[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Schuylkill 11-1-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall apply to each separate tract, lot, or parcel of land within Schuylkill Township and each principal building on any such tract, lot, or parcel.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ACCESSORY BUILDING
- Any structure on the same lot with a principal building and of a nature and use for purposes customarily considered incidental and subordinate to that of the principal building.
- PRINCIPAL BUILDING
- Any structure enclosing space, or otherwise used in any manner for residential, commercial, industrial, or storage use, or for any other purposes other than an accessory building as defined herein.
Street address numbers shall be assigned to each tract, lot, or parcel of land by the Township Engineer, or whomever else is appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and placed on file in the Township office. Thereafter, such property shall be designated for all purposes by the number assigned, and all persons shall take due notice thereof and comply with the provisions of this chapter when applicable. The Board of Supervisors shall have the right and power to change a street address number or numbers assigned to any property whenever it may deem such a change necessary and desirable and require the owner or occupant thereof the comply with the provisions of this chapter with respect to such change.
The owner or occupant of each tract, lot, or parcel of land to which no street address number has been previously assigned shall, upon purchase, acquisition, or occupancy thereof, or within seven days of discovery that no such number has been assigned, make application to the Township Engineer, or his designated representative, for assignment of a street address number. The Township official shall thereupon assign a correct street address number to the property.
The Township Engineer shall be responsible for assigning proper street address number sequences to each lot which is created as a result of the subdivision. These numbers shall be in relation to the numbers assigned to other lots fronting on the same street and shall be properly recorded on the subdivision plan and Township files.
In order to comply with this chapter, street address numbers shall be Arabic in design, shall have a minimum height of three inches, and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the principal building's front wall or to a porch or other fixed appurtenance in front of the principal building in the general vicinity of the main entryway or main path or travel which leads to the main entrance from a public or private street, or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face of a wall or upon a post or mailbox in the front yard of the premises. The numbers shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size, and uniformity of integers so that the numbers may be read during daylight hours by a person with normal vision if the numbers are viewed from the center line of the facing street. The numbers shall be placed so that trees, shrubs, and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the center of the street.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, the owner and/or occupant of each tract, lot, or parcel of land shall continuously display the street address number assigned to that tract, lot, or parcel of land in accordance with the specifications set forth above.
The absence of street numbers, or the insecure fastening, or the absence of any parts thereof, or the use of any street address number not assigned by the Township official, or the failure of a street address number to meet the elevation requirement or the visibility requirements shall be a violation of this chapter. Upon discovery of such violation, a warning notice of violation may be sent by certified mail to the property owner or occupant, or may be served personally on the owner or occupant, or his agent, or may be posted in a prominent place upon the property by a Township official, his agent, or the Township police. Such notice shall state the specific provision of this chapter violated and shall require compliance with the provisions of this chapter within 15 days from the date of service or the posting of the warning notice of violation.
Any person who shall fail to correct the violation set forth in the warning notice of violation and who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 together with the costs of prosecution, or in the default of payment thereof, to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days.
Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall be deemed a separate offense, and the owner and/or occupant of the tract, lot, or parcel of land shall be subject to the penalty imposed by this section for each and every day such violation continues.