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A. Sign Types. The following sign types are allowed in Fountain Hills:

1. A-Frame and T-Frame Signs.

a. Zoning/Use.

i. Single-family and multifamily residential zoning districts only when in compliance with subsection D of this section;

ii. Commercial or industrial zoning districts; and

iii. PADs with commercial or industrial uses.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign area is six (6) square feet. Maximum sign height is three (3) feet.

c. Number.

i. In single-family and multifamily districts, as allowed by subsection D of this section.

ii. One per business in commercial or industrial districts.

d. Location. Shall not be used as an off-premises sign, except when used as a residential directional sign or as provided below:

i. On property held in common by members of a property owner’s association.

ii. On property owned by the business owner’s landlord.

iii. Along a public street subject to:

1.Shall not be located on the paved portion of any public street, any sidewalk, or in any median.

2.Shall not be located within a designated parking or loading area.

3.Shall not be located in a manner that poses a traffic vision hazard.

4.Shall not be located within a public right-of-way.

iv. Landscaping cannot be modified or damaged to accommodate an A-frame sign.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. Attachments to A-frame signs are limited to not more than four (4) balloons or flags, no more than one (1) square foot in size, flown no higher than six (6) feet from the ground.

2. Awning or Canopy Sign.

a. Zoning/Use.

i. Permitted nonresidential uses in a residential zoning district;

ii. An apartment building in a multifamily zoning district;

iii. Commercial or industrial zoning districts; and

iv. PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height.

i. A sign placed on the side or face of an awning or canopy may not exceed 25% of the area of the face of the awning or canopy on which the sign is placed.

ii. A sign placed on top of a canopy may not exceed one (1) square foot of area for each linear foot of the length of the canopy on the side containing the sign for single occupancies and for the length of the occupancy for multiple occupancy buildings.

c. Number. One (1) sign per occupancy.

d. Location. On an approved canopy.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. When placed on top of a canopy, must consist of individual alphanumeric characters only.

3. Balloons.

a. Zoning/Use.

i. Permitted nonresidential uses in residential zoning districts;

ii. Commercial or industrial zoning districts; and

iii. PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. No balloon shall be bigger than twenty-four (24) inches in diameter and can be no higher than six (6) feet from the ground.

c. Number. N/A.

d. Location.

i. When part of a business, within the area leased by the business.

ii. When adjacent to a building, not more than four (4) feet from the face of the building and within twenty (20) feet of the main building entrance.

iii. When attached to an authorized temporary sign, in locations where the temporary signs are permitted.

iv. Shall not be displayed within the perimeter landscape area.

v. Shall not encroach within on-site fire lanes.

vi. Shall not be attached to or hung from a tree or shrub.

vii. Shall not be erected at the intersection of any street or pedestrian walkway in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision, or at any location where, by its position, shape or color, it may interfere with or obstruct the view of or be confused with any authorized traffic signal, sign or device.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. Balloons must be tethered to a secure location that prevents high winds from removing the balloon or causing it to create an obstruction.

ii. May be displayed for a maximum of thirty (30) days per calendar year. Additional days may be approved through approval of a Temporary Use Permit.

4. Banners.

a. Zoning/Use.

i. Permitted nonresidential uses in residential zoning districts;

ii. Apartment complexes containing more than twenty (20) units in multifamily or commercial zoning districts;

iii. Commercial or industrial zoning districts; and

iv. PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign area shall be thirty-two (32) square feet.

c. Number. One (1) per occupancy.

d. Location.

i. Within the area owned or leased by the business or use.

ii. Shall not be displayed in any parking space, drive aisle or the required perimeter landscape area.

iii. Shall not encroach within on-site fire lanes.

iv. Shall not be attached to or hung from a tree or shrub.

v. Shall not be erected at the intersection of any street or pedestrian walkway in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision, or at any location where, by its position, shape or color, it may interfere with or obstruct the view of or be confused with any authorized traffic signal, sign or device.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. A Banner Permit must be obtained from the Development Services Department prior to display of a banner sign.

ii. Banners must be affixed to a secure location that prevents high winds from removing the banner or causing it to create an obstruction.

iii. May be displayed for a maximum of thirty (30) days per calendar year. Additional days may be approved through approval of a Temporary Use Permit.

