AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE 8 OF THE FAUQUIER COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE REGARDING SIGN REGULATIONS IN THE PLANNED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT (PRD), PLANNED DEVELOPMENT MIXED USED (PDMU) AND PLANNED COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT (PCID) DISTRICTS
Article 8 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance regulates signs
located in Fauquier County; and
the applicant has submitted zoning ordinance text amendments to provide
more flexibility for signs located in planned development districts; and
the amendments also would lead to standardized colors, shapes, sign
materials and type fonts for signs in planned development districts; and
a sign design package would be approved by a permanent property
owners association, home owners association or permanent design
review committee; and
the applicant would submit the sign design package to the Fauquier
County Planning Commission for review, public hearing and approval; and
the absence of a sign design package will mean existing sign regulations
will be in effect for a planned development; and
on November 29, 2001, the Fauquier County Planning Commission conducted
a public hearing; and
the Planning Commission voted to forward the amendment package with a
recommendation of approval; and
the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing January
22, 2002; and
the Board of Supervisors held a work session March 18, 2002; and
the Board of Supervisors believes the proposed amendments will be in the
spirit of the sign ordinance while providing planned development
districts with greater flexibility; now, therefore, be it
by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 18th day of March 2002,
That Article 8 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance be amended to add
regulations for signs located in the Planned Residential Development (PRD),
Planned Development Mixed Use (PDMU) and Planned Commercial and
Industrial Development (PCID) Districts.
The following material will be integrated into the pertinent
areas of Article 8 of the Zoning Ordinance:
Banners: Banners are sections of vinyl or banner cloth used to
create a lively atmosphere, promote special or seasonal times or events,
and generally enhance a streetscape or parking area.
Banners may be supported from street or parking area light poles
using clamp-on brackets intended for that purpose.
Sign: Any sign that
identifies an individual, partnership or corporation owning commercial
or industrial space that is an individual business so identified by
license. Each application
by an owner for a sign permit will be accompanied where required by an
approval from the property owners association of the size and design
of the sign requested.
Map Sign: Any sign that
contains a map of the overall project or property identifying the
various land use components by their project names.
The purpose of a Site Map Sign is to orient a visitor to the
overall project design and help in directing the visitor to his/her
desired site destination. A
Site Map Sign may also contain a directory of owner and tenant names and
give their locations by street name and number or by other graphic
History Sign: Any sign that
describes the history of a particular property.
The history may be composed of text and/or graphics that identify
events, persons, or activities that occurred on or were associated with
the property and that have a particular historic value.
Sign: Any commercial sign
suspended from a roof, overhang or covered structure projecting from or
extending from a building faηade that may be cantilevered or supported,
such as a sign suspended under a covered exterior walkway.
Feature Sign: Any
structural feature consisting of a name, logo, address, wall, retaining
wall, fence, gate or combination thereof that is used as an entry
feature on one or both sides of a public or private street into a
development project or into a distinct land use component within a
Use/Section Identification Sign: Any
sign that is used to help orient or direct visitors to particular
sections or land use components of a larger project.
A Land Use/Section Identification sign can either be an entrance
orientation sign that graphically shows the various land use components
or sections of the overall site to help in initial site orientation, or
it can be a smaller directional sign within the overall project
directing visitors to particular land use components or sections through
graphic identification and signage.
Control Sign: Any sign that
is intended to instruct or direct vehicle drivers, sports equipment
operators, or pedestrians in relation to traffic control safety. Traffic control signs may consist of standard Virginia
Department of Transportation (VDOT) traffic control signs, or they may
be custom-designed traffic control signs or sign supports that
incorporate VDOT traffic control signs.
Any custom-designed traffic control sign or support must receive
VDOT approval prior to installation.
Marketing Signs: Any
non-permanent sign that is used for real estate marketing and is used at
display models or on sites of individual properties for sale or lease.
Warning Sign: Any small
sign applied on the outside of a utility equipment site or piece of
utility equipment that provides safety warnings or emergency contact
Project Logo Sign:
A sign that consists solely of a graphic logo for a company or a
real estate project.
