[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Upper Deerfield 8-2-1973 by Ord. No. 130 (Ch. 71 of the 1977 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning and development — See Ch. 405.
There is hereby established a uniform system for numbering all property, dwellings and other buildings along all streets and public roads within the Township of Upper Deerfield.
[Amended 12-29-1993 by Ord. No. 415]
The numbering of property on each street shall begin at a point to be fixed by the Tax Assessor in the administration of this chapter as hereinafter provided, having regard for the numbering system already in effect. All numbers shall be assigned on the basis of one number for each 100 feet of property frontage along the street, except that numbers may run consecutively where a different standard has been established or is hereafter fixed in a plan of lots or approved subdivision.
Along streets and roads which run in a north-south direction, odd numbers shall be assigned to the easterly side and even numbers to the westerly side. Along streets and roads which run in an east-west direction, odd numbers shall be assigned to the southerly side and even numbers to the northerly side. All dwellings and buildings on diagonal streets shall be numbered the same as dwellings and buildings on north-south streets if the diagonal is in a north-south direction and shall be numbered the same as buildings on east-west streets if the diagonal is in an east-west direction.
Each dwelling and other building shall be assigned the number which is assigned to the interval of street frontage in which its main entrance lies. If the main entrance fronts exactly upon the line which divides two intervals, the number assigned to either interval may be assigned to the building entrance.
Where a dwelling or building has a number of entrances, each serving a separate occupant, then each entrance shall be assigned a separate number, provided that there shall be enough numbers assigned to the lot in which the dwelling or building is located to provide a number for each entrance. In the event that there are not sufficient numbers assigned to the lot to serve each separate entrance, then each separate entrance shall carry the principal number plus a suitable letter suffix.
A multifamily dwelling having only one main entrance shall be assigned only one number, and separate apartments in the building will carry a letter designation, such as A, B, C, etc., in addition to the number of the main entrance of the building.
[Amended 9-21-2006 by Ord. No. 577]
In the case of an apartment project containing two or more apartment buildings with respect to which the entrances do not front upon a traveled roadway, one of the numbers assigned to the property on which the buildings are located shall be assigned to the total project. In addition, each building shall be numbered, beginning with the number one. Finally, each apartment in a particular building shall be assigned a letter designation in addition to the number of the building in which it is located. In apartment complexes which have separate entrances facing traveled roadways, such dwelling units shall be numbered in the same manner as single-family detached residences.
All dwellings and buildings facing streets not entirely used or dedicated in a continuous manner shall be assigned the same relative number as if said street were fully extended.
[Amended 12-29-1993 by Ord. No. 415]
After a dwelling or building shall be assigned its respective number or numbers, the owner shall place or cause to be placed upon each dwelling or building controlled by him the number or numbers assigned to such dwelling or building under the system established by this chapter. Property owners who rent their dwelling or building shall notify their tenants of the new address. Property owners will be responsible for posting numbers.
[Amended 12-29-1993 by Ord. No. 415; 9-6-2001 by Ord. No. 519]
All residential, commercial, industrial or other buildings now existing or hereafter erected within the Township of Upper Deerfield shall display identification numbers in accordance with this chapter and pursuant to the specifications set forth herein.
Display of numbering on detached structures. The owner of each and every building which now fronts or which hereafter fronts upon any public or private street that has been assigned a building number or is hereafter assigned a building number shall, at his or her own expense, within 30 days after the effective date of this section, cause the number assigned to such building to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth in this chapter. The owner of any building that has not been assigned a number as of the effective date of this section shall comply with the requirements of this section within 30 days after the assignment of a building number.
Specifications. Building numbers shall be reflective Arabic numerals, 3 1/2 inches in height and mounted in a secure fashion to a four-inch-by-four-inch post as required by this chapter.
