CHAPTER 11
CITY OF NORTHGLENN ZONING ORDINANCE

ARTICLE 35
SIGNS AND OUTDOOR COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING DEVICES

Section 11-35-1. Purpose. The purpose of this Article is to:

(a)

Protect the public from signs which are structurally unsafe;

(b)

Promote traffic safety and the free movement of traffic and protect the public from the hazardous conditions which result from signs which obscure or distract the vision of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians;

(c)

Facilitate easy, safe, and pleasant communication between people and their surroundings;

(d)

Conserve the character and economic value of buildings and neighborhoods;

(e)

Provide a balance between legitimate identification and advertising needs and the visual discord which signs sometimes cause, and to provide a sense of balance or proportion between a sign and the building or property which it serves;

(f)

Preserve the open and uncluttered feeling characteristic of Northglenn;

(g)

Encourage the erection of signs which are legible in their surroundings, compatible with the visual character of the surrounding area, appropriate to the activities identified, and expressive of both the architecture of the building which the sign serves and the individuality of the owner of the building;

(h)

To reflect in sign regulations the general emphasis on landscaping and "greening" found in Northglenn's zoning and land use programs.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978]

Section 11-35-2. Definitions.

(a)

Animated sign - Any sign or part of a sign which changes physical position by any movement, or which gives the illusion of such change of physical position.

(b)

Arcade - A covered, enclosed passageway with shops along either or both sides.

(c)

Awning - A moveable shelter supported entirely from the exterior wall of a building and a type which can be retracted against the face of the supporting building.

(d)

Billboard - A flat surface, either free standing, wall mounted, or a wall itself, on which signs are posted advertising a business, product, or service not available on the premises.

(e)

Building Code - The building code of the City of Northglenn, as adopted by the City Council, including such codes as may be adopted in the future.

(f)

Building Frontage - The horizontal linear dimension of that side of a building which is adjacent to a dedicated street and architecturally finished to match the principal building facade, or which has a public entrance to the building and abuts a street, parking area, or other circulation area open to the general public. In shopping centers, any outside architecturally finished wall of a first-floor use shall be considered building frontage.

(g)

Canopy - A roof-like structure serving the purpose of protecting vehicles and pedestrians and which may be free-standing or attached to a building, is provided with supports, and is open on three sides if attached and on all sides if free-standing.

(h)

City Manager - The person charged with the administration and enforcement of this Ordinance, or his duly authorized representative.

(i)

Distance of Projection - The distance from the exterior wall surface of the building to the outer extremity of a sign structure attached to the building.

(i.5)

Electronic Message Center (EMC) - A sign which displays electronic static messages, static graphics, or static pictures, with or without textual information. Such a sign may be changed or altered by electronic means on a fixed display screen composed of a series of lights including light emitting diodes (LED's), fiber optics, light bulbs, or other illumination devices within the display area where the message is displayed.

(j)

Grade - The average elevation of the ground at the base of the sign.

(k)

Identification Sign - A sign which establishes the identity of an occupant by listing his name or professional title, which establishes the identity of a building or building complex by name or symbol only, or which indicates street address and name. The term "identification sign" shall not include signs identifying commercial or industrial uses or a commodity or service offered on the premises.

(l)

Illumination -

(1)

Direct: lighting by means of an unshielded light source which is effectively visible as a part of the sign. Neon lighting is considered direct lighting.

(2)

Indirect: lighting which illuminates the front of a sign or the entire building facade upon which the sign is displayed, the source of the light being shielded from public view and from surrounding properties. Indirect illumination does not include lighting which is primarily used for purposes other than sign illumination, such as parking lot light.

(3)

Internal: lighting by means of a light source which is within a sign having a translucent background and which silhouettes opaque letters or designs, or lighting within or behind letters or designs which are themselves made of translucent or opaque material.

(m)

Joint Identification Sign - A sign which serves as a common or collective identification for two or more businesses or industrial uses located within the same building, or which share a common wall, or for two or more businesses or industrial buildings located within a jointly used area, which buildings are in close proximity to one another. Such signs may contain a general identification for shopping centers, industrial parks, office centers and similar developments, and may in some cases contain a directory to individual uses as an integral but clearly secondary part of the sign.

(n)

Maintenance - The replacing, repairing, or repainting of a portion of a sign or sign structure, and watering, weeding, mowing, trimming and similar activities on any landscaped area in which the sign is located.

(o)

Marquee - A rigid, roof-like structure attached to a wall or walls of a building or structure and supported entirely by the building or structure.

(p)

Non-Conforming - Any sign erected prior to the enactment of this Ordinance which does not conform to all the applicable regulations and restrictions of this Ordinance.

(q)

Off-Premise Sign - A billboard or general outdoors advertising device which advertises or directs attention to a business, commodity, service, or activity conducted, sold, or offered elsewhere than on the property upon which the sign is located, but not including bus shelter signs specifically approved by City Council.

(r)

On-Premise Sign - A sign which advertises goods, services, facilities, or events available on the premises upon which the sign is located.

(s)

Owner - A person, corporation, or other legal entity recorded as such on the records of the Adams County Clerk and Recorder, including any duly authorized agent of the owner or a person having a vested or contingent interest in the property in question.

(t)

Roof Line - The highest point on any building where an exterior wall encloses usable floor area, excluding floor area provided for housing mechanical equipment. The term "roof line" shall also include the highest point on any parapet wall required by the Building Code.

(u)

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

(1)

Flags of any fraternal, religious, corporate, or civic organization, if flown in conjunction with the American and State of Colorado flags, and limited to 15 square ft. per flag and 25 ft. in height.

(2)

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

(3)

Governmental, religious, fraternal, or civic logos or crests.

(4)

Works of art which in no way identify a product, service, or business.

(5)

Scoreboards located on athletic fields which in no way identify a product, service, or business.

(6)

Temporary decoration or displays customarily associated with national, local, or religious celebrations.

(7)

Balloons that are less than two (2) feet in diameter.

