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Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
Appendix A
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Appendix C
Appendix D (Sewer Facilities and Non-Residential Wastewater Discharge Ordinance)
Appendix E (Backflow and Cross-Connection Control Ordiance)
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20.01 General Provisions; Consistency with Master Plan; Right to Farm
20.02 Development Permits
20.04 Application Process and Official Filing Date
20.06 Decision by the Director
20.08 Review by Advisory Body
20.10 Review and Decision by Planning Commission
20.100 Public Facilities and Improvement Standards
20.12 Review and Decision by Board of County Commissioners
20.14 Conditional Approval
20.20 Notice Provisions
20.200 Surveys
20.220 Installing Utilities Underground
20.24 Public Hearing Procedures
20.28 Post Decision Proceedings
20.30 Expiration of Approval of Development Permit
20.300 Impact Fees
20.32 Revocation of Permit
20.34 Enforcement
20.38 Board of Adjustment
20.40 Fees
20.400 Development Agreements
20.44 Rounding of Quantities
20.440 Density Bonus Agreements
20.460 Reimbursement Agreements
20.470 Maintenance Districts
20.471 Maintenance District 1 - Monterra
20.50 Floodplain Management
20.500 Transfer Development Rights
20.550 Growth Management
20.560 Building Permit Allocation and Growth Management
20.600 General Provisions
20.602 Pre-application Conference
20.604 Special use permits
20.606 Variances
20.608 Amendment to Master Plan
20.610 Zoning Administration
20.612 Specific Plan
20.614 Design Review
20.618 Sign Permit
20.620 Temporary Use Permit
20.650 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.654 Agriculture and Forestry and Range Districts
20.656 Residential Districts
20.658 Non-Residential Districts
20.660 Use Regulations
20.662 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use District Specific Standards (Table)
20.664 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use Specific Standards
20.666 Non-Residential Specific Standards for Permitted, Development Permitted and Special use permit Uses (Table)
20.668 Non-Residential Uses Specific Standards
20.672 Livestock Overlay (LO) Zoning District
20.674 Manufactures Housing (MH) District
20.675 Mixed-use Commercial (MUC) Overlay District
20.676 Planned Development (PD) Overlay District
20.678 Residential Office (RO) Overlay District
20.680 Genoa Historic (GH) Overlay District
20.682 Clustered Residential Subdivision (CR) Overlay
20.685 Gaming District (GD) Overlay
20.690 Property Standards
20.691 Property Maintenance
20.692 Off-Street Parking and Loading
20.694 Landscape Standards
20.696 Sign and Advertising Control
20.698 Nonconforming Uses and Structures
20.700 Applicability and Procedures
20.702 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.703 Tahoe Area Plan Regulations
20.704 General Provisions
20.708 Subdivision Application Procedure and Approval Process
20.712 Parcel Maps
20.714 Division of Agricultural Land for Conservation Purposes
20.716 Division of Land into Large Parcels
20.718 Division of Land for Agricultural Purposes
20.720 Assurance for Completion and Maintenance of Improvements
20.768 Land Readjustment
20.770 Boundary Line Adjustment
20.800 General Provisions
20.810 Administration
20.820 Building Permits
20.830 Site Improvement Permits
20.840 Encroachment Permits
20.900 Numbering Structures and Naming Streets
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Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.618 Sign Permit
20.618.010 Purpose
20.618.020 Permit required
20.618.030 Application for sign permit
20.618.040 Procedures for sign permit
20.618.050 Inspection

20.618.010 Purpose
The board finds and declares that the establishment of regulations and minimum standards for the erection and maintenance of outdoor signs and billboards within the county are necessary for the purpose of promoting the public health, safety, and general welfare, and the establishment of such regulations and minimum standards are in accordance with the provisions of and purposes of the NRS.
The board further finds that the sign provisions provide minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare in keeping with the unique character of the county by regulating and controlling the size, height, design, quality of materials, construction, location, electrification, and maintenance of all signs and signs structures not located within a building, and including temporary signs attached to or affixed upon windows, and to accomplish the following results: 
    A.  To protect and enhance the character of residential neighborhoods, open views and vistas, and property values by prohibiting obtrusive and incompatible signs; 
    B.  To promote and maintain healthy commercial centers and property values for effective communication of the nature of goods and services and avoidance of wasteful, ugly and unsightly competition in signs;     
    C.  To provide a reasonable and comprehensive system of control of signs, integrated within a part of the general planning program and zoning ordinance, and not as a distinct police power that is exercised separate and apart from the zoning power; 
    D.  To encourage signs which are well-designed and pleasing in appearance and to provide incentive and latitude for variety, good design relationship and spacing and location; 
    E.  To encourage a desirable area character with a minimum of overhead clutter; 
    F.  To attract and direct persons to various activities and enterprises in order to provide for the maximum public convenience; and 
    G.  To enhance the economic value of the community and each area in it through the regulation of size, location, design and illumination of signs. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 386, 1981)

20.618.020 Permit required
It is unlawful for any person to erect, enlarge, alter, or relocate, within Douglas County, any sign or other advertising structure as defined in appendix A of this title without first obtaining a sign permit and building permit except as otherwise provided in chapter 20.696. Sign permits are valid for 180 days after issuance. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 386, 1981)

20.618.030 Application for sign permit
An application must be submitted by the property owner or by an agent on the owner’s behalf on the form provided by the county with the fee established by resolution. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 386, 1981)

20.618.040 Procedures for sign permit
    A.  The director shall check the application, plans and specifications for sign permits. No permit shall be issued unless the plans and specifications have been reviewed and approved by all applicable departments and divisions. If the department is satisfied that the work described in an application for permit and the plans and specifications filed therewith conform to the requirements of chapter 20.696 and all other laws and ordinances, and that the appropriate fees have been paid, a sign permit shall issued and forwarded to the building division for building permit issuance. 
    B.  If the community development department determines from the application or from the inspection of the premises that signs or other advertising structures exist on the premises, no permit shall be issued for any new sign or advertising structure which would increase the gross size or dimensional area of all signs or advertising structures beyond the allowable limits.         
    C.  If the community development department determines from the application and accompanying plans or drawings that a proposed sign or advertising structure is, by reason of unusual or unique shape, color combination or context, likely to be out of harmony with the prevailing style or pattern of signs or advertising structures in the area of the county in which it is proposed to be located, the director shall forthwith submit the application and accompanying data as herein required to the planning commission, and the commission shall consider and review the same within 30 working days from the date of filing. If the commission finds and determines that the proposed sign or advertising structure is offensive or undesirable from the standpoint of color harmonics, size or if by reason of its shape, context or unique graphic portrayal of an object or objects it will create disharmony, it may reject or disapprove the application. In the alternative, it may recommend any changes, alterations or modifications of the proposed sign or advertising structures as will cause it to harmonize with the prevailing architectural or existing sign or sign pattern or patterns. In the event the application is rejected or disapproved, or in the event the applicant refuses or declines to comply with any recommendations of the planning commission for change, alteration or modification, the applicant may appeal as provided in this title. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 386, 1981)

20.618.050 Inspection
Every sign erected in the county shall be subject to inspection by the community development department to ensure compliance with all provisions of this section and title, as amended. (Ord. 801, 1998; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 386, 1981)