Sign: A freestanding sign
supported primarily by an internal structural framework or integrated
into landscaping or other solid structural features other than support
Part 4 8-1400
CONSERVATION, AGRICULTURE, VILLAGE,
Only the following signs shall be permitted in Conservation,
PLANNED DEVELOPMENT MIXED USE DISTRICT (PDMU), PLANNED
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (PRD) AND PLANNED COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL
DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (PCID) ZONES
Planned district zoning allows mixed land use types in one
districts may consist of large acreage sites that develop different land
use sections simultaneously. Large
planned sites may also be developed in multiple phases over a long time
frame. Planned districts,
especially large acreage planned projects, have different signage
requirements than do single land use districts and small acreage sites
developed at one time. Part
8-1600 provides separate standards for the different signage needs that
PDMU-, PRD- and PCID-zoned, mixed land use districts require.
8-1602 The signage requirements of Part 8-1500 Commercial Zones and Industrial Zones apply, unless projects in PDMU, PRD and PCID planned districts meet the project requirements of Section 8-1603 and choose to have the requirements of Section 8-1600 apply to their projects. Signage requirements for PDMU, PRD and PCID planned districts that meet the requirements of Section 8-1603 and that elect to meet the signage requirements of Section 8-1600 are contained only in Part 8-1600.
Signage Design Package Recommended:
A Signage Design Package can be used for any project in a PDMU,
PRD or PCID district that will have:
(1) multiple land use types;
(2) multiple development phases;
(3) "for sale" development sites for different land
(4) the potential for individual sites to be purchased and
developed before the overall PDMU, PRD or PCID project is fully
a permanent property owners association, home owners
association, or a permanent design review committee that will approve
architectural, design and landscaping proposals for improvements in the
project prior to submittal for County approvals.
Signage Design Packages, when used under Section 8-1600, must
be included as part of the design guidelines in the property owners
A Signage Design Package will graphically present the size, shape
and format for each type of sign that the applicant foresees for the
project. All proposed sign
formats will be dimensioned. Colors,
type fonts, and construction materials to be used will be specified for
all proposed signs.
Upon approval of the Signage Design Package by the Planning
Commission, all new signs within the boundaries of the PDMU, PRD or PCID
project will adhere to the standards of the approved Signage Design
and constructed highway/street and traffic control signage may be
approved as part of the Signage Design Package, provided that standard
VDOT traffic sign sizes, shapes and colors are used.
The cost of installation, long-term maintenance and replacement
of custom-designed highway/street signage must be assumed by a property
owners association or similar organization that will remain in
permanent existence. Two
(2) unsigned, proposed agreements will be submitted. The first will be between Fauquier County and VDOT assigning
maintenance responsibility for the signage to Fauquier County.
The second proposed agreement would be between Fauquier County
and the applicant or the permanent property owners association.
The second agreement will assign signage acquisition costs and
permanent maintenance costs of the custom-designed traffic control
signage to the property owner or to the permanent property owners
association. Signing of
both agreements must occur before any custom-designed traffic control
signs can be installed on the project site. Should the property owner or
permanent property owners association fail to maintain the approved,
custom-designed traffic signs, the County can cancel the signed
agreements after giving notice to do so, and the property owner
or permanent property owners association will, at its cost, be
required to replace the special VDOT traffic signs then installed with
standard VDOT traffic signs and supports.
Permitted Types of Signs within a Signage Design Package:
Site map signs.
Site history signs.
Freestanding identification signs.
Freestanding street address signs.
Shopping center signs.
Building mounted identification signs.
Building mounted address signs.
Entrance feature/identification signs.
Land use/section area identification signs.
Theater signs: Signs
advertising the acts or features to be given in a theater may be
displayed on permanent frames erected on the theater building; provided
that the bottom of such frame erected flat against a wall may not be
less than ten (10) feet above the sidewalk, alley or parking area; and
provided further that when the area of such frame facing a street, alley
or parking area does not exceed twenty-four (24) square feet and the
area of all such frames facing such street, alley or parking area does
not exceed forty-eight (48) square feet.
