330:0

City Code: 330:0

Section 330:00. Title. This Ordinance shall be known, cited and referred to as the "Owatonna Sign Ordinance" except as referred to herein, where it shall be known as "this Ordinance."

Section 330:05. Purpose and Intent. This Ordinance is established to protect and promote health, safety, general welfare and order within the City of Owatonna through the establishment of a comprehensive and impartial series of standards, regulations and procedures governing the type, numbers, size, structure, location, height, lighting, erection, use and/or display of devices, signs or symbols serving as a visual communication media to persons situated within or upon public rights-of-way or properties.

The provisions of this Ordinance are intended to encourage opportunity for effective, orderly communication by reducing confusion and hazards resulting from unnecessary and/or discriminate use of communication facilities.

Section 330:10. Severance. If any section, clause, provision or portion thereof of this Ordinance shall be found to be invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect any other section, clause, provision or portion thereof of this Ordinance.

Section 330:12. Reference to Owatonna Zoning Ordinance. The zoning districts referred to in this Ordinance shall be the zoning districts as established in Owatonna Zoning Ordinance, Section III, E, and as indicated on the "Zoning Map of Owatonna," as established by Owatonna Zoning Ordinance, Section III, E, 5. Furthermore, that the procedures and standards for reviewing and granting conditional uses under Ordinance Code Section 330 shall be those procedures, requirements and standards as provided for in Owatonna Zoning Ordinance, Section VII: E.

Section 330:15. Sign Types Not Provided for Within Zoning Districts. Whenever in any zoning district a sign type is neither specifically permitted nor denied, the sign type shall be considered as not allowed. In such case the City Council, the Planning Commission or a property owner may request a study by the City to determine if the sign type is acceptable and if so, what zoning district would be most appropriate and the determination as to conditions and standards relating to sign type. The City Council and/or Planning Commission, upon receipt of the staff study may, if appropriate, initiate an amendment to the sign ordinance to provide for the particular sign type under consideration or may find that the sign type is not compatible with the visual character of the proposed district.

Section 330:20. Rules. The language set forth in the text of this Ordinance shall be interpreted in accordance with the following rules of construction:

a. The singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular.

b. The present tense includes the past and the future tenses, and the future the present.

c. The word "shall" is mandatory while the word "may" is permissive.

d. The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter.

e. All measured distances shall be to the nearest integral foot. If a fraction is one-half (1/2) foot, the integral foot next highest shall be taken.

f. Whenever a word or term defined appears in the text of this Ordinance, its meaning shall be construed as set forth in such definitions thereof.

Section 330:25. Definitions.

a. Advertising Signs. A billboard, poster panel board, or other communication device, which issued to advertise products, goods and/or services which are not exclusively related to the premise which the sign is located.

b. Address Sign. A sign communicating street address only, whether written or in numerical form.

c. Area Identification Sign. A free standing sign which identifies the name of a neighborhood, a residential subdivision, a multiple residential complex consisting of three (3) or more structures, a shopping center consisting of five (5) or more separate business concerns, an industrial area, an office complex consisting of three (3) or more structures or any combination of the above, located on contiguous property.

d. Banners and Pennants. Attention-getting devices which resemble flags and are of a paper, cloth or plastic-like consistency.

e. Business. Any establishment, occupation, employment or enterprise where merchandise is manufactured, exhibited or sold, or where services are offered for compensation.

f. Business Sign. Any sign which identifies a business or group of businesses, either retail or wholesale, or any sign which identifies a profession or is used in the identification or promotion of any principal commodity or service, including entertainment, offered or sold upon the premise where such sign is located.

g. Canopy and Marquee Signs. Any message or identification which is affixed to a projection or extension of a building or structure, erected in such a manner as to provide a shelter or cover over the approach to any entrance of a store, building or place of assembly.

h. Construction Sign (or Development Sign). A non-illuminated sign announcing the names of architects, engineers, developers, contractors or other individuals or firms involved with the development, construction, alteration or repair of any buildings or property (but not including any advertisement of any product) or announcing the character of the building enterprise, or the purpose for which the construction is intended.

i. District. Refers to a specific zoning district as defined by the Owatonna Zoning Ordinance No. 827.

j. Dwelling. A building or portion thereof, designed exclusively for residential occupancy, including one-family, two-family, and multiple family dwellings, but not including hotels, motels and boarding houses.

k. Free Standing Signs. For the purpose of this Ordinance, free standing signs shall be divided into two classes.

