[HISTORY Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Salford 5-1-1991 by Ord. No. 91-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township Secretary shall maintain, in conjunction and cooperation with the Township Engineer, the United States Postal Service and such other persons as designated by the Board of Supervisors, a system whereby each and every primary structure or dwelling unit on lots within the Township of Lower Salford shall have assigned a unique and distinctive identifying number, which when used in conjunction with a street name shall be different from any other location within the Township.
The numbering system shall begin with the lowest numbers being located at the extreme easterly and northern municipal boundary lines and shall increase in a westerly and southerly direction, respectively. Streets which run generally east-west shall have the odd numbers located on the north side and even numbers on the south side; streets which run generally north-south shall have the odd numbers located on the west side and even numbers on the east side.
Streets with semicircular, oval, horseshoe or similar configurations, which, because of their design, will cause a duplication of numbers along such street, may deviate from the normal method of number assignment and shall be assigned numbers in a common-sense method which will simply and clearly assist agencies of public safety and the public in locating specific street address locations.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any structure used or intended to be used as a dwelling, place of business or industry or any other use requiring a location identity. Its meaning shall include public buildings, religious and institutional buildings, but shall not include any accessory building located upon a lot where there is also a primary building.
- BUILDING NUMBER
- Synonymous with "house number," the terms being interchangeable.
- STREET ADDRESS
- The combination of the distinctive building number and the street name where such building/improved lot is situated.
It shall be the duty of each and every owner of buildings located within the Township of Lower Salford to cause the same to be numbered in accordance with this chapter. Such owner shall also be required to constantly maintain such numbers in a complete and legible condition.
In the case of single-family residential buildings, including singles, twins, duplexes, triplexes and quadriplexes, where the occupant leases or rents such residence and a nonresident owner of such property fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter, the tenant, after receiving notice of noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter, shall have the duty to post the house number as described herein. If such tenant fails to comply with these provisions, he/she may be held responsible, either individually or jointly, with the owner of said property.
For nonresidential buildings, the occupants of which are clearly and prominently identified by business-type signs located on the exterior of the building or near such building and visible from the public streets, the affixing of house numbers shall be optional. For multitenant nonresidential buildings, each separately occupied portion of such building must be clearly identifiable by such business-type signs for the posting of house numbers to be optional.
Method of marking buildings. All required building numbers shall be composed of paint or enamel, metal, durable plastics or other suitable material which will withstand exterior conditions. The color of the numbers shall be in contrast to their immediate background. The size of individual numerals shall be dictated by their distance from the public street, but in no case shall they be less than three inches in height.
Placement/location of numbers. All required building numbers shall be located so that they are clearly visible from the public street or other nearest public access location and in accordance with the following criteria:
Single-tenant structure, urban location. The building number shall be placed upon the building, on or near the main entrance to the same, preferably in a lighted location so the number is visible at night.
Single-tenant structure, rural location. The number shall be placed on the mailbox located adjacent to the public street. If no such mailbox exists or if the mailbox is not adjacent to the street, the number shall be placed upon a permanent standard base or support adjacent to the private lane or driveway serving such structure and leading from the nearest public roadway.
Duplexes, triplexes, quadriplexes. The assigned building number shall be clearly marked on or adjacent to the primary access door to each separate unit contained in the building.
Apartment buildings and complexes which are assigned a single building number street address shall clearly mark each dwelling unit, on or adjacent to each unit's primary entrance, with an individual unit identifier. This identifier may be a letter, a number, an alphanumeric combination or any other designation which will clearly identify one dwelling unit from another.
Any multiple-tenant structure which is located in such a manner so as to make the previously described building number locations not visible from the nearest roadway or alley open to the public shall also place the common building number or inclusive building numbers upon a permanent standard base or support or existing sign structure so that the number(s) shall be clearly visible from the nearest public roadway or alley or other access from a public roadway.
It shall be unlawful for any required person to fail to comply with the provisions of § 100-3 of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cover any house number with any sign, drapery, decoration, vegetation or any other type of obstruction. Likewise, no property owner or other person in control of a property shall permit a house number to be so obstructed.
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, obliterate or otherwise damage any building number or portion thereof, except for purposes of normal maintenance, refurbishing or replacement of the same.
Any person committing a second or subsequent violation of § 100-5A or B and/or any person violating Subsection C shall be guilty of a summary offense, and after conviction be subject to a criminal fine not to exceed $1,000 per violation and imprisonment in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Enforcement of any such violations shall be by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Each period of one week (seven calendar days), commencing on the eighth day following the initial date of offense, wherein a violation shall continue after notice shall constitute a separate offense and shall be subject to the same penalties as described herein.
[Amended 9-19-1996 by Ord. No. 96-3; 6-3-1998 by Ord. No. 98-4; 11-18-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16]
All ordinances or parts of ordinances which are inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.
If any sentence, clause, section or part of this chapter is, for any reason, found to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such unconstitutionality, illegality or invalidity shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions, sentences, clauses, sections or parts of this chapter. It is hereby declared as the intent of the Township of Lower Salford that this chapter would have been adopted had such unconstitutional, illegal or invalid sentence, clause, section or part thereof not been included herein.
This chapter shall become effective on the first day of May 1991, A.D.