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

(v)

Signable Area - That portion of the building facade unbroken by doors or windows upon which a wall sign is or may be located. It is calculated by selecting a continuous facade, then drawing an imaginary rectangle and computing the square foot area of this rectangle.

(w)

Sign Face or Display Surface - The surface of a sign upon, against, or through which the message is displayed or illustrated. The sign face includes any architectural embellishment or background material or color forming an integral part of the display or used to differentiate the sign from its surroundings.

(x)

Sign Measurement -

(1)

Sign Face: The area of a sign shall be the smallest possible rectangle or rectangles enclosing the extreme limits of the display surface. For signs involving individual letters or symbols placed flat against a building, or which are supported by individual standards or are otherwise free-standing, the area of the sign shall be that of the smallest possible rectangle or rectangles enclosing all the letters or symbols used to convey the message of the sign, and shall include the open space between the letters or symbols and the entire display surface. If a sign has two or more faces, the area of all faces shall be included in determining the area of the sign, except that for signs with two identical faces, placed back to back and separated by no more than 18 inches, or placed at an angle of less than 90°, only one face shall be used in determining the total sign area. Low profile detached signs which consist of more than two identical faces shall have only two faces counted in determining sign area, provided that no more than two faces are visible from any one point.

(2)

Three-Dimensional Figures: If three-dimensional figures are used as signs, the area shall be the total area, as projected on a vertical plane, of each side of the figure which is visible. For purposes of these regulations, a figure shall be considered to have not less than one nor more than four sides, and the number of sides to be measured shall be determined by the intended location and visibility of the figure.

(3)

Sign Height: The height of any sign shall be the distance between the top-most portion of the sign or the structure supporting the sign or any architectural embellishments to the sign, and the average grade level at the base of the sign or sign support.

(y)

Sign Structure - Any supports, uprights, braces, or framework of the sign, excluding the sign face.

(z)

Sign Types -

(1)

Canopy: A sign painted on or affixed to a canopy, or suspended from the canopy over a private walkway.

(2)

Detached: A sign supported by poles, uprights, or braces extending from the ground or from an object on the ground, or any sign located on the ground, providing that no part of the sign is attached to any part of a building. A "low profile" or "ground" sign is a detached sign which is less than eight feet in height and is placed in a landscaped setting. A "free-standing" sign is a detached sign with a display surface which is at least eight feet above grade.

(3)

Marquee: A sign attached to, painted on, or extending from a marquee.

(4)

Projecting: A sign which is supported by a wall, and the faces of which project at an approximate angle of 90° from that wall.

(5)

Roof: A sign erected upon or extending above the roof line of a building or structure.

(6)

Wall: A sign attached to or painted on a wall of a building, the display surface of the sign being parallel to the wall of the building to which the sign is attached. A mansard roof may be considered a wall.

(7)

Window: A sign which is applied or attached to a window, or located within one foot of the interior of the window and visible from the exterior of the building. Small temporary placards placed in or affixed to windows which announce the events of non-profit groups are not considered signs.

(aa)

Street Frontage - Any boundary line of a lot or parcel of land that coincides with the right-of-way of a public street.

(bb)

Street Line - A common boundary between private property and a dedicated street or alley.

(cc)

Vision Triangle - On a corner lot, a triangle measured from the point of intersection of the flow lines abutting the streets a certain distance along each such flow line.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978; 1117, 1994; 1337, 2003; 1440, 2006; 1616, 2012]

Section 11-35-3. Administrative Provisions.

(a)

General: No sign shall be erected or continued unless it is in full compliance with this Ordinance, with the regulations for the zone in which it is located, and with all applicable laws of the City of Northglenn and the State of Colorado. The general provisions of this Section shall apply to all signs, except as modified or otherwise provided for by the specific requirements for any special sign or by the specific provisions of any zoning districts.

(b)

Unlawful Acts: Unless specifically permitted by another Section of this Sign Code, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, maintain, or remodel any sign without first obtaining a permit from the Department of Community Development.

(c)

Applicability of Building Code: All signs shall meet the applicable design, construction, and related standards specified in the Uniform Building Code. All electrical work shall be performed by an electrician licensed by the State of Colorado. No electrical work shall be performed without first having obtained a valid electrical permit issued by the City of Northglenn.

(d)

Enforcement: The Director of Community Development is hereby authorized and directed to enforce all provisions of this Code.

(e)

Maintenance of Signs: Every sign shall be maintained in good structural condition, and required landscaping shall also be maintained through regular mowing, watering, weeding, replacement, and pruning. The Director of Community Development or his authorized representative shall inspect and have the authority to order the repainting, alteration, removal, or general upgrading of the condition of any sign or its surrounding landscaping which constitutes a hazard or violates the stated purposes of this Ordinance through dilapidation or inadequate maintenance.

(f)

Sign Permit Fees: Valuation of signs shall be determined by use of the Colorado State Tax Commission Manual in effect at the time of application for any permit required by the provisions of this Article. All applications for sign permits shall be accompanied by payment of the fees provided by Section 11-45-9 of the Municipal Code of the City of Northglenn. In the case of any application for alteration or improvement of an existing sign, the fees provided by Section 11-45-9 of this Chapter shall apply to any increase in valuation of such sign.

(g)

Removal of Illegal or Hazardous Signs:

(1)

The Director of Community Development is hereby authorized to remove or cause to be removed any sign or outdoor commercial advertising device not in compliance with all applicable provisions of this Ordinance, other ordinances, resolutions, and regulations of the City of Northglenn, State statutes and regulations, and United States statutes and regulations upon notice. The cost of removal shall be borne by the owner or lessee of the sign.

(2)

The Director of Community Development shall notify in writing permittee, owner, lessee, lessor, or any of these that a sign is dangerous, constitutes a traffic hazard, or is illegal and that same shall be removed, repaired, or corrected within five days of the date of service of notice. Such notice shall also contain time, date, and place for court appearance on the alleged violation or non-compliance with the applicable provisions of this Ordinance, and shall, in the event of requiring a court appearance, be personally served.

