Township of East Caln, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Caln 8-23-1978 by Ord. No. 1978-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 90.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 185.
All principal buildings within the Township of East Caln and each tract, lot or parcel of land.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A subordinate building, the use of which is customarily incidental to that of the principal building and is used for an accessory use and is located on the same lot.
Any building or structure erected on a tract, lot or parcel of land on which any use is carried out, except an accessory building.
Street address numbers shall be assigned to each tract, lot or parcel of land, placed on file in the Township office and assigned to the owners or occupants of such tract, lot or parcel of land by the Township Manager or by such other person as may be designated by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Once assigned all such properties shall be designated for all purposes by the number assigned, and thereafter, all persons shall take due notice thereof and comply with the provisions of this chapter, when applicable. The Township Manager, or such other person as may be designated, shall have the power and duty to correct any errors with respect to assignment of street address numbers as and when such errors are discovered. 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 to comply with the provisions of the 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 be 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 Manager, or his designated agent, for assignment of such number, and thereupon, the Township Manager shall assign a correct street address number to the property.
The Township Manager shall be responsible for assigning proper street address number sequences to each lot which is created as a result of a subdivision of resubdivision. Said number shall be in proper municipal sequence in relation to the number assigned to other lots fronting on the same street and shall be property recorded on the subdivision plan and the Township file.
In order to comply with this chapter, street address numbers shall be Arabic in design, shall have a minimum height of 1 1/2 inches and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the principal building's front wall or to a porch of other fixed appurtenance in front of the principal building in the general vicinity of the main entryway or main path of travel which leads to the main entrance from a public street or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face or wall or upon a post or mail box in the front yard of the premises. Numbers shall be mounted at a height of between four and 10 feet. They shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing size and uniformity of numerals so that the numbers may be read with each during daylight hours by a person possessing normal vision if he views the numbers from the center line of the facing street. The numbers shall be so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the number from the center of the street to any appreciable degree.
The absence of street numbers or the insecure fastening, or absence of any numeral thereof, or the use of any street address number not assigned by the Township Manager or the failure of a street address number to meet the elevation requirements or the visibility requirements shall be a violation of this chapter. Upon discovery of such violation, a notice of violation shall be sent by certified mail to the property or occupant, or shall be served personally on the property owner or occupant, or his agent, or shall be posted in a prominent place upon the property by the Township Manager or his agent. Such notice shall specify the specific provision of the chapter violated and shall require compliance with the provisions of this chapter within 15 days from the date of service or posting of the notice of violation.
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.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The final authority for determining and assigning the street number or numbers to be used upon any particular property, as well as the enforcement of this chapter, shall be in the office of the Township Manager, his agent or such other person as provided for in § 78-2 of this chapter.