Temporary Sign:  A sign not intended or designed for permanent display.
 
        Traffic Directional Sign:  Signage used for the purpose of guiding traffic on-site.
 
        Wall Sign:  A sign fastened to or painted on the wall of a building or structure in such a manner that the wall becomes the supporting structure for, or forms the background surface of, the sign and which does not project more than 12 inches from such building or structure.
 
C.     General Provisions Applicable to All District
 
        (1)  Quality of Construction.  All signs shall be constructed in such a manner and of such material that they shall be safe and substantial.
 
        (2)  Maintenance.  Signage shall be maintained in a condition of reasonable repair and shall not be allowed to become and remain in a condition of disrepair, damage or unsightliness.  Signage shall not become a nuisance, public or private.  Any signage which is, or has become, dangerous to the safety, health, or welfare of the community, or which has become unsightly through improper maintenance or neglect is a public nuisance and the Zoning Administrator shall commence proper proceedings for the abatement therof.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the removal of historic signs provided said signage is maintained.
 
        (3)  Non-conforming Signs.  Any sign which does not comply with the provisions of this Ordinance shall be deemed non-conforming.  A non-conforming sign which has been damaged by fire, wind, or other cause in excess of fifty (50%) percent of the area of the sign face or faces shall not be restored except in conformance with the provisions of this ordinance.  Any sign that is removed shall not be replaced thereinafter except in conformance with these requirements, however, regular maintenance and refacing shall be permitted.
 
        (4)  Off-Premis Signs.  Off-Premise signs and billboards (non-accessory) shall not be permitted in ay district except as provided for in this section.
 
        (5)  Indecent Material.  No sign shall contain any indecent or offensive picture or written matter.
 
D.  District Regulations
 

Sign Type

Residential (1)

B-1

B-2 (1)

B-3 (2)

I-1 & I-2

Address Identification / Nameplate

P (3)

P (3)

P (3)

P (3)

P (3)

Awning

N

N

N

S

N

Billboard / Off-Premise

N

N

S (4)

N

S (4)

Bus Stop Bench

P

P

P

P

P

Bus Stop Shelter

N

N

N

N

N

Digital Billboard

N

N

C (5)

N

C (5)

Electronic Message Board

C-PICR (6)

C (6)

C (6)

C (6)

C (6)

Flashing

N

N

N

N

N

Freestanding

S-PICR (7)

S (7)

S (7)

S (7)

S (7)

Governmental Purpose

P (8)

P (8)

P (8)

P (8)

P (8)

Home Occupation

N

N

N

N

N

Identification

S (9)

N

S (9)

N

S (9)

Illuminated

S (10)

S (10)

S (10)

S (10)

S (10)

Internal

P

P

P

P

P

Interstate Oriented

N

N

S (11)

N

S (11)

Moving

N

N

N

N

N

Mural

N

P

P

S (12)

P

Political

P (13)

P (13)

P (13)

P (13)

P (13)

Portable

P-PICR (14)

P (14)

P (14)

P (14)

P (14)

Projecting

N

S (15)

S (15)

S (15)

S (15)

Promotional Development

P (16)

P (16)

P (16)

P (16)

P (16)

Real Estate

P (17)

P (17)

P (17)

P (17)

P (17)

Roof

N

N

S (18)

N

S (18)

Traffic Directional

P-PICR (19)

P (19)

P (19)

P (19)

P (19)

Wall

S-PICR (20)

S (20)

S (20)

S (20)

S (20)

                                                                                                               

P - Permitted by Right (No Sign Permit Required)

S - Permitted, with Sign Permit                     

C - Conditional Use Permit Required                                                                                    

N - Not Permitted

P-PICR - Permitted by Right (Public, Institutional, Church and Recreational Uses)

S-PICR - Sign Permit Required (Public, Institutional, Church and Recreational Uses)

C-PICR - Conditional Use Permit (Public, Institutional, Church & Recreational Uses)

 

 

(1)  B-R Zone Requirements.

 

(a)  Residential Use.

Residential Zone regulations shall apply

 

(b)  Commercial Use.

B-2 Zone regulations shall apply

 

 

(2)  Special Provisions for B-3 (Central Business) Zone Signs.

 

(a)  Historical Character.

Signage should be in keeping with the historical character and nature of the City's Central Business District, except where it can be demonstrated that updated signage meets the greater need of the community.

 

(b)  Residential Use.

