Sign Policies

Banning

General Rules:

A sign permit is required, per 17.36.040. A. General. 1. No sign, or temporary sign, unless exempted by this chapter, shall be constructed, displayed or altered without a sign permit or sign program approved by the City. The Community Development Department shall review all signs unless otherwise stated. 2. Sign permits shall be reviewed and either approved or denied by the Director within 30 days of submittal of a complete application. The determination of a complete application shall be in conformance with the California Permit Streamlining Act.
For more on general rules, visit 17.36.040 - Sign permit required or CLICK HERE.
For number of signs, CLICK HERE.  or read 17.36.110 - Sign regulations. of the City Code, Part A, 1-5.

Public Right of Way:

Listed in 17.36.060, under Prohibited signs. The following signs are inconsistent with the sign standards set forth in this chapter, and are therefore prohibited: L. Signs on public property or the public rights-of-way, except for traffic regulation and signs permitted by a governmental agency.

Prohibited Signs:

The following signs are inconsistent with the sign standards set forth in this chapter, and are therefore prohibited: A. Abandoned signs. B. Animated, moving, flashing, blinking, reflecting, revolving, or any other similar sign, except electronic message boards. C. Banners, flags, and pennants, except with Temporary Use Permit. D. Billboards. E. Chalkboards or blackboards.
For more examples, CLICK HERE or go to "17.36.060 - Prohibited signs", of the City Code.

Real Estate Signs:

The following signs shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter: H. Real estate signs for residential sales shall be one sign not exceeding four square feet in area and five feet in height, provided it is unlit and is removed within 7 days after the close of escrow or the rental or lease has been accomplished. Open House signs, for the purpose of selling a single house or condominium and not exceeding four square feet in area and five feet in height, are permitted for directing prospective buyers to property offered for sale. I. Real estate signs for the initial sale, rental, or lease of commercial and industrial premises: One sign not to exceed 20 square feet in area to advertise the sale, lease, or rent of the premises. No such sign shall exceed eight feet in overall height and shall be removed upon sale, lease or rental of the premises or 12 months, whichever comes first. Thereafter, one sign per premise not to exceed 12 square feet in size and five feet in height is permitted for the sale, lease or rent of the premise.

Penalties:

Each violation of this ordinance or any regulation, order or ruling promulgated or made hereunder, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $200 per day, with each calendar day in violation, constituting a separate offense. For more on this section, CLICK HERE or visit 17.36.160 - Inventory and abatement Variances Penalties.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

17.36.090 - Abatement of abandoned or illegal temporary signs. A. Every temporary sign not owned by the property owner of the property on which it is erected shall be marked to indicate on the sign the identity of the sign owner, provided that for any commercial sign where not otherwise indicated it shall be presumed that the business being advertised is the owner. B. Any abandoned or illegal temporary sign is hereby declared to be a danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Banning. Any sign which is (i) in deteriorating condition and not maintained in the condition in which it was originally installed, (ii) violates conditions of the sign permit, or (iii) is partially or wholly obscured by the growth of dry vegetation or weeds or by the presence of debris or litter also presents a danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the Banning community. Such signs may be abated as provided in this chapter. For more on this, CLICK HERE.

Canyon Lake

General Rules:

Generally, permits are required to put up a sign (except real estate signs that follow 19.20 -Sign Regulations, No. 4) Signs may be put up, only in the manner that they were zoned and permitted. Signs are to be located on the same site or complex, as permitted. Time and temperature signs have there own set of regulations. For more details, CLICK HERE at 19.20 - Sign Regulations. 

Public Right of Way:

Signs that are on or projecting into a public-right-of-way, except for traffic regulatory signs, signs required by a government agency and except as permitted in Section 19.25. They are prohibited and will be abated. Also, no sign shall encroach into, or over a public-right-of-way, except as permitted by Section 19.25 B, or as exempted in Section 19.30. 

Prohibited Signs:

Abandoned signs, unshielded light bulb signs; signs on or projecting on a public-right-of-way. For more examples, CLICK HERE at 19.35 - Prohibited Signs

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from Section 19.20 - Sign Regulations. For commercial real estate signs, one sign per lot is allowed, not to exceed 20 square feet which advertises the sale, lease, rent of the premises upon which the sign is located. No permit or approval is required provided said sign follows these criteria.

Penalties:

There could be a stop-work order in the construction of signs. An injunction can be sought, requiring the removal of signs. Signs that pose a threat to public health or safety, will be immediately abated at the cost of the property owner. The City shall have other such remedies in place ready to go, if need be, that are allowed by state law for the violation of its ordinances. Each sign that violates the ordinance, will be treated as a separate incident.
For more information, CLICK HERE at Section 19.44 - Violations and Enforcement

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from Section 19.46 - Construction and Maintenance. Every sign shall be manufactured, assembled and erected in compliance with all State, Federal, and City regulations and the Uniform Building Code. Every sign, including those specifically exempt from this article, with respect to permit and permit fees, shall be maintained and kept in good repair. The display surface of all signs, shall be kept clean, neatly painted, and free from rust and corrosion. Any cracks or damage found, shall be repaired or replaced within 30 days, following notification of the city. Noncompliance with such a request, shall constitute a nuisance and penalties may be assessed in accordance with the provisions of the City Municipal Code. 

Chino

General Rules:

No sign may be placed on private property, including vacant property, without written authorization from the owner or the occupant and approval of plans by the city, pursuant to the provisions of Section 16.03.050, Sign plan required, of this title. Taken from Sign Standards.

Public Right of Way:

Two provisions about Right-of-Way listed in 16.05.050- Sign standards, include:

  1. No sign may be placed on public property or within the public right-of-way without written city approval, except as provided by this chapter. Signs placed on public property or in the public right-of-way without specific approval, shall be deemed illegal and shall be abated pursuant to the provisions of Section 16.04.040, Illegal signs, of this title.
  2. Signs or sign structures shall not project into any public right-of-way and shall be set back a minimum of five feet behind the face-of-curb of any private street or driveway.

Prohibited Signs:

All signs not expressly permitted by this title are prohibited, including but not limited to:

  1. Signs that move, rotate, simulate motion, or designed or operated as to flash, scintillate or in any way simulate motion, excepting time and temperature signs, barber poles and electronic message boards;
  2. Signs on a roof or above the roof line of a building or structure;
  3. Signs painted on the wall of a building or structure within any residential or commercial zoning district;
  4. Portable signs, except as otherwise expressly provided by this title;
  5. Vehicle signs; and
  6. Off-site signs, except directional signs within the public right-of-way and publicly owned electronic message boards as otherwise provided by this title. Taken from 16.05.050- Sign standards.

 

Real Estate Signs:

The only thing about real estate signs mentioned in the code, is that they are not permitted in zoning districts.

Penalties:

No penalties are listed. They just mention that No sign shall be erected or maintained in any zoning district established by the city's zoning ordinance (Title 20, CMC), except those signs specifically enumerated in this title.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

For Design Guidelines, CLICK HERE at 16.05.040- Design guidelines.

Chino Hills

General Rules:

Signs may be placed on private property only. They are not allowed on property owned by a government agency. All temporary signs and banners shall be made of a material designed to maintain an attractive appearance for as long as the sign is displayed. For more, CLICK HERE at 16.38.030 - Sign construction and maintenance standards and 16.38.040 - Sign placement.

Public Right of Way:

Considered a public nuisance, as per, the City Code: "Any sign or advertising structure, including flags, unlawfully constructed, placed on, or unlawfully projecting over land owned in fee simple by a governmental entity, or unlawfully on or over a public right-of-way without an encroachment permit as provided in the Chino Hills Municipal Code." CLICK HERE at 16.38.050 - Enforcement.

Prohibited Signs:

No specific mention of prohibited signs, but hazardous signs are considered a public nuisance according to City Code: "Hazardous or unsafe signs shall include those which are determined to be capable of causing harm to the public or to property (a) directly, through collapse or deterioration, or (b) indirectly, by obscuring sight lines or creating a hazard to pedestrians, motorists, or other persons."

