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Sign Ordinances, City of Bainbridge, Georgia


Sec. 62-21. - General sign provisions.

(a)

This article shall apply to all outdoor advertising signs abutting or visible from the Limited Access portions of State Route 1 and State Route 38 in the city.

(b)

No sign shall be erected or maintained unless it is in compliance with the regulations of this article.

(c)

Signs must be constructed of durable materials, maintained in good condition, and not permitted to become dilapidated.

(d)

All signs located on sites abutting or visible from the said routes shall conform to O.C.G.A. title 32, ch. 6, art. 3, pt. 2 (O.C.G.A. 32-6-70 et seq.) (The Georgia Outdoor Advertising Code) and shall meet all federal and state requirements necessary to obtain a permit under said code. In instances where the sign controls of this article are more strict, these regulations shall apply.

(e)

Any sign which advertises an activity, business, product or service which has ceased operation or production shall be removed within six months of the discontinuance of said activity, business, product or service.

(Code 1992, 13-201; Ord. No. 501, I, 5-19-1992)

Sec. 62-22. - Prohibited signs.

(a)

Signs imitating warning signals are prohibited. No sign shall display lights resembling the flashing lights customarily used in traffic signals or in police, fire, ambulance, or rescue vehicles.

(b)

No signs, except traffic signs and signals and informational signs erected by a public agency, are permitted within any street or highway right-of-way.

(c)

Signs painted or attached to natural features such as trees or rocks, telephone poles, utility poles, or fence posts are prohibited.

(d)

Fluttering ribbons and banners are prohibited.

(e)

Signs within 300 feet of any officially designated historical site or monument, except signs pertaining to that particular site or monument are prohibited.

(f)

All outdoor advertising signs which are not within 100 feet of a regularly used part of the activity being advertised and located on the same property and for sale or for lease signs which are not on the property being advertised are specifically prohibited.

(Code 1992, 13-202; Ord. No. 501, II, 5-19-1992)

Sec. 62-23. - Regulations for specific types of signs.

(a)

Home occupation signs. One nonilluminated professional or business name plate not exceeding two square feet in area is permitted.

(b)

Signs of work under construction. One nonilluminated sign not exceeding 40 square feet in area displaying the name of the building, the contractors, the architects, the engineers, the owners, the financial, selling and development agencies is permitted upon the premises of any work under the construction, alteration, or removal. Such signs shall be removed from the site within 30 days after the completion of the project.

(c)

Temporary subdivision signs. Temporary signs, not exceeding 40 square feet in area announcing a land subdivision development, are permitted on the premises of the land subdivision. Such signs shall be spaced not less than 300 feet apart. They shall be removed when 75 percent of the lots are conveyed.

(d)

Roof signs. Not more than one roof sign structure may be erected on the roof of any one building. No roof sign structure shall extend more than 25 feet above the elevation of the roof.

(e)

Wall signs. Signs on the walls of a building (including signs attached flat against the wall, painted, wall signs and projecting signs) shall meet the following requirements:

(1)

Signs on the front surface of a building. The total area of signs on the exterior front surface of a building shall not exceed 25 percent of the front surface of the buildings.

(2)

Signs on the side and rear surface of a building. The total area of signs on a side or rear surface of a building shall not exceed 50 percent of the exterior side or rear surface of the building respectively.

(3)

Projecting signs. Wall sign attached flat against a wall may extend not more than 24 inches from the wall. Signs attached at an angle to a wall may extend outward from the wall of a building not more than five feet.

(f)

Illuminated signs. Illumination devices shall be so placed and so shielded that light from the sign itself will not be directly cast into any residential district, sleeping rooms in any district or the eyes of an automobile or vehicular driver.

(g)

Signs made nonconforming as a result of this article. Any legally erected sign which would become nonconforming as a result of this article would be allowed to remain until purchased by the Department of Transportation or the city, provided that the sign owner meets the requirements of state laws and rules and regulations governing such signs.

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