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Town of Cumberland, RI
Providence County
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[Ord. No. 92-14, 6-17-1992]
The standards which are here set forth in this article are made for the purpose of promoting public health and safety by providing a standard means of locating all residential, commercial and industrial property and other structures by police, fire, rescue and other emergency services and for such other purposes requiring the location of such structures as may be required.
[Ord. No. 92-14, 6-17-1992; Ord. No. 01-11, § 1, 6-6-2001]
This building and lot numbering system shall, under the auspices of the Town Council, be administered by the rescue director/911 coordinator or his/her designee who shall assign building numbers to all residential, commercial and industrial structures and lots in conformity with the plan developed pursuant to this article. The rescue director/911 coordinator or his/her designee and the Town Council shall also be responsible for the maintaining of the following official records of this numbering system, which is to include:
(1) 
A Town map for official use showing the numbering system.
(2) 
A Town-wide alphabetical list of property owners by last name, showing assigned numbers.
(3) 
A Town-wide alphabetical list of streets with the property owners listed in order of their assigned numbers.
(4) 
A Town-wide alphabetical list of property owners listed by plat and lot number with address.
(5) 
Duplicate street names shall not be accepted or allowed.
(6) 
All new names of streets shall be approved by the rescue director/911 coordinator or his/her designee.
(7) 
Wherever possible changes of duplicate street names shall be made where the least number of residents are involved.
(8) 
Should the streets of the same name have an equal number of residents, the newest street will be changed.
[Ord. No. 92-14, 6-17-1992]
The following criteria shall govern the development of the numbering system and the assignment of numbers:
(1) 
Number interval. Each 50 feet of every street shall be assigned a number on each side of the street.
(2) 
Odd and even numbers. Odd numbers shall be placed on the right side of the street and even numbers placed on the left side of the street from the point of origin to the point of destination of each street.
(3) 
Number origins. On through streets which will terminate at another street at both ends, numbering shall start at the southerly end of streets that run in a generally south-north direction. Streets that run east-west shall be numbered from the point of origin at a major road in an easterly or westerly direction. Streets that run in other directions shall be numbered from the southerly point or most westerly or easterly point.
(4) 
Dead end and cul-de-sac. On dead end streets and cul-de-sac streets, numbers will begin at the point of origin of the street and run towards the dead end or turnaround area.
(5) 
Exceptions. There shall be no exceptions to the numbering system.
(6) 
Common access. Where several residences or other structures are served by a common driveway or a private right of way which is not a street that is recognized or accepted by the Town, numbers shall be assigned to the structures in the same manner as above and shall be placed at the entrance of said driveway. Where possible, numbers shall be assigned in the same interval as that of the street. The number assigned shall be that which is closest in keeping with the numbering sequence.
(7) 
Multiple occupancy. In commercial single buildings with multiple occupancy, each unit shall be designated as Suite Number 1, 2, etc.
(8) 
Single-family dwellings with common access. If a lot is subdivided with a common access, the single-family dwellings shall have the same number followed by A, B, C, etc. This shall pertain to single-family dwellings only.
[Ord. No. 92-14, 6-17-1992; Ord. No. 01-11, § 1, 6-6-2001]
(a) 
Display requirements. All occupants and residents are requested to display assigned numbers in the following manner:
(1) 
Number on the structure or residence. Where the residence or structure is within 40 feet of the edge of the street or right-of-way, the assigned number shall be displayed on the front of the structure on the right side of the front entry door at a height of 48 to 72 inches above the threshold. The second choice of location will be to the left of the entry door at the 48 to 72 inches, and a third and final choice will be above the entry door. At no time will the numerals be allowed below the entry door on the riser or kickboard. The structure or residence shall have unobstructed view from the street.
(2) 
Number at the street line. Where the residence or structure is over 40 feet from the roadway or has an obstructed view from the roadway, the assigned number shall be displayed on a post, fence or wall at the front property line adjacent to the sidewalk, driveway or private access road to the residence or structure in addition to placement on the structure as described in Subsection (1).
(3) 
Size and color of number. Numbers will be a minimum of four inches in height and be easily visible from the street. All numbers shall be placed upon a contrasting background to offer optimum visibility.
(4) 
Interior location. All residents and other persons or occupants are requested to post assigned numbers and street name adjacent to the telephone for need of emergency reference.
(b) 
Property transfer. Prior to the transfer of any residential, agricultural, commercial or industrial real property in the Town which contains a building, dwelling or structure of any type, an inspection by the rescue director/911 coordinator or his/her designee shall be required.
[Ord. No. 92-14, 6-17-1992; Ord. No. 01-11, § 1, 6-6-2001]
Whenever any residence or other structure is constructed or developed, it shall be the responsibility of the new owner to procure an assigned number or numbers from the rescue director/911 coordinator or his/her designee. This shall be done at the time of the issuance of the building permit for the structure or residence. An inspection by the 911 coordinator is required prior to the issuance of the C.O. and the fee shall be $25.
[Ord. No. 92-14, 6-17-1992]
Any prospective subdivider shall show a proposed lot numbering system that will include the street address numbers in accordance with this article on the preapplication submission to the Planning Board. Approval of any board shall constitute the assignment of numbers of the lots of the subdivision at the final stage of the site plan review meeting.
[Ord. No. 95-7, § 1, 4-19-1995]
(a) 
Any owner of record of a residence or other structure who fails to comply with the provisions of § 34-144 shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $25 for each offense. Any owner of such property aforementioned shall be served personally with notice of such violation by a member of the police department and shall have two weeks from receipt of the notice to comply with the provisions of § 34-144.
(b) 
Any owner who fails to cure any defect shall be subject to a fine of $25 for the initial violation and $25 per day for each day of noncompliance. For the purposes of this article, each day shall constitute a separate offense.
(c) 
Should the owner of record of any residence or other structure reside outside the Town, notice of any violation may be served by registered mail, return receipt requested or in person by any person otherwise qualified to serve legal process pursuant to the General Law of Rhode Island, 1956, as amended.