Township of Franklin, PA
Chester County
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§ 4-101 Applicability.

[Ord. 97-01, 3/13/1997, § 1]
This Part shall apply to all principle buildings and uses within Franklin Township. A principle building is defined as any building or structure erected on a tract, lot or parcel of land in which any use is carried out, intending to include all dwellings, places of business or industry or any other use requiring a location identity.

§ 4-102 Assignment of Numbers.

[Ord. 97-01, 3/13/1997, § 2]
From and after the effective date of this Part, the Township of Franklin shall undertake the assignment of street numbers to each building, tract, lot or parcel of land. The Board of Supervisors or its designated representative shall construct and maintain a file in the Township office of such numerical designation. Each such property and its designation for all purposes shall be known by the number assigned and all persons shall take due notice thereof and comply with the provisions of this Part when applicable. The Board of Supervisors shall have the right and power to change a street address number or numbers assigned to any property owner whenever it may deem a change necessary and desirable and, thereafter, to require the owner or occupant thereof to comply with the provisions of this Part with respect to such change.

§ 4-103 Effective Date.

[Ord. 97-01, 3/13/1997, § 3]
This Part shall be effective upon the designation of the effective date by resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors. This Part shall not take effect until reasonable notice is provided to property owner or occupant to whom or for whom numbers are being assigned and after each has an opportunity to review and inspect the numbering system. In no event shall the effective date be more than four months from the date of the adoption of this Part.

§ 4-104 Application for Number.

[Ord. 97-01, 3/13/1997, § 4]
After the effective date of this Part, the owner or occupant of each tract, lot or parcel of land to which no street address has been previously assigned, upon purchase, acquisition or occupancy thereof or within seven days of discovery that no number has been assigned, shall make assignment of a street address number and the Township official shall thereupon assign a correct street address number to the property.

§ 4-105 Numbering of Subdivision Lots.

[Ord. 97-01, 3/13/1997, § 5]
Prior to approval of any final subdivision plan, the plan shall be reviewed by the official responsible for the assignment of numbers at which time a proper street address number in sequence to each lot shall be assigned to each building lot or to each designated business use or business use structure within the subdivision plan.

§ 4-106 Display of Numbers.

[Ord. 97-01, 3/13/1997, § 6; as amended by Ord. 2009-05, 8/19/2009]
Each number assigned to a building or for a business or industrial use shall be displayed and each number shall have a minimum height of four inches (102 mm) with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 (12.7 mm), shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the principal building's wall or other fixed appurtenance in front of the building in such a position in the general vicinity of the main entranceway or main path of travel which leads from a public or private street or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner on the face of a wall or post in the front area of the building adjacent to the highway upon which the structure fronts. The numbers shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing size and uniformity so that the numbers may be read during the daylight hours by persons possessing normal vision if viewed from the facing street. All numbers shall be placed so as to be free from obstruction from trees and shrubs in the line of sight from the street line.

§ 4-107 Compliance Required From and After the Effective Date.

[Ord. 97-01, 3/13/1997, § 7]
The owners and occupants of each tract, lot or parcel of land required to be identified by this Part shall continuously display the street address number in accordance with the specifications set forth herein and shall not be in violation of this Part as set forth below.

§ 4-108 Violations and Penalties.

[Ord. 97-01, 3/13/1997, § 8; as amended by Ord. 2009-05, 8/19/2009]
1. 
The absence of street numbers or the insecure fastening or absence of any part thereof, or the use of any street address number not assigned by the Township representative, or the failure of the street number to meet the requirements of visibility shall be a violation of this Part.
A. 
Warning Notice. Warning notices of violations shall be sent by certified mail to the property owner and occupant or may be served personally on the property owner or occupant or his agent or may be posted in a prominent place upon the property provided other methods of notification are ineffective.
B. 
Penalty. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.