Commercial Appearance Code
An entire community benefits when a city’s commercial area is revitalized. Studies show that merchants and professionals, industry and tourism, even non-profits and education all stand to gain when improvements to the commercial district are made. An attractive hometown makes everyone proud and adds to the bottom line.
Read the full Commercial Appearance Code here.
For commercial property owners seeking to comply with local ordinances, the following are common considerations:
Awnings. Should be cleaned and well-maintained. Includes signs and lettering.
Building address numbers. Numerals should be at least four inches in height. In addition to helping potential customers find your business, visible building numbers are necessary for 911 emergency service.
Doors and thresholds. Properly maintain all entranceways, whether painted or finished.
Exterior surfaces. All surfaces, such as brick, stucco, wood, tile, stone, plastic, and siding should be in good repair. Replace or fix deteriorating materials and maintain in good condition.
Glass. All surfaces must be free of cracked or broken glass. All broken and missing first floor windows shall be replaced with glass. Second story, alley, and back street windows may be closed, and do not have to be replaced with glass as long as complimentary treatments such as painting, public cart, panels, or shutters are chosen. Paint color chosen for complimentary treatments must match surrounding surfaces.
Mechanical structures. Remove unserviceable mechanical structures like old electrical conduit, sign brackets, and other hardware.
Paint. Should be maintained in good condition with no peeling, fading, or chipped paint. If you plan to paint your building, call 843-398-4000 ext. 105 for approval procedures or click here for more information. Compatibility with surrounding buildings is key in the selection of paint colors.
Roofs. Check for worn appearances or shingles needing repair. Cornices and downspouts must be in good condition.
Signage. Signs identifying your business should be professionally prepared and maintained in good condition. Check for lettering that has weathered, faded, or peeled. Temporary signs may only remain posted for 30 days and may not be reinstalled for six months. Abandoned signs and signage no longer pertaining to a current business or activity must be removed.
Trash containers. Be sure trash containers are screened and are situated on concrete pads. Do not overfill. Proper treatment of trash and garbage containers promotes health and safety as well as a neat appearance.
Vegetation. Trim vines and all vegetation to keep from growing along the exterior of buildings, Vines can present hazards to utilities and detract from a clean appearance. A tree’s root system can undermine the structural integrity of a building’s foundation. Check to be sure no mold, moss, or other growth is visible on building or in gutters.
Window displays. Should be clean, uncluttered, and as attractive as possible. If the building is used for storage, contents shall be masked from view of passersby by window drapings or coverings. If empty, the building shall be maintained so that it does not look abandoned. Well-designed window displays promote prosperity and enhance the entire business community.
Outdoor lighting. Should minimize light pollution, reduce glare and light trespass, and improve public safety. Exterior illumination shall be full cut-off or fully shielded fixtures. Applies to lighting for canopies, sports, outdoor displays, signage, architectural fixtures, new construction, renovations, and additions.