Real Estate Signs:

No mention of real estate signs

Penalties:

A city Enforcement Officer shall charge the cost of moving, removing, disposing, correcting, storing, repairing, or working on a sign or sign structure to any one or all of the following, each of which shall be jointly and individually liable for such expense:

  1. The permittee;
  2. The owner of the sign;
  3. The owner of the premises on which the sign is located;
  4. The sign lessee or lessor. The charge for expenses shall be in addition to any penalty for the violation. For more, click here at 16.38.050 - Enforcement.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

N/A

Claremont

General Rules:

Signs must not be put up, without a permit (unless they are in the exempted category). They must conform to all rules and regulations stated in the city code. Signs can be removed, if they are not properly maintained. For more general rules, CLICK HERE at 18.001.000 COMPLIANCE REQUIRED and 18.001.010 SIGN PERMITS AND REVIEW.

Public Right of Way:

Signs placed in a public right of way are prohibited unless specifically permitted. C. Signs Requiring Sign Permits

  1. Temporary signs exceeding 12 square feet in size or signs displayed for more than 4 days for a civic or charitable event, sponsored by a non-profit organization and open to the public, erected on a parkway or median within the public right-of-way, if approved in conjunction with a special use and development permit or a special event permit by staff.
  2. Under-canopy or awning signs over a public sidewalk or other right-of-way, if permitted in the applicable district pursuant to this Title. Such signs shall require both a sign permit and an encroachment permit. Under-canopy or awning signs shall be reviewed by staff. (08-05) Taken from 18.035.070 SIGNS IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY

Prohibited Signs:

Signs are prohibited when placed within, on, or over public rights-of-way, on public land, or on utility poles, except as specifically permitted in this Title. More prohibited sign examples listed in 18.010.010, Prohibited Form of Signs

Real Estate Signs:

Real estate and construction signs 6 sq. ft. or smaller are exempt from sign permit requirements in accordance with Section 18.015.030. Real estate or construction signs, including names of architect, contractor, etc., larger than 6 square feet are permitted only upon approval of a sign permit, subject to the following restrictions.
Real estate signs with "sale pending" riders shall be permitted while the property is in escrow.
A. Maximum Number, 1. Residential Developments: One temporary real estate sign and no more than three construction announcement signs shall be permitted per street frontage. Signs may be either building-mounted or freestanding. Temporary real estate signs and construction announcement signs shall not consist of flexible material such as cloth, paper, cardboard, or plastic.
For more information, CLICK HERE at 18.035.020 REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION SIGNS

Penalties:

Legal action might be taken: "Every act prohibited or declared unlawful and every failure to perform an act made mandatory by this Title shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 16.206 of Title 16."

Misellaneous (other notable information):

There are separate sets of rules in the sign code. They are divided by ordinances: SIGNS ALLOWED IN ALL DISTRICTS WITHOUT SIGN PERMITS;

  • 18.020 SIGNS PERMITTED IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS;
  • 18.025 SIGNS PERMITTED IN COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS;
  • 18.030 SIGNS PERMITTED IN SPECIAL DISTRICTS; and, 
  • 18.035 SIGNS PERMITTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH SPECIFIC USES. All follow the general guidelines (with slight variations) set forth in Chapter 18.001 ADMINISTRATION.

Colton

General Rules:

Taken from "Permits and review procedures." A. Permit Required. 1. A sign permit shall be required prior to the placing, erecting, moving, modifying or reconstructing of any sign in the city, unless expressly exempted by this chapter. For more, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 18.50.040- Permits and review procedures.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from Exempt Signs: M. Construction signs are allowed on private property outside of the public right-of-way and any required clear vision triangle, with the following limitations: 1. Residential Subdivisions. One sign, limited to a maximum of thirty-two square feet. May only be erected after approval of tentative map and must be removed immediately upon the close of escrow of the sale of the last lot. The maximum height shall be eight feet. For more examples, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 18.50.060 Exempt Signs, Part M.

Prohibited Signs:

Taken from "Prohibited Signs". It shall be unlawful to erect, and no permit shall be issued, for any of the following signs: A. Any sign not specifically in accordance with the provisions of this chapter; B. Signs painted or mounted on roofs or placed above the roof line (except for mansard roofs); C. Animated signs and flashing signs, with the exception of time and temperature signs and electronic reader signs; For more CLICK HERE, or visit the City Code at 18.50.070- Prohibited signs.

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from Definitions: "Real estate sign" means a temporary sign advertising the sale or lease of the property upon which it is located, and may include the identification of the firm handling such sale, lease or rent. Taken from 18.50.060 Exempt Signs: O. Real estate for sale or rental signs provided they are not located in the public right-of-way.

Penalties:

Taken from "Enforcement". 2. Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. For more on penalties and enforcement, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 18.50.050- Enforcement.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from Design Standards: A. General Design Standards. 1. Architectural Style. Each sign shall be designed to be compatible with and relate to the architectural style of the main building or buildings upon the site where such sign is located. Each sign shall also be compatible with the style and character of the existing improvements upon the lots adjacent to the site. Signs located on commercial sites but in a predominately residential area shall be designed to be compatible with such residential area and unobtrusive. For more on Design Standards, visit the City Code at 18.50.090

Corona

General Rules:

Taken from Permit section: (A) Requirement. No sign shall hereafter be erected, re-erected, constructed, or altered, except for maintenance or repair, or replaced, except as provided in this section and divisions (B) and (D), unless a permit for the same has been issued by the Planning Director. A separate permit shall be required for each sign or group of signs in one location. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 17.74.050 Permit.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from Section 17.74.200 Signs illegally erected on public property or right-of-way Violation Removal Costs. (A) No person shall place, erect, extend, project over, suspend or maintain or cause to be placed, erected, extended, suspended or maintained any sign on public property or in the public right-of-way, unless otherwise permitted by this chapter. Such activity shall constitute a nuisance and the director of public works or his or her designee shall proceed in a summary manner to abate such nuisance by causing the illegal sign to be removed immediately. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Prohibited Signs:

Taken from Prohibited Signs section: (E) Notices, placards, bills, posters, cards, stickers, banners, signs, advertisings, or other devices designed to attract the attention of the public that are posted or otherwise affixed upon any street furniture, right-of-way, public sidewalk, crosswalk, curb, lamppost, fencing, hydrant, tree, alley, telephone pole, public telephone, lighting system, or other public alarm or communication system; or that overhang any public lands or right-of-way. For more infromation, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 17.74.070 Prohibited signs.

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from the Exempted Signs section: (G) One real estate sign per street frontage provided such sign: (1) Is located entirely on the property offered for sale or lease, or other private property with the respective owner's consent; (2) Does not exceed the height limitations of the zone and is placed outside of any corner cut-off area as defined in 17.70.050. For more information, CLICK HERE at 17.74.040 Exemptions.

Penalties:

No penalties listed in the Code, but the section does state in Section 17.74.020 Interpretation and substitution of text: (D) Signs not expressly permitted by this chapter are prohibited.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from Section 17.74.160 Off-premise and outdoor advertising signs (billboards). Except as provided in 17.74.070(H), outdoor advertising signs (billboards) are prohibited in the City of Corona. The city shall comply with all provisions of the California Business & Professions Code regarding amortization and removal of existing off-premise and outdoor advertising displays and billboard signs. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Fontana

General Rules:

a) No sign shall hereafter be erected, reerected, constructed or altered except as provided by this article and until a permit for the sign has been issued by the community development department. Where signs are illuminated by lighting, either internally or externally, a separate electrical permit shall be obtained. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at Sec. 3-84. - Sign permit Required.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from Sec. 3-90. - Nonconforming signs Prohibitions.(d) This section regarding nonconforming signs shall not apply to any legal signs made nonconforming by action of the city to widen a right-of-way.

Prohibited Signs:

All signs not expressly permitted are prohibited in all zones, including but not limited to the following: (1) Roof signs. (2) Flashing signs. (3) Animated signs. For more examples, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at Sec. 3-162. - Prohibited signs.

Real Estate Signs:

Temporary real estate signs advertising real property which has been subdivided for the purposes of sale or lease shall be subject to the following conditions: (1) The sign shall remain only as long as some portion of the property advertised for sale remains unsold, or for a period of two years from the recordation of the final map, whichever period is shorter. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit the CIty Code at Sec. 3-165. - SameTemporary on-site.

