New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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24.8 Prohibited Signs

It is unlawful to erect or maintain the following signs:

A.  Animated signs are prohibited.

B.  Balloon signs are prohibited.

C.  Electronic message signs and electronic display screen signs are prohibited. This does not include time and temperature components.

D.  Signs with flashing or blinking lights, or other illuminating device that has a changing light intensity, brightness or color, traveling/chasing or blinking lights, or rotating beacons are prohibited. Time and temperature components of signs are not considered flashing signs. This prohibition does not apply to the VCE and VCE-1 Districts.

E.  Signs with moving, revolving, or rotating parts or visible mechanical movement of any kind are prohibited. Street clocks with movable hands and barber poles are permitted. This prohibition does not apply to the VCE and VCE-1 Districts.

F.  Signs that display any matter in which the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to a prurient interest in sex, or is patently offensive because it affronts contemporary community standards relating to the description or representation of sexual matters.

G.  Any sign pasted or otherwise affixed to any tree, rock, utility pole, hydrant, bridge, sidewalk, curb or street, bench, or trash receptacle is prohibited. Logos and labels located on mechanical equipment, recycling bins, trash containers or dumpsters, which are part of the equipment as manufactured and/or installed, are not considered illegally affixed signs.

H.  Portable signs are prohibited.

I.  Roof signs are prohibited.

J.  Signs placed or painted on parked vehicles where the primary purpose is to advertise a product or service, or to direct the public to a business or activity located on or off the premises are prohibited. Signs displayed on trucks, buses, or other vehicles, which are operated and stored in the normal course of a business, such as signs indicating the owner or business that are located on delivery trucks, moving vans, taxi cabs, livery vehicles, and rental trucks, are permitted, provided that the primary purpose of such vehicles is not the display of signs and that they are parked or stored in areas appropriate to their use as vehicles. Temporary or permanent signs resting on, or attached to, vehicles or trailers are prohibited.

K.  The following types of signs that interfere with traffic are prohibited. Signs that:

1.  Obstruct free and clear vision at any street, intersection, parking lot entrance or exit, or driveway.

2.  Interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device because of its position, shape, or color.

3. Make use of the words STOP, LOOK, DETOUR, DANGER, or any other word, phrase, symbol, or character in a manner that misleads, interferes with, or confuses traffic.

4.  Are illuminated in red, green, or amber color, so as to resemble a traffic signal in direct line of vision of a traffic signal

L.  Temporary off-premise signs are prohibited.

M.  Signs that constitute a hazard to safety or health by reason of inadequate design, construction, repair, or maintenance are prohibited.