(1) Ground Sign: A sign affixed directly to the ground.

(2) Pylon Sign: A sign erected upon a post or posts where no portion of the message area is less than eight (8) feet above the ground. The message area may be contained on more than one (1) panel or display area.

l. Governmental Signs. A sign which is erected by a governmental unit for the purpose of identification and directing or guiding traffic.

m. Holiday Signs. Signs or displays which contain or depict message pertaining to a national or state holiday, and not other matter.

n. Identification Signs. Signs in all districts which identify the business or owner, or manager or resident and set forth the address of the property.

o. Illuminated Sign. Any sign which is lighted by an artificial light source either directed upon it or illuminated from an interior source.

p. Individual Property Sale or Rental Signs. Any on-premise sign announcing the name of the owner, manager, realtor, or other person directly involved in the sale or rental of the property or announcing the purpose for which it is being offered.

q. Informational/Directional Signs. Any sign giving information to employees, visitors or delivery vehicles, but containing no advertising. May include name of business but must predominantly represent a directional or informational message.

r. Institutional Sign. A sign or bulletin board which identifies the name and other characteristics of a public, semi-public or private institution on the site where the sign is located. Institutions shall include churches, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other non-profit and charitable organizations.

s. Integral Signs. Names of buildings, date of construction, commemorative tablets and the like, which are of a permanent type of construction and which are an integral part of the building or the structure.

t. Non-Conforming Signs.

(1) Legal: A sign which lawfully existed at the time of the passage of this Ordinance or amendment thereto but which does not conform with the regulations of this Ordinance, is legal.

(2) Illegal: A sign which was constructed after the passage of this Ordinance or amendments thereto and does not conform with the regulations of this Ordinance, is illegal.

u. Parapet. A low wall which is located perpendicular to (extension of front wall) a roof of a building.

v. Political Campaign Signs. Signs or posters announcing the candidate(s) seeking political office and/or political issues, and data pertinent thereto.

w. Public Sign. Signs of a public, non-commercial nature, to include safety signs, danger signs, trespassing signs, traffic signs, signs indicating scenic or historical points of interest, memorial plaques, and the like, when signs are erected by or on order of a public officer or employees in the performance of official duty.

x. Projecting Sign. A sign, other than a wall sign, which is affixed to a building and which extends perpendicular or at an angle from the building wall.

y. Roof Sign. A sign supported by the roof, or parapet wall of a building or structure. Adequate clearance shall be maintained so as to provide access around or under such signs. The supporting members of such signs shall appear to be free of any extra bracing angle iron, guy wires, cables, etc. The supports shall appear to be an architectural and integral part of the building and sign.

z. Roof Line. The top of the coping; or, when the building has a pitched roof, as the intersection of the outside wall with the roof.

aa. Sign. The use of any works, numerals, figures, devices or trademarks by which anything is made known such as are used to show an individual, firm, profession or business, and are visible to the general public.

bb. Sign Area. That area within the marginal lines created by the sign surface which bears the advertisement or, in the case of messages, figures or symbols attached directly to the part of a building, which is included in the smallest geometric figure which can be made to circumscribe the message, figure or symbol displayed thereon. Only one side of a double face sign shall be counted as sign area.

cc. Sign Structure. The supports, foundations, uprights, bracing and framework for a sign, including the sign area.

dd. Shopping Center. An integrated grouping of commercial stores, under single ownership or control.

ee. Street Frontage. The proximity of a parcel of land to one (1) or more streets. An interior lot has one (1) street frontage and a corner lot has two (2) frontages.

ff. Temporary Sign. Any sign which is erected or displayed for a specified period of time.

gg. Wall Sign (or Facia Sign). A sign which is affixed to the exterior wall of a building. A wall sign does not project more than eighteen (18) inches from the surface to which it is attached, nor extend beyond top of parapet wall.

