[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge 9-13-2004 by Ord. No. 31-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned house or building numbers for every building fronting on any street in the Township of Old Bridge in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any property in case of emergency, as well as for the welfare of the general public in conducting their normal affairs, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:67-1 et seq.
All residential, commercial, industrial or other structure erected or to be erected within the Township of Old Bridge shall display identification numbers on buildings or curbside mailboxes in accordance with specifications provided herein. It shall be the duty of every property owner to place the assigned street number upon each lot where a building is located.
Building or curbside mailbox numbers shall be:
In Arabic numerals.
A minimum height of three inches.
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 and other obstructions do no block the line of sight of the numbers from the street upon which the building fronts.
Building numbers shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the front wall or porch of the building so as to be clearly visible from the street. Curbside mailbox numbers shall be mounted in a secure fashion and shall appear on each side of the curbside mailbox so as to be clearly visible from the street.
Building or curbside mailbox number signs as required by this chapter shall be periodically maintained as needed to provide continued high visibility. The property owner shall be responsible for said maintenance.
Any owner, agency, person or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter or fail to comply therewith or with any of the requirements thereof shall be subject to a penalty to be determined by the appropriate Township official. The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Fire Official, Construction Code Official, Zoning Officer and any other enforcement agency or individual designated by the administration.
The effective date of the enforcement provisions set forth in this chapter shall be 12 months for existing structures and 15 days from the passage of this chapter for new structures.
No certificate of occupancy or habitability shall be issued for any dwelling, store or other building hereafter erected, enlarged or occupied unless the provisions of this chapter shall have been complied with; temporary house numbering must be posted immediately upon the issuance of a building permit.
Any property owner in violation of this chapter shall receive written notice thereof from the Township officials listed herein requiring compliance with this chapter within 14 days. Should the property thereafter fail to comply and remain in violation of this chapter, he shall be subject to a summons being issued for appearance in Municipal Court which may result in a penalty of up to $500 to be collected by the Court.