Tube illuminated signs (in retail establishments only):
One (1) such sign per retail establishment is allowed if
displayed in the window and the size is restricted to a maximum of four
(4) square feet in size.
Street banners and seasonal displays: Street banners and seasonal
displays depicting seasonal, logo, holiday, special events, graphic
designs or color panels may be placed on street light poles or parking
area light poles. Street
banners must be removed or replaced by the property owner or Property
Owners Association when they become faded, tattered or when their
support mountings are broken. Street
banners must be placed at a height that allows for passage of commercial
trucks. Banner sizes are
limited to a maximum of 2' x 5'. The
owner/installer is responsible for insuring the structural integrity of
the supporting poles before street banners and seasonal displays are
Traffic control signs.
Temporary marketing signs.
Safety warning signs.
Project logo signs.
Real estate signs.
Contractor and subcontractor signs.
Temporary paper, cardboard or plastic show window signs when
mounted inside of retail windows.
Area of a Sign for PDMU, PRD and PCID Districts:
The area of a sign shall mean and include the area within
rectangular lines inscribed around any and all words, symbols or
pictorial elements on the face of a sign, provide that:
The area of a sign or any portion thereof having a distinctive
or ornamental background shall include the area enclosed by such border,
and the area enclosed therein, except for Entrance Feature Signs into
PDMU, PRD and PCID developments or land use sections within such
developments, where background walls, retaining walls, or entry gate
features on which signs are mounted will not be considered as being
within the area of the sign. The
area of the sign will be the area of a rectangle inscribed around the
actual wording and/or logo.
The area of a sign or any portion thereof on a building having
a distinctive or ornamental background, which sets such background apart
from a larger surface so that it forms an integral part or element of
the sign, as distinguished from a functional part of the building
exclusive of such sign, shall include the area of such background.
The area of a freestanding sign or any portion thereof having
a background that extends beyond the words, symbols or pictorial
elements thereof shall include the area of such background.
If any portion of the words, symbols or pictorial elements of
a sign extend beyond a border or background, the area of such sign shall
be the area of a rectangle inscribed around the sign extension.
F. The area of a double-face
sign, as herein defined shall be considered to be the area of one face
Maximum Sign Area
in PDMU, PRD and PCID Districts:
Fronting on one (1) or two (2) state highways:
on commercial, industrial or retail properties housing only one
(1) tenant, the total maximum allowable sign area will not exceed two
(2) square feet of area for each of the first fifty (50) linear feet of
building frontage, plus one (1) square foot of sign area for each linear
foot over fifty (50) linear feet of building frontage.
No total sign area, including the area of any freestanding sign,
shall exceed 150 square feet in area.
The same maximum allowable sign area of A above will
also apply to any commercial, industrial or retail property housing more
than one (1) tenant. No
total sign area, including the area of any freestanding sign, shall
exceed 150 square feet in area.
following General Regulations shall apply in addition to the
specifications contained in the approved Signage Design Package.
Building-mounted signs may project not more than eighteen (18)
inches therefrom; except, that signs may be projecting signs if they do
not project into any minimum required yard or do not project beyond the
street line nor nearer than two (2) feet from any curb line.
Signs may be on the vertical face of a marquee but shall not
project below the lower edge of the marquee.
No part of the sign shall extend above the vertical marquee face.
Canopy, Awning or Marquee: No entrance canopy or awning shall
bear any advertisement, lettering or symbol other than the name of the
business and its street address. Marquees
shall bear no structural weight of the building and shall support no
structure, utility shed or other facility.
The location of all freestanding signs, where permitted, in no
instance shall project beyond any property line nor be within two (2)
feet of the curb line of a service drive or travel lane or adjoining
All signs shall have a minimum clearance of eight-and-one-half
(8.5) feet above a walkway and fourteen (14) feet above a street,
driveway or alley used by truck traffic.
Temporary signs announcing events sponsored by civic and other
nonprofit organizations may be displayed for no longer than thirty (30)
Double-Face Sign: Double-face signs are considered one (1)
sign when used on a freestanding sign.
