[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Scranton 2-12-2001 by Ord. No. 13-2001. (This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 193, Buildings, Numbering of, adopted 9-26-1979 as Ch. 7, Art. VII, of the 1979 Code.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
The owners or occupants of houses, dwellings and buildings in the City of Scranton and all persons who erect houses, residences, and other buildings within the City of Scranton after this chapter becomes effective, are hereby required to attach an assigned street number displayed in position easily observed and readable from the public right-of-way or street. All numbers shall be in arabic numerals (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.) at least three inches (76 millimeters) high and 1/2 inches (13 millimeters) stroke. Those owners or occupants who already have an assigned street numbers are to continue to use the same unless the City shall direct otherwise. Script numbering and other forms of numbering shall not be used due to the difficulty of reading.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A residential building or unit occupied by persons other that its owner, such as tenants.
- A residential building or unit occupied by its owner.
- OTHER BUILDINGS
- Includes commercial, industrial, nonprofit, or religious structures within the City of Scranton.
The example of the BOCA Property Maintenance Code, Section 304.3, entitled "street numbers," is hereby adopted, as an example for compliance, and incorporated herein by references as though set forth herein at length.
The City Engineer or his designee will designate free of charge upon written application made to him the appropriate street numbers. The City Engineer is hereby authorized to prescribe the form of such application.
The City of Scranton shall have one year from the date of approval by the Mayor of this chapter to be in compliance with this chapter.
All churches, synagogues and mosques shall have six months to be in compliance from the date of such approval.
All buildings which shall be constructed in the City on or after the date of such approval of this chapter shall be marked with their assigned street number within 30 days from the date of completion thereof and within 10 days of occupancy if a house or other dwelling.
Any person violating this chapter shall, upon conviction (except as provided in § 193-6B), be fined not less than $100 and not more than $300 for each such offense, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of the said payment, be imprisoned until the said fine shall be paid, not exceeding 30 days. Each day that a structure, dwelling or house is not numbered with a visible street number as assigned shall constitute a separate offense.
If the evidence shows that a person(s) died from fire, disease or other reason due at least in part to an inability to locate an address because the house or other structure had not displayed its assigned street number, the fine shall be $300 for each such offense, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of the payment of said fine, to be imprisoned until said fine and costs be paid, not exceeding 90 days. Each death shall constitute a separate offense under this subsection.
This chapter shall not be constructed to limit or prevent the prosecution of any violation of any BOCA code section relating to street numbering. The City expressly reserves the right to prosecute under this chapter or under any applicable BOCA code provision as the City Solicitor or Assistant City Solicitor shall deem appropriate.
The following officials and City employees are hereby authorized to enforce this chapter: all police officers, the Superintendent of Fire and his Deputy, the Fire Prevention Officer and Fire Inspectors of the Scranton Fire Department, the Master Code Official, or his Assistant, Building Inspector and Assistant Building Inspectors of the Department of Community Development, all Health Inspectors of the City of Scranton, the Zoning Officer, or Assistant Zoning Officer of the City of Scranton. It shall be the duty of every ambulance company to report a violation of this chapter to one of the above officials, who shall investigate and initiate prosecution, if warranted.
It is the intent of the governing body of the City of Scranton (Mayor and Council) that warnings be issued for a period of 30 days after the approval of this chapter or after any time stated for compliance, provided that if there is a violation of § 193-6B, no warnings shall be issued, and violations thereof shall be prosecuted.