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Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.240 Signs

Section 17C.240.230 Standards in the Commercial and Industrial Zones

General Standards and Sign Features.
The standards for permanent signs and sign features in the Commercial and Industrial zones are stated in Tables 17C.240-2 and 17C.240-3. All signs must conform to the regulations of SMC 17C.240.240.

Table 17C.240-2
Standards for Permanent Signs in
Commercial, Center and Corridor, and Industrial Zones [1]
  DTC, DTG, DTU, DTS, GC, LI & HI CC2 & CB [2] O, OR, NR, NMU CC1 [2] CC4 [2]
SIGNS ATTACHED TO BUILDINGS
Size Allocation 1-1/2 sq. ft. per 1 ft. of primary building wall or 15 percent of the primary building wall, whichever is greater 1 sq. ft. per 1 ft. of primary building wall if a freestanding sign is also on the same street frontage,
1-1/2 sq. ft. per 1 ft. of primary building wall if there is no freestanding sign on the same street frontage
Same Same 15 sq. ft
Maximum Number No limit within size allocation Same Same Same 1
Maximum Area Per Sign 250 sq. ft. In the DT Zones, the maximum area per sign attached to a building is not limited 100 sq. ft. 50 sq. ft. 50 sq. ft 15 sq. ft
Minimum Guaranteed Sign Area for a Ground Floor Tenant Space 32 sq. ft. Same Same Same 15 sq. ft.
TYPES ALLOWED
Fascia, Awning, Marquee, Pitched Roof, Painted Wall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Projecting Yes, but no projecting signs if a freestanding sign is also on the same street frontage Same Same Same Same
Rooftop Yes No No No No
FREESTANDING SIGNS
Maximum Number 1 per site or 1 per 300 ft. of arterial street frontage and 1 for each additional 300 ft. or fraction thereof [3] 1 per arterial street frontage 1 per arterial street frontage 1 monument sign per arterial street frontage 1 monument sign per building
When Not Allowed Not Limited Not allowed if there is already a projecting sign on the same site frontage, or if existing signs attached to buildings exceed the limit of 1 sq. ft. to 1 ft. of primary building wall Same Same Not allowed if there is already a wall or projecting sign
Size Allocation for All Freestanding Signs 1 sq. ft. per 1 ft. of arterial street frontage
Local street frontage can be used if there are not arterial site frontages
Same Same Same 15 sq. ft.
Size Limit 250 sq. ft. 75 sq. ft. [5] 50 sq. ft. [5] 50 sq. ft. 15 sq. ft.
Maximum Height [6] 35 ft. in the DTS zone, the maximum height is 60 ft. 20 ft. 20 ft. 5 ft. 5 ft.
ADDITIONAL SIGNS ALLOWED
Directional Signs, Temporary Signs See SMC 17C.240.240(H) and SMC 17C.240.240(G)
Yes = Allowed      No = Prohibited

Notes:
[1] Temporary signs are regulated under SMC 17C.240.240(H), Temporary Signs.

[2] Signs in CC zones are subject to the standards and guidelines contained in the Initial Design Standards and Guidelines for Centers and Corridors.

[3] On sites with frontages longer than 300 feet, sign area earned from the first 300 feet may not be used on the second sign. For example, a 350-foot street frontage may have a 200 sq. ft. and a 50 sq. ft. freestanding sign. Interstate freeways, United States highways, state routes that are not also City of Spokane Arterials are not considered arterial streets for purposes of this Title. Sites with frontage on more than one arterial are allowed a freestanding sign on each arterial. The size allocation for each freestanding sign shall be calculated independently using only the length of the arterial frontage adjacent to the freestanding sign. The square footage allowance for freestanding signs for one arterial shall not be transferred to other arterials.

[4] Where a site has no arterial street frontage, one freestanding sign is allowed.

[5] The maximum sign area may be an additional twenty-five square feet for each additional business on a site having more than one business, up to a maximum area of one hundred fifty square feet.

[6] This height limit is for the total height of the combined sign face and sign structure.

[7] These signs may be allowed in addition to signs attached to buildings and freestanding signs when they meet the standards of SMC 17C.240.240(H) and SMC 17C.240.240(G).


Table 17C.240-3
Sign Features for All Signs in Tables 17C.240-1 and 17C.240-2
  GC, CC2, Downtown, CB, LI & HI O, OR, NR, NMU, CC1 & CC4
Electronic Message Center Sign Features Yes [1] Yes [1]
Not Permitted in CC4 Zone
Lighting Direct, Indirect, or Internal Same
Maximum Distance
Extending into ROW
See SMC 17C.240.240(C) Same
Maximum Area
Extending into ROW
See SMC 17C.240.240(C) Same
Bonus Allowance for Outstanding Design See SMC 17C.240.290 Same
Yes = Allowed      No = Prohibited

Notes:
[1] Electronic Message Center sign features are allowed in the GC, CC2, Downtown, CB, LI, HI O, OR, NR, NMU, & CC1 zones if they meet the standards of SMC 17C.240.240(J), Electronic Message Center Signs.

Date Passed: Monday, July 23, 2012

Effective Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012

ORD C34888 Section 17