Section 330:30. General Provisions. These regulations shall apply to signs in all zoning districts.

a. All signs shall comply with maintenance Section S-305 of Volume V of the Uniform Building Code as promulgated by the International Conference of Building Officials. Enforcement of time and penalty provisions shall be conducted by the Building Inspector according to sections of the City Ordinance.

b. When electrical signs are installed, the installation shall be subject to the State Electrical Code.

c. No signs other than governmental signs shall be erected or temporarily placed within any street right-of-way or upon any public lands or easements or rights-of-way.

d. Except as regulated elsewhere in this Ordinance, the use of portable reader board signs, searchlights and other signs of a temporary nature is prohibited except that temporary signs, other than portable reader board signs which are used for the advertisement of political or civic or social non-profit functions, may be permitted upon receipt of a temporary sign permit issued by the City Council. The use of banners and pennants for no more than twelve (12) days in any one (1) year is permitted without permit.

e. No sign or sign structure shall protrude over public right-of-way, except in a B-3 district.

f. Any sign on public sidewalks must be at least eight (8) feet above grade, and no closer than two (2) feet from the curb line.

g. Advertising signs are allowed back to back in B-2 "Highway Business Sign Overlay District," I-1 and I-2.

h. All signs shall display permit number.

i. All height restrictions on signs shall include height of sign structure.

j. Sign structure shall not be counted in the square feet of the sign.

k. If any property use or business changes ownership and type of business or location, or discontinues operation, all signs and structures identifying the business or property use no longer in existence shall be removed or brought into conformance within one hundred eighty (180) days. Non-compliance with this provision is subject to the provisions of Section 330:125.

l. No sign shall be painted on buildings, fences, trees, stores or similar objects in any district. Windows on storefronts are exempt from this provision.

m. No person shall construct, establish or create, and no person shall maintain any stationary exterior lighting or illumination system or any interior system which is intended to be viewed from a public street, highway or other public thoroughfare used for vehicular traffic, which system contains or utilizes:

(1) Any revolving beacon light or revolving units that revolve more than eight (8) revolutions per minute;

(2) Any continuous or sequential flashing operation in which more than one-third (1/3) of the lights are turned on or off at one time;

(3) An imitation of or resemblance to an official traffic sign or signal, on which bear the words "Stop," "Go Slow," "Caution," "Danger," "Warning" or similar words.

(4) Exceptions: These provisions shall not apply to lighting systems owned or controlled by any public agency, aircraft warning lights or electronic information systems which display the time of day and/or the atmospheric temperature or programmable electronic messages of a public service or commercial nature.

Section 330:35. A legal non-conforming sign may not be:

a. Altered to another non-conforming sign;

b. Structurally altered except to bring the compliance with the provisions of this Code;

c. Expanded;

d. Reestablished after its removal for ninety (90) days;

e. Reestablished after damage of more than fifty percent (50%) of sign replacement cost except to bring into compliance.

Section 330:40. Prohibited Signs. The following signs are specifically prohibited by this Ordinance:

a. Any sign which obstructs the vision of drivers or pedestrians or detracts from the visibility of any official traffic control device, or within any yard areas on a corner lot which shall interfere with visibility across the corner within 30' of the intersecting street right-of-way lines, except in the Central Business District.

b. Any sign which contains or imitates an official traffic sign or signal, except for private, on-premise directional signs.

c. Any sign which contains or consists of banners, pennants, ribbons, streamers, strings of light bulbs, spinners or similar devices (except in the case of Section 330:30 d.).

d. Signs which are attached in any manner to trees, fences, utility poles or other such permanent supports, except for those signs found on fences (inside) of baseball parks.

e. All displays which are not shielded to prevent any light to be directed at oncoming traffic in such brilliance as to impair the vision of any driver. No device shall be illuminated in such manner as to interfere with or obscure an official traffic sign or signal. This includes indoor signs which are visible from public streets.

f. Any sign, other than public signs, located within any street right-of-way.

Section 330:45. Existing Signs - Continuance. All non-conforming and prohibited signs shall be removed or brought into conformity with this Ordinance within the following time periods:

a. Any sign in violation of Section 330:40, "Prohibited Signs," one hundred eighty (180) days.

b. Illegal Signs: Section 330:25 t. (2) must be removed immediately and subject to Section 330:125.