Freestanding signs shall be permitted only as follows:
one  for each street frontage, or
one for each individual enterprise or group of enterprises not
constituting a shopping center where the building is set back at least
twenty-five  feet from the front lot line.
Freestanding signs as may be reasonably necessary to indicate
"entrance" and "exit" to places of business shall be
allowed provided that such signs include only the words
"entrance" and "exit".
Such sign shall not exceed four  feet above ground level.
No sign other than the one indicated on the sign application
shall be attached to a freestanding sign.
Lighting of signs shall be specified in the Signage Design
Package or in the project Architectural Design Standards.
Outdoor signage lighting will conform to the performance
standards of Article 9 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance.
Real Estate, Contractors, Subcontractor and Directions Signs:
Real estate, contractors, subcontractors and temporary
directional signs shall be permitted subject to the following
Real Estate Signs: One  sign per lot for the purpose of
advertising the sale, lease or future use when erected or displayed on
the lot or property so advertised.
A sign shall not exceed six (6) square feet and must be set back
at least six (6) feet from the property line.
Sign area not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet shall be
permitted when such sign is set back at least fifty (50) feet from the
property line. The design
of real estate signs shall be described in the Signage Design Package.
Real estate signs must be removed within five  days of the
final sale or lease of the lot or property so advertised.
General Contractor and Subcontractor Signs: One  general
contractor's sign, not exceeding sixteen  square feet in area, and
one  sign for each principal subcontractor, not exceeding six 
square feet in area, when erected or displayed on the premises upon
which building or site operations are being conducted. Height of freestanding signs for contractor and subcontractor
signs shall be described in the Signage Design Package.
The aggregate of the general contractor and subcontractor signs
shall not exceed 32 square feet. All general contractor and subcontractor signs shall be
removed upon completion of
Directional Signs: Primary, Secondary and Minor directional signs
are permitted as needed and when their designs are specified in the
Signage Design Package. Directional
signs can direct to subproject areas, streets, land use areas [such as a
retail, residential or industrial sections], street numbers and
individual tenants/property owners and can contain names, street numbers
and directional arrows.
Signs for A Commercial Shopping Center: A commercial shopping
center may have one (1) primary identification sign and secondary
identification signs as needed located at alternate entrances to the
shopping center. The
designs of primary and secondary commercial shopping center signs shall
be described in the Signage Design Package.
Primary Identification Sign: A commercial shopping center may
have one (1) primary freestanding identification sign.
The primary identification sign may contain the name of the
center, address and the names of the major commercial tenants in the
shopping center. The
maximum size of a primary identification sign shall not exceed
seventy-five (75) square feet, excluding any planter or retaining wall
on which it is located.
Secondary Identification Signs: The size of secondary
identification signs shall be as shown in the approved Signage Design
Package. Only the name of
the shopping center, street name and number and directional information
may be on secondary identification signs.
No names of tenants are allowed on secondary identification
signs. The maximum size of
a secondary identification signs shall not exceed forty-five (45) square
feet, excluding any planter or retaining wall on which it is located.
Commercial Arcade, Building Mounted, Window, Canopy,
Suspended, Marquee, Parapet Wall and Wall Signs:
The design and sizes of commercial arcade, building mounted,
window, canopy, suspended, marquee, parapet wall and wall signs to be
allowed in a planned district shall be included and shown in the Signage
Signs for Stand-Alone Commercial Buildings:
No individual enterprise(s) located within or on the same lot as
the principle use shall be permitted a separate freestanding sign.
These enterprises are allowed building mounted signs only, sign
area being based on linear building frontage.
Commercial buildings in mixed-use districts that are designed as
stand-alone commercial buildings on individual lots may have the
following signage. The designs for signage for stand-alone buildings shall be
described in the Signage Design Package.
Street Frontage Identification Signs:
One (1) street front identification sign is allowed per side of
lot having street frontage. The
sign may contain the name, address, logo and slogan of the commercial
business(es). No individual
street front identification sign shall exceed 50 square feet in area,
excluding any planter beds or retaining walls on which it is located.
