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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 26.68 Comprehensive Sign Control Regulations

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Chapter 26.68
Comprehensive Sign Control Regulations

Sections:

26.68.010 Scope of chapter.
26.68.020 Definitions.
26.68.030 Signs permitted in all districts.
26.68.050 Political signs in F through K districts.
26.68.055 Political signs or vacant City or Land Revitalization Agency-owned properties.
26.68.060 Permits required in all districts.
26.68.070 Signs in historic districts.
26.68.080 Signs in zone districts C, D and E.
26.68.090 Signs in zone district F.
26.68.100 Signs in zone districts G and H.
26.68.110 Signs in zone districts J and K.
26.68.120 Signs in zone districts I and L
26.68.130 Outdoor general advertising devices.
26.68.135 Prohibited use of signs.
26.68.140 Signs for and by nonconforming use in all zone districts.
26.68.150 Nonconforming signs.
26.68.160 Community development plans.
26.68.170 Prohibited signs.
26.68.175 Board-up signage prohibited.
26.68.180 Removal of signs within or on public right-of-way or easement.

26.68.010 Scope of chapter.

These regulations shall govern and control the erection, remodeling, enlarging, moving, operation and maintenance of all signs by conforming uses within all zoning districts. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed a waiver of the provisions of any other ordinance or regulation applicable to signs. Signs located in areas governed by several ordinances and/or applicable regulations shall comply with all such ordinances and regulations.

Cases:

St. Louis can properly classify billboards and prohibit them in residential areas. St. Louis Poster Advertising Company v. City of St. Louis, 39 S. Ct. 274, 249 U.S. 269, 63 L. Ed. 599.

St. Louis can regulate the height, location and materials used to construct billboards. St Louis Gunning Advertisement vs. City of St. Louis, 137 S.W. 929.

Editor's Note:

For provisions concerning outdoor general advertising devices, see Chapter 24.18.

26.68.020 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter the following terms, phrasing, words and their deviations shall have the meaning given herein:

1. Animated Sign. "Animated sign" means any sign or part of a sign which changes physical position by any movement or rotation but not including rotating panels which are integrated within an outdoor general advertising device.

2. Area of Sign. The area of a sign shall be measured in conformance with the regulations as herein set forth provided that the structure or bracing of a sign shall be omitted from measurement unless such structure or bracing is made part of the message or face of the sign. Where a sign has two faces at a right angle to the building or street, the area of one face shall determine the area of the sign. Where a sign has two faces not at a right angle to the building or street or has three or more faces, the area of all faces shall determine the area of the sign.

a. Sign With Backing. The area of all signs with backing or a background, material or otherwise, that is part of the overall sign display shall be measured by determining the sum of the areas of each square, rectangle, triangle, portion of a circle or any combination thereof which creates the smallest single continuous perimeter enclosing the extreme limits of the display surface or face of the sign including all frames, backing, face plates, nonstructural trim or other component parts not otherwise used for support.

b. Signs Without Backing. The area of all signs without backing or a background, material or otherwise, that is part of the overall sign display shall be measured by determining the sum of the area of each square, rectangle, triangle, portion of a circle or any combination thereof which creates the smallest single continuous perimeter enclosing the extreme limits of each work, written representation (including any series of letters), emblems or figures of similar character including all frames, face plates, nonstructural trim or other component parts not otherwise used for support.

c. All Other Signs or Combinations Thereof. The area of any sign having parts both with and without backing shall be measured by determining the total area of all squares, rectangles, triangles, portions of a circle of any combination thereof constituting the smallest single continuous perimeter enclosing the extreme limits of any of the following combinations: the display surface or face of the sign including all frames, backing, face plates, nonstructural trim or other component parts not otherwise used for support for parts of the sign that have backing and each words, written representation (including any series of letters), emblems or figures or a similar character including all frames, face plates, nonstructural trim or other component parts not otherwise used for support for parts of the sign having no backing.

3. Building Front. "Building front" means that exterior wall of a building facing the front line of a premises.

4. Display Surface or Face. "Display surface or face" means the area made available by the sign structure for the purpose of displaying the message.

5. Distance of Sign Projection. "Distance of sign projection" means the distance from the exterior wall surface of the building to the display face of a wall sign.

6. Exterior Wall Surface. "Exterior wall structure" means the most exterior part of a wall, sun screen or any screening or material covering a building.

7. Flashing Signs. "Flashing sign" means any directly or indirectly illuminated sign either stationary or animated, which exhibits changing natural or artificial light or color effects by any means whatsoever.

8. Ground Sign. "Ground sign" means a sign supported by poles, uprights or braces extending from the ground or an object on the ground but not attached to any part of any building. Height measurement for ground signs shall be from the grade level or the level of the abutting roadway, whichever is higher.