Penalties:

Taken from Sec. 3-86. - Violations; penalties; abatement of nuisances. It is illegal to use, occupy, or maintain property in violation of this article. Any violation or failure to comply with the provisions of this article shall render a person guilty of a misdemeanor, and such person shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of section 1-7.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

A temporary sign permit may be issued by the building official, subject to the provisions of section 3-84 for the following uses: (1) Temporary 45-day signs. A temporary 45-day sign permit may be issued for the following special signs: a. One banner not exceeding 60 square feet in area shall be permitted when announcing a grand opening of a new business or a special event at the site where the banner is to be displayed. A second banner may be permitted if the business has more than one street frontage. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at Sec. 3-163. - Temporary signs.

Grand Terrace

General Rules:

You need to obtain a sign permit. You must submit a completed application; a site plan, with three blueline copies which shall be a fully dimensioned drawing clearly showing the components; elevations, three blueline copies; construction plans, three blueline copies. For more, CLICK HERE at 18.80.040 - Submittal process.

Public Right of Way:

Signs on the public right-of-way are prohibited. Exceptions only apply to agency real estate signs for sale or directionals when applicant has prior written consent of property owner. Real estate signs should follow number, size and height guidelines and are exempt from permits. For more information, CLICK HERE at 18.80.110 - General standards.

Prohibited Signs:

Roof signs; animated signs; signs on the public right-of-way (except as provided for in this chapter, Section 18.80.110); Signs blocking door or fire escapes. For more information, CLICK HERE at 18.80.160 - Prohibited signs.

Real Estate Signs:

Are exempt from the application, permit and fee requirements of this chapter. An electrical or building permit may, however, be required. A. Real estate signs for residential sales or rent not exceeding four square feet in area or five five feet in height, provided it is unlit and is removed within fifteen days after the close of escrow or the rental or lease has been accomplished. For more information, CLICK HERE at 18.80.170 - Exempt signs.

Penalties:

18.80.080 - Enforcement. It shall be the responsibility of the city's code enforcement officer to enforce all the provisions of this chapter. Additionally, illegal signs within the public right-of-way may be summarily abated by the city and held, pending notification of the owner by the city. The owner may obtain the sign from the city upon payment to the city of any storage and removal charge that may have been incurred by the city.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

None

Highland

General Rules:

No sign can be displayed without an approved permit. Click here for more details at 16.56.020 Administration, Part B, Sign Permits and Review

Public Right of Way:

These are Prohibited Signs as per the Code: Signs or sign structures which create a potential safety hazard by obscuring a clear view of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or which block or impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic in the public right-of-way. For more, CLICK HERE at 16.56.020 Administration, Part J.

Prohibited Signs:

This is one example of a Prohibited Sign: Signs or sign structures placed within, on, or over public right-of-way, on public land, or on utility poles or fences, unless expressly permitted in this chapter. Taken from Part J, Prohibited Signs and Structures, Number 9. 

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from Table 16.56.050.E Temporary Signs in Residential Districts. Temporary real estate signs shall be permitted to remain while the property is for sale or in escrow but shall be removed when the property referred to is no longer for sale, rent, or lease.

Penalties:

You could get jail time, not exceeding 6 months, or, receive a fine, not exceeding $1,000, or both. For more information, click here at 16.56.186 General penalty.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from Sec. 16.56.050 Temporary signs: 2. Temporary signs or banners shall not be erected on a parkway or median or within the public right-of-way, except for street banners which are consistent with the city’s approved street banner program.

Jurupa Valley

General Rules:

Temporary signs are permitted in all zoning classifications subject to the limitations imposed by this chapter. No person shall erect, use or maintain a temporary sign in the unincorporated area of the county, except in accordance with the following provisions. For more on this, click here, or visit the County Code at 17.254.030 - Temporary signs. Also, no person shall erect, use or maintain an outdoor advertising display in the unincorporated area of the county, except in accordance with the following provisions. The changing of an advertising message or customary maintenance of a legally existing outdoor advertising display shall not require a permit pursuant to this section. A. Permit Procedure. For the rules of the permit procedure CLICK HERE, or visit the County Code at 17.252.030 - Outdoor advertising displays.

Public Right of Way:

Any franchise or use fees paid by permittees to the county for the privilege of using county right-of-ways for kiosk placement may be utilized by the county for the enforcement of this chapter. For more on the fees, CLICK HERE or visit the County Code at 15.76.110 - Right-of-way use fees (in Real Estate Development Directional Signs).

Prohibited Signs:

"Illegal Outdoor Advertising Displays" and "Illegal on-site advertising structure or sign" which can be found in the Definition section of Advertising Regulations at 17.252.020 - Definitions. Or by CLICKING HERE.

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from Section 17.254.030 - Temporary signs B. Standards for Real Estate Signs. 1. For lots zoned for one and two-family residential uses: one sign not exceeding six square feet in surface area and not more than six feet in height. 2. For lots zoned for multiple-family residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural uses: one sign on each separate frontage of the lot on the street, each sign not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in surface area and not more than six feet in height. No more than four signs are allowed per development.

Penalties:

Taken from 17.254.050 - Enforcement. B. The procedures, remedies and penalties for violation of this ordinance and for recovery of costs related to enforcement are provided for in Chapter 1.16 For more on these procedures, refer to 1.16.080 - Administrative citations and penalties or CLICK HERE.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Subject to the requirements of this chapter, the road commissioner or his or her designee may issue permits for subdivision direction sign structures to be located within county street rights-of-way or other county property. For more on this, CLICK HERE or visit the County Code at 15.76.070 - Permits required on county-owned property (in Real Estate Development Directional Signs).

La Verne

General Rules:

Taken from 17.12.010 Permits and approval required. Except as otherwise provided in this title, no sign shall be placed, maintained or altered until a sign precise plan has been filed and approved by the community development director or designee and a sign permit for the same has been issued by the building official. Signs regulated under master sign programs shall be governed by Chapter 17.20 of this code. Sign permits for individual signs complying with approved master sign program standards shall be required to be obtained prior to installation; precise plan review applications shall not be required. A filing fee, plans for the sign and application are also required as per the City Code 17.12.020 Application—Contents. 

Public Right of Way:

Signs cannot be erected in a public street or right-of-way unless authorized by a variance under Section 18.108.040 of the City Code, or a permit under Section 17.16.050. (Ord. 855 § 2 (part), 1993) Taken from 17.16.060 Prohibited locations. 

Prohibited Signs:

Taken from 17.16.010 Prohibited signs.

  • Signs resembling traffic signs;
  • Ground signs greater than nine feet in height, with the exception as stated in Section 17.08.140, and located within five hundred feet of the centerline of any freeway or expressway;
  • Vehicle-mounted signs

Real Estate Signs:

Is considered an exempt sign, under the City Code. A. Real Estate Signs. For residential uses and zones, one sign pertaining to the sale, lease or hire of only the particular building, property or premises upon which displayed. Permitted sign size shall not exceed six square feet. For nonresidential uses and zones, one sign pertaining to the sale, lease or hire of only the particular building, property or premises upon which displayed. Permitted sign size shall not exceed twenty-four square feet and seven feet in height. Taken from 17.16.080 Exempt signs. 

Penalties:

Taken from 17.04.060 Maintenance requirements, Part B. 1.If the director finds that any sign or sign structure has been erected or maintained in violation of any provisions of this title or the sign permit, that the sign permit or precise plan review contains any material misstatements, or that any sign or sign structure is unsafe or insecure, shall give written notice of findings and intent to revoke to the permittee thereof. The permittee must remove or alter the sign or sign structure so as to comply with the standards herein set forth, or provide a written response sufficient to demonstrate compliance with the provisions of this title, within ten days after the date of mailing such notice. Upon the failure of the permittee to do so, the building official shall revoke the sign permit. No new permit shall be issued to any permittee or owner who refuses thereafter to remove or alter an unlawful sign. For more information, CLICK HERE on the City Code,  17.04.060 Maintenance requirements.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Every sign erected shall have its sign permit number, name of erector, installation year and when illuminated, the voltage, in a readily visible location. This section does not apply to noncommercial signs. Taken from 17.04.040 Sign identification. 

