[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Shaler 5-14-2002 by Ord. No. 1793. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 171.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 143, adopted 2-8-2000 by Ord. No. 1774.
This chapter shall be known as the "House Numbering Ordinance" of the Township.
The Board of Commissioners of the Township of Shaler hereby adopts the following provisions with respect to house and building numbering in the Township of Shaler.
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 of Shaler in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any building in case of emergency or otherwise. It is also the purpose of this chapter to eliminate duplicate, nonsequential and conflicting house and building numbers so that emergency vehicles are not dispatched to an erroneous address. Finally, it is the intent of this chapter to require that each telephone physically located in Shaler Township, irrespective of the billing address of the telephone, be assigned an identification and location number for emergency purposes.
All residential, commercial and industrial buildings erected or to be erected within the Township of Shaler shall display identification numbers as provided herein and in accordance with this chapter. Moreover, each telephone physically located in Shaler Township, and irrespective of the billing address of the telephone, shall be assigned an identification and location number for emergency purposes.
House and building numbers shall be determined and assigned by the Township of Shaler Building Inspector. If on the effective date of this chapter a structure exists in Shaler Township which requires a house or building number, and a number has not yet been assigned to such structure, the Township Building Inspector shall notify the owner of the structure when a house or building number is assigned to such structure. Moreover, the Building Inspector shall assign an identification and location number to each telephone physically located in Shaler Township. Identification and location numbers assigned by the Building Inspector to telephones may be identical to the house and building number assigned to the structure in which the telephone is located.
It shall also be the duty of the Township Building Inspector to ascertain if any duplicate, nonsequential or conflicting street identification numbers exist in the Township of Shaler. If the Township Building Inspector determines that a duplicate, nonsequential or conflicting street identification number exists, it shall be the duty of the Building Inspector to assign or reassign a different street identification number to such structure; to require that such new street identification number be used to identify such property; and to promptly notify the owner of the affected structure that a new house or building number has been assigned to such structure. In assigning or reassigning a new house or building number pursuant to this section, the Building Inspector shall make all new assignments and reassignments of street identification numbers as shall be necessary to promote public safety.
Any person aggrieved by the reassignment of a street identification number may appeal the determination of the Township Building Inspector to the Township Zoning Hearing Board within 30 days after notice of the decision by the Township Building Inspector and not thereafter.
The owner, occupant or lessee of every house and building in Shaler Township which now or hereafter fronts on any public or private street, and who has been assigned or reassigned a house number either prior or subsequent to the effective date of this chapter, shall, at his or her own expense and within 30 days after the effective date of this chapter or notice of such assignment or reassignment, cause the authorized and assigned or reassigned number of such structure to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein. Any owner who has not been assigned a number prior to the effective date of this chapter shall, within 30 days after notice of assignment of such number, comply with all requirements of this chapter.
House or building numbers shall be:
In Arabic numerals;
A minimum height of three inches for residential properties, a minimum height of six inches for commercial and industrial properties, and a minimum height of six inches for garden apartments and townhouse condominium complexes;
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 in contrasting background, arrangement, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from the street; and
Affixed at least 30 inches above the ground.
If numbers affixed to the front of a house or building would not be clearly visible from the street, the requirements of § 143-6 of this chapter may be satisfied if the owner, occupant or lessee permanently affixes the assigned Arabic numbers upon a post, rod, mailbox or other substantial fixture at or near the street, so that such numbers are conspicuous and visible from the street upon which the house or building fronts. When the assigned Arabic numbers are affixed upon a post, rod, mailbox or other type of fixture of a substantial nature, at or near the street, the owner, occupant or lessee of the house or building shall not be otherwise obligated to affix Arabic numbers to his or her house or building and shall be permitted at his or her option to utilize cursive numbers or no numbers at all upon the house or building.
The owner or owners of garden apartments, townhouse condominium complexes and other buildings shall provide each building with numbers as are provided for in this chapter. Each apartment unit in every apartment building shall display either an Arabic numeral or an alphabetical letter on its door, a minimum of three inches in height, particularly identifying the apartment unit.
After the effective date of this chapter, the Township Building Inspector shall not issue a certificate of occupancy for any residential, commercial and industrial structure which is erected, repaired, altered or modified and which fronts on any street in the Township until the structure is assigned a house, building or apartment number and such number is permanently and conspicuously affixed to such house, building or apartment in accordance with this chapter.
Any person, partnership or corporation who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding, be fined not less than $1,000 and, in default of the payment of the fine and costs, shall be committed to the Allegheny County Jail for a period not to exceed 30 days. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to preclude the Township to seek other relief or avail itself of any remedy that may be at law or in equity to prevent continuing violations of the terms of this chapter. Each day that the violation occurs shall be deemed to be a separate violation.
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the powers and authority of the First Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 56522 (relating to regulating the numbering of buildings) as well as 53 P.S. § 56510 (relating to public safety).