(3)

The Director of Community Development is authorized to place barriers in or about any sign with or without notice to owner, permittee, lessee, or lessor, provided that the Director of Community Development has diligently attempted to serve a notice of violation but has been unable to do so.

(h)

Sign Setback and Projection:

(1)

Setback: Detached signs shall be set back a minimum of 25 feet from the public right-of-way. On corner lots, no detached sign shall be placed within a 50-foot vision triangle, unless specifically permitted by the Director of Community Development. Wall signs shall be allowed on existing buildings within such triangles. Detached signs in non-residential zones shall not be placed closer than 1.5 times the height of the sign to any residentially zoned district.

(2)

Distance of Projection: Wall signs shall project no more than 24 inches from the building to which they are attached. Signs whose faces are perpendicular to the wall to which the sign is attached shall project no more than four feet from the wall or one-third the width of the adjacent sidewalk, whichever is less.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978]

Section 11-35-4. Signs Permitted in All Districts Without a Permit.

Certain signs shall be permitted in all zoning districts, and all provisions of this Ordinance shall apply, except that a sign permit and permit fee are not required. These permitted signs shall not be considered as part of the total signage permitted on any lot. All such permitted signs shall be placed in such a manner as to not interfere with the free movement of traffic or obscure the vision of motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians, and are as follows:

(a)

Street Address and Identification Signs: Signs whose contents include only the name or professional title of the occupant, name of the building, address for the premise or hours of operation and which signs are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

The signs shall not exceed two square feet per sign face or five feet in height above grade;

(2)

The signs shall be limited to wall or window type placement;

(3)

There shall be a maximum of one sign per street frontage; and

(4)

Each sign may be indirectly illuminated.

(b)

Interior Signs: Interior signs are signs placed within a building which are not visible from the exterior of the building and which are subject to the regulations of the building and electrical codes. Such signs include signs placed a distance of one foot or more from the inside surface of a window.

(c)

Memorial or Commemorative Signs: Memorial or commemorative tablets or plaques are those which are cut into a masonry surface, inlaid as part of a building, or mounted flat against the wall of the building and as such shall not exceed six square feet per face or six feet in height above grade and may or may not be indirectly illuminated.

(d)

Public Signs: Public signs are those required or specifically authorized for a public purpose by the Director of Community Development, the City Engineer, or by any statute or ordinance, and as such may be of any type, number, area, height, location, or illumination as authorized.

(e)

Instructional Signs: Instructional signs are those commonly associated with and limited to information and instructions relating to the permitted use on the lot on which the sign is located and are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall not exceed two square feet per face or six feet in height above grade;

(2)

They shall be limited to wall, projecting window, or detached type placement;

(3)

There shall be one sign per message;

(4)

Each sign may be indirectly illuminated; and

(5)

These signs include such signs as "rest rooms," "no smoking," "no solicitors," "wheelchair entrance," and similar signs.

(f)

Customer Information Signs: Customer information signs display such items as "credit cards accepted," "stamps offered," prices and menus, and are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall not exceed four square feet per face or six feet in height;

(2)

They shall be limited to wall or window type placement or as an integral part of a detached sign;

(3)

There shall be one sign per message; and

(4)

Each sign may be indirectly or internally illuminated.

(g)

Temporary Single-Family Residential Real Estate Signs: Such signs are temporary signs identifying or advertising the sale, lease, or rental of a property in a single-family residential zone and are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall not exceed 12 square feet per face, and no face shall exceed 3 feet in width or 4 feet in height;

(2)

They shall be limited to wall or detached type placement;

(3)

Detached signs shall not exceed six feet in height above grade;

(4)

There shall be only one sign for each separate use with a maximum of two signs on any lot;

(5)

Corner or double frontage lots shall be permitted two signs for the same use, with a maximum of two signs per residential lot;

(6)

They shall be non-illuminated;

(7)

No sign shall be placed closer than three feet to the front or the side property line or within a 25-foot vision triangle on corner lots;

(8)

They shall be removed within seven days after the date of closing or rental of the property for which the sign was placed.

(h)

Parking and Private Traffic Directional Signs: These are signs which give parking or traffic directions into, from, or within a lot and are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall not exceed six square feet per face or six feet in height;

(2)

They shall be limited to wall or detached- type placement;

(3)

They may be indirectly illuminated; and

(4)

They may be placed closer than 25 feet to a right-of-way, but shall not be placed so as to obstruct the view of motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

(i)

Special Event Signs: REPEALED (Ord. 1143, 1996)

(j)

Political Signs: REPEALED (Ord. 676, 1982)

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978; 676, 1982; 1143, 1996]

Section 11-35-5. Special Signs. The following signs require permits and shall be subject to all the requirements of the zone in which they are located, except as specifically modified below:

(a)

Temporary Signs:

(1)

Contractor signs are signs announcing construction on a property and containing the name of the contractor and date of completion and are subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

They shall be displayed only on the property to which they pertain;

(b)

They shall not exceed 32 square feet per face or 8 feet in height;

(c)

They shall be limited to wall or detached type placement;

(d)

There shall be only one sign for each street frontage of the property;

(e)

They shall not be illuminated; and

(f)

They may be displayed for the duration of the construction project, but they shall be removed upon completion of the project.

(2)

Development signs are signs which provide development information and are subject to the same requirements set forth for contractor signs in Section 11-35-5(a)(1). Exceptions: For new developments located on property abutting the I-25 right-of-way, the maximum size of development signs shall not exceed 120 square feet in area and 16 feet in height above grade. Such signs shall be removed upon the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for the final building shell.

(3)

Grand Opening Signs are temporary signs announcing the official opening of a new business, or a change in ownership or management and are subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

There shall be no more than one temporary detached sign and one temporary wall or banner type sign per street frontage.

(b)

For purposes of this Ordinance, stores located in enclosed malls shall be considered to have one street frontage.

(c)

Temporary wall or banner signs shall not exceed 150 percent of the maximum size allowed for permanent wall signs.