9. Illuminated Sign. "Illuminated sign" means a sign lighted by or exposed to artificial lighting either by lights on the sign or within the sign or directed towards the sign.

a. Concealed Light Source. Internal and external lighting, such as neon tubing, flood lights, thin line and gooseneck reflectors are permitted provided the light source is directed upon the face of the sign and is effectively shielded so as to prevent beams or rays of light from being directed toward any person facing such sign or device upon any public way or street and shall not be of such intensity so as to cause glare or impair the vision of any person upon any public way or street or adjoining premises. Neon tubing shall be enclosed in channels or covered by plastic faces.

b. Exposed Light Source. Internal and external lighting, such as neon tubing and lamps are permitted, provided the intensity of such lighting shall not cause glare or impair the visions of any person, facing such sign or device, upon any public way, street or adjoining premises.

10. Joint Identification Sign. "Joint identification sign" means a sign which serves as common or collective identification for two (2) or more businesses or industrial uses on the same premises.

11. Marquee Sign. "Marquee sign" means a sign on or attached to a permanent overhanging shelter that projects from the face of a building and is supported entirely by the building and which sign is painted on or erected against the marquee. Said such signs shall not exceed seven (7) feet in height nor shall they project below the face of the marquee nor lower than ten (10) feet above the sidewalk. A marquee sign may extend the full length but in no case shall it project beyond the ends of the marquee.

12. On-premises Signs. "On-premises sign" means a sign relating to products, goods, services or uses which are located on the same premises as the activity.

13. Outdoor General Advertising Device. "Outdoor general advertising device" means a sign relating to products, services or uses not necessarily on the same premises.

14. Projecting Sign. "Projecting sign" means a sign attached to a building at an angle, provided:

a. There is no more than one such sign for each entrance door to a business establishment;

b. It projects no more than five (5) feet from the building;

c. The sign advertises a use which occupies at least eighteen (18) feet of sign frontage;

d. The bottom of the sign is at least ten (10) feet from grade and its top is no higher than whichever of the following is highest: forty (40) feet above grade, or the height of the building at the building line; and

e. No support for a sign shall extend above the cornice line of a building to which it is attached.

The area of a projecting sign is included in the gross area of all allowable signs of the applicable zoning district except ground signs. Only one side of a projecting sign shall be counted in computing the total square feet of a sign.

15. Roof Line. "Roof line" means the highest point on any building where an exterior wall encloses usable floor area including floor area provided for housing mechanical equipment.

16. Roof Sign. "Roof sign" means an on-premises sign which projects above the roof line or is located on the roof of a building or structure.

17. Sign. "Sign" means any object or device or part thereof situated outdoors which is used to advertise, identify, display, direct or attract attention to an object, person, institution, organization, business product, service, event, or location by any means including words, letters, figures, designs, symbols, fixtures, colors, motion illumination or projected images. Signs do not include the following:

a. Flags of nations, states and cities, fraternal, religious and civic organization;

b. Merchandise, pictures of models of products or services incorporated in a window display;

c. Time and temperature devices;

d. National, state, religious, fraternal, professional and civic symbols or crests, or on site ground based measure display device used to show time and subject matter of religious services;

e. Works of art which in no way identify a product.

If for any reason it cannot be readily determined whether or not an object is a sign, the Community Development Commission shall make such determination.

18. Sign with Backing. "Sign with backing" means any sign that is displayed upon, against or through any material or color surface or backing that forms an integral part of such display and differentiates the total display from the background against which it is placed.

19. Sign without Backing. "Sign without backing" means any word, letter, emblem, insignia, figure or similar character or group thereof, that is neither backed by, incorporated in or otherwise made part of any larger display area.

20. Sign Frontage. "Sign frontage" means the length along a ground floor building front, facing a street or a private way accessible from a street, which is occupied by a separate and distinct use or by the same use which occupies the front of said building.

21. Street Front. "Street front" means any boundary line of a premises or parcel of land that runs parallel to and within twenty (20) feet of the right-of-way of a street or highway designated and assigned an individual name or number by the legislative action of the municipality.

22. Street Property Line. "Street property line" means a common boundary between private property and a dedicated street or alley.

23. Temporary Sign. "Temporary sign" means any exterior sign or advertising display constructed of cloth, canvas, fabric, plywood, metal or other material intended to be displayed for a short period of time not in excess of six (6) months.

24. Wall Sign. "Wall sign" means a sign attached to, painted on, or erected against a wall or parapet wall of a building or structure which extends no more than twenty-four (24) inches from the wall surface upon which it is attached and whose display surface is parallel to the face of the building to which the sign is attached.

25. Wind Sign. "Wind sign" means any sign in the nature of a series of two (2) or more banners, flags, pennants or other objects or material which call attention to a product or service fastened in such a manner as to move upon being subjected to pressure by wind or breeze.

26. Window Sign. "Window sign" means a sign which is applied or attached to, or located within three (3) feet of the interior of a window, which sign can be seen through the window from the exterior of the structure.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.030 Signs permitted in all districts.

The following described signs are not covered by the rules and regulations set forth below in Section 26.68.060 and a building permit for any of the following described signs, if necessary, may be issued by the Building Commissioner without the said Commissioner determining if said sign complies with such rules or regulations.

A. Signs required or specifically authorized for a public purpose by any law, statute, or ordinance; may be of any type, number, area, height, above grade, location, illumination or animation, authorized by law, statute or ordinance under which the signs are required or authorized.

