Town of Bel Air, MD
Harford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Town Commissioners of the Town of Bel Air 3-11-1980 by Ord. No. 310 as § 11-301 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 115-1 Purpose.

This chapter sets forth provisions for regulation of address numbers on improved property within the corporate limits of the Town of Bel Air. Provisions set forth within this chapter establish standards governing the size, location and types of acceptable numerals.

§ 115-2 Definitions.

In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
OWNER
The individual, partnership, firm, association, corporation or other entity whose name appears on the tax records of the Town for any property subject to the provisions of this chapter.
SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEE
Any employee of the Town Department of Planning and Community Development and the Town Department of Public Works.
TOWN REPRESENTATIVE
Any sworn member of the Bel Air Police Department.

§ 115-3 Display of address numbers required.

A. 
The owner of improved real property within the corporate limits of the Town shall display Arabic numerals indicating the numerical address assigned to the property.
B. 
The owner is responsible for the attachment of such numerals to the outside of the main portion of the improved property so that they are plainly visible from the public roadway on which the property fronts.
C. 
The owner shall use numerals at least three inches high and of a color which contrasts with the surface on which they are mounted; the numerals may include a letter only if the letter is part of the address assigned to the property. The owner may use a numeral 1.5 inches high if displayed within 10 feet of the public roadway.
D. 
The owner of an improved property shall display a second set of numerals on the rear of the principal improvement if the improvement is used for commercial purposes.
E. 
If the numerals are not clearly visible from the roadway named in the address of the property or if the property is located more than 150 feet from the roadway, the owner shall post a second set of numerals clearly visible from the roadway. Numerals shall be mounted on a contrasting surface at least three feet above the ground and located at the driveway or entrance lane within 10 feet of the public roadway.
F. 
Numerals displayed on a mailbox may qualify only if the mailbox is located on the same side of the public roadway as the improved property and the numerals are clearly visible when approaching from either direction along the roadway. In the case of multiple improved properties served by a single lane or driveway, the numerals assigned to each property shall be displayed at the entrance to the lane or driveway within 10 feet of the public roadway.

§ 115-4 Warning of violation.

A Town representative who observes a violation of this chapter may issue a written warning to the owner of the property involved. The warning shall be issued by certified mail originating from the Police Department. The warning shall notify the owner:
A. 
Of the requirements of this chapter.
B. 
Of the nature of the violation and what must be done to comply with the regulations of this chapter.
C. 
That failure to comply with the warning within 30 days will result in the issuance of a municipal infraction citation.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).

§ 115-5 Enforcement. [1]

A. 
When an owner fails to comply with a warning issued under § 115-4 of this chapter, a municipal infraction citation will be issued by a member of the Police Department.
B. 
Whenever, in the judgment of the Chief of Police or his designated representative, violation of the provisions of this chapter seriously threatens or endangers the health, safety or welfare of Bel Air citizens, the Chief or his designated representative is authorized to issue a municipal infraction citation immediately.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).

§ 115-6 Exemptions.

Exemptions to the foregoing provisions of this chapter may be granted by the Board of Town Commissioners. Request should be made in writing by the owner, accompanied by such information and data as may be required by the Commissioners in each case.

§ 115-7 Violations and penalties. [1]

A violation of this chapter shall be declared to be a municipal infraction and the violator shall be subject to a fine as provided in Chapter 1, Article II of this Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).