Residential Zone sign regulations apply

(c)    Arterial Exception.

Properties abutting arterial roadways - B-2 Zone sign regulations apply

(d) Other.

Placement or restoration of historical murals, placards and identification signs approved by the Local Governing Body or designated authority shall be considered exempt.

 

(3)  Address Identification / Nameplate Signs.

 

(a)  Number.

1 required per business or residence

(b)   Residential Use.

Limited to address and occupant name and a maximum of two square feet in area. Home occupation signage prohibited.

 

 

(4)  Billboard / Off-Premise Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

672 square feet maximum, if within 660 feet of interstate highway right-of-way

 

288 square feet maximum, if beyond the 660 feet interstate highway zone

 

Double-faced signs - see Sign Area in the definitions section of this Ordinance

 

(b)  Height.

40 feet maximum. May be exceeded with Conditional Use Permit approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission, pursuant to §13-905.

(c)  Clearance.

10 feet above ground level minimum

(d)  Number.

1 maximum per lot or parcel

(e)  Location.

(i).  No projection beyond the property line of the parcel/lot where it is erected.

(ii). No part of the sign, including the footing, shall be located in a recorded easement.

(iii). No obstruction, overhang or interference with existing utilities.

(f)   Setback.

10 feet from any part of billboard to the street right-of-way line and

10 feet from any part of billboard to side lot lines

(g) Separation.

500 feet along the same side of the road, if a traditional billboard

1500 feet along the same side of the road, if a digital billboard

(h)  Collocation.

Conditional Use Permit approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission required if other uses are on the property

 

 

(5)  Digital Billboards.

 

(a)   Approval.

Conditional Use Permit approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission required, pursuant to §13-905. The following findings of fact shall be made:

 

(i). The digital billboard has no or minimal adverse impacts on traffic and will not obscure or otherwise interfere with an official traffic sign, signal or device, or obstruct or otherwise interfere with the driver's view of approaching, merging, or intersecting traffic, said determination to be made the Director of Engineering and Operations, County Engineer and/or WYDOT, as appropriate; and

(ii). The digital billboard is sited such that it will not block views of any historic structure, public park, cemetery, playground or significant landmark.

(b)   Dwell Time.

10 seconds, minimum

(c)   Transitions.

2 seconds or less using immediate, dissolve or fade method

(d)   Lighting.

Messages/copy shall not increase the ambient lighting level by more than 0.3 foot candles when measured via a foot candle meter based upon the sign area and distance from the sign, as follows:

 

(i).   Up to 242 square feet - 150 feet

(ii).  243 to 378 square feet - 200 feet

(iii).  378 to 672 square feet - 250 feet

(iv).  at the property line of a single family dwelling located in a zoning district where billboards are prohibited.

(e)   Sensing.

A light sensing device shall be used to adjust the brightness as ambient light conditions change to meet the requirements above.

(f)    Other.

Digital billboards shall also comply with §13-818.D.(4), Billboard / Off-Premise Signs.

(6)  Electronic Message Board (EMB) Signs.

 

(a)   Area.

Residential Zones/Uses - 40 square feet maximum

Other Zones/Uses - 100 square feet maximum

Double-faced Signs - see Sign Area in the Definitions section of this Ordinance

(b)   Number.

Detached, freestanding - Maximum of two per lot or parcel, if separated on the same lot or parcel by a minimum of 400 linear feet along a public road frontage

Wall - 1 per permitted business

Interior - No limit

(c)   Approval.

Conditional Use Permit approval by the Zoning Administrator shall be required, as follows:

 

(i). The Zoning Administrator shall forward a copy of the proposed Electronic Message Board application to neighboring properties located within 200 feet within 5 working days of receipt of a complete application.

 

(ii). The permit determination shall be made no sooner than 10 days following property owner notification and shall include such conditions as are deemed necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community and surrounding neighborhood.

 

(iii). The decision of the Zoning Administrator may be appealed to the Planning & Zoning Commission via written request submitted within 10 working days of the permit determination.

(d)   Transitions.

Shall comply with 13-818.D.(5)(c), Digital Billboards

(e)   Lighting.

Shall comply with 13-818.D.(5)(d), Digital Billboards

(f)    Sensing.

Shall comply with 13-818.D.(5)(e), Digital Billboards

(g)  Applicability.