Wall Signs: One (1)
building wall sign is allowed per side of building having street
frontage. The total maximum
allowable sign area for each wall sign will not exceed two (2) square
feet of area for each of the first twenty-five (25) linear feet of
building frontage. No
individual wall sign shall exceed fifty (50) square feet in area.
Residential Area Signs:
Entrance Features/Identification Signs:
Separate residential areas may have entrance
features/identification signs that contain the name of the residential
Directional Signs: Directional
signs showing street names, street numbers and directional arrows may be
used in residential areas.
Freestanding Identification Signs:
Freestanding identification signs may be used to identify
community features, such as a community center, picnic area or pool
Real Estate Sales Signs:
One (1) temporary real estate sale or lease sign may be placed in
the front yard of units for sale or lease.
The sign shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area nor six (6)
feet in height. The sign
area shall not exceed twelve (12) square feet in area nor exceed ten
(10) feet in height when such sign is set back at least fifty (50) feet
from the front property line. Temporary
signs indicating open house may be used only on the day of an open
house event and must be removed immediately upon ending of the event.
Signs naming the model design and builder of model homes may be
placed in the yards of model homes and remain until sales activities are
completed for the models. No
strings of flags or flashing lights are permitted as real estate signs.
Small, temporary signs indicating that a lot is sold and
providing the name, town and state address of the purchaser may be used
when included as part of the Signage Design Package.
Sign Formats Consistent with Signage Design Package:
All project sign formats that are prepared under provisions of
Section 8-1600 must be consistent with the colors, type font and
materials as specified in the project Signage Design Package, except
where the Signage Design Package allows for established corporate
signage within an established sign format.
The Site Design Package will specify the proposed colors of
project sign formats and the colored elements used to unify sign
Individual purchasers or lessees of project property will be
able to use their own corporate colors for individual names and
corporate logos within the sign size and color formats specified in the
Site Design Package.
Sign Type Fonts:
The Site Design Package will specify the type fonts to be
allowed on the project's various signs.
Type font heights will be specified for the various types of
project signs contained in the Site Design Package.
Individual purchasers or lessees of project property will be
able to use their own corporate type fonts for corporate names and
corporate logos where such usage is allowed within the project site
design formats. For example, the Coca-Cola script may be used within an
established sign format that prescribes other type fonts for
non-registered trademarks or names.
The Site Design Package will specify the types of materials
proposed for construction or use on the project's various signs.
Sign poles, supports, panels, attachments, lettering and visible
base materials will be identified.
Individual purchasers or lessees of project property may
select sign materials for their individual signs where the Site Design
Package so allows.
Area of Signs:
Viewing distances may vary extensively based on the size of
streets, speed limits on adjacent streets, and the sizes of lots or
buildings in PRD, PDMU or PCID project sites.
The signage sizes specified and approved in the project Site
Design Package will govern sign sizes within individual PRD-, PDMU- and
PCID-zoned projects that meet the requirements of Section 8-1600.
The Site Design Package will provide graphic scale comparisons
of proposed signs with a normal human figure.
Scale comparisons will not be required for standard sized VDOT
traffic control signs or safety warning signs.
Individual purchasers or lessees installing their individual
signs in accordance with the Site Design Package will be required to
show scale comparisons when filing for a sign permit.
Approval Process for Signage Design Package:
Planning Commission is the approval agency for a Signage Design Package.
An applicant shall submit a Signage Design Package for approval
to the Planning Commission. The
Signage Design Package shall be submitted with either the final site
design for the first phase of development or prior to construction of
the first phase of lot or site development.
Approval of a Signage Design Package is required prior to
construction or erection of any new site signage.
Department of Community Development staff shall have sixty (60) days for
review of the proposed Signage Design Package.
The package can be sent back to the applicant for changes or
modifications or it can be added to the next Planning Commission agenda
for action. A changed or
modified package that addresses the staffs comments and is
resubmitted shall be added to the Planning Commission agenda within
forty-five (45) days.
Public Hearing Required: A public hearing on a Signage Design
Package is required before Planning Commission approval in accord with
Section 15.2-2204 of the Code of Virginia.