Lake Elsinore

General Rules:

A sign permit must be obtained, before putting up a sign as per the City Code at 17.196.030 Permit required.
Application for sign approval must be submitted to the City along with three copies of the plan showing the position of the sign; design and structure details; a current photograph showing existing signs; a statement showing the dimensions and size of all signs; and other information the City may need. For more on this part, CLICK HERE at 17.196.040 Procedure.

Public Right of Way:

E. No signs, lights or other advertising structure shall be located in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision at any location where, by reason of the position, shape, color or movement may interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device, nor shall such sign advertising structure make use of any word, phrase, symbol or character in such a manner as to interfere with, mislead or confuse traffic. Taken from Prohibited Signs, Section 17.196.100

Prohibited Signs:

Portable signs, signs which incorporate in any manner any flashing, moving or intermittent lighting, rotating or animated signs and signs that do not obstruct the view of pedestrians and motorists. 

Real Estate Signs:

 

On-Site Signs and Flags. New residential developments which offer 10 or more units for sale or lease may erect temporary on-site advertising signs subject to the following:

  1. Size.
    • One sign per residential development may be located within the boundaries of the development. Such signs shall not exceed 100 square feet in area and with a total height of 20 feet above grade;
    • Additionally, up to 10 flags shall be allowed, such flags shall not exceed 15 square feet in area and with a total height of 20 feet above grade.
  2. Approval Required. Signs and flags are subject to approval of a temporary sign permit by the Director. The permit shall be valid for one year. Extensions may be granted by the Director upon request of the applicant until all units are sold;
  3. Bond Required. Such signs and flags are subject to a $500.00 cash bond in order to guarantee prompt removal upon expiration of the approval period, not to exceed 30 days. For more, click here at 17.196.130 Temporary advertising for new residential developments.

 

Penalties:

Your permit could be revoked if you do not comply with the provisions of the code.
In the case of Off-site directional signs, any sign placed contrary to the provisions of this title may be removed by the City and the cost of removal shall be deducted from said deposit. Additional costs incurred by the City resulting from the removal of illegal signs shall be charged to the developer.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Definitions: “Off-site sign” means any sign, including billboards, which directs attention to a business, commodity, service or entertainment conducted, sold or offered elsewhere than on the premises, and only incidentally on the premises if at all.

Loma Linda

General Rules:

A permit is required. Applications for sign permits must include: contact information, two copies of a plan and elevations showing sign height, size, color, type, style, elevation above final grade level, method of illumination and materials for the proposed sign. A building permit must also be obtained, after it is approved. For more, CLICK HERE at 17.18.050 Permit.

Public Right of Way:

No specific category in Code about Public Right of Way but the code does mention the following about temporary signs and right of way: A temporary sign permit may be waived by the community development department for temporary signs that identify businesses and directional signs for ingress and egress to a business site where construction or disruption of a public right-of-way has altered ingress and egress to the site, or where the effectiveness of the approved signing has been impaired by such construction or disruption.

Prohibited Signs:

Some examples here: (1) Projections into right-of-way, blocked doors and windows; no sign shall extend, project, or protrude into any public right-of-way, except that directional signs may be permitted. No sign or supports, braces or guys therefor shall be erected so as to cover the doors, windows, of any building or otherwise to prevent ingress and egress to or from any window or door. (2) Roof signs: roof signs are prohibited. For more information, CLICK HERE at 17.18.250 Prohibited signs.

Real Estate Signs:

Temporary real estate signs advertising real property which has been subdivided or developed for the purposes of sale, rent or lease shall be permitted without a permit, subject to the following conditions: C. Signs shall be located on the premises which they advertise. D. No sign shall exceed one hundred square feet in area. For more examples, CLICK HERE at 17.18.200 Temporary on-site for sale or rent signs.

Penalties:

Community Development Department will take action. All signs and sign structures shall be periodically inspected and maintained at reasonable intervals, including the replacement of defective parts, painting, repainting, cleaning, and other acts required to maintain the sign. The community development department shall require corrections or removal of any sign deemed to be in violation. 17.18.260 Maintenance required.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from the 17.18.300 General section. Sign plans for all development proposals must be submitted at the same time as other required permit application information is provided to the community development office. This shall include applications for planning and development permits including but not limited to precise plans of design and conditional use permits.

Menifee

General Rules:

According to State, Local and Federal law, no sign shall be erected or posted in an unincorporated part of the County (Menifee), without a permit. The application shall consist of ten copies of a plot plan drawn to scale, containing the name, address or telephone number of the applicant, a copy of the current valid State Outdoor Advertising Permit referenced in Section 19.3.b.(4) hereof and a general description of the property upon which the outdoor advertising display is proposed to be placed. For more general rules, CLICK HERE at Section 19.3. OUTDOOR ADVERTISING DISPLAYS.

Public Right of Way:

According to Permit Standards set forth in the Code, no outdoor advertising display shall be erected within an established setback or building line, or within road right-of-way lines or future road right-of-way lines as shown on any Specific Plan of Highways. For more, CLICK HERE at ARTICLE XIX, b. PERMIT STANDARDS.

Prohibited Signs:

Nothing about prohibited signs, but it is illegal with an ON-SITE ADVERTISING STRUCTURE OR SIGN" to not follow any of the provisions stated in this part of the Code.

Real Estate Signs:

Code did not mention real estate signs, but did mention l. "ON-SITE ADVERTISING STRUCTURE OR SIGN" which means any structure, housing, sign,device, figure, statuary, painting, display, message placard, or other contrivance, or any part thereof, which is designed, constructed, created, engineered, intended, or used to advertise, or to provide data or information. For more information, CLICK HERE

Penalties:

Each violation is punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars (1,000.00), or by imprisonment in the County jail for a term of not more than six months, or by both fine and imprisonment. For more, CLICK HERE at Enforcement.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Number of Displays. No more than one proposed outdoor advertising display per application. For more click here, at b. Permit Standards, Number 7. shall be permitted.

Montclair

General Rules:

Taken from 11.72.040 - Building permits required. Permits shall be required prior to the placement, installation, relocation, modification of the copy, or reconstruction of any sign in the City, unless expressly exempt by this chapter. A sign requiring a permit shall comply with all the provisions of this chapter and all other applicable laws and ordinances. Other regulations to signs can be found in sections: 11.72.050 - Design, construction and maintenance and 11.72.060 - Application for Precise Plan of Design (PPD) approval.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from 11.72.100 - Enforcement, penalties and abatement, Part C. C. Any unauthorized or illegal sign within the public right-of-way or on private property that is found and declared to be a public nuisance or constitutes a hazard to pedestrian or vehicular traffic may be removed immediately, stored and/or destroyed by the City at the expense of the owner or other person entitled to possession of such sign or any person, business or entity who benefits from such sign. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Prohibited Signs:

Taken from Section 11.72.120 - Prohibited signs. L. Signs placed within or over public right-of-way on public land or on utility poles, except as specifically permitted by this chapter. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from Exempted Signs, 11.72.110 H. Real estate signs for the selling or leasing of industrial, office or commercial property at the ratio of one per street frontage not to exceed 24 square feet in area and 6 feet in overall height, provided that it is unlighted and is removed within 10 days after the close of escrow or the rental or lease has been accomplished. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Penalties:

Taken from Section 11.72.100 - Enforcement, penalties and abatement. B. The owner or other person entitled to possession of a sign which is removed, stored and/or destroyed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall be liable to the City for the cost of the removal, storage and/or destruction of such sign and for the City's court costs and reasonable attorney's fees. The City may recover the same through an action commenced in a court of competent jurisdiction. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from Article III. - Design Standards 11.72.160 - Sign dimensions. The dimensions and height of the sign cabinet, if any, or other configuration of the dimensions of the sign area of each sign on the property shall be proportional to and visually balanced with the size and scale of the building. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Moreno Valley

General Rules:

Taken from General Provisions: A. General Provisions. 1. No sign shall be erected, placed or maintained, except as specified in this chapter. Where there is a conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other applicable regulations, the more restrictive provisions shall prevail. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 9.12.020 Applicability.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from Exempt Signs, 9.12.040 Exempt signs, F, Part 6. Off-premises temporary open house signs are prohibited within the public right-of-way and shall not be installed in a manner which creates a hazard for vehicle or pedestrian traffic;

Prohibited Signs:

Taken from the Prohibited Signs Section: The following signs are prohibited, except as otherwise provided in this section: A. Roof signs extending above the eave or parapet line, except when the community development director finds the sign is an integrated feature of the architectural design or complements the design of the building; For more examples, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 9.12.050 Prohibited signs.

