[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington 12-2-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter shall be to require the clear display of building numbers to public streets and to private roads and for all properties that contain principal buildings within the Township of Readington in order to assist the authorities and the general public in identifying any property in case of an emergency, as well as for the welfare of the general public in conducting their normal affairs, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:67-1 et seq.
The Readington Township Tax Assessor is hereby authorized to establish numbers for each structure and lot and to file in his or her office maps of the lots of land established within the township and designating thereon the numbering of such lots for proper identification.
The Assessor is authorized to assign numbers to buildings erected upon vacant lots for proper identification. As standards for such designation and assignment, the Assessor shall give due regard to the need for a logical and uniform sequence of better identification and convenience for location.
The owner of any property, whether it be residential, commercial, industrial or otherwise and upon which there is located a principal structure in which persons are or may be present at any time, shall install on said structure and also at the frontage of the property on the public or private road number(s) corresponding to the number(s) assigned by the Tax Assessor.
The following regulations shall apply to all numbers to be installed, in order to provide the greatest degree of identification of the property so as to assist any persons thereon:
The identification number(s) shall be no less than three inches in height and made of durable and clearly visible material.
The numbers shall be of reflective material or of sufficient visible contrast to the background material to be easily discernible at night with the aid of an emergency vehicle spotlight.
All numbers shall be mounted so that they face the access road on which the building fronts and shall be maintained by the owner of the property so as to be unobstructed by trees, shrubs, other vegetation or otherwise.
No original certificate of occupancy or continued certificate of occupancy shall be issued for any structure in the Township of Readington unless said property and structure is in compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer with the cooperation of the Police Department or such other persons or departments as may be designated by the Township Committee.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
Each and every day that such a violation continues shall be considered a separate and specific violation of this chapter.