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ARTICLE III. BUILDING NUMBERS AND ACCESS LANE MAINTENANCE

Sec. 10-66. Intent
It is the intent of this article to safeguard the public health and welfare by regulating the size and placement of building identification, so that it will be readily visible from the exterior of the building, to require each unit of a multiple dwelling residence to be adequately identified, and to require the maintenance of access lanes for all buildings more than 100 feet off the public roadway. (Ord. No. 97-12-92, § 1, 12-22-1992).

Sec. 10-67. Number requirement
The owner, occupant or agent in charge of a building, dwelling or multiple-family dwelling shall be required to place and maintain the correct identifying number on the front, or, when rear identification is required, on the rear, of any building, dwelling or multiple dwelling residence. In the case of a multiple-family dwelling, the owner or agent in charge shall be required to adequately identify, by letter or number, each unit of a multiple dwelling residence. (Ord. No. 97-12-92, § 2, 12-22-1992).

Sec. 10-68. Placement of Numbers
(a) Approved numbers shall be placed on all new dwelling houses in such a position near the principal entrance, not less than five feet above the ground, so as to be readily visible and legible from the street fronting the property.

(b) Approved numbers shall be placed on all new multiple dwelling residences in such a position near the principal entrance, not less than five feet above the ground, so as to be readily visible and legible from the street fronting the property.

(c) Approved numbers or letters shall be placed on or near the principal entrance of each unit of a multiple dwelling residence so as to readily and adequately identify each unit.

(d) Approved identification shall be placed on all new commercial or industrial buildings in such a position near the principal entrance, not less than five feet nor more than 12 feet above the ground, so as to be readily visible and legible from the street fronting the property. Additionally, commercial or industrial buildings that have frontage on two parallel streets or a parallel street and alley, shall have approved identification on the rear of such building as described in the preceding sentence. Such approved identification shall consist of a sign, containing the occupant's business name or the full street name and number of such premises.

(e) In addition to the requirements set forth in subsections (a) through (d) of this section, all structures located more than 100 feet from the nearest roadway shall place approved numbers or letters at the access drive to such property. (Ord. No. 97-12-92, § 3, 12-22-1992).

Sec. 10-69. Visibility of Numbers: Requirements
Approved numbers or letters shall:

  1. Be colored so as to contrast readily and visibly with their background;
  2. Be constructed of reflective materials;
  3. Be a minimum of three inches in height;
  4. Not be overly ornate, script-link in nature or spelled out in words; and
  5. Not be mounted on a door covered by a screen or storm door.

(Ord. No. 97-12-92, § 4, 12-22-1992)

Sec. 10-70. Access Lanes for Certain Buildings
The owner, occupant or agent in charge of any building, dwelling or multiple dwelling residence constructed after the effective date of the ordinance from which this article is derived that is located 100 or more feet off the public roadway shall maintain an access lane not less than 14 feet in width for the use of police, fire and other emergency vehicles. Such access lane shall be kept clear of all obstructions and shall be maintained by the owner, occupant or agent in charge of the building, dwelling or multiple dwelling situated thereon. (Ord. No. 97-12-92, § 5, 12-22-1992).

Sec. 10-71.Enforcement of article; Notification of Noncompliance
The township police department and/or the township fire inspector shall enforce this article. All new structures shall be brought into compliance upon completion. Upon notification of noncompliance, the owner, occupant or agent in charge thereof shall, within seven days of notification, install approved numbers or letters on the premises. Failure to comply shall be a violation of this article. (Ord. No. 97-12-92, § 6, 12-22-1992).

Sec. 10-72. Penalties
A person who violates any provision of this article is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to payment of a civil fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $500.00, plus costs and other sanctions for each infraction. Each day on which any violation of this section continues constitutes a separate offense and shall be subject to penalties or sanctions as a separate offense. Repeat offenses shall be subject to increased fines as provided by section 2-30. (Ord. No. 97-12-92, § 7, 12-22-1992; Ord. No. 97A-04-00, § 1, 4-11-2000) Secs. 10-73--10-100. Reserved.