(1) Permit required. Except as otherwise provided in this Title, it shall be unlawful for any person to erect, alter, relocate, direct, or order a person to erect, alter, or relocate a sign within the City without first obtaining a permit or permits from the Community and Economic Development Department. A fee for the permit will be charged in accordance with the current fee schedule adopted by the City Council.
(2) Permission of property owner. No person shall erect, construct, or maintain any sign upon any property or building without the written consent of the owner or person entitled to possession of the property or building if any, or their authorized representatives.
(3) Illegal signs. No person shall erect or maintain or permit to be erected or maintained on any premises owned or controlled by him any sign which does not comply with the provisions of this Title.
(4) Application. Application for a permit shall be made to the Community and Economic Development Department upon a form provided by the City and shall be accompanied by such information as may be required to assure compliance with all appropriate laws and regulations of the City, including a vicinity plan, drawings to scale indicating the location, dimensions, construction, electrical wiring and components, method of attachment, and character of structural member to which attachment is to be made where applicable. All necessary construction and engineering specifications must be submitted as required in Section 20.02.020 prior to the issuance of any permit. The Community and Economic Development Department may also require, at its discretion, additional engineering information if there is a concern for the health or safety of the general public.
(5) Issuance: Term. The Community and Economic Development Department shall issue a permit only to a sign contractor properly licensed in the State of Utah, for the erection, alteration, or relocation of a sign within the City when an application therefor has been properly made and the sign complies with all appropriate laws and regulations of the City.
Every permit issued by the Community and Economic Development Department under the provisions of this Chapter shall expire and become null and void if the work authorized by such permit is not commenced within one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of issuance of such permit, or if the work authorized by such permit stops, is suspended or abandoned, for any reason, for a period of one hundred eighty days (180) or more at any time after the work is commenced. Before such work can be commenced or resumed thereafter a new permit shall first be obtained and the fee therefor shall be one-half (½) the amount required for a new permit for such work, provided no changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications for such work and provided further, that such suspension or abandonment has not exceeded one (1) year.
The Community and Economic Development Department may at any time, in writing, suspend or revoke a permit issued under the provisions of this Title whenever the permit is issued on the basis of a material omission or misstatement of fact, or in violation of any ordinance or any of the provisions of this Title.
(6) Effect of issuance. No permit for a sign issued hereunder shall be deemed to constitute permission or authorization to maintain a public or private nuisance nor shall any permit issued hereunder constitute a defense in an action to abate a nuisance or for damages resulting from a nuisance.
(7) Indemnification of City. As a condition to the issuance of a building permit for a sign. All persons engaged in the alteration, relocation, or maintenance of signs over a public right-of-way or other sign work in, over, or immediately adjacent to a public right-of-way or public property shall agree to hold harmless and indemnify the City, its officers, agents, and employees, from any and all claims of negligence resulting from said erection, alteration, relocation, maintenance, or other sign work.
(8) General liability insurance required. As a condition to the issuance of a building permit for a sign, all contractors performing sign work under this Title shall obtain a comprehensive liability insurance policy and maintain limits no less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) combined single limit per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage. If Commercial General Liability Insurance or other form with a general aggregate limit is used, either the general aggregate limit shall apply separately to each project/location or the general aggregate limit shall be twice the required occurrence limit. Said sign contractor shall furnish the City with a certificate of insurance which shall name the City, its officers, agents and employees as additional insureds under said policy. Said insurance shall be maintained in full force and effect during the term of the building permit license and said insurance policy or certificate shall provide that the City shall be notified of any cancellation of said insurance ten (10) days prior to the date of cancellation.
Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 05-46, Amended, 11/3/2005