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from 9.12.040 Exempt signs. I. Signs for Projects Under Construction. Contractor or construction signs, future tenant identification signs, real estate signs for sale or lease may be permitted during construction, provided that all of the following are met: 1. Thirty-two (32) square foot maximum; 2. Maximum of eight feet in height; 3. Signs shall be placed no closer than ten (10) feet to any property line; For more information, CLICK HERE.

Penalties:

Taken from 1.10.080 Civil fines Amount and penalties. A. The maximum amount of a civil fine for violating particular provisions of this code shall be set forth in a schedule of civil fines adopted by resolution of the city council. The schedule may include escalating civil fine amounts for repeat code violations occurring within specified periods of time. A fine amount, not to exceed those set forth by resolution, may be imposed or reduced at the discretion of the citing officer or the city attorney. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from 9.12.120 Signs required to be removed. Signs which are not removed in the specified time periods pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a nuisance, and shall be subject to removal under the provisions of Section 1.01.250 or other applicable provisions of the Moreno Valley Municipal Code or as provided by law. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Norco

General Rules:

Sign Permit Required. A sign permit shall be required prior to the placing, erecting, moving, or reconstructing of any sign in the City, unless expressly exempted by this chapter. Signs requiring a permit shall comply with the provisions of this chapter and all other applicable laws and ordinances.

Public Right of Way:

Are exempt from a required permit. Also, if any type of sign, directional placard, or banner used for commercial purposes held by an individual where it jeopardizes the public health, safety and welfare, and at a minimum, in or adjacent to the public right-of-way within a Pedestrian-Equestrian trail to attract attention or to provide direction, it is considered a prohibited sign. CLICK HERE for more, 18.37.08 General Provisions.

Prohibited Signs:

One example: (i) Signs placed on or extending over the public right-of-way (except signs authorized by law or by governmental authority). For more information, CLICK HERE at 18.37.08 General Provisions, Part 2.

Real Estate Signs:

Are exempt from a required permit, so long as they do not exceed 6 square feet in area or 6 feet in height, provided it is unlit and is removed within 15 days after the close of escrow or the rental or lease has been accomplished. For more information, CLICK HERE 18.37.08 General Provisions.

Penalties:

Penalties for Illegal Signs. The City shall identify and contact the firm or person responsible for placement of illegal signs, informing them that removal of illegal signs must take place within twenty-four (24) hours to avoid billing by the City for the removal of the illegal signs. For more information, CLICK HERE 18.37.14 Nonconforming Signs, Part 1a. 

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from 18.37.12 Design Standards (1) Architectural Style: Each sign shall be designed with the intent and purpose to relate to the architectural style of the main building or buildings upon the site, and to the extent possible, consistent with improvements upon lots adjacent to the site.

Ontario

General Rules:

Taken from the General Provisions section in the City Code. The following regulations apply to all signs: (a) All signs are to be located on the same site as the use, activity, or structure they identify or advertise, except as otherwise expressly permitted by this article, and except for street banners, flags, pennants, or other street decorations authorized by the City Council to be hung or suspended over a public street under the provisions of this article; For more examples, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at Sec. 9-1.3125. General provisions applicable to all signs.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from Sec. 9-1.3115. Required signs. The City finds that it is in the interest of safety for all street addresses to be clearly visible. Unless otherwise authorized in writing by the Police and Fire Departments, all permanent structures in the City shall display street address numerals of a size and location which are clearly visible from a public right of way. Taken from 6.04.020 Definitions. The City defines Right-of-way: means any area or parcel of property granted, deeded, dedicated to, or otherwise acquired by the city or the public at large for any public purpose including, but not limited to, roadways, alleys, streets, parkways, pedestrian ways, and sidewalks.

Prohibited Signs:

Taken from the Prohibited Signs section in the City Code. The following signs are prohibited: (a) A-frame (portable) signs, unless approved as part of a temporary display pursuant to 9-1.3130; (b) Balloon, inflated signs, kites, and any other type of aerial sign unless approved as part of a temporary display pursuant to 9-1.3130; For more examples, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at Sec. 9-1.3120. Prohibited signs.

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from Sec. 9-1.3130, Temporary signs: (b) Residential real estate signs, limited to a maximum of one (1) per parcel or structure advertising only the sale or lease of the property or structures located on the same site as the sign. The sign shall be non-illuminated and limited to a maximum area of twelve (12) square feet; provided however, the sign shall be removed within five (5) days following the sale or lease of the property on which the sign is located. Temporary signs identifying open houses during weekends only are permitted and shall not exceed a maximum area of twelve (12) square feet each;

Penalties:

There is no mention of penalties in the Sign Code Section. The following, is an excerpt pulled from Overall Penalties of Ontario's Municipal Code: "Any person violating any such provision or failing to comply with any of the mandatory requirement of this Code, or any Code adopted by reference by this Code, shall be guilty of an infraction, unless the citing official or the prosecuting attorney determines that it would in the interests of justice to prosecute the offense as a misdemeanor." Taken from Penalty Provisions, Sec. 1-2.01.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from Sec. 9-1.3180, Permits required.This section describes permits required for various types of signs and the approving authority for such signs. (a) In addition to Sign Permits required by the Planning Department, described below, building permits may need to be obtained from the Building Department;

Perris

General Rules:

An application and fee, a minor development plan review, sign plans drawn to scale, blueprint or pencil drawings of the plans and specifications and method of construction and attachment to the building, structure, or ground; Building Division application requirements including, plot plan indicating location of signs relative to property line; and name of person putting up the sign. For more details, CLICK HERE at 19.75.030 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Public Right of Way:

Signs within a public right of way are prohibited (Code 19.75.080 PROHIBITED SIGNS, Part A). Also, no canopy and awning signs, or any sign that projects into public right-of-way shall be permitted without a public encroachment permit (Code 19.75.180 PERMITTED – SPECIAL, Part H).

Prohibited Signs:

Taken from 19.75.080 PROHIBITED SIGNS, Part B Home occupation signs in accordance with applicable regulations of this Code. 

Real Estate Signs:

They are exempt from the application, fee, and permit requirements. Taken from 19.75.70 EXEMPTIONS, Part B Real estate signs indicating the availability for sale, lease, or rent of the site on which they are located, provided such signs comply with the following: Residential: Nonilluminated signs not to exceed 4 square feet in area and 5 feet in height. One sign per street frontage only, to be removed within 15 days after the close of escrow, or the execution date of a rental or lease agreement.

Penalties:

Any person violating any of the provisions of the Sign Code shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. The owner or other person entitled to possession of a sign which is removed, stored and/or destroyed pursuant to any provision of the Sign Code is held liable to the City for the cost of the removal, storage and/or destruction along with any court costs and reasonable attorney fees the City may incur. For more, CLICK HERE at 19.75.280 ENFORCEMENT, PENALTIES AND ABATEMENT

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from 19.75.210 ARCHITECTURAL STYLE section: Signs shall be compatible with the design of the surrounding development. Each sign shall be designed to be consistent with the architectural style of the main building or buildings upon the site.

Pomona

General Rules:

No person, except a public employee in performance of a public duty, shall fasten any sign, notice or advertisement of any kind on public property except as may be authorized by permit or required by ordinance or law. 

Public Right of Way:

No mention of signs placed in a public right-of-way

Prohibited Signs:

No mention of prohibited signs. It just says what penalties the city will take, should a violation occur. 

Real Estate Signs:

No mention of real estate signs.