Nothing in this article shall require the removal or discontinuance of a legal, non-conforming sign that is not altered as specified in Section 330:35. The changing of movable parts of signs which are designed for changes, or the repainting or repapering of display matter shall not be deemed to be alterations within the meaning of this Ordinance.

Section 330:50. Exempted Signs. The following signs are allowed without a permit, provided they comply with all applicable provisions of this Ordinance:

a. Public Signs.

b. Identification Signs. Not to exceed two (2) square feet in area in R-1, R-2 and R-3 zones; five (5) square feet in all other zones. If the sign is free standing, the total height may not exceed six (6) feet, nor can the sign be closer than five (5) feet from all property lines.

c. Integral Signs.

d. Political Campaign Signs. One (1) per candidate per premise, shall not exceed five (5) square feet in A-0, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5, R-6, R-B and B-1 zoning districts, and twenty-four (24) square feet in all other districts. If sign is free standing, the total height may not exceed six (6) feet, and not closer than five (5) feet from all property lines. Every campaign sign must contain the name and address of persons responsible for such sign, and that person shall be responsible for its removal. Signs erected before the primary election shall remain in place for no longer than five (5) days after general or special election for which they are intended. All signs shall be confined to private property.

e. Holiday Signs. Displayed for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days. No larger than thirty-two (32) square feet.

f. Construction Signs (or Development Signs). Such signs shall be confined to the site of the development, construction, alteration or repair, and shall be removed within two (2) years of the date of issuance of the first building permit or when the particular project is completed, whichever is sooner as determined by the City Building Inspector or his agent. One (1) sign shall be permitted for each major street the project abuts. No sign may exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in R-1, R-2 and R-3 districts. If sign is free standing in R-1, R-2 and R-3 districts, the height may not exceed ten (10) feet nor can the sign be closer than five (5) feet from all property lines. No sign may exceed fifty (50) square feet in all other zoning districts. If sign is free standing in all other zoning districts, the height may not exceed twenty (20) feet nor can the sign be closer than twenty (20) feet from all property lines.

g. Individual Property Sale or Rental Signs. Signs must be removed within thirty (30) days after sale or rental of property. Signs may not measure more than six (6) square feet in R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5, R-6, R-B and B-1 districts, or more than thirty-two (32) square feet in all other districts. There shall be only one (1) sign per premises. Corner properties, however, may contain two (2) signs, one (1) per frontage.

h. Signs for the Purpose of Leasing or Renting Dwelling Units in Buildings Containing Two (2) or More Units. Five (5) square feet, located on building, one (1) per complex.

i. Informational/Directional Signs. Such signs shall not be larger than two (2) square feet in R-1, R-2 and R-3 zones, and five (5) square feet in all other zones, except that in the B-2 District, Highway Business Sign Overlay District, such sign shall not exceed twelve (12) square feet. If free standing, the total height may not exceed six (6) feet and can be no closer than five (5) feet from all property lines.

j. Water Towers. May have identification of owner.

k. Gas Station Pump Island Signs. Other than informational/directional signs, shall not be larger than four (4) square feet, or more than one (1) per gas pump.

THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS CONCERN SIGNS WHICH REQUIRE APPLICATION AND PERMIT:

Section 330:55. A-O, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5, R-6 Districts. All signs must comply with the following regulations:

a. Institutional Identification Signs:

(1) Free Standing Signs:
a. One (1) free standing sign per property except property abutting two (2) or more public rights-of-way shall be allowed an additional free standing sign per right-of-way.
b. Such sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area.
c. Such sign shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height.
d. Such sign structure shall be at least ten (10) feet from all property lines.

(2) Wall Signs
a. Each property shall be limited to thirty-two (32) square feet of total sign area except property abutting two (2) or more public rights-of-way shall be allowed an additional thirty-two (32) square feet per right of way.
b. Such sign shall not extend beyond the top of parapet wall.

b. Area Identification Signs:

(1) Free Standing Signs:
a. Such sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area.
b. Such sign shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height.
c. Such sign structure shall be at least ten (10) feet from all property lines. Eff. 1/4/00

Section 330:60. R-B Districts. All signs must comply with the following regulations:

a. Signs as regulated in Section 330:55.

b. Business Signs:

(1) Free Standing Signs:
a. One (1) free standing sign per property except property abutting two (2) or more public rights-of-way shall be allowed an additional free standing sign per right of way.
b. Such signs shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area.
c. Such signs shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height.
d. The posts of such sign shall be at least five (5) feet from all property lines with no portion of the sign projecting over property lines.

