[Adopted 8-2-2005 by Ord. No. 05-14]
It is the intent of this article to establish a standard for the visual display of street address numbers and to require that said numbers be prominently displayed on occupied buildings.
As used in this article, certain terms are defined as follows:
- CLEARLY VISIBLE
- Displayed in a manner that allows the street address number to be clearly seen, day or night, from the street in front of the building, unobstructed by trees, shrubs, vegetation or other structures upon the property.
- OCCUPIED BUILDING
- Any building or structure for which an occupancy permit is required.
- STREET ADDRESS NUMBER
- The number that has been legally assigned to a residence, apartment building, business, or other occupied building for the purpose of identification, including use by the United States Postal Service for the delivery of mail.
Every occupied building shall have, and shall be maintained thereon, the legally assigned street address number, upon or near each entrance from a street of the Township or state, or from any other access way in the manner and location designated by this article.
A street address number shall be affixed to all occupied single-family residential buildings by the owner or occupant. Such number shall be prominently placed on or adjacent to the main entry door that feces the public or private street providing access to the building.
A street address number shall be affixed to all occupied multi-tenant commercial, office, or industrial buildings with front and rear entrances by the owner or occupant of all establishments contained therein. Such number shall be prominently displayed on or immediately adjacent to both front and rear doors.
For any business located within an occupied mall or shopping center building having a common street address and multiple entranceways, the owner or occupant shall affix, on or adjacent to each door, the name of the business accessed through each rear door or entry way in letters which are not less than four inches in height, with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch, and contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed. The street address number shall be displayed in Arabic numerals.
A street address number shall be installed prior to occupancy of any occupied building. A street address number shall be installed, altered, substituted, or removed within 30 days after receipt by the owner or occupant of an occupied building, or any person or agent in charge thereof, of a written notice from the Township containing instructions for compliance with these regulations.
The minimum dimensions of a street address number designated by the Township shall be as follows:
A street address number affixed to an occupied building shall be displayed at least 48 inches from the ground. The number shall be a minimum of four inches in height, with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch, and contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed. A street address number shall be displayed in Arabic numerals.
Any occupied building not visible from a public or private street shall place a street address number on a post or other means of support at least 36 inches above the ground at the main driveway entrance, so as to be easily visible from the street. Said number shall not be less than four inches in height, with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch, and contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed. A street address number shall be displayed in Arabic numerals.
Design (including shape and style), as well as location of a street address number, shall be such that it is legible and easily readable.
Every person or legal entity having ownership, possession, custody, control or charge of any occupied building shall maintain the clearly visible display of a street address number as required by these regulations.
Should at least one street address number be affixed to an occupied building in conformance with these regulations, then additional noncompliant street address numbers may also be affixed to the occupied building or placed upon the property of the occupied building. Owners or occupants are reminded that said additional street address numbers shall comply with the Lower Paxton Township Zoning Ordinance.
In the event that a street address number, affixed to an occupied building prior to the effective date of these regulations, is not in compliance as required herein, it may remain in place until such time as either modified by the owner or occupant or until such time as the owner or occupant receives written notice from the Township indicating that the street address number is in violation of these regulations.
The enforcement of these regulations as they pertain to existing occupied buildings shall be the responsibility of the Lower Paxton Township Police Department.
The enforcement of these regulations, as they pertain to occupied buildings for which a building permit has been issued after the effective date of these regulations, shall be the responsibility of the Lower Paxton Township Community Development Department. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued for an occupied building under said building permit until such time as a street address number is installed in accordance with these regulations.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation who or which violates any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $600, plus the costs of prosecution. Each day during which the violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.