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1. Generally. The prohibitions in this Section apply to temporary and permanent signs in all areas of the Town.

2. Prohibited signs. The following sign structures and designs are prohibited:

a. Signs with more than two (2) sign faces.

b. Animated or moving signs, including any moving, swinging, rotating, flashing, blinking, scintillating, fluctuating, or otherwise animated light, except as specifically permitted in Section 7.9, Message centers.

c. Portable signs, except as specifically permitted in Part 4, Standards for Temporary Signs.

d. Pole signs.

e. Abandoned signs.

3. Prohibited design elements. The following elements shall not be incorporated as an element of any sign or sign structure, whether temporary or permanent:

a. Awnings or fascias that are backlit or made of plastic.

b. Cardboard, card stock, or paper, except when laminated or used as a window sign.

c. Feather flags.

d. Flags, banners, or comparable elements that are designed to move in the wind, but only when such elements are attached to another sign type (e.g., flags may be attached to flagpoles, but may not be attached to monument signs).

e. Flashing lights, except as part of holiday displays.

f. Motor vehicles, unless:

(1) The vehicles are operational, and either:

(a) New; or

(b) Regularly used as motor vehicles, with current registration and tags;

(2) The display of signage on the motor vehicle would not interfere with the immediate operation of the motor vehicle (e.g., signs that are held in place by an open hood or trunk are not allowed; signs that cover windows are not allowed; and signs that would fall off of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion are not allowed); and

(3) The motor vehicle is legally parked in a designated off-street parking space.

g. Semi trailers, shipping containers, or portable storage units, unless:

(1) The trailers, containers, or portable storage units are:

(a) Structurally sound and capable of being transported;

(b) Used for their primary purpose (e.g., storage, pick-up, or delivery); and

(c) If subject to registration, have current registration and tags; and

(2) The display of signage is incidental to the primary purpose; and

(3) The semi trailer, shipping container, or portable storage unit is parked or placed in a designated loading area or on a construction site at which it is being used for its primary purpose.

h. Stacked products (e.g., tires, soft drink cases, bagged soil or mulch).

i. Spinning or moving parts.

j. Unshielded bare light bulbs that are larger than C9 format or brighter than fifty (50) lumens per bulb, except that neon tubing shall not be considered a “bare light bulb” for the purposes of this standard (note that illumination of signs in any manner is subject to Section 7.8).

k. Materials with a high degree of specular reflectivity, such as polished metal, installed in a manner that creates substantial glare from headlights, street lights, or sunlight. This prohibition does not include retroreflective materials that comply with MUTCD criteria.

4. Prohibited obstructions. In no event shall a sign, whether temporary or permanent, obstruct the use of:

a. Building ingress or egress, including doors, egress windows, and fire escapes.

b. Equipment, structures, or architectural elements that are related to public safety, building operations, or utility service (e.g., standpipes, fire hydrants, vents, and meters).

c. Any required sight distance triangle, as defined in the approved version of the Town of Frederick Design Standards and Construction Specifications, as it may be amended from time to time.

5. Prohibited mounts. No sign, whether temporary or permanent, shall be posted, installed, mounted on, fastened, or affixed to any of the following:

a. Any tree or shrub.

b. Any utility pole or light pole, unless:

(1) The sign is a banner or flag that is not more than ten (10) square feet in area;

(2) The owner of the utility pole or light pole consents to its use for the display of the banner or flag;

(3) The banner or flag is mounted on brackets or a pole that extend not more than thirty (30) inches from the utility pole or light pole;

(4) The banner or flag is either situated above an area that is not used by pedestrians or vehicles, or the bottom of the banner or flag has a sign clearance of at least eight (8) feet; and

(5) The requirements of Subsection (6) of this Section are met, if applicable.

c. Utility cabinets or pedestals (except exempt signs that are posted by or with the consent of the owner of the utility cabinet or pedestal).

6. Prohibited locations. In addition to applicable setback requirements and other restrictions of this Article, no sign shall be located in any of the following locations:

a. In or over public rights-of-way (which, in addition to streets, may include other sidewalks, parkways, retaining walls, utility poles, traffic control devices, medians, and center islands that are within public rights-of-way), except:

(1) Temporary or permanent signs posted by or under the authority of the Town or governmental entity with jurisdiction over the right-of-way;

(2) Temporary signs posted in connection with authorized work within the right-of-way, as authorized or required by the Town or governmental entity with jurisdiction over the right-of-way;

(3) Signs painted on or affixed to transit shelters and bus benches as authorized by the provider of the shelter or bench, but not extending beyond the physical structure of the shelter or bench; or

(4) Signs that are the subject of a revocable license agreement with the Town, installed and maintained in accordance with the terms of that agreement.

b. In locations that have less horizontal or vertical clearance from authorized communication or energized electrical power lines than the minimum clearance required by the laws of the state of Colorado and the regulations duly promulgated by agencies thereof.

c. Wall signs shall not be located within six (6) inches of architectural features, or within twelve (12) inches from building corners, cornice or eave lines, or ground planes.

d. Fascia signs shall not be installed in locations that cover decorative fascias. (Ord. 1216 §1 (Exh. A), 2016)