[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of North Branford 2-7-1995 as Ord. No. 181. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to promote public safety and convenience through proper posting of street signs on public and private roadways, along with a building numbering system ensuring that addresses can be identified with the ease and speed essential to the quick response of emergency services, such as fire fighting, police and emergency medical care.
It shall be the policy of the Town Council to have street name signs of public highways posted at each intersection where the street name is likely to be unknown to responding emergency personnel.
Street signs on private roads shall be erected and maintained by the legally-recognized private owner of the association. Where no such owner or association exists, residents of private roads may request that the town install a street sign. Such signs shall be erected at the owner's or association's expense.
It shall be the duty of the owners of all residential, commercial and other buildings to identify such buildings, or parts thereof, with numbers, as herein provided.
The Planning and Zoning Commission shall assign to each building, or part of a building, an identification number by which such building, or part thereof, shall be designated. The Commission shall be authorized to change the identification number of any building, or part thereof, at any time whenever such change is deemed necessary or appropriate.
It shall be the duty of the owner of every building existing on the effective date of this chapter, without prior notice, to affix the identification number assigned to such building by the Planning and Zoning Department. Such numbers shall be affixed by October 1, 1995.
All new buildings on any street or highway within the Town of North Branford shall have affixed thereto identification numbers assigned hereunder within thirty (30) days of the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
The identification number of a building shall be located on the exterior front of the building or on a post or mailbox between the building and the public or private street on which it fronts. Such number shall not be less than three (3) inches in height and shall be visible from the street to which such number relates and shall be located on the top, bottom or side of the main entrance of the building facing such street. The identification number shall be so placed as to assure clear visibility from the public or private street on which the building fronts.
If a building is set back more than one hundred (100) feet from the center line of the street on which it fronts or if the building's identification number is not clearly visible from such street, the identification number shall also be affixed to a post or mailbox located at the driveway entrance which provides the closest vehicular access to the building, or part of the building, to which the identification number has been assigned.
For buildings containing two (2) or more residential, business or commercial units which have entrances from interior passageways, identification numbers shall be affixed on or adjacent to every exterior door of the building, as well as on or next to the entrance door of each individual unit.
For building complexes consisting of two (2) or more residential, business and/or commercial building units served by separate driveways, signs shall be posted at the entrance to each such driveway listing the identification number of the unit served by that driveway. In addition, identification numbers shall be affixed on or next to every entrance door of each unit.
Street name signs shall be placed near enough to the intersection of the street, roadway, etc., to be visible to emergency service personnel, but not so close to the roadway so as to pose a traffic hazard and to be consistent throughout the Town of North Branford, in accordance with the Town Engineer's specifications. Any sign identifying a private road shall have two-inch letters "PVT" on the right side of the sign.
Any person, firm or corporation who violates this chapter shall be sent a notice by the Town Manager regarding compliance with the chapter. Failure to comply within thirty (30) days of this written notice shall make said person, firm or corporation subject to a fine of fifty dollars ($50.).
This chapter shall be effective thirty (30) days after publication hereof, pursuant to § C4-6 of the Charter of the Town of North Branford. The Town Manager, at his or her discretion, may grandfather any sign that meets the spirit of this chapter.