(2) Wall Signs:

a. Each property shall be limited to thirty-two (32) square feet of total sign area except property abutting two (2) or more public rights-of-way shall be allowed an additional thirty-two (32) square feet per right-of-way.
b. Such sign shall not extend beyond the top of parapet wall.
Eff. 1/4/00

Section 330:65. B-1 District. All signs must comply with the following regulations:

a. Business Signs:

(1) Free Standing Signs:

(a) One (1) free standing sign per property.
(b) Such sign shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in area.
(c) Such sign shall not exceed twenty (20) feet in height.
(d) Post for such sign shall be at least five (5) feet from all property lines with no portion of the sign projecting over property lines.

(2) Wall Signs:

(a) Such signs shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet per business.
(b) Such signs shall not extend higher than top of parapet wall.
Eff. 11/16/99

Section 330:70. B-2 District. All signs must comply with the following regulations:

a. Business Signs:

(1) Free Standing Signs:

(a) One (1) free standing sign per property except property abutting two (2) or more public rights-of-way shall be allowed an additional free standing sign per right-of-way.
(b) Such sign shall not exceed thirty-five (35) feet in height.
(c) Such sign shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet in area.
(d) The posts for such sign shall be at least five (5) feet from all property lines with no portion of the sign projecting over property lines.

(2) Wall Signs:

(a) Each property shall be limited to fifty (50) square feet of total sign area per business except for the following:
(1) If the property abuts two (2) or more public rights-of-way, an additional fifty (50) square feet per business shall be permitted for each right-of-way; and
(2) If a business does not intend to install or participate in the installation of a Free standing sign, the wall signage may be increased by one hundred (100) square feet; and
(3) If the building is larger than four thousand (4,000) square feet, the wall signage may be increased one (1) square foot per one hundred (100) square feet in excess of four thousand (4,000) square feet up to an additional two hundred and fifty (250) square feet per business.

(b) Projecting signs shall not project more than five (5) feet beyond the building line, nor shall such signs project over property lines, nor extend more than four (4) feet above the top of the wall surface on which they are located. Eff. 11/16/99

Section 330:75. B-2 District - Highway Business Sign Overlay District. Because of their proximity to higher speed thoroughfares, certain areas of the City zoned B-2 require larger signs than the property zoned B-2 located along low speed streets. The Highway Business Sign Overlay District provides for less restrictive sign requirements for those businesses along major highways, which are in a large part dependent upon attracting transient traffic. The location and boundaries of the Highway Business Sign Overlay District are hereby set forth on the map entitled, "Highway Business Sign Overlay District Map of Owatonna," dated November 16, 1999, and amended from time to time thereafter. Said map is hereby made a part of this Ordinance by reference.

(Ammendment Effective 1/4/11) SECTION 1. The B-2 Highway Business Sign Overlay District Map contained in Section 330 of the 1992 Ordinance Code of Owatonna, as amended, shall be amended to included:
All that part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 28, Township 108 North, Range 20 West, Steele Co, MN, described by:
Beginning at the southwest corner of said Section 28, thence North 0 degrees 39 minutes 08 seconds West, assumed bearing, 337.87 feet along the west line of said Southwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter; thence North 89 degrees 52 minutes 09 seconds East 644.62 feet along a line parallel with the south line of said Southwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter; thence South 0 degrees 39 minutes 08 seconds East 337.87 feet to the south line of said Southwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter; thence South 89 degrees 52 minutes 09 seconds West 644.62 feet to beginning;
EXCEPT that portion of County Road 45 right-of-way and NW 36th Street currently within Owatonna city limits.
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Within this district all signs must comply with the following regulations.

a. Business Signs:

(1) Free Standing Signs:

(a) One (1) free standing sign per property except property abutting two (2) or more public rights-of-way shall be allowed an additional Free standing sign per right-of-way.
(b) Such sign shall not exceed thirty-five (35) feet in height.
(c) Such sign shall not exceed two hundred (200) square feet in area.
(d) The posts for such sign shall be at least five (5) feet from all property lines with no portion of the sign projecting over property lines.

