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What is a Sign?
A "sign" means any object, device, display or structure, or part thereof, used to advertise, identify, display or attract attention to a person, establishment, product, service or event by any means including, without limitation, words, letters, figures, designs, symbols, fixtures, colors, or illumination. The term "sign" includes but is not limited to every projection sign, freestanding sign, window sign, awning, canopy, marquee sign, changeable copy sign, illuminated sign, temporary sign, pennants, streamers or any other attention-getting device or other display whether affixed to a building or erected elsewhere on the premises. The term "sign" excludes features of a building which are an integral part of the building's design and structure.
When is a Sign Permit Required?
A permit is required in order to erect, construct, enlarge, move or convert any sign or change the face of any existing sign in the Village, except that the following activities shall not require a permit:
What Steps Must be Taken in Order to Obtain a Sign Permit?
Before submitting an application for a sign permit it is strongly suggested that a copy of Title 21, Sign Code be reviewed for Village regulations regarding the size of individual signs, their location, and the total signage allowed.
The applicant may then submit a Sign Permit Application. Along with the application, documents will be required in order for a review to be completed by the Zoning Administrator as to the sign's conformance with the requirements of the Sign Code. Drawings of the proposed sign will also be required for an appearance review by the Plan Commission.
What Separate Documents are Required to be Filed with the Application for a Sign Code Review?
After receipt of these items the Zoning Administrator will review the sign for conformance with the requirements of Title 21, Sign Code as to the type, size, and location of the sign.
What is Required for an Appearance Review?
The Appearance Review by the Plan Commission will review the aesthetics of the sign before a permit is issued. The applicant should fill out an Application for Appearance Review and consult the Appearance Review Process for more information. In general, thirteen prints for review by the Plan Commission showing the colors, size, and location of all signs, including construction and illumination details will be required for review.
When can the Sign be Erected?
After approval by the Plan Commission, a sign permit must be obtained from the Community Development Department prior to commencing installation activities.
For further information, contact the Community Development Department at (847) 459-2620.