[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Carroll County 8-12-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has determined that the adequate provision of public services to the residents of the unincorporated portion of Carroll County, and to other public bodies, including such services as police, fire and emergency medical services, requires the establishment of a uniform street naming and numbering system for buildings and property located in the unincorporated portion of the County. The Carroll County Board of Supervisors further feels that the chapter enacted herein will secure the public safety and deliver the aforementioned public services in an efficient and effective manner.
There is hereby established a uniform system for street naming and for numbering property and buildings on all roads, streets and public ways in the unincorporated areas of Carroll County. All buildings shall be numbered in accordance with the provisions set forth herein.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors, using the recommendations of the Twin County E-911 Regional Commission, shall assign names for all streets, roads and public ways in the unincorporated areas of Carroll County that are adopted and maintained by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors or Virginia Department of Transportation.
No new street name assigned by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors shall be a duplicate of or be similar to (either phonetically or by spelling) any existing street name in the unincorporated areas of Carroll County.
Existing duplicate street names shall be changed only as necessary to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the Enhanced 911 system in Carroll County, as determined by the judgement of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, under advisement from the Twin County E-911 Regional Commission.
After street names have been officially approved by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, no street name shall be changed for a period of two years, unless deemed absolutely necessary by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. After that time, citizens who wish to rename a street must present a petition with signatures of approval of at least 60% of the property owners along that street.
When the County becomes aware (through building permits or other information) that an unnamed street has two or more active residences or businesses on it, then the County shall advise the residences/businesses in writing that they may petition the County to name their street. The County shall then consider and act on such petitions if they are signed by 60% of the residences/businesses on the street and the name requested does not conflict with County policy. If the residences/businesses do not initiate a petition at this time, then the County shall approve a street name and advise the residents/businesses of their new address.
Persons wishing to change an existing street name or persons wishing to name a street with less than two residences/businesses on it must provide the following to the County:
A petition signed by at least 60% of the property owners on the street.
Payment for materials, sign installation, mapping and administrative expenses associated with the addition or change. The actual costs will be determined on the date of the request and will reflect the actual costs of the change or addition.
The County shall then consider and act on such petitions, provided the name requested does not conflict with County policy.
When a street has not been named because it has less than two residences/businesses on it, but it is anticipated that it will have more residences/businesses in the near future, then a petition may be presented to the County, signed by all abutting property owners on the street requesting that a particular name be reserved. If the requested street name does not conflict with County policy, then the name may be reserved by the County for a period of up to one year. Extension of the street name reservation beyond the initial time period shall require a new County action.
The uniform system of numbering properties and principal buildings set forth in the rural route numbering system submitted to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors by the Twin County E-911 Regional Commission and approved by the United States Postal Service is hereby adopted and made a part of this chapter.
Editor's Note: The uniform system of numbering properties and principal buildings is on file in the Twin County E-911 office.
All numbers for property shall be assigned in a manner mutually agreed upon by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, the Twin County E-911 Regional Commission and the United States Postal Service.
Each house, building or other occupied structure shall be assigned a separate number. A number or alphabetical letter shall be assigned for each separate occupant (i.e., apartment, company, etc.) within a building or other occupied structure.
Existing numbers shall be changed only as necessary to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the Enhanced 911 system in Carroll County, as determined in the judgement of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, under the advisement of the Twin County E-911 Regional Commission.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors, through the Twin County E-911 Regional Commission, shall submit to the addressing information center at the appropriate post office copies of all subdivision plats, which shall have the uniform numbering system detailed thereon. Upon receiving the approval of the postal authorities, a copy of these plats shall be sent to the Codes Department.
Written notification of the proper address of each house, building or structure shall be given to its owner, occupant or agent in all instances where a number has been assigned under the terms of this chapter.
Except as set forth in §§ 210-6 and 210-7 herein, the owner, occupant or agent of each house, building or other structure assigned a number under the uniform numbering system provided in this chapter shall place or cause to be placed such number on the house, building or other structure within 21 days after receiving notification of the proper number assignment.
Cost and installation of the numbers shall be paid for by the property owner or the occupant. Residential numbers shall be not less than three inches in height with a one-half-inch stroke. Business numbers shall be not less than four inches in height. All numbers shall be made of durable, clearly visible material and shall contrast with the color of the house, building or other structure.
All numbers shall be conspicuously placed immediately above, on or at the side of the appropriate door so that the number is clearly visible and readable from the street. In cases where the building is situated more than 50 feet from the street, the building number shall be placed near the walk, driveway or common entrance to the building or upon the mailbox, gatepost, fence or other appropriate place so as to be clearly visible from the street.
After each street has been officially named and addressed, no building permit shall be issued for any house, building or other structure to be erected, repaired, altered or modified along that street until the owner has obtained the assigned number from the E-911 Coordinator.
It shall be the duty of the owner to attach the assigned number to said house, building or other structure as provided for herein.
Once each street has been officially named and each resident notified of their new address and house number, final approval of any house, building or other structure erected, repaired, altered or modified shall be withheld by the Building Official's office until permanent and proper numbers have been attached to said structure.
Compliance. Failure to comply with the guidelines established in this chapter will result in a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors shall encourage owners of existing structures to post the assigned numbers to their structure in accordance herewith within six months from the date each resident is notified of their new address and house number. Community clubs and local fire districts shall be encouraged to assist in the implementation.