B. Signs of danger or a cautionary nature which are limited to: wall and ground signs; not more than two (2) per street front for each conforming use, or two (2) for each dwelling unit; not more than four (4) square feet per sign in area; not more than ten (10) feet in height above grade; may be illuminated only from a concealed light source which does not flash, blink or fluctuate; and shall not be animated.

C. Signs in the nature of cornerstones, commemorative tables and historical signs which are limited to: wall and ground signs; not more than two (2) per premises; not more than six (6) feet in height above grade; may be illuminated only from a concealed light source which does not flash, blink, fluctuate; shall not be animated.

D. Signs which identify by name or number individual buildings within institutional or residential building group complexes and which are limited to: wall and ground signs; not more than four (4) signs per building; not more than ten (10) square feet per sign in area; not more than twelve (12) feet in height above grade; any location on the premises; may be illuminated only from a concealed light source which does not flash, blink or fluctuate and shall not be animated.

E. Signs in the nature of decorations, clearly incidental and customary and commonly associated with any national, local or religious holiday; provided that such signs shall be displayed for a period of not more than sixty (60) consecutive days nor more than sixty (60) days in any one year; and may be of any type, number, area, height, location, illumination or animation.

F. Signs in the display window of a business use which are incorporated into a display of merchandise or a display relating to services offered on the same premises and limited to: window signs; one (1) sign per five (5) feet of window frontage; not more than eight (8) square feet per sign in area; ground level windows only; may be illuminated only from a concealed light source which does not flash, blink or fluctuate; shall not be animated.

G. Signs commonly associated with and limited to information and directions relating to the conforming use on the premises on which the sign is located, provided that each such sign is limited to: wall, window and ground signs; not more than four (4) square feet per sign in area; not more than eight (8) feet in height above grade; may be illuminated only from a concealed light source which does not flash, blink or fluctuate; shall not be animated except that gauges and dials may be animated to the extent necessary to display correct measurement.

H. No more than two (2) ground, wall or window political signs may be erected and maintained on each premises provided that such signs shall not be more than ten (10) feet square, shall not be more than six (6) feet in height; shall not flash, blink, fluctuate or be animated but may be illuminated; shall not be posted more than ninety (90) days prior to the election to which the sign is related and shall be removed within fifteen (15) days following the election to which the signs relate.

I. Signs which are not visible from any public right-of-way, from any publicly owned land or from any level whatsoever of any other premises; may be illuminated; may be animated.

J. Signs displaying only the name and address of a subdivision or of a planned building group of at least eight (8) buildings each containing a conforming use or uses and limited to: wall and ground signs; one (1) per street front; not more than twenty (20) square feet per face in area; not more than six (6) feet in height above grade; may be illuminated only from a concealed light source which does not flash, blink or fluctuate; shall not be animated.

K. Signs consisting of illuminated buildings or parts of buildings which do not display letters, numbers, symbols or designs and limited to illumination from a concealed light source which may not flash or blink, but may fluctuate by a change of color or intensity of light, provided that each change of color or dark to light to dark cycle shall have a duration of one and one-half (1 1/2) minutes or longer; shall not be animated.

L. Signs giving parking or traffic directions, provided that such signs are limited to: wall and ground signs; one (1) sign per curb cut on the premises; not more than six (6) square feet per face in area; not more than six (6) feet in height above grade; may be illuminated from a concealed light source which does not flash, blink or fluctuate; shall not be animated.

M. Temporary signs that only advertise or identify construction, remodeling, rebuilding, development, sale, lease or rental of either a conforming use or a designated land area shall not be required to comply with the rules and regulations, relating to signs in their zoning district, unless said sign is viewable from any public right-of-way for a period in excess of six (6) months. If said sign is so viewable in excess of six (6) months, it must be approved by the Building Commissioner as a permanent sign under the rules and regulations set out in Section 26.68.060.

N. Signs on trash or refuse containers.
(Ord. 60949 1, 1988; Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.050 Political signs in F through K districts.

In addition to the signs exempted by Section 26.68.030 permits are not required for the following political signs in the F through K zoning districts:

A. Permitted Sign Types of Political Signs. Wall, ground, window and marquee.

B. Permitted Maximum Number of Political Signs. Three (3) signs for each premises or designated land area on which the signs are located.

C. Permitted Area of Political Signs. No limitation.

D. Permitted Maximum Height Above Grade of Political Signs. Twenty-five (25) feet.

E. Permitted Location of Political Signs. No limitation.

F. Permitted Illumination of Political Signs. May be illuminated by a concealed light source but shall not flash, blink or fluctuate.

G. Animation of Political Signs. Signs shall not be animated.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.055 Political signs or vacant City or Land Revitalization Agency-owned properties.

A. Notwithstanding any ordinance or statute the contrary, the placement of political signs on any building or structure owned by the City or the Land Reutilization Agency which is vacant or unoccupied, on any traffic control device or signal or on any utility pole is prohibited.

B. The placement by any wall, window signs or advertisement on any building or structure owned by the City or Land Reutilization Agency which is vacant or unoccupied is prohibited.

