[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Andover by Ord. No. 86-32 (§ 12-4 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The intention of this chapter is to apply retroactively and include existing lots and buildings as well as those created after the effective date of this chapter.
All buildings, including residences and lots of land established within the Township, shall be subject to being numbered for proper identification, especially for reasons of expedience in fire, police and medical emergencies.
The Township Assessor is hereby authorized to file in his office maps of the lots of land established within the Township and designate thereon a system of numbering such lots for proper identification. The Assessor is further authorized to assign numbers to buildings erected upon such lots for proper identification.
As standards for such designation and assignment, the Assessor shall give due regard to the need for a logical and uniform sequence of assignment along the streets and roads of the Township to obtain better identification and convenience for location. Generally, numbering of a street shall begin at its intersection with a more major street and shall be numbered from "one" on the left and "two" on the right.
The property owner shall apply to the Township Assessor to obtain the number assigned to the owner's building, and upon making such application, the Assessor shall issue to the applicant the number assigned to his building.
Upon receipt of the number assigned, the owner shall affix and display upon the main building the assigned number in numerical or written (English) fashion.
No number shall be placed upon any building for the purpose of this chapter, unless said number shall be that number which has been assigned under the authority of this chapter, and correspond with the numbers placed upon the maps or records on file with the Assessor.
In the absence of an application, the Township Assessor is empowered to notify the property owner of the number assigned to his building, and it shall be the obligation of the owner to affix and display the number in accordance herewith and maintain said numbers at all times.
This section shall apply to all properties including those properties that have been previously assigned a number by the United States Postal Service.
The size of the number required to be affixed and displayed shall not be less than three inches in height and shall be numerical or written (English) style. It shall be placed in a conspicuous location upon the street-facing portion of the main building at a location thereon to provide a clear and legible identification of the building.
Where possible the number shall be placed so as to be illuminated by existing outside lighting.
Where a building is so situated so as to prevent the unaided eye from reading the number affixed thereto from the street the number shall be displayed on an appropriate marker, post or on the mailbox adjacent to the driveway or walkway leading to said building.
A person who shall refuse, fail or neglect to comply with any provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty not to exceed $50 upon conviction in Municipal Court.