[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Guilderland 6-9-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992 (Subpart 17, Div. 3, of the 1974 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
In order to facilitate the location of buildings along the various roads and highways by fire, police and other emergency services, and to facilitate the reporting of emergencies and dispatching of emergency vehicles and personnel under the county 911 system, the Town Board does hereby deem the enumeration of all buildings to be of major importance for all of the Town of Guilderland. In order to effectuate the efficient and accurate enumeration of buildings, the Town Board hereby enacts this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The principal building or buildings on each lot, and shall not be deemed to include any minor building.
All buildings in the Town of Guilderland existing and those hereafter constructed will have displayed either upon said building or at the driveway entrance thereto a number uniquely identifying said building's location on any given road or highway.
The Assessor of the town shall, within 90 days of the effective date of this chapter, notify all property owners of the numbers assigned to any building already existing. The Assessor will assign a number to any new building after the issuance of a building permit and prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. Any new certificate of occupancy issued after the effective date of this chapter shall have written upon its face the building number and street name upon which it is located.
The figure or figures comprising the number to be displayed on a building shall be at least three inches in height and shall be placed on the front of said building in a prominent and conspicuous place and in such manner as to be plainly legible from the center of the street at all times between sunrise and sunset. The color of said figures shall be in sharp contrast to the color of their background; provided, however, that so far as the purpose or intent of this chapter is concerned, the front of a building shall be construed as that side of the building which faces the street on which the number or numbers of such building or premises have been allotted and that the number or numbers shall be displayed on such side of such building or premises.
The numbers shall be so placed so that they will not be obstructed by trees, shrubbery, porches or other extensions of the building.
Wherever practicable, said number shall be placed near some light or source of illumination so that it may be readily seen at night.
Where the building upon which the number is to be displayed is more than 75 feet from the edge of the right-of-way, whether improved or not, of the street or road serving the building, the number shall, in addition to the other requirements of this chapter, be displayed on a sign readily visible from the road or street and in no event further back than 25 feet from said road or street right-of-way.
Each separate building or dwelling shall be assigned a separate distinguishing number by the Town Board of the Town of Guilderland in conformity with a uniform numbering system encompassing the entire town. The display of any house number other than the number assigned by the town is expressly prohibited.
All existing structures in the town to which numbers are assigned by the Assessor shall be required to display the assigned number in the manner required by § 143-5 hereof within six months of the assignment of a number by the Assessor. Any structures for which a certificate of occupancy is issued after the effective date of this chapter will be required to be in compliance with the provisions hereof upon issuance of the certificate of occupancy.
The Chief Building Inspector and Zoning Coordinator is hereby declared to be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter. The Chief Building Inspector and Zoning Coordinator will cause all property owners to be in compliance.
Any property owner found not to be in compliance with any provision herein shall be given a ten-day notice to remedy said violation.
Any property owner that fails to comply with said notice shall be liable for a civil penalty in the sum of up to $250 for each week that the violation shall exist following the issuance of notice to remedy. The penalty herein is declared to be civil in nature.
Service of notice. The notice provided for a Subsection A may be given by personal service or by mailing a copy thereof to the last known address of the owner.
Numbering of building by town. In the event of the neglect or refusal of any owner, after notice to cause said building to be properly numbered, the Chief Building Inspector and Zoning Coordinator may cause said building to be properly numbered.
Report; assessment of costs. The Chief Building Inspector and Zoning Coordinator shall report the cost of numbering said building to the Town Board, and such Board shall order the Assessor to assess the cost of the same upon such premises, and the Assessor shall include the same in the next assessment role.
Upon the application of any person, the Supervisor, or his designee, may vary or modify the requirements contained herein upon such terms and conditions as he deems appropriate. There shall be no appeal from the decision of the Supervisor on an application made under this section.