(d)

Placement of such signs shall be limited to a maximum of 60 days.

(e)

Signs suspended from canopies, awnings and overhangs shall meet the size requirements of wall signs in (c) above, and the bottom of said sign shall be a minimum of seven feet above grade. In no way may the sign hinder the flow of vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

(f)

Signs may be indirectly illuminated.

(g)

Balloons in excess of two (2) feet in diameter and pennants may be used in addition to temporary wall, banner and detached type signs for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) days after opening.

(h)

Location and size requirements for detached temporary signage shall be the same as for permanent detached signs.

(4)

Special sale signs are signs announcing a special sale event such as clearance sales, holiday promotions, new product promotions, truckload sales, or a significant change in operating conditions and are subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

Signs are limited to wall, banner, and window placement and cannot exceed 150 (150%) percent of the size allowed for permanent wall signs.

(b)

Signs may be attached to semi-trailers in conjunction with special sales and shall not exceed 80 square feet per side.

(c)

Placement of special sale signs shall be limited to a period of 15 consecutive days.

(d)

Permits for special sale signs will be issued a maximum of four times in any calendar year for any one business.

(5)

Multi-family and non-residential real estate signs are temporary signs identifying or advertising the sale, lease, or rental of a property in a multi-family residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, or open zone and are subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

They shall not exceed 32 square feet per face; except for those projects located on property directly abutting the I-25 right-of-way. Such signs shall not exceed 120 square feet per face.

(b)

They shall be wall or detached type signs.

(c)

Detached signs shall not exceed eight feet in height above grade, except for those projects located on property directly abutting the I-25 right-of-way; such signs shall not exceed 16 feet in overall height above grade.

Wall signs shall not extend above the roof line of the buildings they are attached to.

(d)

They shall not be illuminated.

(e)

They may be placed closer than 25 feet to a right-of-way, but they shall not be placed so as to obstruct the vision of motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

(f)

They shall be removed within seven days after the date of closing or rental of the property for which the sign was placed.

(6)

Other temporary signs not specifically regulated in the preceding Section may be approved by the Director of Community Development.

(b)

Bulletin Boards which are signs used by public, charitable, or religious institutions for notifying the public of an event or other occurrence of public interest, such as church services, political rallies, civic meetings, or other events and are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall be located on the premises of a public, religious, or charitable institution;

(2)

They shall not exceed 20 square feet per face or six feet in height;

(3)

They may be indirectly illuminated;

(4)

They may be placed closer than 25 feet to a right-of-way, but they shall not be placed so as to obstruct the vision of motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

(c)

Church Signs are signs identifying the name and denomination of the church and are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

Churches shall be allowed one wall sign, the letters of which shall not exceed 12 inches in height, and one detached sign, limited to 30 square feet per face and 8 feet in height;

(2)

Any detached sign may incorporate a bulletin board, which shall consist of no more than two-thirds of the area of the sign. A detached church sign may also incorporate the use of an EMC not limited to two-thirds of the area of the sign and subject to the operation standards of 11-35-5(c)(5);

(3)

They may be indirectly or internally illuminated; and

(4)

They may be placed closer than 25 feet to the right-of-way, but they shall not be placed so as to obstruct the vision of motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

(5)

Operational standards for EMC pursuant to this Subsection (c) shall be as follows:

(a)

Message hold time: Each message displayed shall remain static for a minimum of eight (8) seconds. All such signs shall have a default mode to prevent the display from malfunctioning in a flashing or intermittent flash on.

(b)

Transition method: Each electronic sign shall be limited to 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. This shall include the movement or appearance of movement of any illumination or the flashing, scintillating or varying of light intensity. The transition duration shall be instantaneous.

(c)

Brightness / Luminance:

(i)

Each electronic sign shall be equipped with dimming technology that automatically varies the brightness of the electronic sign according to ambient light conditions.

(ii)

The intensity of the light source shall not produce glare, the effect of which constitutes a traffic hazard or is otherwise detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare. Lighting from the message module shall not exceed 500 nit (candelas per square meter) between dusk and dawn as measured by the equivalent 'percentage of maximum brightness-nighttime' setting on the applicant's sign controlling software. Applications for sign permits containing an electronic display shall include the manufacturer's specifications and nit rating. City officials shall have the right to view the technical specifications of the sign to determine compliance.

(d)

Sequential messaging. Consecutive messaging from a single advertiser, regardless of content, is strictly prohibited. A minimum of one (unrelated advertiser) message hold time period is required between single advertiser messaging.

(d)

Residential Subdivision Signs are temporary signs giving the public directions to and/or identifying a subdivision or similar development, and they are also permanent signs identifying the entrance to subdivisions, subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

Temporary directional signs shall pertain only to developments located within the City of Northglenn and shall be limited to 32 square feet per face, 8 feet in height and have thereon the name of the development and developer, any characteristic, logo or trademark, and travel directions. Such signs shall be located only on undeveloped land along major thoroughfares; they shall be separated from other signs for the same development along the same thoroughfare by a distance of at least one mile; they shall not be displayed prior to final approval of the subdivision plat, and they shall be removed upon completion of the project.

(2)

Subdivision entrance signs are permanent entrance signs permitted at the principal street entrance to a subdivision which signs shall not exceed 40 square feet per face or 5 feet in height; they shall contain lettering no more than 18 inches in height; they shall be placed in a landscaped setting, and the setting, design, and location of such sign shall be approved by the Department of Community Development.

(e)

Apartment Complex Identification Signs are signs stating the name and address of an apartment complex and they are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall be limited to 18 square feet per face for double-faced signs or 36 square feet for single-faced signs;

(2)

They shall be no more than six feet in height;

(3)

They shall be of the detached type placement;

(4)

They shall be limited to one sign per street frontage abutting the complex;

(5)

They may be indirectly illuminated;

(6)

They shall be located in a landscaped setting approved by the Department of Community Development which setting shall be a part of the approved landscape plan for the apartment complex; and

(7)

They shall be set back at least 25 feet from any public right-of-way unless otherwise approved by the Department of Community Development.

