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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Code Update to Guide Sign Use in Sioux Center

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An update for Sioux Center’s sign ordinance is being considered to help guide the usage and design of permanent and temporary signs in the community.

“If you look around, signs are everywhere. They share information and shape the way our community looks,” said Sioux Center Building Official Josh Dorhout. “Our current sign ordinance is outdated. Sign trends have changed. This will bring our code up to date and build on Sioux Center’s aesthetic appeal.”

For businesses, the update would require any new business signs to be monument-type signs, set on a permanent base, not set atop poles. 

The size and height limit for business signs is related to the type of zoning district in which the business is located. In general, larger signs also must be set back from the roadway farther than smaller signs. 

“This update will help keep a clean corridor along Highway 75 and tie in with the streetscaping plans, to help reflect Sioux Center’s character,” Dorhout said.

For temporary signs, like those promoting a special event or sale or a community event, the update would require organizations to apply for a temporary sign permit. The ordinance would allow organizations who apply to post temporary signs up to four times a year for a 14-day period each time.

Some requirements are not changed in the update. Regulations for in-home business signs are not changed in this proposed update. Off-premise commercial advertising and wind-sock style signs continue to not be allowed. 

Existing signs can remain as they are, but new signs will have to comply with this ordinance, if approved.

The Sioux Center City Council will consider approving this sign ordinance at their May 10 City Council meeting, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the City Office. To view the proposed update, visit www.siouxcenter.org/signs or stop in at the City Office. People can also contact Dorhout for additional information at (712) 722-0761.

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