Flexibility in Package Consideration: The legitimate signage
needs for PDMU, PRD and PCID projects will vary with the mixture
of uses, phasing plans and size of the project site.
Planning Commission Actions: The Planning Commission can
approve the Signage Design Package, reject the package, or recommend
changes or modifications that will make it acceptable.
If the Planning Commission recommends changes or modifications,
the modified and resubmitted package will be placed on the next Planning
Commission agenda for action that meets the time schedule for agenda
Approval Process for Signs Submitted in Accordance with a Signage
Prior Property Owners Association Approval:
An applicant for a County sign permit in a PDUM-, PRD- or PCID-zoned
project that has an approved Signage Design Package will first obtain
written approval from the property owners association that the proposed
sign is in conformance with the approved Signage Design Package before
applying for a County sign permit.
Application for County Permits:
Application for a permit shall be made to the Zoning
Administrator of Fauquier County on forms furnished by that office.
Each application shall be accompanied by plans showing the area
of the sign or signs; the size and design proposed; the method of
illumination, if any; the exact proposed location for such sign; and in
the case of suspended or wall signs, the method of fastening such sign
to its supporting structure.
In any case where the applicant is not the owner (or owners) of
the property on which a sign is to be erected, no permit shall be
granted without the written consent of the owner (or owners), who shall
also acknowledge in writing to be bound by the provisions of this
Ordinance. More than on
sign for the same business establishment or activity may be included in
Proof of Prior Approval:
The applicant for a County sign permit will submit written proof
of the property owners association approval to the County, along with
the required application for the sign permit.
County Sign Design Permit Approval:
The County will review the property owners association
statement of approval, the approved project Signage Design Package, and
the sign permit application information to insure conformity before
issuing a Sign Design Permit.
Amendments to an Approved Signage Design Package:
The owner or a property owners association may file to
amend or add elements to an approved Signage Design Package.
The purpose of amending the Package should be to refine the
designs where necessary or desirable and/or to add new sign formats that
are needed to meet new signage needs. Only the new or proposed amendments to the Signage Design
Package shall be subject to review and approval.
The applicant shall submit the required copies of the proposed
Package amendments or additions, together with a copy of the approved
Signage Design Package, for consideration and approval to the Department
of Community Development. Department
staff can administratively approve minor amendments and the addition of
new sign elements that follow the approved signage format from the
approved Signage Design Package.
Major changes to approved signage formats, as defined by the
Department staff, or additions of a large number of new sign formats,
will require approval of the Planning Commission.
A public hearing on the amendments or additions to a previously
approved Signage Design Package is required.
Minor changes or additions to an approved Signage Design Package
may be approved by the Director.
Total redesign of an approved Signage Design Package shall not
be considered an amendment but shall be treated as a new application for
initial Signage Design Package approval and will require approval of the
A fee shall be paid prior to issuance of a sign permit in accordance with the existing fee schedule of Fauquier County, as established by the Board. The sign permit and fee shall expire and a new permit and fee will be required if the permitted signage has not been erected within a one (1) year period from issuance of the permit. No permit or fee shall be necessary for erection or replacement of a required traffic control sign.
No permit shall
be granted and no permit shall be valid unless and until the permit
holder shall have signed an agreement to indemnify and save harmless
Fauquier County from any and all loss or damage to property, or injury
or death of any and all persons, and suits, claims, liabilities or
demands of any kind whatsoever resulting directly or indirectly from the
erection, use, maintenance, or alteration of any sign or other device
authorized by such a permit.
Revocation of Permits:
an individual sign (or signs) is not erected within one (1) year
following the issuance of a sign permit, said permit shall become null
and void as to such sign or signs.
Under no circumstances are permit fees refundable.
All rights and
privileges acquired under the provisions of this Article or any
amendments thereto are revocable by the Zoning Administrator of Fauquier
County for cause or whenever there is a violation of the Zoning
Ordinance, and all sign permits shall so state.
One temporary sign shall be allowed for a period not to exceed
thirty (30) consecutive days.