For purposes of this Ordinance, Digital Billboards shall not be considered Electronic Message Boards. Please refer to §13-818.D.(5) for regulations pertaining to Digital Billboards.

(h)  Allotment.

Electronic Message Board signage shall count toward the total sign area allotment for the property, lot or business

(i)  Advertising.

Advertising shall be related solely to businesses on the premises, charitable functions, community events and public service announcements.

(j)  Prohibited.

Flashing and animation. Scrolling and chasing shall be allowed.

(k) Hours.

Residential Zones -Messages/copy shall not be displayed from 10 PM to 6 AM

(l)  B-3.

The following mandatory conditions of approval shall also apply to Electronic Message Boards (EMBs) in the B-3 Zone:

 

(i).    The EMB property shall be publicly owned.

 

(ii).   All provisions of this section, including placement and size, shall be met.

 

(iii). The Zoning Administrator shall make a finding that the proposed EMB signage meets the greater needs of the community better than traditional signage.

(i)  Other.

(i). If freestanding, shall also comply with 13-818.D.(7)(b), (c) & (e), Freestanding Signs

                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7)  Freestanding Signs.

 

(a)   Area.

Residential & B-1 Zones - 40 square feet maximum

B-3 Zone - 15 square feet maximum

B-2, I-1 & I-2 Zones - 1 square foot per lineal foot of public road frontage, with a minimum of one 100 square foot sign allowed per property, regardless of frontage.

Double-faced Signs - see Sign Area in the Definitions section of this Ordinance

(b)   Height.

Residential Zones - 6 feet maximum

Exception: Institutional and recreational uses on an arterial, major collector or minor collector roadway, may be up to 12 feet with Conditional Use Permit approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission. The Commission shall take into account travel speeds, visibility, proximity of adjoining residential development, lighting, and distance from the roadway and shall attach such conditions as deemed necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

B-1 Zone - 20 feet maximum

B-2, I-1 & I-2 Zones - 25 feet maximum

B-3 Zone - 3 feet maximum

All Zones - 30 inches maximum height if located in Vision Triangle area and clearance in §13-818.D.(7)(c) is not met

(c)   Clearance.

10 feet minimum, if within 25 feet of a street right-of-way line intersection or driveway entrance

(d)   Number.

Residential & B-3 Zones - 1 per lot or parcel per public street frontage -

B-1 Zone - 1 per lot or parcel per public street frontage

B-2, I-1 and I-2 Zones - 1 freestanding sign for each 100 feet of public road frontage

(e)   Location.

(i).  No projection beyond the property line of the parcel/lot where it is erected.

(ii). No part of the sign, including the footing, shall be located in a recorded easement.

(iii). 5 feet minimum setback for supporting members and footings from the right-of-way line.

(iv). No obstruction, overhang or interference with existing utilities.

(v). Residential Zones - 10 feet setback minimum to side lot lines.

 

 

(8)  Governmental Purpose Signs. 

 

(a)  Other.

Area, height, location and number - approved by the Director of Engineering & Operations

 

 

(9)  Identification Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

Residential Zones - 40 square feet maximum. For double-faced signs, see Sign Area.

B-2, I-1 & I-2 Zones - 150 square feet maximum. For double-faced signs, see Sign Area.

(b)  Number.

1 per public street frontage on a collector or arterial roadway

(c)  Permitted.

Residential Zones - Development with more than 10 dwelling units

B-2 Zones - A shopping center or business park consisting of 5 or more businesses or a group of buildings containing 3 or more businesses

I-1 and I-2 Zones - An industrial park or other group of businesses consisting of 5 or more in total number

(d)  Allotment.

Portions devoted solely to identification shall not be counted toward sign area allotment on the property

(e)  Other.

Shall also comply with 13-818.D.(7)(b), (c), and (e), Freestanding Signs

(10)   Illuminated Signs.

 

(a) Hours.

Operational hours may be restricted by the City to prevent creation of a nuisance

(b) Lighting.

Externally Lit Signs - shielded light source required

Within 50 Feet of a Residential Zone - diffused or indirect light required, direct rays of light shall not reflect into adjacent residences

Near Residential Zones - shall not illuminate adjacent residential property

Electronic Message Boards & Digital Billboards -comply with the lighting requirements of those sections

(c) Other.

Shall also comply with the requirements for the associated sign type, e.g. freestanding, wall, etc.

