Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 1-25-1988 by Ord. No. 1-88-0146 (Ch. 6, Art. III, of the 1991 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building regulations — See Ch. 106.
Mobile homes and mobile home parks — See Ch. 158.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 213.

§ 109-1 Title.

This article shall be known as the "Uniform Addressing System."

§ 109-2 Statutory authority.

Acting under the authority granted under R.I.G.L. § 45-6-1, the Town Council hereby ordains this article establishing a uniform numbering system for the numbering of residential, commercial and industrial buildings and lots in the Town.

§ 109-3 Purpose.

The standards set forth in this article are made for the purpose of promoting the public health and safety by providing a means of locating residential and other structures by police, fire and other emergency services or for other purposes as may be required.

§ 109-4 Violations and penalties.

Any person violating the provisions of this article shall be punished by a fine of not more than $25 for each violation.

§ 109-5 Administration; records.

This uniform addressing system shall be administered by the engineering and planning departments. These departments shall assign building numbers to all residential, commercial and industrial structures and lots in conformity with the plan developed pursuant to this article. The engineering and planning departments shall also be responsible for the maintaining of the following official records of this numbering system:
A. 
A Town map for official use, showing the numbering system.
B. 
A Town-wide alphabetical list of property owners by last name, showing the assigned numbers.
C. 
A Town-wide alphabetical list of street names that are selected by the Town Council, with property owners listed in order of their assigned numbers.

§ 109-6 Numbering system.

The following criteria shall govern the development of the address numbering system and the assignment of numbers:
A. 
Eastern section. In the eastern section of Town, consecutive numbering has been established. It will continue to remain in force. The numbering system or street address assignment will be changed only in instances where the numbering system in use is out of sequence or where a problem arises from a duplicate street name.
B. 
Western section. In unnumbered areas in the western section of Town, streets will have an odd or even number assigned to either side of the street at an interval of one number every 10 feet, except in the case of Hope Furnace Road, where the number interval will be spaced one odd and even number every 50 feet.
C. 
Odd and even numbers. Odd numbers shall be on the south or west side of the street, that is, on the left side of all streets facing from the point of number origin to the point of number destination of each street.
D. 
Number origins.
(1) 
Through streets. On through streets which terminate on another street at both ends, numbers shall start at a designated common point of origin or a designated major road.
(2) 
Dead-end streets. On dead-end streets or culs-de-sac, numbers will start at the intersection or origin of the street and run toward the dead end or turnaround.
(3) 
Exceptions to Subsection D(1) or (2) of this section shall be decided on a case-by-case basis.
E. 
Common access. Where several residential or other structures are served by a common driveway or private right-of-way which is not a street recognized by the Town Council, the number at the entrance shall apply to all structures served by the drive or way, and each separate structure shall be identified by a suffix letter (for example, 115A), in counterclockwise rotation, starting with the structure on the immediate right of the driveway or accessway.
F. 
Number assignment. The number assigned to each residence or structure shall be the number which falls closest to the main entry or driveway providing access to the property, as shown on the official map of street numbers.

§ 109-7 Occupants requested to post street name and address number near telephone.

All residents and other occupants are requested to post the assigned address number and street name adjacent to their telephone for emergency reference.

§ 109-8 Owner to procure number for new structure.

Whenever any residence or other structure is constructed or developed, it shall be the duty of the new owner to procure an assigned address number from the Town Building Official. This shall be done at the time of the issuance of the building permit.

§ 109-9 New street names.

The choice of new street names shall be subject to the following restrictions:
A. 
Generally. Names shall be chosen that relate to the location and historical significance of an area.
B. 
Unacceptable names. Numerical names such as "1st," "2nd," "3rd" and the like, alphabetical letter names such as "A," "B," "C" and the like, and frivolous, complicated, undesirable or unconventional names are unacceptable.
C. 
Affixes. Unnecessary affixes are to be avoided. Terms that may be utilized are as follows: "East," "West," "North" or "South," indicating direction, and "Old" or "New" to indicate changes in differing or separate roads.
D. 
Name duplication. Similar sounding names are considered to be duplication regardless of spelling. No duplication of names is permitted within the services of a United States post office or a local public agency such as a police or fire department.
E. 
Continuity. A continuous street, or one proposed as continuous, should bear the same name throughout even if it changes direction.

§ 109-10 New subdivisions.

A. 
Any prospective subdivider shall show a proposed lot numbering system on the preapplication submission to the Planning Commission. After approval of a preliminary plat map, the subdivider shall submit a street naming and numbering proposal to the Planning Commission. The proposal shall consist of:
(1) 
A map of the overall plat illustrating the street layout, the name proposed for each street and the proposed numbering for each lot; and
(2) 
An alphabetical list of the proposed street names, together with an alternate name for each street name proposed.
B. 
The Planning Commission shall review the proposed street naming and numbering program for duplication of names, appropriateness of names, and for overall compliance with the street naming and numbering policy. The Planning Commission may modify or amend the proposed list as it deems necessary in order to bring it into compliance with the street naming and numbering policy.
C. 
The approved street names and numbering shall be included in the final plat which is submitted to the Town Council for approval.

§ 109-11 Display required.

All buildings in the Town shall display street numbers in accordance with the provisions of this article.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 6-117, requiring placement by July 25, 1988, which immediately followed this section, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 109-12 Display of improper number prohibited.

No owner, occupant, lessee, tenant or subtenant of any building shall display any address number other than the assigned proper number designated by the Town Council.

§ 109-13 Manner of display.

All residents and other occupants shall display assigned numbers in the following manner:
A. 
Number on structure. Where the residence or structure is within 50 feet of the edge of a street right-of-way, the assigned number shall be displayed on the front of the residence or structure in the vicinity of the front door or entryway.
B. 
Number at street line. Where the residence or structure is over 50 feet from the edge of the street right-of-way, the assigned number shall be displayed on a post, fence, wall or mailbox at the property line adjacent to the walk or access drive to the residence or structure.
C. 
Size and color of number. Numbers shall be displayed in contrasting color and size, shall be visible in all weather conditions and at night, and shall be of materials approved for use by the Town Council. Numbers shall be so located as to be easily visible from the street.
D. 
Obstruction of numbers. Visibility of numbers shall not be impaired by any plantings or other objects or structures.