(2) Wall Signs:

(a) Each property shall be limited to one hundred (100) square feet of total sign area per business except for the following:

(1) If the property abuts two (2) or more public rights-of-way, an additional one hundred (100) square feet per business shall be permitted for each right-of-way; and
(2) If a business does not intend to install or participate in the installation of a free standing sign, the wall signage may be increased by one hundred (100) square feet; and
(3) If the building is larger than two thousand (2,000) square feet, the wall signage may be increased one (1) square foot per one hundred (100) square feet in excess of two thousand (2,000) square feet up to an additional three hundred (300) square feet per business.

(b) Projecting signs shall not project more than five (5) feet beyond the building line, nor shall such signs project over property lines, nor extend more than four (4) feet above the top of the wall surface on which they are located.

b. Free standing signs in excess of thirty-five (35) feet in height and/or in excess of two hundred (200) square feet in area are permitted, provided that the following conditions are met:

(1) Such signs shall be located at least four hundred (400) feet from any residential district.

(2) Such sign shall be at least one hundred (100) feet from any other business sign over thirty-five (35) feet in height.

(3) Such sign shall not exceed fifty (50) feet in height or three hundred (300) square feet in area. Eff. 11/16/99

Section 330:80. B-3 Central Business District. All signs must comply with the following regulations:

a. Business Signs:

(1) Free standing signs:

(a) A ground sign shall not exceed six (6) feet in height and thirty-two (32) square feet in area.
(b) Pylon signs shall not be allowed.

(2) Wall Signs:

(a) Each property shall be limited to thirty-two (32) square feet of total sign area per business except for the following:

(1) If the property abuts two (2) or more public rights-of-way, an additional thirty-two (32) square feet per business shall be permitted for each right-of-way including alleys; and
(2) If the business is larger than two thousand (2,000) square feet, the wall signage may be increased one (1) square foot per one hundred (100) square feet in excess of two thousand (2,000) square feet up to an additional thirty-two (32) square feet per business for each street right-of-way including alleys.

(b) Projecting Signs:

(1) Signs shall not project more than four (4) feet beyond the building line, nor extend above the top of the wall surface on which they are located.
(2) Signs projecting over public right-of-way require a building permit.
(3) Signs shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet in surface area.
(4) Signs must be a minimum of two (2) feet from the curb line.

b. Illuminated Signs:

(1) External illumination of signs is permitted.

(2) Internal illumination of signs shall not be permitted.

(3) Electronic Message Signs shall not be permitted.
Eff. 11/21/06

Section 330:90. Industrial Districts. All signs must comply with the following regulations:

a. Business signs as regulated in Section 330:75 a.

b. Advertising Signs (Billboards) shall be a conditional use in Industrial Districts, subject to the following conditions:

(1) Must be located at least eight (8) feet above grade, and not more than thirty-five (35) feet above grade.

(2) Maximum square footage cannot exceed eight hundred fifty (850) square feet.

(3) Must be located five (5) feet from all property lines, and not closer than five hundred (500) feet from any residential zoned property.

(4) No advertising sign shall be located closer than five hundred (500) feet from any other advertising sign.

(5) All advertising signs must meet Federal and State criteria. State permits will be required when structures are adjacent to Federal or State aid highways within the boundary of the City limits.

(6) Advertising signs shall be located no further than five hundred (500) feet from the right-of-way of a major State or Federal highway, and be oriented in such a way as to be viewed primarily by traffic on that highway. Such signs shall be permitted only on undeveloped property or lots.

