Chapter 32.20 Applying the Code Language

City Code Chapter

32.20.010 General Rules For Reading and Applying the Code Language.

(Amended by Ordinances 176955 and 191736, effective July 1, 2024.)

  1. A. Reading and applying the code. Literal readings of the code language will be used. Regulations are no more or less strict than as stated. Application of the regulations that are consistent with the rules of Chapters 32.20 through 32.24 are non-discretionary actions of the Director of PP&D to implement the code. The action of the Director of PP&D is final.
  2. B. Situations where the code is silent. Proposals for signs where the code is silent, or where the rules of this chapter do not provide a basis for concluding that the sign is allowed, are prohibited.

32.20.020 Terms.

  1. A. Defining words. Words used in the sign code have their dictionary meaning unless they are listed in Chapter 32.22, Definitions. Words listed in the Definitions chapter have the specific meaning stated, unless the context clearly indicates another meaning.
  2. B. Tenses and usage.
    1. 1. Words used in the singular include the plural. The reverse is also true.
    2. 2. Words used in the present tense include the future tense. The reverse is also true.
    3. 3. The words "must," "will," and "may not" are mandatory.
    4. 4. "May" is permissive.
    5. 5. "Prohibited" means that an adjustment, conditional use, or other land use review may not be requested in order to allow a modification to the regulation in question.
    6. 6. When used with numbers, "Up to x," "Not more than x" and "a maximum of x" all include x.
  3. C. Conjunctions. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following conjunctions have the following meanings:
    1. 1. "And" indicates that all connected items or provisions apply;
    2. 2. "Or" indicates that the connected items or provisions may apply singly or in combination;
    3. 3. "Either...or" indicates that the connected items or provisions apply singly, but not in combination.
  4. D. Lists. Lists of items that state "including the following," "such as," or similar language are not limited to just those items. The lists are intended to provide examples, but not to be exhaustive of all possibilities.

32.20.030 Applying the Code to Specific Situations.

  1. Generally, while the code cannot list every situation or be totally definitive, it provides guidance through the use of descriptions and examples. In situations where the code provides this guidance, the descriptions and examples are used to determine the applicable regulations for the situation. If the code regulations, descriptions, and examples do not provide adequate guidance to clearly address a specific situation, the stated intent of the regulation and its relationship to other regulations and situations are considered.