Township of Potter, PA
Centre County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Potter 5-13-1996 by Ord. No. 2-1996 (Ch. 4, Part 1, of the 1998 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 83.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 184.
Zoning — See Ch. 220.

§ 130-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Building Numbering and Street Naming Ordinance."

§ 130-2 Findings and purposes.

The Board of Supervisors of Potter Township find that the police, ambulance and fire services have had difficulty locating addresses of homes and businesses on streets and roads due to the lack of lot and building identification numbers. It is, therefore, the purpose of this chapter to establish a system of numbering all lots on which there is located a dwelling unit or business so that police, ambulance and fire services can locate addresses in emergencies.

§ 130-3 Authorization.

[Amended 3-16-1998 by Ord. No. 2-1998]
This chapter is authorized by Section 1506 of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 66506.

§ 130-4 Requirement of numbering.

From and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be the duty of each owner of property to cause each lot or parcel and each dwelling unit and each business upon each lot or parcel to be numbered in accordance with this chapter.

§ 130-5 Responsibility for assigning address numbers.

The Township Secretary shall be responsible for assigning numbers to dwellings and businesses and each occupied lot or parcel. Any owner of property on which there exists a dwelling unit or business which does not presently have a number assigned to it shall apply to the Township Secretary for assignment of a number.

§ 130-6 Power to change numbers.

The Township Secretary shall have the power and authority to change numbers for the purpose of the orderly numbering of addresses. The Secretary shall change the number of a dwelling or business by sending a notice to the owner notifying the owner of the new number assigned by certified mail, return receipt request or by personal service or by posting the notice on the property. The owner of the property receiving such notice shall cause the numbers to be changed within 30 days of receipt of posting of such notice by the Secretary.

§ 130-7 Style and size of numbers.

The numbers shall be Arabic numbers and shall be of durable materials. Each digit shall be at least four inches in height and 1/2 inch wide. The colors shall be in contrast with the immediate background so as to be easily readable.

§ 130-8 Location and placement of numbers.

Numbers shall be located and placed so as to clearly identify the structure containing each dwelling unit or business in accordance with the following regulations:
A. 
The numbers shall be placed in a conspicuous place so as to clearly identify the location of the dwelling unit or business.
B. 
The placement of the numbers must be such that the numbers can be seen and read from the sidewalk (if any) in front of said dwelling unit or business from the traveled portion of the street and from the opposite side of the street.
C. 
The number may be placed upon the structure containing the dwelling unit or business or upon the mailbox or upon a fence, wall, post or other type of fixture of substantial nature such that the number shall clearly indicate the location of the dwelling unit or business in accordance with the requirements of this section.

§ 130-9 Concealment or confusion.

It shall be unlawful to cover or conceal or to permit the slight obstruction of the numbers required to be displayed by this chapter. It shall further be unlawful to post other numbers which would be confusing. All old numbers shall be removed when a new number has been assigned by the Secretary in accordance with this chapter.

§ 130-10 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply to this chapter:
BUSINESS
A building or portion of a building designed and occupied by a nonresidential, commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental or nonresidential use.
DWELLING UNIT
A building or portion of a building designed to be occupied by one family for human living quarters.
OWNER
Includes the following: a legal owner.

§ 130-11 Exemptions.

The following buildings and uses shall be exempt from the requirements of this chapter:
A. 
Farm buildings and structures which are accessory to use except that buildings used for the retail sale of products grown on the farm and farm residences shall be numbered.
B. 
Home occupations.
C. 
Buildings, structures, uses accessory to the primary use of a commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental or other nonresidential use or structure.
D. 
Unoccupied farm land or lot containing no dwellings or businesses.

§ 130-12 Naming of streets.

Only the Township can name a street/road.

§ 130-13 Street signs.

All signs must be erected in accordance with the following regulations:
A. 
Township standard sign ordinance or sign approved by the Board of Supervisors.
B. 
Location. All signs must be placed off the state and Township rights-of-way.
C. 
Style: English words; must be a double-sided sign placed perpendicular to the road.

§ 130-14 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 3-16-1998 by Ord. No. 2-1998]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues or each section of this chapter which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.