CHAPTER 21
CITY OF NORTHGLENN SIGN CODE

ARTICLE 2
GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 21-2-1. General. No sign shall be erected, mounted, displayed, maintained or remodeled unless it is in full compliance with this Sign Code, 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 Article shall apply to all signs except signs erected, mounted, displayed, maintained or remodeled on property owned, controlled or maintained by the Federal Government, the State or the City, including public streets, alleyways, sidewalks, rights-of-way, trails, easements, parks and other spaces. Those matters are addressed through other provisions of the Northglenn Municipal Code.

[Source: Ord. 1731, 2017]

Section 21-2-2. Substitution. Subject to the land owner's consent, a noncommercial message of any type may be substituted for any duly permitted or allowed commercial message or any duly permitted or allowed noncommercial message; provided, that the sign structure or mounting device is lawful without consideration of message content. Such substitution of message may be made without any additional approval or permitting. This provision prevails over any more specific provision to the contrary within this chapter. The purpose of this provision is to prevent any inadvertent favoring of commercial speech over noncommercial speech, or favoring of any particular noncommercial message over any other noncommercial message. This provision does not create a right to increase the total amount of signage on a parcel, nor does it affect the requirement that a sign structure or mounting device be properly permitted.

[Source: Ord. 1731, 2017]

Section 21-2-3. Applicability of Building Codes. All signs shall meet the applicable design, construction, and related standards specified in the Building Codes as amended, updated or adopted hereafter. 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.

[Source: Ord. 1731, 2017]

Section 21-2-4. Nonconforming Signs.

(a)

Any sign granted approval by the City and issued prior to the adoption of this Code and not conforming to the regulations established herein shall be considered a legal nonconforming sign and subject to the provisions of this section.

(b)

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

(c)

Continuation of Nonconforming Signs. Subject to the termination provisions below, a nonconforming sign may be continued and shall be maintained in good structural condition. Legally nonconforming signs shall not be:

(1)

Replaced or structurally altered;

(2)

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

(3)

Re-established after abandonment for ninety (90) consecutive days of the use to which the sign pertained; or

(4)

Re-established after damage or destruction if the estimated cost of reconstruction exceeds fifty percent (50%) of its assessed valuation as shown in the original sign permit.

Any violation of these provisions shall immediately terminate the right to maintain said nonconforming sign.

[Source: Ord. 1731, 2017]

Section 21-2-5. Permit Exemptions. The following signs shall not require a permit. These exemptions, however, shall not be construed as relieving the owner of the sign from the responsibility of its erection and maintenance, and its compliance with the provisions of this Code or any other law or ordinance regulating the same.

(a)

Any sign and any other notice or warning required by a valid and applicable federal, state or local law, regulation or resolution.

(b)

Balloons smaller than two (2) feet in diameter and arranged in groups of less than twelve (12) not to exceed four (4) groups, unless granted a temporary use permit.

(c)

Building directory signs are allowed, in addition to wall signs otherwise permitted by these regulations. Building directory signs may be allowed up to a total of fifteen (15) square feet for the purpose of identifying tenants of a building.

(d)

Building markers.

(e)

Directional signs, subject to the following:

(1)

Signs are located on the property where the business is located;

(2)

Signs are located on private property and not in any public rights-of-way;

(3)

Signs shall not be located along street frontage;

(4)

Signs shall not create a traffic hazard; and

(5)

Signs do not exceed four (4) square feet per sign face.

(f)

Entrance or exit signs.

(g)

Flags. Flags shall not exceed any proportions established by applicable State or Federal law or Presidential declaration. Flags or pennants larger than specified are not allowed.

(1)

Flags shall have a minimum clearance of eight (8) feet when they project over public sidewalks and fifteen (15) feet when projecting over roads.

(2)

Flags, pennants and insignia shall be maintained in a clean and undamaged condition at all times.

(3)

The display of national flags, pennants and insignia shall be governed by the standard rules of international protocol.

(4)

No more than three (3) flags shall be displayed per parcel of record and shall be mounted on a single flag pole, or three (3) separate flag poles installed either on the building or adjacent to the building/use to which they are appurtenant.

(5)

No flag shall be displayed on a pole greater than twenty (20) feet in height unless otherwise required by law.

(h)

Holiday lights and decorations containing no commercial message, and displayed sixty (60) days prior to and fifteen (15) days after the holiday.

(i)

(i) Single-family residential signs and multi-family temporary signs for individual dwelling units.

(j)

Vehicle signs measuring two (2) square feet or less. (Refer to Section 21-7-2).

(k)

Window signs, both permanent and temporary, not to exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total window area per fa├žade. (Refer to Section 21-6-7).

(l)

Works of art.

[Source: Ord. 1731, 2017]

Section 21-2-6. Prohibited Signs. The following signs shall not be erected, mounted, displayed, maintained or remodeled:

(a)

Advertising on bus benches or on bus shelters except as may be specifically approved by City Council via a license agreement;

(b)

Animated signs;

(c)

Balloons larger than two (2) feet in diameter or balloons arranged in groups greater than twelve (12), unless granted through a temporary use permit;

(d)

Roof signs;

(e)

Search lights;

(f)

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

(g)

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;

(h)

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

(i)

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

(j)

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;

(k)

Strings of light bulbs in non-residential parking areas unless granted through a temporary use permit; and

(l)

Vehicle Signs. It shall be unlawful to park, place or store a vehicle or trailer on which there is a motor vehicle sign with more than two (2) square feet for more than ninety-six (96) hours, on private or public property, unless a temporary sign permit has been approved or a temporary use permit has been granted. Public transit vehicles are exempt. (Refer to Section 21-7-2).

[Source: Ord. 1731, 2017]