Township of Cheltenham, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Cheltenham as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 110.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 151.
Housing standards — See Ch. 167.
Zoning — See Ch. 295.
[Adopted 4-18-1995 by Ord. No. 1830-95]

§ 114-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned house or building numbers on every building fronting on any street in the Township of Cheltenham in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any property in case of emergency or otherwise.

§ 114-2 Display of assigned number required.

The owner, occupant or lessee of each and every structure which now fronts or which may hereafter front upon any public or private street or highway within the Township of Cheltenham who has been assigned a street number prior to the effective date of this chapter shall, at his own expense, within 30 days after the effective date of this chapter, cause the authorized and assigned number of such structure to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein. Any owner who has not been assigned a number prior to the effective date of this chapter shall, within 30 days after notice of assignment of such number, comply with the requirements of this section.

§ 114-3 Applicability.

All dwellings, houses, stores or other principal buildings erected or to be erected within the Township of Cheltenham shall display house or building numbers assigned by the Township Building Inspector as provided for herein and in conformity with the specifications provided for herein.

§ 114-4 Street number specifications.

Street numbers shall be:
A. 
In Arabic numerals.
B. 
A minimum of four inches. All commercial and multiple-family occupancy buildings are required to display the numeric street address and English name of the establishment in Arabic numbers of not less than six inches tall with a stroke of not less than 3/4 inch, at both the front and rear of the building. In buildings with internal service corridors, all doors in the corridor shall be marked with the store name or description of the use of the area serviced by the door.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Ord. No. 2118-06]
C. 
Mounted in a secure fashion to the front wall or porch of the building so as to be clearly visible from the street or placed upon a freestanding mailbox, post or other type of man-made fixture of substantial nature, excluding curbs at the vehicular entrance of the premises.
D. 
Sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from the street.
E. 
At least 30 inches, but no more than 15 feet, above ground level and so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the street upon which the house or building fronts.

§ 114-5 Withholding of occupancy permit.

Any structure erected, repaired, altered or modified after the effective date of this chapter shall have the occupancy permit withheld until the assigned street number is affixed to said structure in accordance with this chapter.

§ 114-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 11-21-1995 by Ord. No. 1846-95]
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of not more than $600 or be subject to imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both.

§ 114-7 Enforcement.

[Amended 10-17-2006 by Ord. No. 2118-06]
The Township Fire Marshal, Police Department, Building Inspector and Public Works Director or those acting as his agents shall have the power and the duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
[Adopted 12-20-2005 by Ord. No. 2102-05[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was adopted as Chapter 15 and renumbered for codification.

§ 114-8 Purpose and intent.

A. 
Due to worldwide events resulting in school hostage and/or school shootings, it is imperative that Cheltenham's law enforcement agencies be ready for such possible incidents.
B. 
Law enforcement would be assisted in responding to terror events if the schools in the Township work in cooperation with the Cheltenham Township Police Department in providing identification information as to size of buildings and all entry or exit passages.

§ 114-9 Requirements.

A. 
All school buildings housing large groups of school children must be included in the plans and numbering system set forth herein.
B. 
All institutions of higher education, both public and private schools, shall have a numbering system in place, in cooperation with the Cheltenham Township Police Department by June 30, 2006. "Institutions of higher education" include all schools where individuals gather to be taught by a faculty, except for day-care facilities which are not required to be licensed by the State of Pennsylvania.
C. 
Upon notice from the Cheltenham Township Police Department, each educational institution should contact a designated individual at the Police Department to establish specific numbering plans and also a possible site survey.
D. 
All numbering plans must be approved by the Cheltenham Township Police Department.
E. 
After the numbering has been completed and approved by the Cheltenham Police Department, each school shall be required to submit the following items to the Emergency Management Coordinator:
(1) 
Blueprints of all buildings with door numbers indicated.
(2) 
Emergency operation plans.
F. 
Each school must install a Knox box for each building.

§ 114-10 Violations and penalties.

Failure to cooperate with the Cheltenham Police Department could result in the Township imposing a numbering system on the educational institution's director (person in charge) and, upon conviction, a fine of not more than $600 to be paid or be subject to imprisonment for up to 30 days or both.

§ 114-11 Enforcement.

The Township, Emergency Management Coordinator, Police Department or the Township Fire Marshal shall have the power and the duty to enforce the provisions of this article.