(1) An application and related information shall be submitted by the applicant, in a manner prescribed by the city, together with a fee established by the city manager as provided by EC 2.020 City Manager – Authority to Set Fees and Charges. When a person begins construction of a sign requiring a sign permit before the permit is issued, the permit fee shall be doubled. Payment of a double permit fee shall not otherwise exempt the person from liability for other penalties prescribed for a violation of the sign standards.
(2) No application shall be considered, nor a permit issued until the applicant has submitted a complete application, including a set of plans for the proposed sign and structural calculations where required. A complete application shall be an application where all required information is provided to allow the city to make a determination on the application. If a sign permit application is not determined complete by the city within 180 days of submittal, it shall expire.
(3) The city shall grant or deny a sign permit application within 21 calendar days following receipt of a complete application.
(4) When required, the applicant shall submit proof that work will be done by a contractor licensed in compliance with local or state law to perform the specialized tasks required for construction of the proposed sign.