Location of post and numbering. The owner shall affix the numbers required by this chapter upon a post composed of treated wood. The post shall measure at least four inches by four inches in width and six feet in length. All posts shall be installed so that at least 24 inches of the post are inserted into the ground and at least 40 inches are above ground. The post shall be installed no less than four feet nor more than 12 feet from the edge of the roadway pavement and no less than two feet nor more than three feet from the house side edge of a driveway; provided, however, that in any mobile home park that either exists or may hereafter exist, the post shall be installed not less than four feet nor more than six feet from the edge of the roadway pavement and not less than two feet nor more than three feet from the house side edge of a driveway. The numbers are to be placed two inches from the top of the post on at least two sides of the post (as opposed to the front and back thereof) so that they will be free from obstruction and visible for a reasonable distance to operators of vehicles traveling in either direction along the roadway on which the building fronts.
Display of numbering on multiunit dwellings with separate entrances. The owner of each and every multiunit dwelling having a separate entrance along a roadway, including but not limited to townhomes and garden-style apartments with separate entrances and similar structures, shall display numbers which are reflective Arabic numerals 3 1/2 inches in height and mounted in a secure fashion next to the entrance to such premises not less than 12 inches from the entrance and not less than four feet nor more than six feet in height from the bottom of the doorway entrance and within the time frame set forth in § 273-10B.
Display of numbering for multiunit dwellings having more than one entrance for more than one unit. The owner of each and every building or structure which is a multiunit dwelling having one entrance serving more than one unit therein shall display the building numbers in accordance with § 273-6, the placement of which shall be along the doorway not more than 12 inches from the side of the doorway entrance and not more than six feet nor less than four feet in height from the bottom of the doorway entrance and within the time frame set forth in § 273-10B.
The Tax Assessor shall prepare and maintain a map or plat book of all streets and roads, showing the property numbers of all property fronting thereon. The map or plat book shall be on file in the office of the Tax Assessor at the Municipal Building and shall be open for inspection by all persons during office hours.
[Amended 12-29-1993 by Ord. No. 415]
It shall be the duty of the Tax Assessor, upon the application of the property owner, to assign a number to a dwelling or building in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. In the administration of this chapter, the Tax Assessor may confer with the United States postal authorities and other affected persons and agencies, but the determination of the Tax Assessor shall be final.
In the event that a property owner incorrectly posts or fails or refuses to post the address number or numbers assigned, then the Zoning Officer, Construction Code Officer or Housing Officer shall notify, in writing, the property owner of said failure to comply with this chapter, and said notice shall indicate the reason for said notice, setting forth the reason for said notice being sent and what the property owner is to do to comply with the provisions of this chapter. The notice shall also provide a reasonable period of time for the property owner to comply with the provisions of this chapter.
If a property owner does not comply with the provisions of this chapter after serving of the notice set forth in Subsection B hereinabove, then the Zoning Officer, Construction Code Official or the Housing Official shall file a complaint in the Municipal Court citing the property owner with failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter.
Whenever any dwelling or building shall hereafter be erected or located in the Township of Upper Deerfield, it shall be the duty of the owner thereof to apply to the Tax Assessor for a number for such dwelling or building and to properly affix such number to the house or building or otherwise exhibit such number on the property as required by this chapter.
No building permit shall be issued for any dwelling or other building until the owner thereof has applied to the Tax Assessor for an official number and such request has been acted upon as required herein. If a number is assigned pursuant to this chapter, no certificate of occupancy shall be issued until such assigned number has been permanently and properly affixed to a dwelling or building as required herein.
For the purpose of clarifying and systematizing present street names, the Planning Board of the Township of Upper Deerfield shall examine the names of all streets and roads within the Township, and when duplication or similarity is found, the Planning Board shall recommend appropriate name changes to the Township Committee.
No property owner, land subdivider or other person shall hereafter assign a new name to any street or road in the Township of Upper Deerfield or change the existing name of any such street or road without the written approval of the Planning Board of the Township of Upper Deerfield, provided that approval of a subdivision plat shall constitute such written approval of the street names designated thereon. A copy of such written approval shall be forthwith forwarded by the Planning Board to the Tax Assessor.
[Amended 12-29-1993 by Ord. No. 415]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the terms or provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine in an amount not to exceed $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense and $500 for the third or any subsequent offense.