C. Notification of Violation--Removal Required. Upon receiving a complaint from any person that a sign or advertisement has been placed in violation of this ordinance, the Building Commissioner shall issue a notice to the person, partnership or corporation whose name appears on such sign or advertisement requiring such person, partnership or corporation to remove the signage within fifteen (15) days of the date of the notice. Failure to remove the signage with this period of times shall constitute a violation of this section.

D. Penalty for Violation. Any person who is found guilty or who enters a plea of guilty to a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00 or by imprisonment of not more than ninety (90) days or by both a fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 64459 1--4, 1998.)

26.68.060 Permits required in all districts.

No person shall erect a sign not described herein above until a building permit for said sign has been issued by the Building Commissioner stating that said proposed sign complies with the rules and regulations described herein below relating to signs. In addition to other information with regard to said sign as may be required by the Building Commissioner, the applicant must provide a glossy 8" 10" photograph(s) of the premises where the sign is proposed which adequately shows all existing signs on the premises, and all pertinent information needed to properly review the application as requested by the Building Commissioner. If said sign complies with the herein below rules and regulations, the permit may be issued by the Building Commissioner if said sign also complies with all applicable provisions of the Building Code of the City; if said sign fails to comply with the rules and regulations set out herein below said permit shall not be issued, regardless of whether said sign complies with all provisions of the Building Code of the City.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.070 Signs in historic districts.

No sign shall be erected within a district which has been zoned an historic district, unless said sign meets and satisfies an requirements of the applicable historic district ordinance and accompanying development plan, which ordinance has been approved by the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor of the City.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.080 Signs in zone districts C, D, and E.

A. General. On premises signs may be erected, altered and maintained only for and by a conforming use in the district in which the signs are located; shall be located on the same premises as the conforming use and shall be clearly incidental, customary as commonly associated with the operation of the conforming use provided, however, that no sign of any type shall be erected or maintained for or by a single unit dwelling.

B. Permitted Contents. Identification by letter, numeral, symbol or design of the conforming use by name, use, hours of operation, services offered and events.

C. Permitted Sign Types. Wall, window and ground.

D. Permitted Maximum Number. One (1) sign for each front line of the premises on which the conforming use is located.

E. Permitted Maximum Sign Area.

1. Hotel and Motel. No one sign shall exceed thirty (30) square feet.

2. All other uses. Total signage shall not exceed thirty (30) square feet.

F. Permitted Maximum Height.

1. Wall and Window Signs. The roof line of the building to which the sign is attached.

2. Ground Signs. Six (6) feet above grade.

G. Permitted Location.

1. Wall and Window Signs. Shall be set back from the boundary lines of the premises on which they are located, the same distance as a building containing a conforming use; provided, however, wall signs may project into the required setback space the permitted depth of the sign;

2. Ground Signs. Shall be set in at least ten (10) feet from every boundary line of the premises or shall be set in on a line parallel with the exterior line of any building on the said premises.

H. Permitted Illumination. May be illuminated but only from a concealed light source, shall not remain illuminated between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., and shall not flash, blink or fluctuate.

I. Animation. Shall not be animated.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.090 Signs in zone district F.

A. General. On premises signs may be erected, altered or reconstructed only for and by a conforming use in the district in which the signs are located; shall be located on the same property as the conforming use and shall be clearly incidental, customary and commonly associated with the operation of the conforming use; provided, however, that no sign of any type shall be erected or maintained for or by a single unit dwelling except signs identifying home occupations.

B. Permitted Contents. Identification by letters, numeral, symbol or design of the conforming use, by name, use, hours of operation, services offered and events.

C. Permitted Sign Types. Wall, window, ground, projecting, marquee and roof.

D. Permitted Maximum Sign Area.

1. Hotel and Motel. No one sign shall exceed two hundred (200) square feet.

2. All Other Uses. The total area in square feet of all on-premises signs on a sign frontage, except for free-standing signs shall not exceed:

Average Distance of Sign from Center Line of Abutting Street

Sign Frontage Multiplied by

 

 

Less than 100

2*

100--399

4

400 and over

5

(* Excepting that a use with less than twenty-five (25) feet of sign frontage may have a maximum of fifty (50) square feet of on-premises signs.)

3. The distance of a sign on or under a canopy, marquee or awning from the center line of an abutting street shall be constructed to be the same as if such sign were attached to the building to which the said canopy, marquee or awning is attached.

4. If the first floor of a building is substantially above street grade and the basement is only partially below street grade, separate occupants of each level may each have one-half ( 1/2) the square feet of signage to which use would be entitled if it were a single ground floor use.

5. If a building fronts on two (2) or more streets, the sign area for each street frontage shall be computed separately.

6. If the ground sign has two (2) faces the area of each face shall not exceed seventy-five (75) square feet; if a ground sign has more than two (2) faces the total of all faces shall not exceed one hundred fifty (150) square feet. A premises with a front line of two hundred (200) feet or more may have two (2) ground signs.

