Charter Township Community Development Department
Effective November 7th,
2005, the Board of Trustees has amended the Zoning Ordinance to permit
“Business Event Signs” (BES) within our community.
Click here to view the Zoning
Ordinance #39, § 6.9 (Signs and Advertising Structures) section of the
Zoning Ordinance in its entirety. The following is a summary of the
BES portion of this ordinance and the BES permit process to aid local
business and interested sign companies.
Ordinance Specification Summary:
A. Signs Permitted in All Districts
Business Event Signs
1 sign (not
permitted in residential zoning districts) per business.
A Business Event
sign shall not be displayed for longer than 15 calendar days
per event and no more often than once every three months as
outlined in Section 6.9.3(S)(6).
Business Event Sign
a. Size of
trailer and sign frame shall not exceed 7’ tall and 8
display faces only.
display face is limited to 35 square feet
height of sign, including frame, shall be 4’ tall
measured from the ground to the top of the sign.
area, including the frame, shall not exceed 24 square
feet on one display face or 12 square feet per side if
there are two display faces. Two display faces only.
general, business event signs shall not be placed in a
parking area. See 6.9.3(s)(4) for additional
b. In the
event that more than one business event sign is placed
on a single property (i.e. a shopping center) each sign
must be a minimum of 20 ft. apart
c. A minimum
of 10 ft. from any property line; see Section 6.9.3
(s)(3) for additional information.
Permit Process Outline:
Sign Companies must
enter into an agreement with the Township. This agreements details
the requirements of both the sign company and Township in this
Click here to
view the Business Event Sign Agreement in its entirety. This
document can be downloaded, completed and submitted to the Community
Development Department by any sign company who wishes to
Once a company
chooses to enter into this agreement with the Township – they
must provide detailed drawings of the types of signs proposed to
be used as BES.
Approved sign types
will be kept on file with the Township to reference throughout
the permit process.
Local business owners,
or sign users, may then choose a sign company with which to lease a
pre-approved sign from for their particular event. The sign user or
Sign Company must then apply for a BES Permit with the Community
Once received, the
permit will generally be reviewed within two (2) business days. Once
approved – the Sign Company will need a copy of the permit prior to
placing any BES sign on a property.
will periodically inspect the placement of BES to ensure
compliance with all Township Ordinances.
A list of approved
sign companies and copies of the pre-approved BES types can be
obtained from the Community Development Department.
Participating Sign Companies:
Sign Smith Company
122 N. Cedar Street
Mason MI 48854
Terrell Associates Signs
1470 N. Cedar Street
Mason MI 48854
Douglas Sign Company
1800 S. Cedar Street
Lansing MI 48910
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