Persons responsible jointly or severally for the removal of a
temporary sign are the occupant of the premises on which it is located,
the owner of the sign, the owner of the premises on which the sign is
located, the person responsible for its erection.
No temporary political signs shall be permitted in public or
private street rights-of-way or common areas owned by a property owners
political signs are permitted only on fee simple owned property.
Temporary political signs shall in no case be erected more than
ninety (90) days prior to an election or referendum and shall not remain
erected for more than fifteen (15) days after the election.
Persons responsible jointly or severally for the maintenance and
removal of political signs are the candidates, spokesmen or campaign
committees, the owner of the premises on which the signs are located,
the person erecting the sign, and the person causing erection of the
No temporary sign in a PDMU, PRD or PCID zone shall exceed
thirty-two (32) square feet in area or eight (8) feet in height.
Construction signs permitted in a PDMU, PRD or PCID zone and
designed in accordance with designs specified in an approved Signage
Design Package shall be erected no more than five (5) days prior to the
beginning of construction for which a valid building or grading permit
has been issued, shall be confined to the site of construction and shall
be removed within 14 days of completion of construction.
Temporary signs announcing events sponsored by civic and other
nonprofit organizations may be displayed for no longer than thirty (30)
days. These signs are not to be deducted from the allowable signage
for a premises. All signs
must be removed within seven (7) days after the event.
Persons responsible jointly or severally for the maintenance and
removal of these signs are the club or organization officers, committee
chairman or committee members, the owner of the premises on which the
signs are located, the person erecting the sign, the person causing the
erection of the sign.
No permanent sign may be painted directly onto the exterior
surface of a building, except for street numbers on glass doors of
Any arrangement by exposed tubing or a series of lights in
rows, strings, patterns or designs that outline or are affixed to any
portion of a building or structure are prohibited.
This prohibition does not apply to exposed tubing or lights that
are an integral part of an approved sign or sign structure; nor does
this prohibition preclude those seasonal displays or decorations for
events, such as religious holidays and the Fourth of July, not
advertising a product, service or entertainment.
Removal of Signs:
Whenever the use of a building or premise in a PDMU, PRD or
PCID zone by a specified business or occupation is discontinued, signs
pertaining to that business or occupation that were previously erected
or displayed on that building or as a freestanding sign shall be removed
within a period of twenty-one (21) days following the vacation of the
premises by such business or occupation.
If, after written notice from the Zoning Administrator,
such signs are not removed within ten (10) days, the Zoning
Administrator shall cause such removal and charge the cost to the owner
of the premises.
The Zoning Administrator shall give written notice to the sign
permittee to remove such sign with five (5) days when it is in violation
of any provision of this Article (except nonconforming signs).
It shall be the duty of the sign permittee to remove it within
that time or bear the cost for its removal by the Zoning Administrator
or his authorized representative. The
owner of the premises shall be responsible only in the event that the
sign permittee's business is abandoned and/or tenant cannot be located
by reasonable effort.
The Zoning Administrator or his authorized representative
shall remove any sign erected in a public right-of-way in violation of
any provision of this Article, impound the sign and give written notice
to the owner of the sign if ownership is readily determinable.
The owner may secure release of the sign upon payment of the cost
incurred by the County in removing the sign, plus one dollar ($1.00) per
day for each day of storage. Signs
not redeemed within a period of thirty (30) days after the placing of
such notice in the mail shall become the property of Fauquier County at
the option of Fauquier County.
Any sign that becomes a safety hazard or that is not kept in
good general condition and in a reasonably good state of repair and is
not, after thirty (30) days written notice to the owner or permittee,
put in a safe and good state of repair, is hereby declared a public and
private nuisance. It may be
removed, obliterated or abated by the Zoning Administrator or his
authorized representative. Any
sign that in the opinion of the Zoning Administrator constitutes and
immediate or imminent danger to life or property may be removed or put
in safe condition by him immediately.
The County may collect the cost of such removal, obliteration or
abatement from the owner or permittee.
Any written notice required of the Zoning Administrator shall
be sent to the last known address of the addressee as appears in the tax
records of Fauquier County.