(f)

Time and Temperature Signs are signs which state the time and temperature and are permitted in commercial and industrial zones subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall not exceed 15 square feet per face or 15 feet in height;

(2)

They shall be either a wall or projecting type, or an integral part of a detached sign;

(3)

They shall not count as part of the total allowable sign area for the building or premises on which they are located; and

(4)

The time and temperature shall each be displayed for not less than 10-second intervals.

(g)

Vehicle-Mounted Signs are signs displayed on trucks, buses, trailers, or other vehicles.

(1)

When such vehicles, in the judgment of the Director of Community Development, are parked or stored in such a way and for such a duration of time as to constitute a permanent sign for a building or premises, the sign displayed on the vehicle shall be counted as part of the detached sign area permitted the premises.

(2)

If a detached sign is not permitted such premises under the provisions of this Sign Code, the vehicle mounted sign shall be counted as part of the wall sign area permitted the main building located on the premises.

(3)

These regulations shall not apply to signs displayed on vehicles which are being operated or stored in the normal course of a business, such as signs indicating the name of the owner or business which are located on moving vans, delivery trucks, and rental vehicles, provided that the primary purpose of such vehicles is not the display of signs, and provided further that they are stored or parked in areas and in such a fashion as is appropriate to their use as vehicles.

(h)

Off-Premises Advertising Signs are signs advertising or directing attention to a business, commodity, service or activity conducted, sold or offered elsewhere than on the same lot upon which such sign is located and are subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall be permitted in the C-5 Commercial Zone located adjacent to Interstate Highway 25 in those areas in which such signs are allowed by federal law;

(2)

They shall not exceed 60 feet in height or 672 square feet in area;

(3)

They shall be placed at least 2,000 feet apart;

(4)

They shall be set back a minimum of 25 feet from the front property line;

(5)

On corner lots, they shall not be placed within a 300-foot vision triangle;

(6)

They may be indirectly or internally illuminated;

(7)

They may be placed at ground level except when the sign would be closer than 1,000 feet to an intersection, in which case the bottom of the sign shall be elevated at least eight feet above the ground;

(8)

No more than two poles or other structural members shall be used to support the sign; and

(9)

They shall have no more than two faces, and no more than one sign or message shall be placed on each side of the structure.

(10)

A digital billboard may be incorporated into an off-premise advertising sign subject to the following restriction:

(a)

Message hold time -- Each message displayed shall remain static for a minimum of eight (8) seconds. All such signs shall have a default mode to prevent the display from malfunctioning in a flashing or intermittent fashion.

(b)

Transition method -- Each electronic sign shall be limited to 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. This shall include the movement or appearance of movement of any illumination or the flashing, scintillating or varying of light intensity. The transition duration shall be instantaneous.

(c)

Brightness / Luminance.

(i)

Each electronic sign shall be equipped with dimming technology that automatically varies the brightness of the electronic sign according to ambient light conditions.

(ii)

The intensity of the light source shall not produce glare, the effect of which constitutes a traffic hazard or is otherwise detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare. Lighting from the message module shall not exceed 500 nit (candelas per square meter) between dusk and dawn as measured by the equivalent 'percentage of maximum brightness-nighttime' setting on the applicant's sign controlling software. Applications for sign permits containing an electronic display shall include the manufacturer's specifications and nit rating. City officials shall have the right to view the technical specifications of the sign to determine compliance.

(11)

They shall be subject to an annual permit fee in accordance with applicable law.

(i)

Barber Poles and Other Such Nostalgic Signs may be approved by the Department of Community Development.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978; 871, 1987; 1440, 2006; 1616, 2012; 1621, 2012]

Section 11-35-6. Prohibited Signs. The following signs shall not be erected or maintained:

(a)

Signs which are mechanically agitated or designed to move or make any motion whatever;

(b)

Signs which exhibit changing light effects or the moving or change of copy, except reader boards as specifically allowed for individual detached signs in Section 11-35-7(c)(2)(a), and scoreboards and time and temperature signs, and theater signs and marquees which may utilize changeable copy to provide information directly related to current performances at such theater;

(c)

Signs which exhibit changing color effects, except barber poles or other nostalgic signs approved by the Department of Community Development;

(d)

Signs which by their light or focus cause a nuisance by unduly disturbing the uses of surrounding property or by causing a traffic hazard;

(e)

Signs using any sound or noise-making or transmitting device with such sound device used separately for advertising purposes beyond the confines of a building or building lot shall also be prohibited;

(f)

Signs which block any window, doorway, or any other opening required for proper ventilation, light, or exit facilities;

(g)

Signs or posters on or extending into any public right-of-way, except as authorized by resolution of City Council;

(h)

Balloons in excess of two (2) feet in diameter, banners, pennants, or wind-powered devices, except as allowed in Section 11-35-5(a)(3),(4) and (5).

(i)

Roof signs;

(j)

Search lights;

(k)

Strings of light bulbs, other than traditional holiday decorations;

(l)

Signs with optical illusion of movement by means of a design which presents a pattern capable of reversible perspective, giving the illusion of motion or changing copy;

(m)

Signs which project from the corners of buildings;

(n)

Advertising on bus benches;

(o)

Advertising on bus shelters except as may be specifically approved by City Council.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978; 871, 1987; 1117, 1994; 1140, 1995]

Section 11-35-7. Zone District Sign Regulations.

(a)

In low density residential zones, R-1, R-1-A, R-1-B, or R-1-C, permitted signs shall include street address and identification signs, temporary real estate signs, special event signs, political signs, subdivision signs, and church signs, subject to the restrictions set forth in this Article.

(b)

In medium and high density residential zones, R-2, R-3, R-3-A, or R-4, permitted signs shall include all signs permitted in low density residential zones, and apartment complex identification signs, subject to the restrictions set forth in this Article.

