Date last modified: July 8, 2014
Real Estate sign regulations are detailed in our sign ordinance, which can be found on the City’s web site. Read Section (a), then look in Section ( c), Regulated Signs Exempt from Permit Requirements. Paragraph (15) discusses Real Estate signs, and subsection (A)(v) specifically discusses offsite signs.
In addition, there is a summary brochure, which is also available here.
Note that these regulations deal with both commercial and residential Real Estate signs.
Offsite directional signs must be placed on private property (generally behind the sidewalk, or 12 feet from the roadway if there is no sidewalk), and must have the permission of the property owner. They are allowed offsite only when the sales agent is present on the property for sale. The City does confiscate signs illegally placed on traffic medians, islands and public property. Confiscated signs may be reclaimed at the Bloomington Civic Plaza.
Section 19.116. DIRECTIONAL SIGNS.
(a) Purpose. The City Council finds that special provisions should govern directional signs, because directional signs are intended to provide information for the convenience of the public, such as the location of exits, entrances, and parking areas and are not intended to identify individual tenants or users, or to provide identification or advertising from public streets or other areas off of the site. Therefore, the following special provisions shall govern such signage.
(b) Standards. Directional signs shall be located on the site of the use utilizing the directional signs. In addition to other permitted signs, except for single or two-family dwellings, the Issuing Authority may approve directional signage provided the following criteria are satisfied:
(1) Maximum Size and Height and Minimum Setbacks.
(A) The maximum sign surface area shall be twelve (12) square feet. Business, project or development identification shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the sign surface area. Freestanding directional signs shall be a maximum height of six (6) feet above the grade of the adjacent parking or driveway surface. Directional signs shall be set back a minimum of twenty (20) feet from the public rights-of-way, and a minimum of five (5) feet from all other property lines; OR
(B) The maximum sign surface area shall be six (6) square feet. Business, project or development identification shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the sign surface area. Freestanding directional signs shall be a maximum height of three (3) feet above the grade of the adjacent parking or driveway surface. Directional signs shall be set back a minimum of ten (10) feet from all public right-of-way lines, and a minimum of five (5) feet from all other property lines; AND
(C) Signs mounted on walls shall be mounted only high enough to be visible to on-site users, but in no event above the first story of the building on which it is mounted.
(2) Maximum Number. No directional sign shall be erected which is not clearly necessary for the safety and convenience of the public. In no instance shall the number of directional signs exceed two per acre of total site area.
Exception: If a site is less than one (1) acre, the site shall be allowed two directional signs.
(3) Orientation. Directional signs larger than six (6) square feet shall be oriented for viewing by on-site vehicular and pedestrian traffic, rather than traffic on public streets or on adjacent property.
(4) Illumination. The sign is either not illuminated, or illuminated in such a manner that it does not cause glare.
(A) Signs shall be fully finished on all visible sides and shall be the same style as the identification sign(s) for the site.
(B) Directional signs shall be so designed and located that no hazard to vehicular and pedestrian traffic is created.
(c) Sign Permit Requirements. Sign permits shall be required for the initial installation and any subsequent modification of directional signs conforming with the provisions of this Code. No directional sign shall be installed unless a plan showing the location, size and construction of all directional signs is first approved by the Issuing Authority.
(Added by Ord. No. 96-40, 8-19-96)
The program provides potential purchasers with information about the condition of a dwelling and requires the correction of immediate hazards. An inspection and a report are required for all single and two-family dwellings, condominiums, townhouses and mobile homes. Multi-family rental buildings over 4 units are not included. The property must be inspected and a report form completed prior to offering the property for sale.
The Housing Evaluation Report must be available for review by potential purchasers at all times when the property is offered for sale. The seller can choose a licensed independent evaluator licensed by the city of Bloomington. The city maintains a list of all licensed inspectors. Only those items which pose an immediate hazard to the occupants of the structure are required to be repaired.
Other deficiencies are noted in the Housing Evaluation Report, but do not require correction. When hazardous items are identified by the inspector, the City of Bloomington follows up to determine whether the hazardous condition has been corrected. Hazardous conditions must be corrected and approved by the city before the dwelling is occupied. If the dwelling is already occupied, corrective action shall be taken by the owner or agent of the owner.
Vacant Property Registration
Bloomington has a Rental Licensing and Inspection Program, which covers single family rooms and dwellings, duplexes, and multi-unit housing. Environmental Health Inspectors annually examine both the interior and exterior of all rental property within Bloomington. They respond to citizen complaints concerning rental housing and systematically inspect the exterior of rental units throughout the year.
Fees vary depending on property type. For more information, contact the City’s Licensing Department at 952-563-8728. For a license application, Click Here.