Township of Lower Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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§ 11-101 Definitions.

[Ord. 66, 2/23/1960, § 1]
The following words shall, for the purposes of this part, have the following meanings:
BUILDING
Any structure used or intended to be used as a dwelling or place of business or industry, but shall not include any public building or structure built as a place of worship or any accessory building located on a lot where there is also a main building.
STREET
Any street, road, public highway or private road upon which there is located two or more buildings, as defined by this part, whether or not such street, road, highway or private right-of-way is physically opened up or laid out on a recorded plan, but not physically opened.
TOWNSHIP MANAGER
The incumbent in the office of Township Manager and, in the event that this office may at any time be vacant or in the event that the Board of Supervisors of the Township may direct otherwise, such person as the Board of Supervisors may designate as the person to officially number the buildings in the Township.

§ 11-102 Street names.

[Ord. 66, 2/23/1960, § 2]
The Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Southampton shall have the right from time to time to establish by resolution the names of streets or to change or alter names of streets when, in the judgment of the Board of Supervisors, the existing street names are confusing or prevent proper identification of such streets and their location.

§ 11-103 Numbering plan.

[Ord. 66, 2/23/1960, § 3]
The Township Manager is hereby authorized to establish a numbering plan for all lots and buildings in the Township of Lower Southampton. Numbers shall be assigned to buildings in accordance with the provisions of this part.

§ 11-104 Assigning numbers.

[Ord. 66, 2/23/1960, § 4]
Whenever the Township Manager shall find that a section or portion of the Township shall be built up to the extent that the location of buildings in such section shall be difficult without the use of street numbers, or when the Township Manager has ascertained that the United States of America is serving or proposes to serve such section with mail delivery requiring the numbers of buildings, then the Township Manager shall assign numbers to all existing buildings in such section as soon as possible.

§ 11-105 Notice.

[Ord. 66, 2/23/1960, § 5]
After the Township Manager shall determine the street or section of the Township required to be numbered by the provisions of this part, he shall determine thereafter and send to the owner or occupant of every lot upon which a building is located a notice of the number assigned to such building. Said notice may be served personally upon the owner or occupant or by certified mail. In the event that the Township Manager shall ascertain that any building has been previously numbered and that such number shall not be in the sequence of established numbers, then the Township Manager shall assign a new number to such building in the manner as set forth for the numbering of buildings under the provisions of this part. The property owner or occupant of any building to which a number has been assigned shall, within 15 days after the date of the service of said notice, affix the number or new number, as the case may be, to such building or elsewhere upon the property in the manner prescribed by this part. Every property owner who shall disregard or fail to comply with such notice within the time limits therein shall be guilty of a violation of this part.

§ 11-106 Numbering requirements.

[Ord. 66, 2/23/1960, § 6; as amended by Ord. 532, 9/10/2008]
Numbers, as assigned to the buildings in the Township according to the provisions of this part, shall be affixed to or painted upon or carved upon such buildings or upon a permanent standard, base or support between such building and street. Each number shall be a minimum of four inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) and be of such color and material as to be visible from the street and shall be maintained constantly in complete and legible form. A number affixed to or painted upon a mailbox established in accordance with postal regulations, if of sufficient size and legibility and properly maintained, shall be deemed a compliance with the provisions of this part. In the event of a renumbering, the property owner or occupant shall remove the old or former number and shall place the new number on said property as hereinbefore provided within 15 days of the date of notice; provided that, in the case of buildings occupied by other than the owner thereof, the occupant, rather than the owner, shall be responsible for placing and maintaining of the numbers upon such building as hereby required.

§ 11-107 Numbering before final inspection.

[Ord. 66, 2/23/1960, § 7]
Whenever a building shall hereafter be commenced on a street or in a section of the Township in which street numbers have been assigned, the Township Manager or the Zoning Officer, as the case may be, shall assign a number to said building when the zoning and building permit have been granted, and the owner or occupant shall affix such number prior to the application for a final compliance inspection.

§ 11-108 Violations and penalties.

[Ord. 66, 2/23/1960, § 8; as amended by Ord. 356, 12/17/1986; and Ord. 532, 9/10/2008]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this part, 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 less than $100 nor 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 part continues or each section of this part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 11-201 Definitions.

[Ord. 240, 12/12/1974, § 1]
Unless otherwise herein expressly stated, the following terms shall have, for the purpose of this part, the meanings hereby respectively indicated:
LESSEE
That person or persons who has the use of real estate of a lessor for residential use and is responsible for the giving of any type of consideration therefor, but excluding those who are lessees for a period of less than 30 days.
LESSOR
Any person who grants a lease or otherwise permits the use of his real estate or portion thereof for residential use for a consideration, monetary or otherwise.
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, association, firm or corporation.

§ 11-202 Reports required.

[Ord. 240, 12/12/1974, § 2]
All lessors, within 30 days after the effective date of this part and twice each year thereafter, on or before January 15 and on or before June 15 each year, shall report to the Township Manager in writing, addressed to him at the Township office, the number of parcels or units of real estate presently or hereafter rented and available for rental, a description (by address, number and/or some other meaningful method) of said parcel or units, and the names of its lessees and others residing with lessee at the time of such report, together with a designation as to which unit or parcel is occupied by each.

§ 11-203 Occupancy changes.

[Ord. 240, 12/12/1974, § 3]
Any change in the occupancy of real estate rented or leased or in the identity of the lessee from that shown on the semiannual report of the lessor as required in § 11-202 hereof shall be reported by the lessor to the Township Manager within 10 days after such change. It is intended hereby that lessors shall report a new lessee or a lessee who rents or leases a different unit or parcel of lessor's real estate and when a unit or parcel of lessor's real estate becomes vacant.

§ 11-204 Report form.

[Ord. 240, 12/12/1974, § 4]
The Township Manager shall prepare a report form entitled "Status of Occupancy Report," which report form requires the necessary information set forth above and such other pertinent information that the Township may direct and be incorporated in said report form. The failure to have such report forms, however, shall not excuse the obligation of lessors to provide the information required herein.

§ 11-205 Violations and penalties.

[Ord. 240, 12/12/1974, § 5; as amended by Ord. 356, 12/17/1986; and by Ord. 532, 9/10/2008]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this part, 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 less than $100 nor 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 part continues or each section of this part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.