The City of Bonita Springs has adopted amendments to the City’s Land Development Code (LDC) Chapter 6, Signs. These amendments are effective February 6th, 2015. Please click here to view the ordinance.
In accordance with LDC. Sec. 6-113(4)(a): No sign shall exceed 80 percent of the width of the unit(s) or the building with a minimum 10 percent clear on each outer edge of the unit(s) or of the building. This was interpreted to mean the sign-band of a facade as noted below. Such measurements must be provided with each sign permit where applicable.
Some sections that have been amended include, but are not limited to the following:
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING PRIOR TO SUBMITTING FOR A SIGN PERMIT
The maximum allowable area for wall signs has increased to 15% of tenant occupied space. When submitting for a new; replacement or relocating an existing wall sign, the following items must be submitted along with sign permit application to be considered sufficient for review:
- Letter from the property owner or Management Company identifying and approving the proposed sign and location.
- For multiple occupancy tenant complex (2 or more tenants) a Unified Sign Plan must be submitted. The Unified Sign Plan does not need to be engineered, or designed by an architect. However, it must be reviewed and approval by the City Architect and become part of a permanent file for future reference.
Any monument sign (City wide) which exceeds 8’ high (measured from the crown of the servicing road) and 12’ wide, shall be considered a non-conforming sign and will be subject to regulations in the non-conforming section of the sign code.
For a tenant copy change on a non-conforming monument sign, our office must receive the following:
- Letter from the property owner or Management Company identifying and approving the proposed sign/copy change.
- A current picture of the existing monument sign showing all tenant panels.
- The total square footage of the entire copy area which will total 100%. Each tenant panel (not letters and/or logos) changed will count toward the 25% yearly permitted copy change. Every subsequent panel change will accrue toward the 25% permitted per calendar year. Once 25% has been reached, no further copy changes will be permitted until the start of a new calendar year or until the sign is brought into conformity.
- Once a tenant panel has been changed, the background color will become the default color for all subsequent tenant panel changes. This is required in order to comply with required uniformity addressed in the new sign code.
We encourage applicants to download and carefully read the new code as it contains the above information in much greater detail. If you’re still unclear; or are in need of additional assistance, please give our office a call.