(c)

In commercial zones, permitted sign types shall be wall, window, detached, projecting, canopy, and marquee, subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

All first-floor commercial uses with building frontage, as defined in this Article, shall be permitted wall signs restricted as follows:

(a)

The contents shall be limited to identification by letter, numeral, logo, or design of the name and type of business, products sold, services provided, and other information pertinent to the business;

(b)

Each business may place one sign on each building frontage;

(c)

Each sign is limited to 36 square feet in size or 25 percent of the signable area of any facade, whichever is greater;

(d)

No wall sign shall extend above the roof line of the building on which it is placed;

(e)

No wall sign shall project more than 24 inches from the wall on which it is placed except signs placed against mansard roofs, which shall project no more than 48 inches;

(f)

Wall signs may be directly, internally, or indirectly illuminated;

(g)

Buildings more than 40 feet in height may place one sign on each facade visible from a public right-of-way, which shall state only the name of the building or principal business located therein, which shall not be illuminated between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and in no case shall more than two signs be visible from any one point.

(2)

Individual detached signs are permitted those businesses in commercial zones which do not share a building, a common wall, or common parking area with another business, except that if two or more businesses share a building, a common wall, or a joint parking area, individual detached signs shall not be permitted, and joint identification signs may be used; such individual detached signs to be subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

The contents shall be limited to identification by letter, numeral, logo, or design of the name and type of business, products sold, services provided, and other information pertinent to the business. A reader board with changeable copy may be included in the sign provided that the area of the reader board shall count toward the maximum size allowed for the sign;

(b)

There is permitted only one detached sign per business;

(c)

For businesses located in the Northglenn Mall area consisting of all properties in the area bounded by 104th Avenue, Huron Street, Kennedy Drive, and Interstate I-25, plus all properties located within Lot 48, Block 3, North Glenn - Third Filing, detached signs shall not exceed 60 square feet per face and 120 square feet per sign, and for all other businesses, detached signs shall not exceed 36 square feet per face and 72 square feet per sign;

(d)

For businesses located in the Northglenn Mall area, signs shall not exceed 30 feet or the height of the building or structure which the sign serves, whichever is less and for all other businesses, signs shall not exceed 25 feet or the height of the building or structure which it serves, whichever is less;

(e)

Detached signs shall be set back at least 25 feet from any public right-of-way, except as provided in Section 11-35-7(c)(2)(g). No two detached signs shall be closer together than 25 feet;

(f)

Detached signs may be indirectly or internally illuminated;

(g)

Detached signs of a low-profile, planter-type design which are not more than eight feet in height and are designed to complement the design of the building on the premises may, with the approval of the Department of Community Development, exceed the maximum allowable square footage by up to 25 percent, and may be placed closer than 25 feet to the right-of-way, and further, any use permitted a detached sign, which does not use such a sign or which uses a smaller sign than permitted, may, with approval of the Department of Community Development, apply this unused square footage to the wall sign square footage permitted that use.

(3)

Joint identification detached signs are subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

When used on sites of five acres or less, they may contain a group name and/or logo plus a directory of individual businesses as an integral but clearly secondary part of the sign, but when used on sites larger than five acres, they shall only contain a group name and/or logo;

(b)

Only one sign is permitted for each street frontage, with a maximum of two signs per site and if two signs are used, the total square footage of the two shall not exceed the square footage permitted to that site for joint identification signs;

(c)

Signs for the following site sizes shall be permitted to be the following sizes:

(1)

Sites 0-2 acres - not to exceed 50 square feet per face;

(2)

Sites 2.1-5 acres - not to exceed 100 square feet per face;

(3)

Sites 5.1-10 acres - not to exceed 150 square feet per face;

(4)

Sites 10.1-20 acres - not to exceed 200 square feet per face;

(5)

Sites 20.1-30 acres - not to exceed 250 square feet per face;

(6)

Sites 30+ acres - not to exceed 300 square feet per face.

(d)

The signs shall not exceed 25 feet in height for sites of 0 to 20 acres; 30 feet in height for sites 20.1 to 30 acres; and 40 feet in height for sites larger than 30 acres;

(e)

All signs shall be set back at least 25 feet from any right-of-way;

(f)

Such signs may be internally or indirectly illuminated; and

(g)

On signs containing a directory, individual names shall be similar, although not necessarily uniform, in terms of size, material, color, style, and lettering.

(4)

Window signs shall be placed only in first-floor windows and are subject to the following additional restrictions:

(a)

They shall be limited to identification by letter, numeral, logo, or design of the name and type of business;

(b)

Only one permanent window sign is permitted for each building frontage;

(c)

Such signs may cover up to 10 percent of the surface area of the window in which they are placed, except that a sign which exceeds the 10 percent area allowance shall count as and take the place of a wall sign permitted that use and in no case shall window signs exceed 25 percent of the surface area of the window in which such signs are placed;

(d)

Such signs shall be placed only in first-floor windows;

(e)

Such signs shall be attached or painted to the inside surface of the window;

(f)

Such signs may be directly, indirectly, or internally illuminated; and

(g)

Temporary window signs advertising goods, services, sales and the like may be placed in the windows of a commercial use for up to 30 days without a permit except that such signs shall not cover more than 25 percent of the window in which they are placed and in cases in which temporary and permanent signs are placed in the same window, no more than 25 percent of that window shall be covered by such signs.

(5)

Projecting signs are permitted on first-floor businesses provided the building is located within three feet of a public sidewalk or along a canopied walkway with the following restrictions:

(a)

The contents shall be limited to identification by letter, numeral, logo, or design of the name and type of business;

(b)

Businesses are permitted one projecting sign per building frontage on the sidewalk or canopied walkway;

(c)

No projecting sign shall exceed eight square feet per face;

(d)

Projecting signs shall clear the sidewalk by eight feet and shall not extend vertically beyond the second-story windowsill;

(e)

Projecting signs shall not project more than four feet from the building or one-third of sidewalk width, whichever is less, and the sign face shall project at an approximate angle of 90°, with projection at the corner of a building being prohibited;

(f)

Projecting signs may be internally or indirectly illuminated; and

(g)

The area of a projecting sign for a building located on a public sidewalk shall count as a wall sign for that use except if a projecting sign is located under a canopy along a private walkway and is primarily visible to pedestrians, the area of the sign shall not be counted against such wall sign area.