Penalties:

Any sign, notice or advertisement of any kind posted in violation of this section is a nuisance which shall be remedied by the city by criminal or civil proceedings or by abatement. The costs of the city for abatement shall be assessed against the person who posted the sign, the person or business advertised and the person owning the real property at which an advertised activity is held. The minimum cost for each abatement shall be presumed to be $25.00.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

N/A

Rancho Cucamonga

General Rules:

Sign permits may be issued for signs included under this section provided the signs are in compliance to all other applicable laws and ordinances. For more on permitted signs, please CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at Chapter 14.20 - SIGN REGULATIONS There is also a list of General Provisions in Chapter 14.16

Public Right of Way:

In Section 14.16.060 - Use of flags, Part C, says that flags shall be displayed in the immediate vicinity of the sales/leasing office. In no case shall the flags be allowed within the public right-of-way. No other mentioning of public right of way issues, were listed in the Section.

Prohibited Signs:

All signs not expressly permitted are prohibited including, but not limited to, the following: A. Roof signs, except as provided for in this title; B. Flashing signs, except in time and temperature signs For more information, please CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 14.16.020 - Prohibited signs.

Real Estate Signs:

In Section B. 14.16.010 - Exempt signs, Real estate signs for residential sales not exceeding four square feet in area or five feet in height, provided it is unlit and is removed within fifteen days after the close of escrow or the rental or lease has been accomplished;

Penalties:

A. Any violation of the provisions of this section shall be deemed to be a continuing violation until the violation has been corrected. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 14.16.040 - Enforcement, penalties and abatement.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

The following signs shall be exempt from the application, permit, and fee requirements of this title. An electrical or building permit may, however, be required: A. Permanent window signs not exceeding four square feet and limited to business identification, hours of operation, address and emergency information only; B. Real estate signs for residential sales not exceeding four square feet in area or five feet in height, provided it is unlit and is removed within fifteen days after the close of escrow or the rental or lease has been accomplished; For more information, please CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 14.16.010 - Exempt signs.

Redlands

General Rules:

Taken from 15.36.030: APPLICABILITY The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all zones established by title 18 of this code. Except as noted below, a "sign", as defined in this chapter, may be affixed, erected, constructed, placed, established, mounted or maintained only in compliance with the standards, procedures and other requirements of this chapter. The standards regarding number and size of signs regulated by this chapter are maximum standards, unless otherwise stated. In those areas of the city where specific plan sign standards or sign programs have been adopted by ordinance or resolution, those sign standards or sign programs shall apply; provided, however, the "substitution" provisions of this section shall apply to such programs and plans.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from, 15.36.570: SALE, RENT, AND LEASE SIGNS, Part C Location: Signs shall not be located closer than five feet (5') from street right of way lines nor closer than three hundred feet (300') from any other for sale, for rent or for lease sign on the property.

Prohibited Signs:

A. Any sign not specifically identified in this chapter as permitted shall be prohibited. C. The following types of signs are prohibited: 1. Any sign, any portion of which (including its supports) may obstruct any fire escape, stairway or standpipe. For more on this, CLICK HERE or visit the city code at 15.36.140: PROHIBITED SIGNS.

Real Estate Signs:

The following regulations shall apply to real estate signs advertising property for sale, rent, lease, or trade: A. All Residential Zoning Districts: 1. Maximum Size: Maximum size shall be three (3) square feet. 2. Maximum Height: Maximum height shall be six feet (6'). 3. Location/Number: One such sign may be placed on the property per street frontage, up to a maximum of two (2) signs. For more on this, CLICK HERE  or visit the city code at 15.36.570: SALE, RENT, AND LEASE SIGNS.

Penalties:

Taken from Article IX. Sign Code Enforcement And Administration 15.36.650: VIOLATION; PENALTY: A. It is illegal to use, occupy or maintain property in violation of this chapter. B. Violation of this chapter shall be a misdemeanor, but may be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or an infraction in the discretion of the city attorney. For more on this, CLICK HERE.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from Article V. Sign Standards For Residential Zoning Districts 15.36.290: IDENTIFICATION SIGNS IN MULTIPLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS: Identification signs in the multiple-family residential districts are subject to the following: A. Multiple residential developments located on lots of one hundred feet (100') or less in width may be permitted one sign with a maximum area of five (5) square feet. B. Multiple residential developments located on lots exceeding one hundred feet (100') in width may be permitted one sign with a maximum area of fifteen (15) square feet.

Riverside

General Rules:

"The policies and principles stated in this Section apply to all signs within the regulatory scope of this Chapter, and to all procedures set forth in, or invoked by, this Chapter. These policies are to prevail over any other provision to the contrary, even if more specific. A. Enforcement Authority. The Zoning Administrator is authorized and directed to enforce and administrate the provisions of this Chapter. For more information, please CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 19.620.050 Basic Policies."

Public Right of Way:

Taken from 19.620.020 Purpose and Regulatory Scope. Policies for private party signs on City-owned property, on the public right of way, and publicly owned properties in which the City holds the present right of possession or for which management rights have been delegated to the City, are stated in Chapter 19.625 (Private Party Signs on City-Owned Property and the Public Right-of-Way). (Ord. 6966 1, 2007)

Prohibited Signs:

Unless otherwise permitted by a specific provision of this Chapter, the following sign types are prohibited in all zones: A. Moving Image Signs. Signs which blink, flash, shimmer, glitter, rotate, oscillate or move, or which give the appearance of blinking, flashing, shimmering, glittering, rotating, oscillating or moving. B. Permanent Signs Displaying Off-Site Commercial Messages. Permanent structure signs displaying commercial messages (billboards) are prohibited in all zones. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit 19.620.240 Prohibited Signs and Sign Elements.

Real Estate Signs:

A. For Real Estate Offered for Sale, Rent or Lease (Not Including Transient Occupancy). Subject to the regulations and conditions stated in this subsection, the signs described in this subsection may be displayed without permits. The signs allowed under this subsection shall be removed not more than 5 days after the proposed transaction has closed, or the property is withdrawn from the market. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit the city code at 19.620.210 Real Estate Signs.

Penalties:

Taken from Enforcement Section of the Code. A. Responsible Parties. Sign related rights, duties and responsibilities are joint and several as to the owner of the property, the owner of any business or other establishment located on the property, and the owner of the sign. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 19.620.280 Enforcement.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

A. Signs Must Comply With This Code. In all zones, only such signs as are specifically permitted in this Chapter may be placed, erected, maintained, displayed or used, and the placement, erection, maintenance, display or use of signs shall be subject to all restrictions, limitations and regulations contained in this Chapter. The placement, erection, maintenance, display or use of all other signs is prohibited. For more information, please CLICK HERE or visit the City Code at 19.620.060 General Provisions.

Riverside County (Unincorporated)

General Rules:

Temporary signs are permitted in all zoning classifications subject to the limitations imposed by this chapter. No person shall erect, use or maintain a temporary sign in the unincorporated area of the county, except in accordance with the following provisions. For more on this, click here, or visit the County Code at 17.254.030 - Temporary signs. Also, no person shall erect, use or maintain an outdoor advertising display in the unincorporated area of the county, except in accordance with the following provisions. The changing of an advertising message or customary maintenance of a legally existing outdoor advertising display shall not require a permit pursuant to this section. A. Permit Procedure. For the rules of the permit procedure CLICK HERE, or visit the County Code at 17.252.030 - Outdoor advertising displays.

Public Right of Way:

Any franchise or use fees paid by permittees to the county for the privilege of using county right-of-ways for kiosk placement may be utilized by the county for the enforcement of this chapter. For more on the fees, CLICK HERE or visit the County Code at 15.76.110 - Right-of-way use fees (in Real Estate Development Directional Signs).

Prohibited Signs:

"Illegal Outdoor Advertising Displays" and "Illegal on-site advertising structure or sign" which can be found in the Definition section of Advertising Regulations at 17.252.020 - Definitions. Or by CLICKING HERE.

Real Estate Signs:

Taken from Section 17.254.030 - Temporary signs B. Standards for Real Estate Signs. 1. For lots zoned for one and two-family residential uses: one sign not exceeding six square feet in surface area and not more than six feet in height. 2. For lots zoned for multiple-family residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural uses: one sign on each separate frontage of the lot on the street, each sign not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in surface area and not more than six feet in height. No more than four signs are allowed per development.

