Township of Franklin, NJ
Somerset County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Franklin 8-8-1985 by Ord. No. 1242 (Ch. 92 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 121-1 Definitions.

[Amended 6-13-1995 by Ord. No. 1896]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUXILIARY BUILDING NUMBER
A number designation for a cluster of units sharing common walls within a subdivision, i.e., an apartment complex, townhouse complex, mall, commercial or industrial building, corporate complex, etc., subdivided so as to accommodate several tenants.
BUILDING
A house, residence, dwelling, store, recreational facility, or other structure used for residential, commercial or public purpose which has frontage on, or access to, a street in the Township.
BUILDING NUMBER
A number designation existent or assigned to a dwelling unit, commercial building or industrial building in the Township.
STREET
Any paved or unpaved road, highway, avenue, lane, pedestrian mall, alleyway, or cartway for the passage of motor vehicles and pedestrians and located within the borders of the Township.

§ 121-2 Assignment of numbers.

[Amended 6-13-1995 by Ord. No. 1896]
A. 
The Chief of Police and/or his/her designee is empowered to assign building numbers and auxiliary building numbers for all properties henceforth constructed in the Township following the effective date of this chapter.
B. 
The Chief of Police and/or his/her designee is empowered to assign building numbers and auxiliary building numbers for those existing properties without said numbers and to renumber properties within the Township where deemed to be in the best interest of public safety.
C. 
The Chief of Police and/or his/her designee shall review the names and numbers assigned to municipal and private streets within the municipality and the numbering of properties and buildings within the municipality to determine if the assignment of names and numbers conforms with the guidelines established in § 121-3.
D. 
Upon completion of the review, the Chief of Police and/or his/her designee shall determine what changes, if any, are necessary in the naming or numbering of the municipal or private streets, or in the numbering of properties or buildings in order to effectuate the provisions of this chapter.
E. 
Any changes which are made pursuant to the provisions of Subsections C and D of this section shall be reflected on the appropriate Municipal Tax and House Numbering Maps and the 9-1-1 Maps for inclusion in the 9-1-1 database.

§ 121-3 Display of numbers.

[Amended 6-13-1995 by Ord. No. 1896]
A. 
The owner of any building or occupied lot for which an official property number is designated and assigned shall be required at his/her own expense to place the official number at a point near where the driveway enters the street, or in such a manner that the number is easily visible from the street, or both.
B. 
All building and property numbers shall be a minimum three inches high, and reflective numbers are highly encouraged.
C. 
In those cases where more than one building exists on a lot or private road, land, or way, an address sign shall be placed near the point of access to the street showing the official number designation of each building located upon the lot or private roadway. Each building shall also have the number designation clearly posted in front of or on the structure.
D. 
The cost of erecting and maintaining an address sign shall be borne by the owners of the buildings who are also responsible for notifying any tenants of their official 9-1-1 locatable address.
E. 
The Township shall reserve the right to require posting of signs at curbside and on the building, where deemed necessary in the best interest of public safety.
F. 
In the event the property owners fails and/or refuses to number his/her property, the Township shall provide written notice of such failure to comply to the owner of the property. The owner shall remedy the violation within 10 days of such notice.

§ 121-4 Implementation.