(6)

Businesses fronting on canopied walkways shall be permitted signs affixed to the canopy and signs affixed to the canopy in such a way as to be visible from outside the canopied walkway shall count as wall signs and be regulated as such except that signs suspended from the canopy and visible primarily to pedestrians under the canopy shall be subject to the following regulations:

(a)

The contents shall be limited to identification by letter, numeral, logo, or design of the name and type of business;

(b)

Businesses shall be permitted one sign per building frontage along the canopied walkway;

(c)

No such sign shall exceed 10 square feet in area per face;

(d)

No portion of such signs shall be closer than eight feet above grade;

(e)

Such signs shall be suspended from the roof of the canopy and perpendicular to the building, so as to be primarily visible to pedestrians under the canopy;

(f)

Such signs may be indirectly or internally illuminated; and

(g)

Signs attached to detached canopies used by service stations are subject to the further requirements of this Article regulating service station signs.

(7)

Theaters shall be permitted the use of marquee signs, provided the theater is located within three feet of a public sidewalk and such signs may state the name of the theater and the name and times of events or shows subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

Such signs shall not exceed 60 square feet per face or 15 feet in height;

(b)

They shall extend no lower than 10 feet above grade;

(c)

No theater shall have more than one marquee, and no marquee shall project more than four feet from a theater building;

(d)

Such signs may be indirectly or internally illuminated; and

(e)

In place of a marquee, a theater may use its permitted wall or detached sign as a changeable copy sign to provide information on current performances at the theater.

(d)

In Industrial Zones, commercial uses shall be subject to the sign regulations of Commercial Zones and industrial uses shall be permitted wall, window, and detached signs, subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

Wall signs shall:

(a)

Have contents limited to identification by letter, numeral, logo, or design of the name and type of business;

(b)

Be limited to one sign per building frontage;

(c)

Cover no more than 25 percent of the signable area of the facade on which it is placed;

(d)

Not extend above the roof line of a building on which it is placed;

(e)

Project no more than 24 inches from the wall; and

(f)

Be indirectly or internally illuminated.

(2)

Window signs in Industrial Zones shall be subject to the requirements governing window signs in Commercial Zones.

(3)

Detached signs are subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

The contents shall be limited to identification by letter, numeral, logo, or design of the name and type of industry;

(b)

An industry shall be permitted one detached sign;

(c)

Detached signs shall not exceed 36 square feet per face;

(d)

No detached sign shall exceed eight feet in height;

(e)

Detached signs shall be set back a minimum of 25 feet from the right-of-way, unless the sign is an integral part of an approved landscape plan, in which case a closer setback may be approved by the Department of Community Development;

(f)

Detached signs may be indirectly or internally illuminated; and

(g)

Industrial park identification signs are limited to one sign at the principal entrance to a jointly used industrial park area which may identify that area by name or logo provided such signs shall not exceed 60 square feet per face or 10 feet in height; such signs shall be set back 25 feet from an right-of-way; such signs shall be placed in a landscaped setting approved by the Department of Community Development; and such signs may be indirectly or internally illuminated.

(e)

In Agricultural and Open Zones, residential uses shall be subject to the regulations governing Residential Zones and non-residential uses shall be permitted wall and detached signs and such non-residential uses shall be subject to the requirements governing wall signs in Commercial Zones, with detached signs being subject to the following restrictions:

(1)

They shall be of a low profile, planter-type design and shall be limited to identification by letter, numeral, logo, or design of the name and type of business;

(2)

One sign shall be permitted for each use;

(3)

No sign shall exceed 36 square feet;

(4)

No sign shall exceed six feet in height;

(5)

Signs shall be set back 25 feet from any right-of-way; and

(6)

Signs may be indirectly or internally illuminated.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978; 871, 1987; 1219, 1999]

Section 11-35-8. Signs for Special and Permitted Uses.

(a)

Permitted Uses. Permitted uses as defined in Section 11-30-1 through 11-30-10 of the Municipal Code of the City of Northglenn are subject to the same sign regulations governing the zoning districts in which they are located and additional signage requests must be approved by the Planning Commission.

(b)

Special Uses. Requests for signs for special uses as defined in Sections 11-31-1 through 11-31-10 of the Municipal Code of the City of Northglenn must include a complete sign plan along with other information required for review by the Planning Commission, as stipulated in Section 11-30-1 of the Municipal Code. The sign plan shall show the type, contents, size, height, location, color, and illumination of all proposed signs, and associated landscaping and site details. The Planning Commission, in reviewing the sign plan, shall base its judgment on the criteria set forth in Section 11-30-2 of the Municipal Code.

(c)

Signs in Planned Unit Developments. Signs within Planned Unit Developments or within mixed use developments are subject to review along with the entire development plan, as stipulated in Section 11-16-10(c)(6) of the Northglenn Municipal Code.

(d)

Service Station Signs. Service stations shall be permitted wall, window, and detached signs.

(1)

Wall signs in service stations shall be subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

They shall identify the name of the business and the services and products offered;

(b)

Only one sign is allowed per building frontage;

(c)

Each sign shall be limited to 36 square feet or 25 percent of the signable area of the facade on which it is placed, whichever is greater;

(d)

Wall signs shall not extend above the roof line;

(e)

Wall signs shall not project more than 24 inches from the wall to which they are attached; and

(f)

Such signs may be indirectly or internally illuminated.

(2)

Window signs shall be subject to the requirements governing such signs in Commercial Zones.

(3)

One detached sign identifying the service station by name and/or logo shall be permitted. The identification of a car wash facility on the premises may be included as an integral part of a low-profile, detached sign. Detached signs are subject to the following restrictions:

(a)

Detached signs shall not exceed 36 square feet in area;

(b)

They shall not exceed 25 feet in height or the height of the building, whichever is less;

(c)

They may be indirectly or internally illuminated;

(d)

They shall be set back 25 feet from any right-of-way; and

(e)

The provisions of Section 11-35-7(c)(2)(g) apply to service station detached signs.

