[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Kingwood 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 11-16-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 115.
The purpose of this chapter is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned numbers for every habitable building, either residential, commercial, business or related, to which access is gained over any street or road in the Township of Kingwood in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying the property in case of emergency or otherwise.
Certain words, used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings:
- HABITABLE BUILDING
- Any building which is designed for human occupancy, including but not limited to a house or other residential building, a store, warehouse, industrial building, school or public building, and similar uses. A barn or similar structure designed for shelter of animals, crops or farm equipment may be assigned a number.
- PRIVATE STREET OR ROAD
- Any street, road, lane or drift way which serves as motor vehicular access to habitable buildings on a Tax Map lot.
- PUBLIC STREET OR ROAD
- A street or road within the Township of Kingwood maintained by this township or by the County of Hunterdon or State of New Jersey.
All habitable buildings erected or to be erected within the Township of Kingwood shall display property identification numbers assigned by the township as provided herein and in conformity with the specifications set forth in § 60-5 herein. Prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy or reoccupancy of any habitable building there shall be compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
The owner of every habitable building for which a property number is required, as stated in § 60-3 above, shall, at his own expense, on or before April 15, 2001 (and each new building constructed or inhabited thereafter), cause the authorized and assigned number of such habitable building to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein, and all other numbers removed.
Property numbers shall be:
In Arabic numerals.
A minimum height of three inches.
Mounted in a secure fashion to the front wall or porch area of the habitable building or other fixed appurtenance in the front of the building so as to be clearly visible from the street or road giving access to such building (except as permitted below).
Sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from such street or road.
At least 30 inches 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 or road upon which the building fronts.
Posting of habitable numbers.
The assigned number for each habitable building may be posted on the mailbox of the property upon which the building is located, or such other post, rod or other type of fixture of a substantial nature located along the frontage of the said property upon which the habitable building is located.
Visibility of numbers on buildings which are set back. If said habitable building or similar structure is set back 100 feet or if a number (located as required within this section) would not, due to shrubbery or other vegetation, be visible from such street or road, then the owner shall provide a post, rod or other type of fixture of a substantial nature (which may be a mailbox for the property if located along its frontage of said public street or road) with the number affixed thereon and so located on the premises that the number shall be conspicuous and visible from said post or mailbox and shall also meet the related requirements contained within this section.
Where multiple habitable buildings are located along a lane, private drive, driftway or similar shared access, numbers shall be located by or on the house or at the end of the individual driveway to the common lane, and also at the end of the lane at its intersection with the public road, and in clear view from the public roadway. A shared sign may be posted at the end of the private lane/public road intersection to indicate the respective numbers located on the lane.
House numbers shall be assigned as provided by the 911 plan as maintained by the Township of Kingwood. Every owner of a habitable building constructed or to be constructed in the Township of Kingwood shall apply to the Township 911 Coordinator for an authorized number in accordance with this chapter.
Upon the failure of an owner to ascertain and affix upon any habitable building to which this chapter applies the assigned and authorized number and to remove all other numbers after April 15, 2001, the Code Enforcement Official and/or the 911 Coordinator of Kingwood Township shall enforce the provisions hereof.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction of the violation, shall be subject to a penalty of one or more of the following:
Each and every day that the violation continues shall be considered a separate and distinct violation of this chapter.
If the provision of any article, section, subsection, paragraph, subdivision or clause of this chapter shall be judged invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such order or judgment shall not affect or invalidate the remainder of any such article, section, subsection, paragraph or clause, and, to this end, the provisions of this chapter are hereby declared to be severable.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon final adoption and publication according to the laws of the State of New Jersey, and approval by the Commissioner of Transportation of the State of New Jersey.