E. Permitted Maximum Height.

1. Wall and Window Signs. The roof line of the building to which the sign is attached.

2. Ground Signs. Shall not exceed thirty (30) feet above grade.

3. Roof Signs. Including the supporting structures fifty percent (50%) of the building height on which they are erected but a maximum height of five (5) feet above roof line, or parapet wall if it is higher than the roof line. Further, there must be a clear space of not less than four (4) feet between the lowest part of the sign and roof level, except for necessary structural supports, if sign is over one hundred (100) square feet in size. If such clearance is necessary said sign cannot exceed nine (9) feet above roof line or parapet wall. If sign is less than one hundred (100) square feet no such clearance is necessary.

F. Permitted Location.

1. Wall and Window Signs. Shall be set in from the boundary lines of the premises on which it is located, the same distance as a building containing a conforming use; provided, however, wall signs may project into the required setback space the permitted depth of the sign.

2. Ground Signs. Shall be set in at least three (3) feet from every boundary line of the premises.

G. Permitted Illumination. Concealed or exposed light source. No sign shall be illuminated that it interferes with the effectiveness of an official traffic sign, signal or device, illumination shall not flash, blink or fluctuate.

H. Animation. Shall not be animated.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.100 Signs in zone districts G and H.

A. General. On premises signs may be erected, altered or reconstructed only for and by a conforming use in the district in which the signs are located; shall be located on the same premises as the conforming use; and shall be clearly incidental, customary and commonly associated with the operation of the conforming use.

B. Permitted Contents. Identification by letter, numeral, symbol and design of the conforming use by name, use, hours of operation, services and products offered, events and prices of products and services.

C. Permitted Sign Types. Wall, projecting, window, ground, marquee and roof.

D. Permitted Maximum Sign Area.

1. Hotels and Motels. On premises having a linear street frontage of one hundred (100) feet or less: one hundred (100) square feet; on premises having a linear street frontage of more than one hundred feet: one (1) square foot of street front; provided, however, computations shall be made and sign area shall be made and sign area shall be determined on each street front separately, and provided, further, that in no event shall more than three hundred (300) square feet of sign area be applied to any one (1) street front and no sign shall exceed three hundred (300) square feet in size.

2. All Other Uses. The total area in square feet of all on-premises signs on a sign frontage, except for free-standing signs, shall not exceed:

Average Distance of Sign from Center Line of Abutting Street

Sign Frontage Multiplied by

 

 

Less than 100

3*

100--399

4

400 and over

5

(* Excepting that a use with less than twenty-five (25) feet of sign frontage may have a maximum of fifty (50) square feet of on-premises signs.)

3. The distance of a sign on or under a canopy, marquee and awning from the center line of an abutting street shall be construed to be the same as if such sign were attached to the building to which the said canopy, marquee or awning is attached.

4. If the first floor of a building is substantially above street grade and the basement is only partially below street grade, separate occupants of each level may each have one-half (1/2) the square feet of signage to which use would be entitled if it were a single ground floor use.

5. If a building fronts on two (2) or more streets, the sign area for each street frontage shall be computed separately.

6. If the ground sign has two (2) faces the area of each face shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet; if a ground sign has more than two (2) faces the total of all faces shall not exceed two hundred (200) square feet. A premises with a front line of two hundred (200) feet or more may have two (2) ground signs.

E. Permitted Maximum Height.

1. Wall and Window Signs. The roof line of the building to which the sign is attached.

2. Ground Signs. Shall not exceed thirty (30) feet above grade.

3. Roof Signs. Including the supporting structures fifty percent (50%) of the building height on which they are erected but a maximum height of ten (10) feet above roof line, or parapet wall if it is higher than the roof line. Further, there must be a clear space of not less than four (4) feet between. the lowest part of the sign and the roof level, except for necessary structural supports, if sign is over one hundred (100) square feet in size. If such clearance is necessary said sign cannot exceed fourteen (14) feet above roof line or parapet wall. If sign is less than one hundred (100) square feet no such clearance is necessary.

F. Permitted Location. Ground signs shall be set in at least three (3) feet from every boundary line of the premises. Provided, however, wall signs may project into the required setback space the permitted depth of the sign.

G. Permitted Illumination. Concealed or exposed light source. No sign shall be illuminated that it interferes with the effectiveness of an official traffic sign, signal or device. Illumination shall not flash, blink or fluctuate.

H. Animation. May be animated unless the Building Commissioner shall determine that animation will constitute a distraction to traffic or a source of undue annoyance to adjoining uses.

I. Joint Identification Signs. Subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth and upon application to and issuance by the Building Commissioner of a sign permit therefor, joint identification signs are permitted for three (3) or more conforming uses on the same premises as the sign, excluding parking. The following joint identification signs are in addition to all other signs:

1. Permitted Sign Types of Joint Identification Signs. Wall and ground.

2. Permitted Maximum Number of Joint Identification Signs. One (1) sign for each front line of the premises.

3. Permitted Area of Joint Identification Signs. The greater number of the following: (1) one hundred (100) square feet or (2) two (2) square feet of sign area for each linear foot of street frontage on the premises; provided, however, that the total area of all signs on each front line of the premises shall not exceed two hundred (200) square feet.

