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1. Accessory Sign – A sign that is an integral part of an outdoor display structure associated with a commercial or industrial use. Examples include gas pumps, newspaper dispensers, soft drink machines, and other related structures.
2. Sign Alteration – Any modification to the size, shape, method of illumination, construction, or supporting structure of a sign.
3. Area (of a sign) –
– Projecting, Portable, and Freestanding: The area of the sign is often measured by totaling the area within and enclosing the perimeter of each cabinet or module on which copy is placed in order to determine the aggregate sign area. The sign area generally does not include essential sign structure, foundations or supports. Additionally, the sign area generally does not include embellishments such as pole covers. Framing, decorative roofing, etc., as long as no written copy exists on such embellishments. The portion of any sign embellishments that exceeds 50 percent of the permitted sign area is most often not included in the area of the sign. In most cases, all sign faces of any multi-faced sign will be included in its area. However for a double-faced signs in a single cabinet, generally only the area of one face is included in the total sign area.
-Wall Signs: Commonly, the area of a wall sign is defined as the area around or enclosing each sign cabinet, or, in certain cases where sign cabinets are not used, the area is often that within a single, continuous perimeter composed of any straight line geometric figure which encloses the extreme limits of the message.
4. Awning – a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall of a building often located above a window, a door, or over a sidewalk. An awning often displays information as to the name of the business, thereby acting as a sign in addition to its use as a means of protection from weather.
5. Balloon Sign – A sign made from a nonporous bag of tough light material, commonly filled with heated air or a gas lither than air (such as helium) so as to rise and float above ground displaying graphics, symbols and/or written copy.
6. Banner Sign – A sign made from fabric or any nonrigid material that is not enclosed by framework.
7. Canopy – an awning supported by at least two columns. A canopy has the ability to extend further from a building than an awning, as in the case of an entrance to a restaurant or retail store.
8. Changeable Copy Sign (Electronic) – a sign on which the copy changes electronically.
9. Changeable Copy Sign (Manual) – A sign on which copy is changed manually in the field. For example: the panel permanently affixed as part of a larger sign, often used to advertise specials for commercial businesses.
10. Clearance (of a sign) – The vertical distance measured from the lowest point of the sign to the natural surface grade beneath the sign.
11. Copy – The message displayed on the surface of a sign in either permanent or removable letter form or graphics, or symbols designed specifically for the purpose of visual communication/advertising.
12. Double-Faced Sign – A sign containing advertising on two faces where the faces are parallel or within ten degrees of parallel.
13. Face (of a sign) – The area of a sign on which the message/advertising is placed.
14. Festoons – A string of ribbons, tinsel, small flags, or pinwheels.
15. Flashing Sign – A sign containing an intermittent or sequential flashing light source used with the primary purpose of attracting attention. Flashing signs do not include: electronic changeable copy signs or signs that create an illusion of flashing of intermittent light through reflection or other means.
16. Freestanding Sign – A sign supported on the ground by a frame, pole(s), or other support structure which is not attached to any building. A freestanding sign most often counts as one sign, even if it contains upwards of two sign faces. When considered this way, freestanding signs include monument (ground-mount), pole, and pylon-type signs.
– Monument – a freestanding sign in which the entire bottom of the sign is in contact with or in close proximity to the ground. Monument signs generally do not include pole or pylon signs.
-Pylon Sign – a freestanding sign, commonly double-faced, that is mounted on one or two supports above ground level. A pylon sign is often referred to as a pole sign.
17. Frontage – the length of the property line of a lot or parcel along a public right-of-way on which it borders.
18. Height (of a sign) – the vertical distance measured from the highest point of the sign to the natural surface grade beneath the sign.
19. Illuminated Sign – a sign with an artificial light source incorporated internally (i.e., direct illumination), or with an external light source directed to illuminate the exterior of the sign (i.e., indirect illumination). This includes signs with light sources that are disconnected from power.
20. Incidental Sign – a small sign, emblem, or decal generally used to inform the public of facilities, goods, or services available on the premises. For example: a credit card sign or a sign indicating hours of business.
21. Landmark Sign – a sign that is found to be of local or historical significance/importance by the Planning Commission.
22. Sign Maintenance – the cleaning, painting, repair, or replacement of defective parts of a sign, or to achieve a change in sign face, in a manner that does not alter the basic design or structure of the sign.
23. Marquee – a permanent roof-like projection from a building above the building entrance.
24. Mounted Sign – a sign which is permanently attached to a building.
– Canopy Sign – a sign that is painted on, printed on, or attached flat against the surface of a canopy or awning.
– Projecting Sign – a sign, with the exception of a flat wall sign, which is attached to and projects from a building wall or other structure not specifically designed to support the sign.
– Roof Sign – any mounted sign that projects above the top of a wall, eave, or parapet. Signs on a mansard roof or on a wall on the end façade of a gable roof are often considered wall signs, as long as they do not extend above the roofline.
– Hanging Sign – a sign that hangs beneath a marquee, canopy, or awning and is perpendicular to the building face.
– Wall Sign – a sign attached parallel to and extending no more than twelve inches from the wall of a building. This often includes painted, individual letters, and cabinet signs.
25. Moving Sign – a sign which uses mechanized movement (such as rotation) to attract attention, depict action, or create a special effect or scene. This definition also includes dancing inflatable displays.
26. Permanent Sign – a sign constructed of durable materials, structurally affixed to the ground, sign support structure (e.g., pole), or to a building, and intended to exist for the duration of time that the use or occupant is located on the site.
27. Portable Sign – a sign not permanently affixed to a structure, a building, or the ground.
28. Sign – any device, structure, fixture, placard, or any other related support structure erected for the purpose of displaying graphics, symbols, and/or written copy designed specifically for the purpose of advertising or identifying any business, person, institution, commodity, service, entertainment, or activity.
29. Temporary Sign – a sign/advertising display that is constructed of fabric, vinyl, paper, cardboard, plywood, or other light materials, with or without a frame, that sits on the ground, or is attached to the ground by metal, plastic, or wood post(s) driven or dug into the ground with no footing or foundation, and that is intended to be removed upon termination of the activity or event. This definition also includes signs of similar material that are attached by means of metal, plastic, or fabric ties to fences or other structures not designed or intended for the placement of signs. Temporary signs generally include, but are not limited to: portable signs, A-frame signs, banners, flags, or pennants.
30. Video Sign – a changeable electronic copy sign providing information in both a horizontal and vertical format (as opposed to linear), and having the capacity to create continuously changing sign copy in a wide spectrum of colors, shades, and light intensities.
31. Window Sign – an unlighted sign painted on a window or installed inside a window with the intent of being viewed from the outside.

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