Penalties:

Taken from 17.254.050 - Enforcement. B. The procedures, remedies and penalties for violation of this ordinance and for recovery of costs related to enforcement are provided for in Chapter 1.16 For more on these procedures, refer to 1.16.080 - Administrative citations and penalties or CLICK HERE.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Subject to the requirements of this chapter, the road commissioner or his or her designee may issue permits for subdivision direction sign structures to be located within county street rights-of-way or other county property. For more on this, CLICK HERE or visit the County Code at 15.76.070 - Permits required on county-owned property (in Real Estate Development Directional Signs).

San Bernardino

General Rules:

Taken from Sign Permit Required, Section 19.22.040 1. GENERAL No sign, including a copy change, or temporary sign, unless exempted by this Chapter, shall be constructed, displayed or altered without a sign permit or sign program approved by the City. The Director shall review all signs unless otherwise stated. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from Off Sight Signs of Public Property, Section 19.22.080, Part 5: Private advertising signs may be placed on structures in the public right of way, such as bus shelters, if there is a licensing agreement approved by the Mayor and Common Council authorizing such off-site signs on public property. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Prohibited Signs:

Taken from the Prohibited Signs, Section 19.22.060 L. Roof signs, with the exception of mansards where no useable sign band is available. M. Signs on public property, except for traffic regulatory, informational signs, signs required by a governmental agency, and model home tour signs, and except as permitted by Section 19.22.080. MC 812 12/5/91. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Real Estate Signs:

Real Estate signs are exempted. CLICK HERE for more details.

Penalties:

Taken from 19.22.130 REMOVAL OF ILLEGAL SIGNS Excerpt taken from this section: "The appeal shall be granted or the decision modified if facts or circumstances disprove the existence of an illegal sign. If no hearing is requested, if the appeal has been denied and/or there is no correction to the violation, the Code Compliance Department will abate the violation." For more, CLICK HERE.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Table 022.01 identifies the signs permitted in each of the land use districts. In addition to the following regulations, all signs must be in compliance with all other provisions of this Chapter pertaining to signs. CLICK HERE for the Sign Regulations by Land Use Category Chart.

San Bernardino County (Unincorporated)

General Rules:

You will need to apply for a permit. For more information, click here at 83.13.030 Sign Permits and Exemptions.

Public Right of Way:

Taken from 83.13.070 Temporary Signs, Part (Q) - Temporary Weekend Signs. Small temporary signs may be placed during two or three day weekends on private property with the property owner’s permission or within the public right-of-way so long as the signs are requested from and placed by the County’s authorized administrator.

Prohibited Signs:

One example of prohibited signs: (d) Signs that obscure, imitate, or otherwise limit the effectiveness of official traffic control signs or devices. For more examples, CLICK HERE at 83.13.040 Prohibited Signs.

Real Estate Signs:

Are considered temporary signs and here are some of the provisions:

  1. On-site realty signs are temporary on-site signs that pertain to the sale, lease, rental, or display of parcels, structures, or facilities that exist or are in the process of being constructed or altered.
  2. On-site realty signs shall be allowed subject to the following height and area limitations: In land use zoning districts where on-site business signs are not allowed, the maximum area of an on-site realty sign shall be six square feet and the maximum height shall be five feet. These signs shall have a maximum height of four feet when placed within the front setback or side street setback areas. For more, click here at 83.13.070 Temporary Signs.

Penalties:

Taken from 83.13.110 Enforcement. (c) A County Enforcement Officer may, without notice, move, remove, and/or dispose of a sign or advertising structure that has been declared a public nuisance in compliance with Subdivision (b) above. In addition, an Enforcement Officer may authorize work required to correct a hazardous or unsafe condition. (d) A County Enforcement Officer shall charge the cost of moving, removing, disposing, correcting, storing, repairing, or working on a sign or sign structure to any one or all of the following, each of which shall be jointly and individually liable for the expense:

  • The permittee.
  • The owner of the sign and others. For more, CLICK HERE.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from 83.13.080 Standards for All Types of Signs. (a) Maintenance. Signs and their components shall be regularly maintained and kept in good repair and appearance. If a sign is not properly maintained, it shall be removed or repaired within 30 days, following written notice of insufficient maintenance by an authorized County official. (b) Maximum Sign Area and Calculation of Sign Area. For more, CLICK HERE. (1) Where a maximum overall sign area is specified, the sum of the areas of walls, roofs, or display sign faces shall be calculated in compliance with the provisions of this Section.

San Dimas

General Rules:

No person shall put up a sign, without complying to all the rules stated in Chapter 18.152 SIGNS. Permits are required to put up a sign, except in those cases where signs are exempt from permit requirements. Those exempt signs can be found in "18.152.050 Signs exempt from permit requirements".

Public Right of Way:

No person shall paint, mark, paste, fasten or in any manner affix or cause to be painted, marked, pasted, fastened or in any manner affixed to or on any curb, street, sidewalk, street sign post, equestrian trail and/or equestrian trail fencing or to or on any sign erected for the purpose of directing or warning traffic, or to or on any telephone, telegraph or electric light pole, or to or on any tree or shrub in any park, public street, alley, parkway or sidewalk or to, on or within any portion of the public right-of-way any sign, poster or advertisement of any kind, except as follows:

  • Official warning or directional signs by any department of the city;
  • Legal notices posted in the places and manner prescribed by law;
  • Banners which identify community events sponsored wholly, or in part, by the city and which are erected by the city;

For more exceptions, CLICK HERE or visit the city code at 18.152.170 Signs in the public right-of-way. 

Prohibited Signs:

  1. No sign or structure shall be erected in such a manner that any portion of its surface or supports will interfere in any way with the free use of a fire escape, exit or standpipe. No sign shall obstruct any window to such an extent that light or ventilation is reduced to a point below that required by any law or ordinance.
  2. No sign or structure shall be erected in such a manner that any portion of its surface or supports shall be within six feet of overhead electric conductors which are energized in excess of seven hundred fifty volts.
  3. No sign or other identification structure regulated by this chapter shall be erected at the intersection of any street in such manner as to obstruct free and clear vision of pedestrian and vehicular traffic; or at any location where, by reason of the position, shape or color, it may interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device; or which makes use of the words “STOP,” “LOOK,” “DANGER” or any other word, phrase, symbol or character in such manner as to interfere with, mislead or confuse traffic.
  4. Off-premises human mounted  commercial signs, off-premises hand held commercial signs and off-premises commercial signs mounted to any vehicle or trailer are prohibited. Taken from 18.152.070 Prohibited locations.

Real Estate Signs:

Real Estate signs are exempt. The provisions for real estate signs are as follows and were taken from 18.152.050 Signs exempt from permit requirements: A.  Real Estate Signs.

  1. Single-Family and Multiple Family Residences. Unlighted real estate signs pertaining only to the sale, lease or hire of a particular building, property or premises upon which displayed, which do not exceed six feet in height or twelve square feet of total sign face area,
  2. Unlighted real estate signs shall be permitted in all nonresidential zones, not to exceed one such sign per three hundred fifty feet of frontage on a public street. The area of such signs shall be based on a ratio of one square foot per ten lineal feet of lot frontage, and shall not exceed a maximum of thirty-two square feet. Signs shall be set back a minimum of eight feet from the property line and shall be removed immediately upon completion of the sale, letting or hiring, lease or rental of the subject property,

For more, CLICK HERE or visit the city code at 18.152.050 Signs exempt from permit requirements. 

Penalties:

Taken from 18.152.040 Permits required. D.  Revocation of Permit.

  1. All rights and privileges acquired under the provisions of this chapter, or any amendments thereto, are revocable for cause by the city council or other authorized person or body, and all such permits shall contain notice of such revocability. The building official is authorized and empowered to revoke any permit issued by him upon failure of the holder thereof to comply with any provisions of this chapter.
  2. Permits for any sign that has been permitted and that has been visually or structurally altered shall be subject to revocation, at the discretion of the planning director. (Ord. No. 1103 § 1 (part), 1999)

Also see, 18.152.080 Nonconforming signs/ amortization. 

