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160.292 Information signs for specific services; definitions.

Subdivision 1. Scope. For the purposes of sections 160.292 to 160.296, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2. Specific service sign. "Specific service sign" means a rectangular sign panel displaying the name or optional business panel, or both, of a rural agricultural or tourist-oriented business, place of worship, motel, restaurant, resort, recreational camping area, or gasoline service station or other retail motor fuel business and, where appropriate, the direction to and distance to the rural agricultural or tourist-oriented business, place of worship, recreational camping area, motel, restaurant, resort, or gasoline service station or other retail motor fuel business.

Subd. 3. Specific service sign assembly. "Specific service sign assembly" means a combination of specific service sign panels to be placed within the right-of-way on appropriate approaches to an intersection or interchange.

Subd. 4. Specific service sign cluster. "Specific service sign cluster" means a grouping of specific service sign assemblies on appropriate approaches to an intersection or interchange.

Subd. 5. Nonfreeway trunk highway. "Nonfreeway trunk highway" means all (1) roadways that are not designated freeways and that have crossing traffic at grade intersections and (2) bypasses of outstate municipalities that have interchanges at intersections of trunk highways with local roads or with other trunk highways.

Subd. 6. Resort. "Resort" has the meaning given it in section 157.15.

Subd. 7. Motel. "Motel" has the meaning given to the word "hotel" in section 157.15.

Subd. 7a. Restaurant. "Restaurant" has the meaning given it in section 157.15.

Subd. 8. Recreational camping area. "Recreational camping area" has the meaning given it in section 327.14, subdivision 8.

Subd. 9. Local road. "Local road" means any nontrunk highway.

Subd. 10. Specific service. (a) "Specific service" means restaurants; rural agricultural or tourist-oriented businesses; places of worship; gasoline service stations and other retail motor fuel businesses; and motels, resorts, or recreational camping areas that provide sleeping accommodations for the traveling public. "Tourist-oriented business" means a business, service, or activity that receives the major portion of its income or visitors during the normal business season from motorists not residing in the immediate area of the business or activity.

(b) "Rural agricultural business" includes but is not limited to (1) a grain-handling facility, (2) a business providing care and well-being to animals, and (3) the sale of feed or seed.

(c) "Tourist-oriented business" includes, but is not limited to (1) a greenhouse or nursery, (2) a bait and tackle shop, (3) a marina, and (4) a gift or antique shop.

Subd. 11. Gasoline service station; retail motor fuel business. "Gasoline service station" or "retail motor fuel business" means a business that provides vehicle services including fuel and oil; provides restroom facilities and drinking water; provides staff for continuous operation at least 12 hours per day, seven days per week; and provides public access to a telephone.

Subd. 12. Business panel. "Business panel" means a separately attached sign panel that shows, either individually or in combination, the brand, symbol, trademark, or logo of the business service.

HIST: 1980 c 413 s 1; 1981 c 55 s 1; 1984 c 417 s 7; 1988 c 595 s 1,2; 1989 c 181 s 1,2; 1995 c 207 art 9 s 60; 1996 c 456 s 1-8; 1997 c 143 s 2; 2001 c 213 s 1