[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 11-3-2003 by Ord. No. 03-41 (Ch. 88 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority conferred by N.J.S.A. 40:67-1(j), a system for numbering all buildings and lots of land in the Township is hereby adopted. The purpose of this chapter shall be to require the clear display of house numbers from public streets for all properties that contain principal buildings within the Township of Bloomfield, to meet and become compliant in the implementation of the statewide 911 system, to assist the general public and all emergency services in identifying any properties within the Township, as well as to update all rural addresses and mandate the adoption of a uniform addressing system throughout the Township that will conform to all guidelines and directives, issued at present or in the future, by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Telecommunications.
This chapter shall apply to all properties within the Township of Bloomfield that contain a principal structure thereon, whether or not said building is occupied. Such premises shall bear and display at least one set of house numbers. Buildings facing two or more public roadways shall be required to display auxiliary numbers, if necessary, to pass the visibility test when viewed from those points in the center line of public roadways opposite those points where regularly used pedestrian or vehicular passageways enter the public roadway.
The owner, occupant or lessee of each and every house, store or other building which now fronts or may front upon any public or private street within the Township of Bloomfield shall ascertain from the respective postal authority the numbers applicable to said building or property and display them in compliance with this chapter. In the case of a new structure built upon the land to replace an existing building or a new structure as the result of a subdivision, the owner, occupant or lessee shall ascertain from the Tax Assessor the numbers applicable to said building or property. Said owner, occupant or lessee shall, within 90 days after the adoption of this chapter, cause the assigned number of such house or building to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein.
If the house or building is set back from the road in such a location that the provisions of this chapter cannot be complied with, then the owner, occupant or lessee shall provide a post, rod or other type of fixture of a substantial nature with the number affixed thereon and so located on the premises that the number shall be conspicuous and visible from the street upon which the building property fronts.
Existing numbers used in premises which essentially comply with the numbers officially assigned shall be considered as bearing the correct number or numbers for the purpose of this chapter. Existing installations which essentially meet the requirements and/or spirit of these regulations, including numbers presently on or attached to a mailbox, may be granted approval by the Code Enforcement Officer without further alteration.
The absence of house numbers or the insecure fastening or absence of any integer thereof, or the use of any number out of logical sequence for the street toward which it faces, or the failure of a number to meet the elevation requirements or the visibility requirements shall be considered as a violation for this chapter. Failure on the part of the property owner to comply with the provisions of this chapter within a period of 15 days from the date of issuance of a notice of violation shall be sufficient cause for the Code Enforcement Officer, Construction Official or any police officer of the Township of Bloomfield to proceed with carrying out the provisions of this chapter and to assess any cost incurred to the property owner concerned.
Violators of this chapter shall also be subject to, upon conviction, the penalty as provided in § 1-15, General penalty, of this Code, for each property in violation, with a minimum charge of $50 for each property violation.