5. Building Wall Sign.

a. Zoning/Use.

i. Permitted nonresidential uses in residential zoning districts;

ii. Apartment complexes containing more than twenty (20) units in multifamily or commercial zoning districts;

iii. Commercial or industrial zoning districts; and

iv. PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height.

i. One and one-half (1.5) square feet of sign area is allowed for each lineal foot of occupancy frontage along a street. All occupancies with an exterior wall are allowed a minimum of twenty-four (24) square feet of signage. The maximum allowed sign area for an individual sign is one hundred (100) square feet.

ii. Corner buildings may transfer up to 25% of the area from one building frontage to the other if the angle of the building at the corner is between forty-five degrees (45˚) and ninety degrees (90˚). Each side of corner buildings with building frontages less than forty-five degrees (45˚) and between ninety degrees (90˚) and one hundred eighty degrees (180˚) shall be considered as one frontage and may not transfer sign area.

iii. Sign area must allow a minimum of a two (2) foot border from the edge of the building or suite frontage, or a minimum two (2) foot separation between signs, whichever is greater.

c. Number. One sign for each fifty (50) feet of occupancy per street frontage, or portion thereof.

d. Location. Shall not be located in a manner that is prohibited in Section 6.07(B)(2)(h) through (B)(2)(l).

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. Each wall sign may project no more than twelve (12) inches from the surface of the wall to which is it attached.

ii. Reverse pan channel letters with halo illumination must not exceed a one and three-quarters (1.75) inch separation from the wall.

iii. In the C-2, C-3, and TCCD zoning districts, a building wall sign may be added to a secondary entrance in addition to total aggregate sign area if the following criteria are met:

1.Sign area shall not exceed 25% of the primary total aggregate sign area.

2.The secondary entrance must not be visible from the main public entrance.

3.The secondary entrance must face a rear parking area, common area or public use frontage.

6. Drive-Through Sign.

a. Zoning/Use. Commercial or industrial zoning districts or PAD with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign area shall be twenty (20) square feet. Maximum sign height is five (5) feet.

c. Number. Maximum of one (1) per drive-through lane.

d. Location.

i. Within five (5) feet of a drive-through lane.

ii. Cannot be readable from any public street or alley.

iii. Must be at least one hundred fifty (150) feet from any residential zoning district or fully screened from residential view by a masonry wall.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. Minimum of four (4) square feet of landscaping per one (1) square foot of sign area shall be provided at the base of the sign.

7. Flags.

a. Zoning/Use. Allowed in all zoning districts.

b. Size/Height.

i. The maximum size of a flag is twenty-four (24) square feet in residentially zoned property or property zoned PAD with residential uses and sixty (60) square feet in all other zoning districts.

ii. The maximum flagpole height is the height allowed in the zoning district and Section 5.07(B).

c. Number.

i. If hung from the side of a building, one (1) per unit or tenant space.

ii. Each flagpole may contain up to two (2) flags.

d. Location. Flagpoles must be located so that if the pole should fall, it will remain on the property containing the pole.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. Developed single-family lots may contain one flagpole.

ii. Model home complexes may have two (2) flagpoles on one (1) lot and one (1) flagpole on additional lots up to a maximum of five (5) flagpoles.

iii. All other properties may have up to two (2) flagpoles.

iv. The length of the flag, which is the longer side of the flag that is perpendicular to the flagpole, shall not exceed one-third (1/3) of the in-ground pole height.

v. May be hung on the side of a building only on national or state holidays.

8. Freestanding Wall/Fence Sign.

a. Zoning/Use.

i. Subdivision entry feature for single-family and multifamily developments in all residential zoning districts;

ii. Commercial or industrial zoning districts; and

iii. PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign area is twenty-four (24) square feet. Maximum sign height is six (6) feet.

c. Number. One per development entry.

d. Location. Part of or attached to a perimeter wall surrounding a development.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. A minimum of two (2) square feet of landscape area per one (1) square foot of sign area shall be provided at the base of the sign.

ii. Sign area may be back-lit such that the source of illumination is not visible; provided, however, that back-lit, nonopaque panels are not permitted.

iii. The text area of the sign may be illuminated by fully shielded, ground mounted directional lighting.