 

(11)   Interstate Oriented Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

200 square feet maximum. For double-faced signs, see Sign Area for requirements.

(b)  Height.

25 feet above the midpoint of the center point of the interchange

(c)  Number.

1 per lot or parcel maximum

(d)  Allotment.

Shall not be counted toward signage allowance under 13-818.D.(7)(a), if located within 2,500 feet of the center point of an interstate interchange

(e)  Elevations.

Center point elevations of the interstate interchanges are:

(i).   I-80 and Dewar Drive - 6,264 feet

(ii).  1-80 and Elk Street - 6,310 feet

(iii).  I-80 and Ninth Street - 6,303 feet

 

(12)   Mural Signs.

 

(a)  Advertising.

B-3 Zone - Murals containing advertising, e.g. business name, logo, symbols, trademarks, lettering, numerals, etc., shall be considered wall signage and shall comply with the requirements of 13-818.D.(20), Wall Signs.

 

(13)   Political Signs.  

 

(a)  Area.

40 square feet maximum on any lot or parcel

(b)  Installation.

Permitted for a maximum period of sixty (60) days immediately preceding any primary, general or special election to which they refer.

(c)  Removal

(i). 10 days maximum after the primary, general or special election to which they refer

(ii). Successful candidates in a primary election may leave their signs in place until a maximum of ten (10) days following the general election

 

(14)   Portable Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

Residential Zones - 24 square feet maximum for Public, Institutional, Church, and Recreational Uses

B-1, B-2, I-1 & I-2 Zones - 24 square feet maximum

B-3 Zone - 8 square feet maximum

(b)  Number.

1 per lot or business maximum

(c)  Location.

B-1, B-2, I-1 & I-2 Zones - See 13-818.D.(7)(e), Freestanding Signs

B-3 Zone - within 10 feet of the primary building entrance; if positioned on the public sidewalk, shall be approved by the City Engineer and shall not impede pedestrian traffic

(d)  Removal.

All Zones - When faded, torn, unreadable or otherwise in a state of disrepair

B-3 Zone - Daily, at the time of close of business

(e)  Exempt.

The following shall be considered exempt from the provisions of this section:

(I)  City-sponsored events and promotions

(ii)  Required vehicle identification signage for contractors, taxi drivers and other vehicular signage not serving the purpose of an off-premise sign.

(15)   Projecting Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

B-1, B-2, I-1 & I-2 Zones - 24 square feet maximum -

B-3 Zone - 8 square feet maximum

(b)  Clearance.

All Zones - Minimum of 7 feet above ground level

B-3 Zone - Maximum of 12 feet

(c)  Number.

1 per business maximum

(d)  Width.

B-3 Zone (as viewed from the end) - 4 inches maximum

(e)  Other.

Public sidewalk encroachment permitted with approval by City Engineer or Wyoming Department of Transportation, as appropriate

 

 

(16)   Promotional Development Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

40 square feet maximum. For double-faced signs, see Sign Area.

(b)  Number.

1 per abutting public street frontage maximum

(c)  Location.

 

Shall comply with 13-818.D.(7)(e), Freestanding Signs

(d)  Lighting.

Illumination shall be prohibited

(e)  Removal.

Once an occupancy permit has been granted for all buildings in the associated development

 

 

(17)   Real Estate Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

Residential Zones & Uses - 8 square feet maximum

Other Zones & Uses - 40 square feet maximum

(b)  Number.

1 per abutting public street frontage maximum

(c)  Location.

Shall comply with 13-818.(7)(e), Freestanding Signs

(d)  Removal.

7 days following lease or sale of property

(e)  Other.

Open House Signs may be erected for up to 48 hours

 

 

(18)   Roof Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

Maximum of 20% of the area of the wall of the building to which signage is attached

(b)  Height.

B-2 Zone - Can extend no higher than 20 feet above the parapet or roof of the building

 

 

(19)   Traffic Directional Signs.

 

(a)  Area.

8 square feet maximum

 

 

(20)   Wall Signs. 

 

(a)  Area.

B-3 Zone - 1 square foot per linear foot of building frontage on a public street

Other Zones - None

(b)  Location.

B-3 Zone - No obstruction of windows or architecturally significant building features

All Zones - Shall not exceed mansard or roof height by more than 2 feet

 
Ordinance 2012-06, 6/5/12; amended Ord. 2014-03, 4/15/14; amended Ord. 2016-03, 6/7/16
 
 
 

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