[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Washington 10-26-1995 by Ord. No. 26-1995 as Sec. 12-15 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning set forth.
- BUILDING or STRUCTURE
- Any dwelling, house, store, factory or other permanent structure.
- Numerals and not numbers written in script or cursive.
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 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 shall display identification numbers as provided herein and in accordance with specifications provided herein.
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 shall, at his/her 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.
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 and 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 as required in § 32-5, requirements of this section are satisfied if the owner, occupant or lessee shall provide the Arabic numbers, as required by subsection § 32-5, upon a post, rod or other type of fixture of substantial nature, or a mailbox, at or near the road frontage 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 numbers to such house or building and shall be permitted, at his/her option, to utilize cursive numbers or no numbers at all upon the house or building.
House numbers shall be determined by the Township Tax Assessor. Every owner, occupant or lessee of a building constructed or to be constructed in the Township shall apply to the Township Tax Assessor for a number, if no number has been previously assigned.
Garden apartments and townhouse complexes shall provide identification as specified in N.J.A.C. 5:10-15.1, et seq.
Any structure erected, repaired, altered or modified after May 25, 1986, shall have the certificate of occupancy withheld until permanent and proper numbers have been affixed.