[Added 6-13-1995 by Ord. No. 1896]
A. 
One correct name shall be used for each street in Franklin Township and where two separate and noncontiguous streets within the Township have the exact same name, a distinctive prefix or suffix shall be assigned to distinguish the streets, or a new name shall be assigned to one street.
B. 
If two existing streets have names that have resulted in confusion due to any similarity, and a name change is not practical, the property numbering on the streets shall be made to contrast significantly as an added safety measure. Numbering by the mile post system may be used as an alternative, if applicable.
C. 
Each property with frontage on or access to any street shall be assigned an official property number, except where one or more buildings or lots are located on an unnamed private road, lane or way having access to a street. In that situation only one official number shall be assigned, and it shall be based upon the number which best describes the location of the access point on the street. If more than one occupied building exists, each building shall be known as the number assigned, followed by a letter, beginning with "A" and continuing alphabetically.
D. 
Official property numbers shall proceed from a logical point of origin and shall be in proper numerical sequence in relation to the numbers assigned to other lots with frontage on or access to the same street.
E. 
Odd numbers shall be assigned to properties on one side of a street and even numbers assigned to properties on the other side of the street with sufficient flexibility so that the numbering system may accommodate maximum density as allowed by zoning regulations now in effect. If existing lot frontage is less than the minimum zoned frontage, the numbering shall compress to accommodate the existing lot frontage.
F. 
Upon any subdivision of land in Franklin Township resulting in lots other than those delineated in the Official Municipal Tax Map, the Police Department shall assign a property number to each lot resulting from the subdivision. Any new street shall have a unique name which shall be registered with the Township 9-1-1 Coordinator for entry into the database and shall have a street sign erected by the property owner prior to the issuance of a construction permit.
G. 
Any individual, corporation or organization granted a construction permit for a new street and/or development after the enactment of this chapter shall be responsible for installing and maintaining, until such street is accepted by the Township, a reflective street name sign at all intersecting streets that the new street shall intersect. The street name sign shall also display the numbering sequence of each intersection block in each direction. All street name signs shall be manufactured in accordance with the specifications of the Director of Public Works and shall be consistent with existing street name sign designs used throughout the Township.
H. 
If a large lot has more than one available property number and it contains a building, then the property number that describes the location of the driveway, or access point shall be assigned.
I. 
A rural mail box shall have three-inch high numbers on both sides of the mailbox. If the mailbox is remotely located on another street or clustered with several other mailboxes, then a street name and number sign consistent with the provisions of § 121-4G shall be mounted on the mailbox or cluster, and a three-inch high property number shall be posted at the driveway entrance(s).
J. 
In the event existing building number sequences may conflict with the provisions of this section, the Chief of Police and/or his/her designee may, in his/her discretion, permit such existing sequence to remain where such existing sequences do not substantially interfere with the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system.

§ 121-5 Uniform display required in building complexes.

Building number and auxiliary building number signs required in multiple dwelling projects, corporate parks and similar complex developments shall be installed in uniform locations to the extent possible.

§ 121-6 Numbering of new buildings; inspections.

[Amended 6-13-1995 by Ord. No. 1896]
At the issuance of the certificate of occupancy for new buildings within the Township, the Construction Official and/or his/her designee shall conduct inspections to determine compliance with these provisions. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued where the property owner has failed to comply with this chapter.

§ 121-7 Maintenance of signs by property owner.

Building numbers and auxiliary building number signs, as required by this chapter, shall be periodically maintained, as needed, to provide continued high visibility The property owner shall be responsible for said maintenance.

§ 121-8 Notification of postal authorities.

[Amended 6-13-1995 by Ord. No. 1896]
The Chief of Police and/or his/her designee assigning building numbers shall be responsible for providing a copy of written notification establishing building numbers or auxiliary building numbers to the United States Postmaster responsible for the area in which the property is located.

§ 121-9 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-11-1989 by Ord. No. 1478; amended 6-13-1995 by Ord. No. 1896]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty, at the discretion of the court. Every day that a violation continues after due notice has been served, in accordance with the terms and provisions hereof, shall be deemed a separate offense.

§ 121-10 Enforcement.

[Added 1-6-2009 by Ord. No. 3807]
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by any of the following Township personnel, agents or employees:
A. 
The Township Zoning Officer or his designee;
B. 
The Township Zoning Inspector or his designee;
C. 
The Township Fire Official and Fire Inspectors;
D. 
The Township Construction Official and Uniform Construction Code Inspectors;
E. 
Any Township Police Officer; and
F. 
The Township Manager or his designee.