[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Eagleswood 4-12-1988 by Ord. No. 8-88 (Ch. 70 of the 1977 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned house or building numbers on every building fronting on any street in the Township of Eagleswood in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any property in case of emergency or otherwise.
All residential, commercial, industrial or other structures erected or to be erected within the Township of Eagleswood shall display identification numbers as provided herein and in accordance with specifications provided herein.
House numbers shall be determined and assigned by the Township of Eagleswood. The owner of any structure requiring a house number, for which structure such a number has not been assigned as of the effective date of this chapter, will be notified by the Township when such number is assigned to said structure.
The system of numbering all buildings and lots in the Township of Eagleswood, shown on a map entitled "Eagleswood Township House Numbering Map," as superimposed on the Assessment Map of the Township of Eagleswood, Ocean County, New Jersey, providing a number for all buildings and lots in the Township of Eagleswood, and hereby made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth at length herein, is hereby adopted, and the number shown thereon for each building or lot is hereby assigned to that building or lot. Copies of said map shall be filed in the offices of the Tax Assessor and Zoning Officer.
Upon any subdivision or resubdivision of land in the Township of Eagleswood resulting in a lot or lots other than those delineated on said map, the Zoning Officer shall assign a number to each lot resulting from said subdivision or resubdivision, which shall be in proper numerical sequence in relation to the number assigned to other lots fronting on the same street, and he shall record same on the House Numbering Map.
No subdivision or resubdivision of land requiring approval by the Land Use Board shall be recorded on the Tax Assessment Map unless a house number has been assigned by the Zoning Officer to each lot so divided.
Whenever any house, building or structure shall be erected or located in the Township of Eagleswood after the establishment of the numbering system, in order to preserve the continuity and uniformity of numbers of the houses, buildings and structures it shall be the duty of the owner to procure from the office of the Zoning Officer the correct number or numbers as designated for said property and to immediately affix the number or numbers so assigned to the house, building or structure. No building permit shall be issued for any house, building or structure until the owner has procured from the Zoning Officer the official number of said proposed or existing house, building or structure. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued for any house, building or structure hereafter erected, enlarged or occupied until a permanent and proper number has been affixed.
The owner, occupant or lessee of each and every structure which now fronts or which may hereafter front upon any public or private street within the Township of Eagleswood who has been assigned a house number shall, at his own expense, cause the authorized and assigned number of such structure to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein.
House or building numbers shall be:
In Arabic numerals.
A minimum height of three inches for residential properties and a minimum of six inches for commercial and industrial properties.
Mounted in a secure fashion to the front wall or porch of the building so as to be clearly visible from the street.
Sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from the street.
At least 30 inches above ground level and so placed that trees, shrubs or other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the street upon which the building fronts.
If numbers affixed to the front of the building would not be visible from the street, regulations may be satisfied if the owner, occupant or lessee shall provide the Arabic numerals, as required by this chapter, upon a post, rod or other type of fixture of substantial nature or a mailbox at or near the frontage with the same number affixed thereon and so located upon the same so that the number may be conspicuous and visible from the street upon which the building fronts. When the provisions of this section have been complied with, the owner, occupant or lessee of the house or building shall not be otherwise obligated to affix Arabic numerals to said house or building and shall be permitted, at his option, to utilize cursive numbers or no numbers at all upon the house or building.
Garden apartment and townhouse condominium complexes shall provide such building and apartment numbers as are provided for in the chapter.
Any person who shall violate any of the terms or provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalty as stated in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty, of the Code of the Township of Eagleswood.