(4)

Additional service station signs may be as follows:

(a)

One price sign per street frontage stating only the type and price of gas sold shall be permitted, and may be affixed to a detached sign pole, affixed to a canopy or canopy supports, or placed as an integral part of a low-profile detached sign;

(b)

Such signs shall not exceed 12 square feet per face or 6 feet in height;

(c)

Such signs shall be illuminated only by the lights used to illuminate the service station lot;

(d)

Such signs shall be placed no closer to a right-of-way than the height of the sign;

(e)

Signs identifying the entrance to the car wash facilities shall be allowed as an additional wall sign, and shall not exceed 10 square feet in area;

(f)

Service stations shall also be permitted instructional and customer information signs, as regulated by this Article.

(e)

Detached Business Signs at Interstate Highway Interchanges. To meet the need of interstate highway travelers to identify service stations, restaurants, and motels; such businesses shall be permitted detached signs which are 90 square feet and 30 feet high, provided that:

(1)

The driveway entrance to the business is located within a 1000-foot radius of the center of the intersection of Interstate 25 and either 104th or 120th Avenues; and

(2)

The sign identifies only the name and the type of business.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978]

Section 11-35-9. Comprehensive Sign Plans. The Planning Commission may permit the utilization of comprehensive sign plans for multiple building complexes which are located on one tract or parcel of real estate or two or more contiguous parcels, which are held in unified control and which comprise five or more acres, subject to the following requirements:

(a)

Submittal requirements: Applicants must submit a detailed sign plan with attached written stipulations to the Planning Commission for review and approval. Such stipulations shall consider all appropriate concerns including, but not limited to, the following items: location, size, height, color, lighting, orientation, construction materials, and copy.

(b)

No minimum or maximum standards are established for the comprehensive sign plans, but each plan must contain such limitations within the plan stipulations. The sign plan shall be reviewed in terms of its impact on surrounding land uses and its compatibility with the purposes of this Sign Code and with other Northglenn planning and zoning programs.

(c)

All parties affected by provisions of the comprehensive sign plans must be signatory to such plans; provided, however, that if the multiple building complex or any part thereof, is governed by a management agreement, the duly-constituted representative of the management association or firm shall be signatory to such plans. It is unnecessary for owners or lessees to sign if said representative has signed on their behalf.

(d)

Once authorized by the Planning Commission, a comprehensive sign plan may be modified through the following procedure:

(1)

The Director of Community Development is authorized to determine whether a modification of or a release from a provision of the sign plan would constitute a substantial variation from the guidelines originally approved by the Planning Commission.

(2)

If the determination is that the modification or release is not substantial, the Director is authorized to grant such a change, and a written summary of such determination shall be placed in the file for the comprehensive sign plan.

(3)

If the Director determines that the requested change is substantial, the proposed change and all relevant material shall be submitted to the Planning Commission.

(4)

The Commission shall allow the proposed change only if the following criteria are met:

(a)

The proposed change will not adversely affect the development and preservation of the entire sign plan;

(b)

The change will not adversely affect surrounding land uses;

(c)

The change will not conflict with the purposes of the Northglenn Sign Code; and

(d)

The change is not granted solely to confer a special benefit upon any party.

(5)

Nothing in these provisions shall be construed to deny the Planning Commission power to require any modification of or release from any provision of the comprehensive sign plan so that the plan conforms to other City ordinances.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978]

Section 11-35-10. Appeals and Variances.

(a)

Appeals. Any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by any official charged with the enforcement or administration of this Sign Code may be appealed to the Board of Adjustment through the procedures of Sections 11-42-2 through 11-42-5 of the Northglenn Municipal Code.

(b)

Variances. The Board of Adjustment may grant variances relating to the size, height, location, illumination, number, and type of signs, and other exceptions to the standards set forth in this Code. Such variances shall be granted on the basis of the criteria set forth in Section 11-42-6 of the Northglenn Municipal Code provided that such a variance does not violate the stated purposes of the Sign Code.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978]

Section 11-35-11. Non-Conforming Signs.

(a)

Any existing sign which has previously been granted a variance shall be considered conforming for the purposes of this Ordinance.

(b)

Continuation of non-conforming signs -- subject to the termination provisions below, a non-conforming sign may be continued and shall be maintained in good condition, but shall not be:

(1)

Changed to another non-conforming sign;

(2)

Structurally altered;

(3)

Altered so as to increase the degree of non-conformity of the sign;

(4)

Expanded;

(5)

Re-established after discontinuance for 90 consecutive days of the use to which the sign pertained;

(6)

Continued in use after a change of the business or activity to which the sign pertains; and

(7)

Re-established after damage or destruction if the estimated cost of reconstruction exceeds 50 percent of its assessed valuation as shown in the office of the County Assessor of Adams County.

(c)

If this provision would require the complete removal or replacement of such a sign, the sign shall be terminated according to the following provisions:

(1)

The purpose of amortization is that a reasonable time limit shall be placed upon the continuation of non-conforming signs. An amortization program provides a grace period during which the owner is permitted to continue a non-conforming sign, but also assures that the district in which the non-conforming sign exists will eventually benefit from a substantial uniformity of permanent signs. The following amortization schedule shall apply to all permanent, non-conforming signs.

(2)

Any existing individual sign which violates the area, height, or setback limitations of this Code by 10 percent or less shall be considered to be a conforming sign and need not be removed or altered. However, at the time such sign is to be replaced or renovated, that sign shall be made to conform to all provisions of this Code.

(3)

By abandonment of a sign for a continuous period of 30 days;

(4)

Any violation of the provisions of this Article 35 shall immediately terminate the right to maintain a non-conforming sign; and

(5)

By condemnation by the City under its power of eminent domain as provided by law.

[Source: Ord. 522, 1978; 1474, 2007]