New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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24.13.G.3.c Zoning Districts Group Two

The following regulations apply to non-residential uses in the VCE District.

i.  No sign may interfere with the integrity of the building. No sign may cover any window, door or other architectural detail.

ii.  Each establishment is permitted one (1) category sign and one (1) inventory sign in the form of a wall, window or projecting sign. A category sign is defined as a sign that identifies the name and/or address of the business and may include the category of business. A category sign may be a wall, window, or projecting sign. An inventory sign is defined as a sign that identifies the products, services, and/or prices of the business. An inventory sign shall be a wall sign.

iii.  One (1) category sign may be erected for each business operated on the site with public space immediately behind the facade of the premises. The allowable sign area for a category sign is computed at eight percent (8%) of the public space area of the Bourbon Street facade measured by the height times the base. Height is defined as the distance between the floor and ceiling where they intersect the Bourbon Street facade. Base is defined as the linear footage fronting on Bourbon Street. However, no category sign may exceed fifty (50) square feet in area if double-faced or twenty-five (25) square feet in area if single-faced. The following restrictions on sign area calculation apply:

(A)  The only portion of the facade of a building to be used to calculate the sign area is that portion immediately behind the front fa├žade used to invite the occupancy of the public, therefore excluding warehouse, storage, office, and similar ancillary uses as well as halls, stairways, and other common passages.

(B)  Business operations at upper floors may not consider any doorway or other access at the street level as part of the area of the Bourbon Street facade.

iv.  Each business is permitted one (1) inventory sign which is a single-faced wall or window sign limited to a maximum sign area of two (2) square feet. No more than thirty (30) square inches may be used to identify the name or type of the business.

v.  No sign may be erected above the first floor level of any building. Category and inventory signs of businesses other than those operated on the first floor fronting on Bourbon Street may erect allowable signs at the doorway, carriage way or other ground floor access to the business premises.