Town of Fairhaven, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Fairhaven 5-10-1995 by Art. 49 (Ch. XXXVIII of the 1934 Bylaws). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Acting under the authority granted under MGL c. 40, § 21, and MGL c. 148, § 59, as amended, the Town of Fairhaven establishes a Numbering of Buildings Bylaw, for the numbering of residential, commercial and industrial buildings in the Town of Fairhaven.
The standards set forth in this chapter are made for the purpose of promoting the public health and safety by providing a means of locating residential, commercial and industrial property and all other structures by police, fire, rescue and other emergency services and for such other purposes requiring the location of such structures as may be required.
A. 
This chapter shall be administered by the Town of Fairhaven Assessor's office which shall assign building numbers to all existing and new buildings for residential, commercial, industrial and all other structures in conformity with the plan developed pursuant to this chapter. The Assessor's office shall also be responsible for the maintaining of the following official records of this numbering system, which is to include:
(1) 
A town-wide alphabetical list of property owners by last name, showing assigned numbers.
(2) 
A town-wide alphabetical list of streets with the property owners listed in order of their assigned numbers.
(3) 
A town-wide alphabetical list of property owners listed by map and lot number with address.
B. 
Similar or duplicate street names shall not be accepted or allowed.
C. 
All new names of streets shall be applied by the Assessor's office.
D. 
Wherever possible changes of similar or duplicate street names shall be made where the least number of residents are involved.
E. 
Should the streets of the same name have an equal number of residents, the newest street shall be changed.
The following criteria shall govern the development of the numbering system and the assignment of numbers:
A. 
Odd and even numbers. On streets running north-south, the odd numbers shall be placed on the east side of the street and even numbers placed on the west side of the street. On streets running east-west, the odd number shall be placed on the south side of the street and the even number placed on the north side of the street.
B. 
Number origins. On streets running north-south, the lower numbers shall begin at the most southerly point. On streets running east-west, the lowest numbers shall begin at the most westerly point. On streets running in other directions, numbers shall begin in the most southerly point or most westerly point.
C. 
Exceptions. There shall be no exceptions to the numbering system.
All occupants, residents and businesses are required to display assigned numbers in the following manner:
A. 
Number on the structure or residence. Where the residence or structure is within 30 feet of the roadway, the assigned number shall be displayed on the front of the residence or structure in clear view of the street and in the vicinity of the front door or entry.
B. 
Number at the street line. Where the residence or structure is 30 feet or more from the roadway, the assigned number shall be displayed on the front of the residence or structure in the vicinity of the front door or entry and shall also be displayed on a post, fence or the mailbox at the property line adjacent to the walk or access drive to the residence or structure.