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(1) The building and permit services manager shall approve a sign permit upon finding that the applicant has met all requirements of the sign standards.

(2) No permit shall be approved for the construction of a sign where the applicant or business occupant intending to use the proposed sign presently owns or uses a nonconforming sign in conjunction with a business located at the development site proposed as the location of the new sign.

(3) No permit shall be issued for a use which is not allowed in the zone in which the development site is located.

(4) An approved sign permit shall expire 180 days after the applicant has been notified of the permit approval unless the applicant has paid all fees and the approved permit has been issued to the applicant.

(5) Unless the permit holder requests an extension of the permit and demonstrates good cause for such an extension, a sign permit shall expire if the sign construction or other work authorized by a sign permit is not completed within 180 days after the date of issue.

(6) No sign construction shall be considered finally complete until the permit holder has notified the city that work is finished and the city has inspected the sign and is satisfied that the sign construction has been completed in conformity with the approved plans and otherwise complies with the sign standards.

(7) If a permit is denied, the applicant shall receive a notice of denial in writing, setting forth the reasons for the denial.

(8) A decision granting or denying a sign permit may be appealed to a hearings official. Appeals are processed according to other Type II applications beginning at EC 9.7200 General Overview of Type II Application Procedures. The decision of the hearings official is final.

(Section 9.6635, see chart at front of Chapter 9 for legislative history from 2/26/01 through 6/1/02; and amended by Ordinance No. 20642, enacted October 12, 2020, effective November 20, 2020.)