[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City 2-2-1981 by Ord. No. 8103. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 87, Buildings, Numbering of, adopted 3-2-1910 by Ord. No. 4-1910, amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904.
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 City of Ventnor City, New Jersey, in order to assist the general public in emergency services, public and private, and identifying any property in case of an emergency or otherwise.
All dwelling houses, stores or other principal buildings erected or to be erected within the City of Ventnor City shall display house numbers or building numbers assigned by the Construction Code Official as provided for herein and in conformity with the specifications provided for herein.
The owner, occupant or lessee of each and every house, store or other building which now fronts or which may hereafter front upon any public or private street within the City of Ventnor City, New Jersey, shall, at his or her own expense within three months after the adoption and publication of this chapter, cause the authorized and assigned number of such house or building 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 or other fixed appurtenance in the front 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 said house or building has such a setback location that the provisions of § 87-4 cannot be complied with, then the owner, occupant or lessee shall provide a post, rod or other type of fixture of a substantial nature, including a mailbox with the number affixed thereon and so located on the premises that the number shall be conspicuous and visible from the street upon which the building fronts.
House numbers shall be assigned by the Construction Code Official of the City of Ventnor City. Preexisting buildings which were correctly numbered prior to this chapter will retain the same numbers as presently exist. Buildings improperly numbered, existing prior to the adoption of this chapter, will be assigned a proper designation by the Construction Code Official. Every owner, occupant or lessee of a building constructed or to be constructed in the City of Ventnor City shall apply to the Construction Code Official for an authorized number in accordance with this chapter with preexisting buildings already numbered and having the right to use those numbers which in fact are affixed to said buildings.
Upon the failure of an owner, occupant or lessee to ascertain and affix upon any building to which this chapter applies the assigned and authorized number within three months after the final adoption and publication of this chapter, it shall be lawful for the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City to cause to be affixed to such building or appurtenance provided for herein the assigned and authorized number by an authorized agent of the City. Such agent shall execute and return to the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City the cost of so affixing said number, and the Collector of Taxes of the City of Ventnor City, upon certification, shall charge the same to the owner of the building and collect the cost in the same manner as all taxes are collected, and such cost shall be a lien upon said land.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.
[Amended 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903; 1-9-1997 by Ord. No. 9616]