What you should know about commercial sign regulations

This is a summary of Article 67 of the Municipal Code. For additional information please contact the City of Lomita, Planning Division at 310-25-7110.

All sign installations require Planning Division approval and most require building permits from the LA County Building & Safety. For building permit information, please contact the LA County Building & Safety department at 310-534-3760.

ZONE TYPE OF SIGN
Roof sign Projecting Sign Signs supported or suspended from the underside of an awning, canopy, or parapet of a building. Front Wall Sign Rear Wall Sign Side Wall Sign Freestanding/ Pole/ Monument Sign
C-G Commercial General C-R Commercial Retail May be permitted subject to review and approval by the Planning Commission. Maximum sign area is 1 square foot for each lineal foot of building frontage.  May project 5 feet above roof or parapet wall and 3 feet over public right-of-way and shall project perpendicular to the building. Length of said sign shall not exceed 2/3 of the length of the projection of the awning, canopy, or parapet and the height of the sign shall not exceed 2 feet.  The sign shall be 90 degrees to the building and a clear distance of 8 feet shall be maintained from the lowest point of the sign to the ground below. Maximum sign area is 15% of the area of the front wall and shall not project more than 1 foot from the said wall. Shall only be permitted if the rear wall of the building faces a street, parking area, or pedestrian mall.  Maximum sign area is 10% of the area of the rear wall and shall not project more than 1 foot from the said wall. Maximum sign area is 7.5% of the area of said side wall, and shall not project more than 1 foot from the side wall. 1 free standing or pole sign permitted for a planned shopping center/ an automotive service station and other businesses subject to review and approval by the Planning Commission. (Contact the Planning Division for additional information.)
C-R Commercial Retail (Commercial development along Pacific Coast Highway) Prohibited Maximum sign area is 1 square foot for each lineal foot of building frontage, not to exceed 100 square feet.  May project 5 feet above roof or parapet wall and 3 feet over public right-of-way and shall project perpendicular to the building. Length of said sign shall not exceed 2/3 of the length of the projection of the awning, canopy, or parapet and the height of the sign shall not exceed 2 feet.   The sign shall be 90 degrees to the building and a clear distance of 8 feet shall be maintained from the lowest point of the sign to the ground below. Maximum sign area is 15% of the area of the front wall and shall not project more than 1 foot from the said wall. Shall only be permitted if the rear wall of the building faces a street, parking area, or pedestrian mall.  Maximum sign area is 10% of the area of the subject wall and shall not project more than 1 foot from the said wall. Maximum sign area is 7.5% of the area of said side wall, not to project more than 1 foot therefrom. May only be permitted subject to review and approval by the Planning Commission. Signs must be at least 100 feet from another freestanding sign and located in a landscaped planter.  Low profile (under 10' high) monument signs are preferred and should match the building. (Contact the Planning Division for additional information.)
M-C Light Manufacturing
& Commercial
May be permitted subject to review and approval by the Planning Commission. Prohibited Prohibited Maximum sign area is 10% of the area of the front wall and shall not project more than 1 foot from the front wall.  Shall only be permitted if the rear wall of the building faces a street, parking area, or pedestrian mall.  Maximum sign area is 10% of the area of said rear wall, and shall not project more than 1 foot from the rear wall. Maximum sign area is 7.5% of the area of said side wall, not to project more than 1 foot therefrom.  Maximum sign area allowed is 10% of the area of the wall if the building is located on corner lot. Maximum sign area is 1 square foot for each front foot of lot or parcel frontage, not to exceed 200 square feet of sign area per face.  Only 1 sign permitted for each 250 feet of parcel frontage on a public street.
D-C Downtown
Commercial (For additional information, see Downtown Lomita Design Guidelines Manual)
Prohibited Maximum sign area shall be calculated in conjunction with the total amount of sign area allowed for said wall. (Refer to front, rear, and side wall guidelines) but not to exceed 20 square feet for each sign face. Maximum area for awning signs shall be calculated in conjunction with the total sign area allowed for the entire building wall or tenant space.  Signs on awnings are limited to ground level occupancy only and a clear distance of 8 feet shall be maintained from the lowest point of the sign to the ground below. Maximum total sign area allowed for the entire front building wall or tenant space is 1.5 square feet for each linear foot of said building wall or building frontage assigned to a tenant, but shall not exceed 40 square feet.  Wall signs shall not obstruct any portion of a window or door and shall not project above the eave of a roof or top of parapet wall. Shall only be permitted if the rear wall of the building faces a street, parking area, or pedestrian mall.  Maximum total sign area allowed for the entire rear wall or tenant space is 1 square foot for each linear foot of said building wall or tenant space, but shall not exceed 10 square feet.  Wall signs shall not obstruct any portion of a window or door and shall not project above the eave of a roof or top of parapet wall. Maximum total sign area allowed for the entire side wall or tenant space is 1 square foot for each linear foot of said building wall or tenant space, but shall not exceed 10 square feet.  Wall signs shall not obstruct any portion of a window or door and shall not project above the eave of a roof or top of parapet wall. Prohibited

The following types of signs are prohibited in all zones within the City of Lomita:

1) Rotating, flashing, scintillating signs and any other signs indicating motion or change of light intensity.

2) Rectangle signs which are freestanding, "A- frame" or "sandwich" signs or other similar type portable signs, which are either carried or freestanding. (except in the Downtown Commercial Zone)

3) Billboards

PERMITTED TEMPORARY SIGNS:
The applicant shall submit a written request to the Community Development Director for any temporary sign, indicating the type and size of sign, display dates and location.

1)Window signs- placed on the glass surface or a building may be either temporary or permanent. It may not cover more than 35% of the total glass surface area, but not more than 25% in the Downtown Commercial Zone)

2)Real estate signs- 1 non-illuminated banner sign per business, mounted on the wall of the building, not to exceed 32 square feet in area, offering the place for sale, lease or rental. On corner lots, two such signs may be placed not to exceed 48 square feet of combined area.

3)Temporary promotional banner signs- advertising a product, new business, new management, sale or grand opening, not to exceed 32 square feet in size. (24 square feet in the Downtown Commercial Zone) They may be displayed up to 120 days per calendar year, but no longer than 60 consecutive days at any one time, and a minimum of 30 days before the next time the banner is displayed. (Temporary banner applications are available at City Hall.)

4)Temporary devices- such as flags, streamers, pennants, and balloons are permitted for a maximum of 4 events per calendar year not to exceed a total of 10 days per event. Metallic or mylar balloons, giant inflatables such as hot air balloon signs or promotional display balloons are not permitted.

5) Bench signs- subject to the approval of the Community Development Director.