In Section 10-2002 of the City Code, a sign is defined as "any temporary or permanent identification, description, animation, illustration, or device, illuminated or non-illuminated, which is visible from any right-of-way and which directs attention to any realty, product, service, place, activity, person, institution, performance, commodity, firm, business or solicitation, including any permanently installed or situated merchandise or any emblem, painting, banner, poster, bulletin board, pennant, placard or temporary sign designed to identify or convey information."
The following signs are expressly prohibited within all zoning districts:
- Any sign which the Director of Transportation determines obstructs the view of bicyclists or motorists using any street, private driveway, approach to any street intersection, or which interferes with the effectiveness of or obscures any traffic sign, device, or signal.
- Illuminated, highly reflective signs, or spotlights which the Director of Transportation determines hampers the vision of motorists or bicyclists.
- Signs, lights, rotating disks, words, and other devices which resemble traffic signals, traffic signs, or emergency vehicle lights.
- Signs, lights, rotating disks, words, and other devices not erected by public authority which may be erroneously construed as governmental signs or emergency warning signs.
- Any sign which interferes with free passage from or obstructs any fire escape, downspout, window, door, stairways, ladder, or opening intended as a means of ingress or egress or providing light or air.
- Any sign placed on any curb, sidewalk, post pole, hydrant, bridge, tree, or other surface located on, over, or across any public street, right-of-way, property or thoroughfare, unless authorized by the City Council.
- Any newly created flashing signs, travelling lights, or signs animated by lights or changing degrees of intensity, except signs in public rights-of-way.
- Any newly erected sign which mechanically moves except signs on public rights-of-way.
- Any newly erected roof sign.
- The tacking, posting, or otherwise affixing of signs of a miscellaneous character visible from a public way located on the outside walls of buildings, barns, sheds, trees, poles, fences, or other structures provided unit number identification signs authorized by this chapter, mailbox and paper tube identification signs which do not exceed one (1) square foot in area, and signs which warn the public against danger shall be allowed.
- Any newly erected message, copy or announcement, which uses a series of two (2) or more signs placed in a line parallel to a street, highway, or expressway carrying a single message, copy or announcement part of which is contained on each sign.
- Any sign which pertains to a business, profession, commodity, or service which is vacant, unoccupied, or discontinued for a period of one (1) year or more; any part of a sign which is unused for a period of one (1) year or more; or any sign which pertains to an event or purpose which no longer applies shall be deemed abandoned. An abandoned sign is prohibited and shall be removed by the owner of the sign or the owner or tenant of the premise.
- Any sign unlawfully erected or maintained.
- Any sign placed on any curb, sidewalk, post pole, hydrant, bridge, tree, other surface located on, over, or across any public street, right-of-way.