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For the purpose of this chapter, certain abbreviations, terms, phrases, words and their derivatives shall be construed as specified in this section or in Selah Municipal Code, Title 10, Appendix A, unless the context requires a different meaning. Where terms are not defined in this section or in Selah Municipal Code, Title 10, Appendix A, they shall have the ordinary accepted meaning within the context with which they are used. Where an abbreviation, term, phrase, word and their derivative could be construed to fall under two definitions, the more specific shall prevail. Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, 1993, shall be the source for ordinary accepted meanings for words not defined in this section or in Selah Municipal Code, Title 10, Appendix A. Specific examples are included as illustrations but are not intended to restrict a more general definition.

"Abandoned sign" means any sign located on property that is vacant and unoccupied for a period of more than three months, or any sign which pertains to any occupant, business or event unrelated to the present occupant or use.

"Administrative official" means the mayor of the city of Selah, or the mayor's designee, who shall be the administrative official of this chapter.

"Appeal" means a request for a review of any action on an application by the administrative official, or the building official, of any provision of this chapter.

"Banner" means any sign constructed of lightweight fabric or similar material, weighing less than two ounces per square foot, that is mounted to a pole or building at one or more edges.

"Building official" means the individual so designated per Chapter 11.04.

"Canopy sign" means the message imbedded within the canopy fabric and is a part of the canopy and is considered a wall sign.

"Construction sign" means any sign used to identify the individuals, architects, engineers, contractors or firms involved with the construction of a project or to show the design of the project or the purpose for which the project is intended.

"Directional sign" means a sign directing pedestrian or vehicular traffic to parking, entrances, exits, service areas, or other on-site locations. Also see Section 10.38.160, Directional signs.

"Freestanding sign" means any sign supported by one or more uprights, poles or braces in or upon the ground.

"On-premises" sign means a sign located on and incidental to a lawful use of the premises for advertising the business transacted, services rendered, goods sold or products produced on the premises or the name of the business, name of the person, firm or corporation occupying the premises. Also see Section 10.38.160, Directional signs.

"Political sign" means a sign advertising a political party or a candidate(s) for public elective offices, or a sign urging a particular vote on a public issue decided by ballot.

"Portable sign" means a freestanding sign.

"Projecting sign" means a sign that projects from and is supported by a wall of a building. For the purposes of this chapter a projecting sign is considered a wall sign. Also see definition of "wall sign."

"Real estate sign" means any sign pertaining to the sale, lease or rental of land or buildings.

"Sign" means any medium, including its structural component parts, which is used or intended to attract attention to the subject matter that identifies, advertises and/or promotes an activity, product, service, place, business, or any other thing.

"Sign area" means that area contained within a single continuous perimeter, which encloses the entire sign cabinet, but excluding any support or framing structure that does not convey a message.

"Sign cabinet" means the module or background containing the advertising message but excluding sign supports, architectural framing, or other decorative features, which contain no advertising message.

"Sign height" means the vertical distance measured from the grade below the sign or upper surface of the nearest street curb, whichever permits the greatest height, to the highest point of the sign.

"Sign setback" means the horizontal distance from the property line to the nearest edge of the sign cabinet.

"Sign structure" means any structure that supports or is capable of supporting a sign. A sign structure may be a single pole and may or may not be an integral part of a building.

"Street frontage" means the length in feet of a property line(s) or parcel line(s) bordering a public street. For corner lots each street side property line shall be a separate street frontage. The frontage for a single use or development on two or more parcels shall be the sum of the individual frontages.

"Use identification" sign means a sign used to identify and/or contain information pertaining to a school, church, or residential development, or governmental use (i.e., park, public office, etc.) other than a home occupation in a residential zone.

"Wall sign" means any on-premises sign attached to or painted directly on, erected against and parallel to, or projecting from the wall of a structure. Also see Section 10.38.130, Wall signs.

"Wayfinding sign" means an off-premises sign that is for the purpose of facilitating vehicular tourist transit to local tourist destinations as designated and recognized by the city.

"Welcome sign or gateway sign" means a sign or signs at the entry points of the city that introduce or welcome visitors to the city or region.

Welcome signs or gateway signs may incorporate or provide space for advertisements acceptable to the city which are incidental to the signs' primary purpose or which may serve to help fund the sign, stimulate the economy within the city, or promote tourism.

"Window sign" means a wall sign. (Ord. 2077 § 2, 2019; Ord. 1634 § 148, 2004.)