Comprehensive Sign Code Update

Sign Code Update

A comprehensive update to the City's current sign regulations (Chapter 19.620 General Sign Provisions of the Zoning Code) has been developed based on a review of latest technologies and best practices for an improved, updated, and more business friendly Sign Code. The proposed update to the General Sign Provisions involves:

  • Re-organization and consolidation of existing Code provisions;
  • Creation of new sections to address design principles, prohibited signs, and exempt signs;
  • New or modified development standards related to building mounted signs, freestanding signs, special use signs and temporary signs;
  • New or modified procedures for review of temporary signs, sign permits, and sign programs;
  • Creation of a procedure to allow applicants to request minor deviations from the sign requirements; and
  • Revisions to the sign definitions (clarifying, adding, and removing)

The proposed amendment does not include changes to the City’s regulations pertaining to Billboard Signs and Private Party Signs on City Owned Property in the Public Right-of-Way.

  • On June 18, 2015, the City Planning Commission recommended City Council approval of the proposed Zoning Code Amendment for the comprehensive update to the General Sign Provisions. June 18, 2015 City Planning Commission Report
  • On July 7, 2015, the Utility Services/Land Use/Energy Development Committee recommended City Council approval of the proposed Zoning Code Amendment for the comprehensive update to the General Sign Provisions. July 7, 2015 City Utility Services/Land Use/Energy Development Committee Report
  • A Zoning Code Text Amendment to adopt the General Sign Provisions is scheduled for the Riverside City Council’s review at their meeting of Tuesday, August 25th, 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Riverside City Hall, located at 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92522.

Sign Code Review Committee: In August of 2013 the City Council appointed members to serve on a Sign Code Review Committee (SCRC). This Committee is comprised of thirty-nine (39) members, including members of the chambers of commerce, realtor’s/brokers, sign makers, business improvement districts, historic preservation representatives, the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership, City Council & Mayor appointed representatives (members of the community at large), and the Chairman of the Planning Commission. Since December 9th, 2013, the City has held a total of fifteen Sign Code Review Committee Meetings to get input on the comprehensive Sign Code Update from a variety of stakeholders throughout the Community. Of these meetings, there have been seven meetings of the 39-Member SCRC, and eight meetings of an 8-member SCRC Working Group, which was appointed by the SCRC in June of 2014.

  • On April 16, 2015 the 39-member SCRC recommended, by unanimous vote, that the City Council approve the Draft General Sign Provisions.

Sign Code Review Committee Meetings

Public Review Draft Documents
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