(7) In the I-P Industrial Park District, advertising signs shall be permitted only on undeveloped property or lots. Such signs shall be considered a temporary use and shall be removed when property or lots are developed. For the purposes of this ordinance section, undeveloped property or lots shall include land in agricultural production. Eff. 7/6/99

Section 330:95. Sign Application. No person shall erect, construct, install or otherwise provide any sign permitted in Section 330:55 through 330:90 without first making application for a permit on a form providing the following information and paying the required fee.

a. Name, address and telephone number of person making application.

b. Name, address and telephone number of person owning sign.

c. Name, address and telephone number of property owner.

d. Name, address and telephone number of sign hanger.

e. A site plan to scale showing the location of lot lines, building structures, parking areas, existing and proposed signs and any other physical features.

f. Plans, location and specifications and method of construction and attachment to the building or placement method in the ground.

g. Copy of stress sheets and calculators showing that the structure is designed for dead load and wind pressure in any direction in the amount required by this and all other laws and ordinances of the City.

h. Written consent of the owner or lessee of any site on which the sign is to be erected.

i. Any electrical permit required and issued for said sign.

j. Such other information as the Building Inspector shall require to show full compliance with this and all other laws and ordinances of the City. The Building Inspector may waive e., f., and g. above.

Section 330:100. Permit Issued if Application in Order.

a. It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector, upon the filing of an application for a permit, to examine such plans, specifications and other data, and the premises upon which it is proposed to erect the sign. If it shall appear that the proposed structure is in compliance with all the requirements of this Sign Ordinance and all other laws and ordinances of the City of Owatonna, the permit shall then be issued. If the work authorized under a permit has not been completed within one (1) year after the date of issuance, the permit shall be null and void.

Section 330:105. Permit Fees.

a. Payment Fees. The permit fee and other fees and charges set forth in this Ordinance shall be collected by the City before the issuance of any permits and the Building Inspector or other persons duly authorized to issue such permit for which the payment of a fee is required under the provisions of this Ordinance may not issue a permit until such fee shall have been paid.

b. Permit Fees. A sign permit fee shall be as established from time to time by the City Council.

c. Special Permit Fees. Special permit fees shall be assessed for all attention-seeking devices as described in Section 330:30 d. of this Ordinance. The fee shall be in an amount duly established by the Council from time to time for each permit.

Section 330:113. Insurance Requirements. Every person erecting signs in the City shall, before a permit is granted to install, erect or repair a sign or sign structure in the public right-of-way, or which sign would be in the public right-of-way if laid down, shall file with the City's Building Inspector a certificate of liability insurance, including completed operations insurance, of not less than $300,000 combined single limit or equivalent, and the City of Owatonna shall be a named additional insured.

Section 330:115. Administration and Enforcement of Variance Requests - Variances. In order to provide flexibility in the enforcement of this Ordinance and to alleviate hardship and injustice, the City Council may, upon application, grant a variance from the terms of this Ordinance. Fee for such application will be in an amount to be determined by the Council from time to time and listed in Section 510:00 of this Code, and must be filed with the Building Inspector at least fifteen (15) days prior to the appropriate Planning Commission meeting. Upon application therefor from the person seeking a permit for the erection or installation of a sign, the Building Inspector and Planning Commission, serving as the Board of Adjustment and Appeals, shall hold a public hearing and make a finding of fact and may grant such variation based upon consideration of the following:

a. That particular physical surroundings, shape or topographical conditions of the specific parcel of land involved.

b. That the condition involved is unique to the particular parcel of land involved.

c. That the alleged difficulty or hardship is caused by this Ordinance and has not been created by any persons presently having an interest in the parcel.

d. That the granting of the variation will not be detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to other land or improvements to the neighborhood.
Section 330:115, e.

e. That the proposed variation will not impair an adequate supply of light and air to adjacent property, or substantially increase the congestion of the public streets, or interfere with the function of the Police and Fire Departments of the City.

Section 330:120. Compliance. If an existing non-conforming sign is found to be not in compliance with ordinance height and/or sign area requirements, it shall be the duty of the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment and Appeals to consider a variance application and make a finding of fact based upon consideration of the following:

a. Present replacement value of sign, sign structure and initial investment of same.

b. Structural and/or superficial condition of sign and sign structure.

c. Age of sign and sign structure.

Section 330:125. Violations and Fines. If the Building Inspector or any other authorized agent of the City shall find any sign in violation of the terms of this Ordinance, the Building Inspector or agent thereof shall serve written notice of such fact upon the owner, lessee, occupant or any agent or person having the care or control of such sign or signs. Such notice shall specify a time period within which the sign(s) must be brought into compliance. Penalty for disregarding proper notice shall be assessed in accordance with procedures as established in the City Ordinance Code, Section 1100:00.

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