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Projecting Signs


What is a Projecting Sign?

A Projecting Sign means a sign attached to and projecting outward from a building face or wall, generally at a right angle to the building. This term includes a sign that is located entirely or partially in the public right-of-way, as well as a sign that is located entirely on private property.


What are the Two Type of Projecting Signs?

TYPE A: 

A type A projecting sign is one with a display area that does not have a background that is designed as an integral part of the sign, except that a nonilluminated wood or metal board-type sign or a permanent banner sign shall be considered a type A projecting sign. Only individual letters or symbols may be internally illuminated.

This type of sign includes, but is not limited to: letters or symbols cut from an opaque panel such as metal; pin-set letters where individual letters are back lit; non-illuminated pin-set letters. If individual letters are used on the sign, they shall be applied to or affixed to a projecting board or to a cabinet not more than 12 inches thick in order for the sign to be considered within the type A category

TYPE B: 

A type B projecting sign is one with a display area that has an illuminated overall background. This type of sign is typically a plastic-panel-faced box sign. Other types of projecting signs which do not have the characteristics of a type A sign are included in this category

TYPE A IMAGES



Artisanally crafted projecting sign.


Carved wood board type sign with focused exterior illumination.


Internally illuminated (only letters and symbols glowing)


Projecting board sign with focused external illumination source


Banner style projecting signs


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3-dimensional character sign

TYPE B IMAGES



Plastic faced, internally illuminated sign


Plastic faced, internally illuminated sign


Plastic faced box sign


Plastic faced box sign


Internally illuminated box projecting sign

How do I Measure a Projecting Sign?

DISPLAY AREA:

The display area of a sign shall be measured as the area, in square feet, of the smallest rectilinear polygon, with a maximum of 8 sides that describes the portion of the sign which encloses all lettering, wording design, or symbols together with any internally-illuminated or externally-illuminated background that is designed as an integral part of the sign. The following rules shall also be used in measuring display area:

a) Where a sign has multiple display surfaces and any 2 of these display surfaces are parallel and face in opposite directions, only one of the parallel display surfaces shall be included when calculating display area.

b) For an internally-illuminated awning sign, the display area shall be calculated as the height of the awning multiplied by its width.

c) The area of temporary signs shall not be included in computation of allowable area for permanent signage. Only one of the parallel display surfaces shall be included when calculating display area.

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