[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken 5-28-1980 by Ord. No. 80-15. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter shall be to require the clear display of house numbers from public streets for all properties that contain principal buildings within the Township of Pennsauken so to assist the general public or the authorities in identifying any property in case of an emergency.
This chapter shall apply to all properties within the Township of Pennsauken that contain a principal building thereon, whether or not said building is occupied. Such premises shall bear and display at least one set of house numbers, which shall be assigned by the Construction Official. Buildings facing two or more public roadways shall be required to display auxiliary numbers, if necessary, to pass the visibility test (as hereinafter set forth) when viewed from those points in the center line of the public roadway opposite those points where regularly used pedestrian or vehicular passageways enter the public roadway.
In order to comply with this chapter, house numbers shall be Arabic in design, shall have a minimum height of three inches and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the building's front wall or to a porch. Auxiliary numbers shall be mounted at a height between four feet and 10 feet above the adjacent grade or exterior landing directly beneath but never higher than 15 feet above the adjoining grade. They shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size and uniformity of integers so that the numbers may be read with ease during the daylight hours by a person possessing at least 20/40 vision as he or she views the numbers from the center line of the facing street and at an elevation of five feet above the finished surface thereof. The numbers shall be so placed that trees, shrubs or other obstructions do not block the line of the numbers from the center of the street to any appreciable degree.
Existing numbers used or premises which essentially comply with numbers officially assigned by the Construction Official, at least to the extent that such number or numbers are in logical sequence with number or numbers assigned to properties on either side which are located on the same side of the street, shall be considered as bearing the correct number or numbers for the purpose of this chapter. Existing installations which essentially meet the requirements and/or spirit of these regulations may be granted approval by the Construction Official without further alteration.
The absence of house numbers or the insecure fastening or absence of any integer thereof or the use of any number out of logical sequence for the street toward which it faces or the failure of a number to meet the elevation requirement of the visibility requirements shall be considered as a violation of this chapter. Failure on the part of the property owner to comply with the provisions of this chapter within a period of 15 days from the date of issuance of a notice of violation shall be sufficient cause for the Township of Pennsauken Construction Official to proceed with carrying out the provisions of this chapter and assess any costs incurred to the property owner concerned.
The final authority for determining and assigning the number or numbers to be used upon any particular property shall be the Construction Official of the Township of Pennsauken.
Any person convicted of violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,250 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.