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Permit Requirements:

  • Review Required. No person shall install or construct a sign or implement a sign program until a sign plan or sign program has been reviewed and approved by the development plan review board in accordance with Chapter 18.12 of this title, unless otherwise provided within this chapter.
  • Disposition by Director. The planning director may approve or conditionally approve, upon determining that the sign design, colors and materials are compatible with the structure and/or facility that the sign is proposed to identify, or may disapprove signs pursuant to the following provisions:
  1. Signs proposed in accordance with a sign program reviewed and approved by the development plan review board pursuant to Chapter 18.12 of this title;
  2. Wall signs which conform to the design guidelines of this chapter, unless otherwise provided;
  3. Temporary signs and banners;
  4. On-site directional and informational signs as defined by this chapter.
  • Application for Permits. Application for sign approvals shall be made upon forms provided by the planning division. Additional information as required by the planning director shall be provided to show full compliance with this and other regulations of the city.

 

Upland

General Rules:

No person shall erect any sign regulated by this chapter in the city without first obtaining a sign permit to do so from the building department, and except in conformity with the provisions of this zoning code. A.Consent of Owner. No person shall erect any sign regulated by this chapter without first obtaining and filing with the community development director the written consent of the owner and lessee or person having possession of the property upon which the sign is situated. For more information, CLICK HERE, or visit the sign ordinance at 17.20.030 Administrative provisions General

Public Right of Way:

Obtained from Section 17.20.080 "Sign regulations General". E. Projections Over Rights-of-Way. All projecting signs shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the following requirements: 1. Signs Over Public Rights-of-Way. No sign shall extend over a public sidewalk or right-of-way, excepting signs attached under canopies or marquees, which shall not exceed dimensions of 12 vertical inches by 48 horizontal inches, and shall clear the surface below by not less than eight feet. Signs of iconic or historical significance may extend over the public sidewalk or the public right-of-way, providing they are less than 16 square feet in area, and are at least eight feet above the surface of the ground or sidewalk above which they are located, and are approved by the design review process. 2. A sign(s) for which an encroachment permit or license has been granted by the city of Upland pursuant to this chapter may encroach over a public right-of-way. 3. Signs affixed to the vertical face or valance of an awning or canopy for buildings in the MU (mixed use) and TC (town center) zones may be permitted through design review approval.

Prohibited Signs:

Any signs or advertising structures not authorized by this chapter shall be considered illegal. Further, the following provisions shall apply: A. Abandoned Signs. No person shall maintain or permit to be maintained on any premises owned or controlled by him or her any sign which has been abandoned. Any such sign shall promptly be removed by the owner or designee. Any sign which is located on property which becomes vacant and unoccupied for a period of 60 days or more, or any sign which was erected for an occupant or his or her business, or any sign which pertains to a time, event, or purpose which no longer applies, shall be presumed to have been abandoned, except that permanent signs applicable to a business temporarily suspended by reason of change of ownership or management of such business shall not be considered abandoned unless the property remains vacant for a period of 18 months. For more on this, please CLICK HERE or visit the sign ordinance at "17.20.050 Prohibited signs and advertising structures General."

Real Estate Signs:

Temporary real estate signs for the purpose of sale, lease or rental of real property or buildings may be permitted subject to the following limitations: A.Conditions for Approval General. 1. Excepting on-site signs of six square feet in area or less, approval as provided in Section 17.20.030 and a valid building permit shall be obtained from the building department for any real estate sign. 2. Permit Fees and Deposits. Each application for a building permit for a temporary real estate sign shall be accompanied with a cash deposit, in an amount established by resolution of the city council, for each sign so requested, which shall be posted with the city finance department to insure removal of such sign at the expiration of the time limit as specified herein. For more on this, CLICK HERE or visit the Sign Ordinance at 17.20.100 Temporary real estate signs.

Penalties:

There are no penalties listed in the Sign section of Upland's municipal code. However, the overall municipal code does list what can happen if any rule is violated in their Chapter 1.16 PENALTY PROVISIONS section. The following is listed: 1.16.010 Unlawful activities designated as misdemeanor Penalty. It is unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to violate any provision or fail to comply with any of the requirements of this code. Except as otherwise provided herein, any person, firm, partnership or corporation violating any provision of this code or failing to comply with any of its requirements shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000.00 or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 1812  5 (part), 2006: prior code 1200) For more penalties, CLICK HERE or visit the Penalty Provisions section of the Municipal code at Chapter 1.16 PENALTY PROVISIONS

Misellaneous (other notable information):

Taken from 17.20.090 "Special signs permitted General" section. K.On-Site Real Estate Signs. The number shall be limited to one unlighted sign per lot or parcel not exceeding eight square feet in sign area nor more than six feet in height. Such sign shall be removed not more than 15 days after the close of escrow.

Yucaipa

General Rules:

(a) No person, business, organization, or any entity of any kind whatsoever shall erect, install, construct, maintain, or allow any sign regulated by this chapter in the City of Yucaipa without first obtaining appropriate permits and registration. Such signs shall be erected, installed, constructed, and maintained in conformance with the provisions of this Code and any applicable plan. (b) All signs and their components shall be regularly maintained and kept in good repair and appearance. If a sign has broken or missing panels or components, visible rust, exposed wiring, badly faded or missing lettering, peeling paint, or is torn or tattered, it shall be removed or repaired within 30 days, following written notice of such condition by an authorized City official. For more information, CLICK HERE or visit 87.0705 General Provision of the City Code

Public Right of Way:

Listed in General Provisions: (d) No sign or any portion thereof shall extend over a property line onto an adjacent property, public right-of-way, or public property. (e) No sign shall interfere with a driver's or pedestrian's view of public rights-of-way or in any other manner impair public safety, or interfere with the safe operation of a motor vehicle on public streets. This includes, but is not limited to, the driver's view of approaching, merging, or intersecting traffic.

Prohibited Signs:

(j) Permanent primary signs which advertise or identify a business, function, establishment or product at a location other than the property on which such business or establishment is located or such product is manufactured or sold. Such signs may advertise political viewpoints, political campaigns, and other noncommercial messages. (Amended by Ord. 168 2 (part), 1997; Ord. 295 1, 2010) For more on this, CLICK HERRE or visit 87.0710 Prohibited Signs of the City Code.

Real Estate Signs:

The following signs shall be permitted as accessory signs in any land use district on a temporary basis: (1) Accessory Realty Signs (A) Accessory realty signs are temporary accessory signs which pertain to the sale, lease, rental, or display of lots, buildings, or such facilities which exist or are in the process of being constructed or altered. (B) Accessory realty signs are permitted subject to following height and area limitations. (I) In those districts where accessory business signs are not permitted, the maximum area of an accessory realty sign shall be six square feet, and the maximum height shall be five feet. Such signs shall have a maximum height of four feet when placed within the front yard or side street yard setback areas. (II) In those districts where accessory business signs are permitted, the maximum area for an accessory realty sign shall be 50% of the allowable area permitted for the accessory business signs, but not more than 32 square feet. Permitted height for an accessory realty sign shall be the same as that permitted for an accessory business sign. For more on this, CLICK HERE or visit 87.0730 Accessory Signs in the City Code.

Penalties:

Under 87.0740 Enforcement, Part d) A City enforcement officer shall charge the cost of moving, removing, disposing, correcting, storing, repairing, or working on a sign or sign structure to any one or all of the following, each of which shall be jointly and individually liable for said expense. (1) The permittee (2) The owner of the sign (3) The owner of the premises on which the sign is located (4) The sign lessee or lessor (e) The charge for expenses shall be in addition to any penalty for the violation. Recovery of the sign does not necessarily abrogate the penalty.

Misellaneous (other notable information):

87.0750 Sign Registration. (a) All existing and new permanent signs, not to include temporary signs, established in conjunction with a commercial, industrial, private institutional, or commercial-agricultural business use shall be subject to a biennial sign registration requirement. A sign registration decal will be issued by the Community Development Department on applicable signs when permit is issued. (b) Verification of application for sign registration and plot plan approval by the Community Development Department shall be submitted prior to the issuance of any building permit for the installation, wiring, remodeling, or reconstruction of any sign or portion thereof which requires a building permit.