4. Permitted Maximum Height Above Grade of Joint Identification Signs. Thirty-five (35) feet.

5. Permitted Location of Joint Identification Signs. Shall be set in at least three (3) feet from every boundary line of the premises.

6. Permitted Illumination of Joint Identification Signs. May be illuminated but shall not flash, blink or fluctuate and shall only be illuminated by a concealed or exposed light source.

7. Animation of Joint Identification Signs. Shall not be animated.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.110 Signs in zone districts J and K.

A. General. On premises signs may be erected or altered and reconstructed only for and by a conforming use in the district in which the signs are located; shall be located on the same premises as the conforming use and shall be clearly incidental, customary and commonly associated with the operation of the conforming use.

B. Permitted Contents. Identification by letter, numeral, symbol or design of the conforming use by name, use, hours of operation, services and products offered, events and prices of products and services.

C. Permitted Sign Types. Wall, window, roof, projecting, marquee and ground signs.

D. Permitted Maximum Sign Area. The total area in square feet of all on premises signs on a sign frontage, except for free-standing signs shall not exceed:

Average Distance of Sign from Center Line of Abutting Street

Sign Frontage Multiplied by

Less than 100

4*

100--399

5

400 and over

6

(* Excepting that a use with less than twenty-five (25) feet of sign frontage may have a maximum of fifty (50) square feet of permanent signs.)

1. The distance of a sign on or under a canopy, marquee or awning from the center line of an abutting street shall be construed to be the same as if such sign were attached to the building to which the said canopy, marquee or awning is attached.

2. If the first floor of a building is substantially above street grade and the basement is only partially below street grade, separate occupants of each level may each have one-half (1/2) the square feet of signage to which use would be entitled if it were a single ground floor use.

3. If a building fronts on two (2) or more streets, the sign area for each street frontage shall be computed separately.

4. If the ground sign has two (2) faces the area of each face shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five (125) square feet; if a ground sign has more than two (2) faces the total of all faces shall not exceed one hundred fifty (150) square feet. A premises with a front line of two hundred fifty (250) feet or more may have two (2) ground signs.

5. Roof signs shall be limited to one (1) per building except in the case of a group of buildings under the same ownership, one (1) per building group.

E. Permitted Maximum Height.

1. Wall and Window Signs. The roof line of the building to which the sign is attached.

2. Ground Signs. Fifty (50) feet above grade.

3. Roof Signs. Including the supporting structures fifty percent (50%) of the building height on which they are erected but a maximum height of thirty-five (35) feet above roof line, or parapet wall if it is higher than the roof line. Further, there must be a clear space of no less than four (4) feet between the lowest part of the sign and the roof level, except for necessary structural support, if sign is over one hundred (100) square feet in size. If such clearance is necessary said sign cannot exceed thirty-nine (39) feet above roof line or parapet wall. If sign is less than one hundred (100) square feet no such clearance is necessary.

F. Permitted Location.

1. Wall and Window Signs. Set back from the boundary lines of the premises on which it is located, the same distance as a structure containing a conforming use provided, however, wall signs may project into the required setback space and permitted depth of the sign.

2. Ground Signs. Any location provided that the sign is at least three (3) feet from any boundary line of the premises on which the conforming use is located.

G. Permitted Illumination. May be illuminated but shall not flash, blink or fluctuate and shall be illuminated by a concealed or exposed light source.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.120 Signs in zone districts I and L.

A. General. Signs may be erected, altered and maintained only for and by a conforming use in the district in which the signs are located; shall be located on the same premises as the conforming use and shall be clearly incidental, customary and commonly associated with the operation of the conforming use.

B. Permitted Contents. Identification by letter, numeral, symbol or design of the conforming use by name, use, hours of operation, services and products offered, events and prices of products and services.

C. Permitted Sign Types. Window signs; wall signs other than wall signs which are painted on the side of a building. Ground signs which denote names, entrances, exits, rates and hours of operation for parking lots.

D. Permitted Maximum Sign Area. The total area in square feet of all on premises signs on a sign frontage, except for freestanding signs, shall not exceed:

Average Distance of Sign from Center Line of Abutting Street

Sign Frontage Multiplied by

 

 

Less than 100

3*

100--399

4

400 and over

5

(* Excepting that a use with less than twenty-five (25) feet of sign frontage may have a maximum of fifty (50) square feet of on-premises signs.)

1. The distance of a sign on or under a canopy, marquee or awning from the center line of an abutting street shall be construed to be the same as if such sign were attached to the building to which the said canopy, marquee or awning is attached.

2. If the first floor of a building is substantially above street grade and the basement is only partially below street grade, separate occupants of each level may each have one-half ( 1/2) the square feet of signage to which use would be entitled if it were a single ground floor use.

3. If the building fronts on two (2) or more streets, the sign area for each street frontage shall be computed separately.

4. A parking lot ground sign in zone district I or L shall have no more than two (2) faces and the area of each face shall not exceed thirty (30) square feet.

