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17.120.040 Prohibited signs.
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A. The following signs are prohibited on any property within the City:

1. Flashing, rotating, animated, blinking and moving signs. However, upon referral from the Planning Director, the Design Review Board may determine that such a sign is necessary in order to portray an appropriate and distinct image in a unique situation.

2. Miscellaneous signs and posters and the affixing of signs of a miscellaneous character visible from a public right-of-way. Signs located on the wall(s) of buildings, barns, sheds, trees, poles, posts, fences or other structures are prohibited unless provided for under the provisions of this chapter. (See also City Ordinance No. 693.)

3. Any sign affixed to any vehicle or trailer either on a public right-of-way or on public or private property for the sole purpose of attracting people to a place of business.

4. Banners, pennants, search lights, balloons or other gas-filled figures except that banners may be permitted, for a period of time not to exceed 30 days in any calendar year, at the opening of a new business, or for special events, with prior written approval of the Planning Director, in accordance with SMC 17.120.030(O).

5. Portable or wheeled signs, unless used for real estate purposes, pursuant to SMC 17.120.030(K), or as permitted on commercially zoned properties, pursuant to SMC 17.120.060(C).

6. Signs which bear or contain statements, words, or pictures of an obscene, pornographic, immoral character, or which contain advertising matter which is untruthful or misleading.

7. Signs emitting audible sounds, odor or visible matter. However, upon referral from the Planning Director, the Design Review Board may determine that such a sign is necessary in order to portray an appropriate and distinct image in a unique situation.

8. Signs which purport to be, or are, an imitation of, or resemble, an official traffic sign or signal, or which bear the words: “go slow,” “caution,” “danger,” “warning,” or similar words.

9. Signs which may by reason of their size, location, movement, content, coloring or manner of illumination, be confused with or construed as a traffic control sign, signal or device, or the light of a road or emergency equipment vehicle.

10. Signs which may by reason of size, location, movement, content, coloring, or manner of illumination, cause a dangerous situation or otherwise pose a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare. If a sign is prohibited based on this criteria, the Design Review Board shall make specific findings regarding the sign characteristic(s) which create a dangerous situation or otherwise pose a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare.

11. Off-premises signs, except off-premises real estate signs as permitted by SMC 17.120.030(J), and off-premises community directional signs as permitted by SMC 17.120.030(N).

B. Posting on public property is prohibited. No person, except a duly authorized public officer or employee, shall erect, construct or maintain, paste, paint, print, nail, tack or otherwise fasten or affix, any card, banner, handbill, campaign sign, poster, sign, advertisement, or notice of any kind, or cause or suffer the same to be done, on any curbstone, lamppost, pole, bench, hydrant, bridge, wall, tree, sidewalk or structure in or upon any public street, alley, or upon other public property, except as may be required or permitted by ordinance or law. (Ord. 1111, 2018)

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