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Application for a sign permit on private property shall be made to the Community Development Director or designee in writing, upon forms furnished by the City. A sign permit application is complete only when it is accompanied by the appropriate application fee, in an amount set by resolution of the City Council, and provides the following information:

(a) Name, address and telephone number of the applicant and the name, address and telephone number and license number, if any, of the sign contractor;

(b) Address, zoning district, and use of the property where the sign is proposed to be displayed;

(c) Accurate and scaled site plan showing the location of property lines, buildings, parking areas, driveways, landscaped areas, utility poles and wires, fences, trees and other obstructions and all existing and proposed signs on the site;

(d) Accurate and scaled building elevations showing all existing and proposed signs;

(e) Accurate and scaled plans, including details showing the location, dimensions, materials illumination, method of attachments or support, colors, sign text, length of tenant frontage, length of building frontage and logo of each proposed sign;

(f) Existing and proposed sign area of each individual sign and the combined area of all signs (including those already existing or previously permitted) in relation to the maximum allowed sign area;

(g) The property owner's written consent to the proposed sign, which may be shown by signature on the application form;

(h) Photographs of the site as viewed from all street frontages and showing all existing signs;

(i) Plans and specifications shall be submitted as part of the permit application for each sign. The applicant shall be required to show that the sign shall be constructed in conformity with the building code. Plans shall be accompanied by structural plans and computations, except for face signs painted on the wall, for face signs less than 100 square feet, or for projecting signs less than 20 square feet.