E. Permitted Maximum Height.

1. Wall and Window Signs. The roof line of the building to which the sign is attached.

2. Ground Signs. Twenty (20) feet above grade.

F. Permitted Location.

1. Wall and Window Signs. Shall be set back from the boundary lines of the premises on which it is located, the same distance as a structure containing a conforming use; provided, however, wall signs may project into the required setback space the permitted depth of the sign.

2. Ground Signs. Any location.

G. Permitted Illumination. May be illuminated by a concealed or exposed source but shall not flash, blink or fluctuate.

H. Animation. Shall not be animated.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.130 Outdoor general advertising devices.

A. Outdoor general advertising devices are permitted in the following districts: F, G, H, J and K.

B. Permitted Contents of Outdoor General Advertising Devices Within Districts F, G, H, J and K. Outdoor general advertising devices may be erected, altered and maintained within said district which may contain such information or advertising as is otherwise permitted by law.

C. Permitted Types of Outdoor General Advertising Devices.

1. Within District G, H, J and K. Wall, window, ground and roof.

2. Within Zone District F. Wall, window and ground.

D. Permitted Number and Area of Outdoor General Advertising Devices. The maximum area for any one (1) device shall be one thousand two hundred (1,200) square feet inclusive of border and trim but excluding the base or apron, supports and other structure improvements.

The area shall be measured by the smallest square, rectangle, triangle, circle or combination thereof which will encompass the entire device. The maximum size limitations shall apply to each side of the outdoor general advertising device, and such devices may be placed back to back, side by side, or in a V-type construction with not more than one (1) device to each facing, but such combination shall be considered as one (1) outdoor general advertising device.

E. Permitted Spacing of Outdoor General Advertising Devices.

1. On interstate highways and freeways no outdoor general advertising device shall be erected within six hundred (600) feet of any existing outdoor advertising device on the same side of the highway.

2. In zone districts G, H, J and K on nonfreeway highways or streets no outdoor general advertising device shall be hereafter erected within two hundred (200) feet of an existing outdoor general advertising device on the same side of the highway or street. In zone district F on nonfreeway highways or streets no outdoor general advertising device shall be hereafter erected within three hundred feet (300) of an existing outdoor general advertising device on the same side of the highway or street.

3. The above spacing between structure provisions do not apply to outdoor general advertising devices which are separated by buildings, natural surroundings, or other obstructions in such manner that only one (1) outdoor general advertising device located within said distance is visible at any one time. Directional or other official signs or those advertising the sale or lease of the property on which they are located, or on premises signs, or those which advertise activities on the property on which they are located, including products sold, shall not be counted, nor shall measurements be made from them for the purpose of compliance with spacing provisions.

4. No outdoor general advertising device shall be located in such manner as to obstruct or otherwise physically interfere with the effectiveness of an official traffic sign, signal or device or obstruct or physically interfere with a motor vehicle operator's view of approaching, merging or intersecting traffic.

5. The measurements in this section shall be the minimum distances between outdoor general advertising devices measured along the nearest edge of the pavement between points directly opposite the outdoor general advertising devices along each side of the roadway and shall apply only to outdoor general advertising devices located on the same side of the roadway involved.

F. Permitted Height of Outdoor General Advertising Devices. Roof devices in zones allowed may not exceed thirty-five (35) feet above the roof line. The wall, windows and ground devices may not exceed thirty-five (35) feet above the bed of any street, road or highway to which said device is facing.

G. Permitted Illumination. Concealed or exposed light source; however no outdoor general advertising device which is a full face interior lighted sign shall be allowed in the F zone district.

H. Animation of outdoor general advertising devices is permitted within J and K zone districts.

I. Location of Outdoor General Advertising Devices. In all zones where devices are allowed, they shall not be located closer than sixty-five (65) feet from any lot which is zoned A, B, C, D or E. Further, no device which is located in the F or G zone district shall be located within one hundred (100) feet of a lot which is zoned A or B, and which lot is located on the same street as the said device which is located in the F or G zone district.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.135 Prohibited use of signs.

It shall be unlawful to allow any sign to fall into non-use by failing to display a message or public information message for a period of time exceeding sixty (60) days. If any such sign shall fall into such non-use its removal and dismantling shall be ordered by the Building Commissioner of the City whether or not said sign is a nonconforming sign. Failure to obey the Building Commissioner's said order by removal of said sign or by renewing the use of said sign by placement of a new advertising message or public information message within fifteen (15) days of receipt of said order shall be unlawful and shall subject the owner of said sign to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each week subsequent to such order which passes without compliance with said order.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.140 Signs for and by nonconforming use in all zone districts.

A. General. Signs may be erected, altered and maintained for and by a nonconforming use in any zone district under the following restrictions:

1. Nonconforming Uses in Zone Districts A and B. Signs may be erected, altered and maintained for and by a nonconforming use in zone districts A and B subject to all of the restrictions concerning signs for and by conforming uses in zone districts C, D and E as set out herein above in Section 26.68.080.

2. Nonconforming Uses in Zone Districts C, D and E. Signs may be erected, altered and maintained for and by a nonconforming use in zone districts C, D and E subject to all of the restrictions concerning signs for and by conforming uses in zone districts C, D and E as set out herein above in Section 26.68.080.

