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31.041 – SIGN PERMITS AND FEES.

  • (1)Permit Required.
    • (a)Signs may be erected, moved, enlarged, or reconstructed within the City of Madison as allowed in this Ordinance only when a permit therefor shall have been issued by the Zoning Administrator or designee, except when specifically exempt from permit under Sec. 31.044 or elsewhere in this Ordinance.
    • (b)It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, repair, alter, relocate, maintain, or change copy, except for signs designed for changeable copy, within the City of Madison any sign as defined in this ordinance without first obtaining a permit from the Zoning Administrator and making payment of the fee(s) required by this ordinance, unless a permit is not required under Sec. 31.044 or unless otherwise exempt from obtaining a permit or paying a fee under the provisions of this ordinance. All electric signs shall, in addition, be subject to the provisions of the Electrical Code (Chapter 19), and the permit fee required thereunder.
  • (2)Application for Sign Permit.
    • Applications for permits shall be filed on application forms provided by the Zoning Administrator. A photograph of the property, a plot plan, and construction and installation plans, including specifications and engineering data, shall accompany the application. When all of the provisions of this ordinance or other ordinances relating to such sign shall have been complied with and when the applicant has paid the required fee for every such application, the permit may be granted. The Zoning Administrator shall determine, consistent with the provisions of this ordinance, the form and contents of all applications for permits herein required. The application shall be accompanied by the written consent of the owner or lessee of the premises upon which the sign is to be erected, or the applicant must make a sworn statement that the applicant is authorized by the owner, lessee or other authorized occupant of the premises to erect the proposed sign(s).
  • (3)Permit and Application Fees.
    • All fees under this subsection shall be payable to the City Treasurer, as follows:
      • (a)Initial Sign Permit . When a permit is required under this ordinance, the permit fee shall be as follows:1.Initial permit for all signs under this chapter (except ground signs, advertising signs, and business opening signs): one dollar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) per square foot of the net area.2.Ground signs: one dollar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) per square foot of the gross area.3.Advertising signs: two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per square foot of the net area.4.Business opening sign: flat fee of fifty dollars ($50).5.Portable signs under Sec. 31.046(2): flat fee of fifty dollars ($50)6.Bicycle-sharing facility signs on private property under Sec. 31.046(4): $100 for all permitted signs per facility.7.Minimum permit fee: in no case shall any sign permit fee be less than fifty dollars ($50.00), change of copy under Sec. 31.041(3)
      • (b) below.8.Temporary Decorative Window Coverings under Sec. 31.101: Flat fee of fifty dollars ($50) per window. Each permit is valid for a maximum of six (6) months or until the building or tenant space associated with the window is occupied, whichever is shorter, and is renewable for the same fee and duration if the building or tenant space continues to be vacant. (Cr. by ORD-14-00159, 10-15-14)(b)Change of Copy and Change of Location Fees . The permit fee for changing the face or sign copy of a sign for which a permit is required under this ordinance, other than a sign designed for changeable copy, shall be one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per square foot of the net area but in no case less than ten twenty-five dollars ($25). The permit fee for changing the location of an existing sign on the same zoning lot shall be twenty-five dollars ($25).
      • (c)Failure to Obtain Permit . The permit shall be obtained before erecting or starting work on a sign or commencing any action for which a permit is required under this ordinance. The fee for a permit issued after commencement shall be doubled. Imposition of a double fee under this subsection shall be in addition to any monetary forfeiture or other penalty under this Ordinance and shall not be a bar to prosecution or pursuit of other legal remedies by the City.(d)Urban Design Commission Fees .1.Comprehensive Design Review .a.Initial Comprehensive Design Review: Five-hundred dollars ($500).b.Application for a change to a Comprehensive Sign Plan under Sec. 31.043(4)
      • (d) that cannot be approved by the Zoning Administrator as a minor change: Five-hundred dollars ($500).c.Application for a change to a Comprehensive Sign Plan under Sec. 31.043(4)(d) that can be administratively approved by the Zoning Administrator as a minor change: One-hundred dollars ($100).2.The fee for all other applications to the Urban Design Commission under this ordinance, including appeals from the decisions of the Zoning Administrator, requests for approvals in height, area, and setback, and Additional Sign Code Approvals, shall be three-hundred dollars ($300) payable to the City Treasurer. (Am. by ORD-15-00118, 10-28-15)
      • (e)Sign Erector’s License – See Sec. 31.042 .
  • (4)Issuance of Sign Permit, Duration.
    • It shall be the duty of the Zoning Administrator upon the filing of an application for permit to promptly examine such plans and specifications and other data and, if deemed necessary by the Zoning Administrator, to inspect the premises upon which the proposed sign is to be erected, and if the proposed sign is in compliance with all the requirements of this Ordinance and any other applicable laws, he/she shall promptly issue the appropriate permit upon payment of the appropriate permit fee(s) herein. If work authorized under a permit has not been completed within six (6) months after date of issuance, the said permit shall become null and void.
  • (5)Denial of Permit for Unpaid Fees, etc.
    • The Zoning Administrator may refuse to issue a sign permit to any permittee or owner who has failed to pay costs assessed for removal of a hazardous sign under Sec. 31.041(1), or failed to comply with a court order to pay a forfeiture for a violation of this Ordinance, or failure to pay other unpaid civil judgment arising out of a violation of this Ordinance. If the Zoning Administrator denies a permit under this paragraph, s/he shall provide written notice to the applicant of the denial, the reason, a description of the unpaid cost, forfeiture or judgment. The permit shall be issued upon proof of payment of the costs, fees, forfeiture or judgment in question. Proof of payment of a docketed civil judgment shall be in the form of a satisfaction of judgment.
  • (6)All rights and privileges acquired under the provisions of this ordinance or any amendment thereto, are mere permits, revocable at any time by the Zoning Administrator, and all such applications shall contain this provision.

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