9. Hanging or Under-Canopy Sign.

a. Zoning/Use. Any commercial or industrial zoning district and PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign width is twenty-four (24) inches, maximum sign height is twelve (12) inches. Minimum clearance is at least eight (8) feet from the bottom of the sign to the sidewalk or surface beneath the sign.

c. Number. One (1) per occupancy.

d. Location. Under an awning or canopy associated with the business or activity.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. If located over an abutting Town right-of-way, must obtain an encroachment permit from the Town.

10. Monument Sign.

a. Zoning/Use.

i. Permitted nonresidential uses in residential zoning districts;

ii. Entry feature into a subdivision in single-residence zoning districts;

iii. Apartment or condominium complex containing more than twenty (20) dwellings in multifamily zoning districts;

iv. Commercial or industrial zoning districts; and

v. PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height.

Table 6.08(B). Size and Height Allowances for Monument Signs

Zoning District

Maximum Size

Maximum Height

Single Residential

32 sq. ft.

6 feet

Multiresidential

32 sq. ft.

8 feet

Commercial/Industrial

50 sq. ft. for an individual sign

12 feet

c. Number. One monument sign per lot or parcel for each full three hundred (300) feet of street frontage.

d. Location.

i. Along a street frontage, but not within a public right-of-way.

ii. Must be separated from any other monument sign on the same property by at least one hundred fifty (150) feet.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. A minimum of two (2) square feet of landscaping per one (1) square foot of sign area provided at the base of the sign.

ii. Sign may be internally illuminated.

iii. Sign area may be back-lit such that the source of illumination is not visible; provided, however, that back-lit, nonopaque panels are not permitted.

iv. The text area of the sign may be illuminated by fully shielded, ground mounted directional lighting.

11. On-Site Directional Sign.

a. Zoning/Uses. Commercial or industrial zoning districts and PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign area is four (4) square feet. Maximum sign height is five (5) feet.

c. Number. As needed.

d. Location. At least twenty (20) feet from a public street and within five (5) feet of a driveway or drive aisle.

12. Post and Board Sign.

a. Zoning/Uses. Allowed in all zoning districts.

b. Size/Height.

i. Developed properties and undeveloped properties five (5) acres or less in size, the maximum sign area is six (6) square feet. Maximum sign height is five (5) feet in residentially zoned property and eight (8) feet in non-residentially zoned property.

ii. Undeveloped property more than five (5) acres in size, maximum sign area is thirty-two (32) square feet. Maximum height is eight (8) feet.

c. Number. One (1) sign per street front.

d. Location. Shall not be located within the public right-of-way.

13. Projecting Sign.

a. Zoning/Uses. Commercial or industrial zoning districts and PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign width is three and one-half (3.5) feet. Maximum sign height is six (6) feet. Minimum clearance is eight (8) feet from the bottom of the sign to the sidewalk or surface beneath the sign.

c. Number. One per building.

d. Location. On the building outside the tenant space for which the sign is located.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. If encroaching over an abutting Town right-of-way line, must obtain an encroachment permit from the Town.

14. Sign Walkers.

a. Zoning/Uses. Commercial or industrial zoning districts and PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign area is five (5) square feet.

c. Number. One sign per business.

d. Location.

i. If located in the right-of-way, a sign walker shall be positioned behind the curb, or, if no curb is present, ten (10) feet behind the edge of pavement.

ii. Sign walkers shall be positioned so as to not obstruct vehicle sight lines and road “clear zones” established by the Town Engineer in accordance with traffic engineering standards.

iii. Sign walkers shall not obstruct the free movement of pedestrians on sidewalks.

iv. Sign walkers are not allowed in the medians of public or private streets.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. Sign walkers shall not erect or place tents, temporary structures, umbrellas, chairs or stools anywhere within the public right-of-way or on adjacent property.

15. Vehicle Sign.

a. Zoning/Uses. Commercial and industrial zoning districts and PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. N/A.

c. Number. N/A.

d. Location. Vehicle must be parked in an authorized location and in a lawful manner that is not distinct or different from the predetermined parking area design.

e. Miscellaneous Requirements.

i. The vehicle must be operable and currently registered per Town Code. The primary purpose of the vehicle shall be in the operation of the business, e.g., transporting goods or providing services, and not displaying a sign.

ii. Business or commercial vehicles displaying signage or advertising as a normal part of business activity may be parked in an off-street parking space adjacent to the business to which the vehicle relates as far from the public right-of-way as possible. If the vehicle is visible from the public right-of-way it shall not remain in the same parking space for more than forty-eight (48) hours.

iii. Unless otherwise permitted, signs mounted, attached or painted on trailers, boats, motor vehicles or any moveable object placed on premises specifically to serve as additional signage are prohibited; they shall not become additional, permanent freestanding signs.

iv. No sign shall be erected or attached to any vehicle except for signs that are magnetically attached to or permanently painted or wrapped on the surface of a vehicle.