3. Nonconforming Uses in Zone District F Local Business. Signs may be erected, altered and maintained for and by a nonconforming use in zone district F subject to all of the restrictions concerning signs for and by conforming uses in zone district F as set out herein above in Section 26.68.090.

4. Nonconforming Uses in Zone Districts G and H. Signs may be erected, altered and maintained for and by a nonconforming use in zone districts G and H subject to all of the restrictions concerning signs for and by conforming uses in zone districts G and H as set out herein above in Section 26.68.100.

5. Nonconforming Uses in Zone Districts I, J, K and L. Signs may be erected, altered and maintained for and by a nonconforming use in zone districts I, J, K and L subject to all of the restrictions concerning signs for and by conforming uses in zone districts I, J, K and L as set out herein above in Sections 26.68.110 and 26.68.120.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.150 Nonconforming signs.

A. Declaration of Public Policy. A nonconforming sign may be maintained and repaired. If reconstructed (not meaning to restyle or reword), the sign must conform to the regulations in the district in which it is located.

B. Definition of Nonconforming Signs. A nonconforming sign shall be any sign which:

1. On the effective date of this ordinance was lawfully maintained and had been lawfully erected in accordance with the provisions of any prior zoning ordinance but which sign does not conform to the limitations established by this ordinance in the district in which the sign is located; or

2. On or after the effective date of this ordinance was lawfully maintained and erected in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance but which sign, by reason of amendment to this ordinance after the effective date thereof does not conform to the limitations established by the amendment to this ordinance in which the sign is located.

3. Continuance of Nonconforming Signs. Subject to the termination hereinafter provided, any nonconforming sign may be continued in operation and maintained after the effective date of this ordinance; provided, however, that no such sign shall be changed in any manner that increases the noncompliance of such sign with the provisions of this ordinance established for signs in the district in which the sign is located; and, provided, further that the burden of establishing a sign to be nonconforming under this Section rests entirely upon the person or persons, firm or corporation claiming a nonconforming status for a sign.

4. Termination of Nonconforming Signs.

a. By Abandonment. Abandonment of a nonconforming sign shall terminate immediately the right to maintain such sign.

b. By Violation of the Title. Any violation of this title shall terminate immediately the right to maintain a nonconforming sign.

c. By Destruction, Damage or Obsolescence. The right to maintain any nonconforming sign shall terminate and shall cease to exist whenever the sign is damaged over sixty percent (60%) of its value or destroyed, from any cause whatsoever, or becomes obsolete or substandard under any applicable ordinance of the municipality to the extent that the sign becomes a hazard or a danger.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.160 Community development plans.

Any urban redevelopment corporation ("Developer") formed and existing under Chapter 353 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri that has obtained approval by ordinance adopted by the Board of Aldermen for the City for a development plan ("Development Plan") in accordance with Chapter 11.06 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis may, with respect to the area described in the Development Plan ("Development Area") promulgate uniform sign standards for the development area with respect to the placement, location, size, type and appearance of signs erected or caused to be erected and placed by or on behalf of the Developer in connection with its redevelopment activities in the development area including access within the public right-of-way. Such uniform sign standards and any amendments thereto shall be immediately effective upon the approval of such standards by resolution of the Board of Aldermen and shall terminate upon expiration of the agreement approved and authorized by the ordinance approving the Development Plan, as amended or modified; provided, however, that prior to the adoption of any such resolution by the Board of Aldermen, any such standards shall have been reviewed and favorably recommended in writing in the final form thereof by the Board of Public Service and the Community Development Commission, which may delegate said review to the Director of the Community Development Agency; and provided further that no authority is given to any Developer to regulate or restrict the placement, location, size, type or appearance of signs indicating that any real estate is "for sale" or "for lease"; and provided further that no authority is given to any Developer to regulate, restrict placement, location, size, type or appearance of signs as set forth and provided in Section 26.68.130.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.170 Prohibited signs.

Any sign not specifically permitted by this title shall be deemed prohibited.
(Ord. 59979 18 (part), 1986.)

26.68.175 Board-up signage prohibited.

A. The application, by stencil or other similar means, of any words, letters, numbers, or graphic advertising designs on the plywood or other material used to secure openings in vacant or occupied buildings is prohibited.

B. The City of St. Louis and the Land Reutilization Authority shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.

C. Penalty for Violation. Any person violating the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment of not more than ninety days, or by both fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 63858 1--3, 1996.)

26.68.180 Removal of signs within or on public right-of-way or easement.

A. No person, partnership, corporation or organization shall place, erect, attach or set up a prohibited sign, as defined in Chapter 26.68 of the Revised Code, within or on a public right-of-way or a public easement.

B. The Refuse Commissioner is hereby authorized to remove and dispose of any signs which are placed within or on a public right-of-way or a public easement and which are specifically prohibited by Chapter 26.68 of the Revised Code.

C. Penalty for Violation. Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment of not more than ninety days, or by both fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 65790 2--4, 2002: Ord. 63686 1, 1996.)

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