[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Lower Frederick Township 6-2-1992 by Ord. No. 92-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The provisions of this chapter apply to all principal buildings within Lower Frederick Township and each tract, lot or parcel of land.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ACCESSORY BUILDING
- A subordinate building, the use which is customarily incidental to that of the principal building and is used for an accessory use and is located on the same lot.
- AUXILIARY NUMBERS
- Any number, other than the principal street address, used to identify either component buildings comprising a principal use at a site or separate entrances to a multi-tenant facility.
- PRINCIPAL BUILDING
- Any building or structure erected on a tract, lot or parcel of land on which any use is carried out, except an accessory building.
Street address numbers shall be assigned to each tract, lot or parcel of land, placed on file in the Township office and assigned to the owners or occupants of such tract, lot or parcel of land by the Township Manager or by such other person as may be designated by the Manager. Then such property shall thereafter be designated for all purposes by the number assigned, and thereafter, all persons shall take due notice thereof and comply with the provisions of this chapter, when applicable.
The Township Manager or such other person as may be designated shall have the power and duty of correcting any errors with respect to assignment of street address numbers, as and when such errors are discovered. The Board of Supervisors shall have the right and power to change a street address number or numbers assigned to any property whenever it may deem such a change necessary and desirable and to require the owner or occupant thereof to comply with the provisions of this chapter with respect to such change.
The owner or occupant of each tract, lot or parcel of land to which no street address number has been previously assigned shall, upon purchase, acquisition or occupancy thereof, or within seven days of discovery that no such number has been assigned, make application to the Township Manager for assignment of such number, and, thereupon, the Township Manager shall assign a correct street address number to the property.
In order to comply with this chapter street address number shall be posted by such owner or occupant as follows:
The address numbers shall be Arabic in design, shall have a minimum height of three inches and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the principal building's front wall or to a porch or other fixed appurtenance in front of the principal building in the general vicinity of the main entryway or main path of travel which leads to the main entrance from a public street, or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face or wall or upon a post or mailbox in the front yards of the premises. They shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangements, spacing, size and uniformity of integers so that the numbers may be read with ease during daylight hours by a person possessing normal vision and viewing the numbers from the center line of the facing street. To ensure readability after daylight hours, street address numbers shall be made or coated with material which is light reflective. The numbers shall be so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the center of the street to any appreciable degree.
Auxiliary numbers shall meet the above specifications, except that they should be readable from the center line of adjacent driveways.
The homeowners' association of any existing condominium complex is hereby required to provide notice of the addresses of all condominiums located in that particular building on all driveways and entryways. Such notice shall meet the size, shape, and visibility requirements outlined in § 46-5. The homeowners' association of those condominium developments having multiple buildings shall in addition provide notice to those immediately entering the complex on all driveways and entryways the location of a particular building. Such notice shall also meet the size, shape, and visibility requirements outlined in § 46-5. For all future developments of condominiums, the initial responsibility for compliance with this section shall fall with the developer. This section does not preclude the individual owner/occupier of particular condominium from compliance with this chapter.
The homeowners' association of an existing development of a single, detached-home planned community is hereby required to provide notice of the location of a particular home. Such notice shall meet the size, shape, and visibility requirements outlined in § 46-5. For all future developments of a detached-home planned community the initial responsibility for compliance of this section shall fall with the developer. This section does not preclude the individual owner/occupier of a single detached home form complying with this chapter.
The owner of any apartment building is hereby required to provide notice of the apartment numbers located in the building on all driveways and entryways leading to that building. The owner of an apartment complex having multiple buildings shall in addition provide notice of the location of a particular building to those immediately entering the complex in all driveways and entryways. Such notice shall meet the size, shape, and visibility requirements outlined in § 46-5.
The absence of street or auxiliary numbers or the insecure fastening or absence of any integers thereof or the use of any street address number not assigned by the Township Manager or the failure of a street address number to meet the visibility requirements shall be a violation. A notice of violation shall be sent by certified mail to the property owner or occupant or shall be served personally on the property owner or occupant or his agent or shall be posted in a prominent place upon the property by the Township Manager, his agent or the Township police. Such notice shall specify the specific provision of the chapter violated and shall require compliance with the provisions of this chapter within 15 days from the date of service or posting of the notice of violation.
Any person who shall fail to comply with the notice of violation and who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township before a District Justice, pay a fine of not more than $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the Township in the enforcement of this chapter. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of the violation by the District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.
The final authority for determining and assigning the street number or numbers to be used upon any particular property, as well as the enforcement of this chapter, shall be in the office of the Township Manager, his agent or such other person as provided for in § 46-3 of this chapter.