16. Window Sign.

a. Zoning/Uses. Commercial or industrial zoning districts and PADs with similar uses.

b. Size/Height. May not cover more than fifty (50) percent of any window.

c. Number. N/A.

d. Location. On a window or within six (6) feet behind a window when intended to be viewed from outside the building.

e. Miscellaneous. May use neon signs for interior window displays in commercial and industrial districts. The total amount of neon signage for any one business shall be six (6) square feet. No more than two (2) neon signs shall be allowed for any business.

17. Yard Signs.

a. Zoning. Allowed in all zoning districts.

b. Size/Height. Maximum sign area is six (6) square feet in single-family zoning districts and eight (8) square feet in all other zoning districts. Maximum sign height is three (3) feet in single-family zoning districts and five (5) feet in all other zoning districts.

c. Number. One (1) sign per lot.

d. Location. Shall not be located within the public right-of-way.

B. Electronic Message Centers. Electronic message centers (EMC) are permitted in commercial and industrial zoning districts, and for permitted nonresidential uses in residential zoning districts consistent with the following requirements:

1. There shall be no moving or flashing green or red features that can be mistaken as traffic control devices.

2. Each message on the sign must be displayed a minimum of eight (8) seconds.

3. EMC shall contain static messages only and shall not have movement, or the appearance or optical illusion of movement, of any part of the sign structure, design or pictorial segment of the sign, including movement or appearance of movement or any illumination of the flashing, scintillating or varying of light intensity.

4. Message change is allowed through fade, dissolve, travel, or scrolling modes not to exceed two (2) seconds in transition.

5. When a business is closed, the sign may continue to be lit, but may only display a static message.

6. Nighttime Allowances. From one (1) hour after official sunset until one (1) hour before official sunrise, the maximum luminance level of any EMC shall be 100 nits.

7. Measurement Criteria. The luminance of an electronic message center shall be measured with a luminance meter set to measure candelas per square meter (nits) traceable to a National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) standard and using accepted professional practices for measurement as established by the Development Services Director.

8. All permitted electronic message centers shall be equipped with a sensor or other device that automatically determines the ambient illumination and programmed to automatically dim according to ambient light conditions, or that can be adjusted to comply with the 100 nits maximum nighttime luminance requirement.

9. In the event a sign is found to be out of compliance with the luminance levels required by this Chapter, the sign shall remain off until the sign is brought into compliance.

C. Temporary Sign Allowances.

1. The aggregate temporary sign allowances per occupancy are as follows:

Table 6.08(C). Aggregate Temporary Sign Allowance by Use per Occupancy

Use

Maximum Total Area for all Temporary Signs

Maximum Number of Signs per Street Front

Minimum Separation

Single-Family, Attached or Detached

12 sq. ft.

2

N/A

Multifamily, Office, Nonresidential in a Single-Family District

32 sq. ft.

2

50 feet

Commercial

48 sq. ft.

3

75 feet

Industrial

64 sq. ft.

2

N/A

2. Construction on Undeveloped Property. Undeveloped properties with valid building permits may display one (1) temporary sign not to exceed eight (8) square feet in size and a maximum height of five (5) feet. The sign must be on the construction site. The sign must be removed no later than the date when the final inspection is completed.

D. Residential Directional Sign. These temporary signs are allowed subject to the following requirements:

1. Allowed in all residential zoning districts and residential PADs and along streets leading to the activity regardless of zoning.

2. Each single-family lot, condominium unit, or model home may place one (1) sign anywhere on the property. Further, each single-family home, condominium complex, or model home cluster may place one (1) additional sign at each turning movement beginning at the subject property out to a major street with a maximum of five (5) additional signs.

3. Shall not be located within the public right-of-way.

4. Miscellaneous Requirements.

a. No sign may be attached to any utility pole or box, light pole, street sign, bus shelter, or any structure within the public right-of-way.

b. Signs shall not damage any vegetation or rest against other objects or vegetation. (21-09, Amended, 05/18/2021, Deleted and replaced)