[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of River Edge 5-16-1994 as Ord. No. 1101. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter shall be to require the clear display of building numbers to public streets for all properties that contain principal buildings within the Borough of River Edge in order to assist the general public and the authorities in identifying any property in case of an emergency as well as for the welfare of the general public in conducting their normal affairs, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:67-1 et seq.
Editor's Note: Former Sections 2, Formation of the Borough of River Edge Numbering Committee, and 3, Property Number Map, were deleted 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172.
[Amended 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172]
A property number map and street guide shall be maintained in the office of the Construction Official. Upon any subdivision or resubdivision of land in the Borough of River Edge resulting in a lot or lots other than those delineated on said map, the Tax Assessor shall assign a property number to each lot resulting from said subdivision or resubdivision which shall be in proper numerical sequence in relation to the number assigned to other lots fronting on the same street, and he or she shall record the same on the property number map and the street guide. Copies of the initial map and guide and any changes thereto shall be filed [within thirty (30) days of any change] with the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Tax Assessor and Tax Collector of the Borough of River Edge as well as the Post Office serving the Borough of River Edge.
Whenever any improvement shall be erected or located in the Borough of River Edge after the passage of this chapter, and in order to preserve the continuity and uniformity of numbers of the property, it shall be the duty of the owner to ascertain the correct number or numbers as designated by the property number map from the Tax Assessor for said property, and to immediately fasten on the improvement, and/or by some other appropriate method, the proper marker clearly setting forth the said number or numbers so assigned upon said property as provided by this chapter.
No construction or building permit shall be issued for any house, building or structure until the owner has ascertained the official number and street name of the proposed or existing improvement from the Tax Assessor.
Any person having a number different from that officially assigned shall be deemed to be in violation of this chapter.
After approval of the property number map, the Tax Assessor shall notify, by regular mail or personal delivery, all owners of the improvements which do not display a number or which display an incorrect number that they must bring their building into conformity with this chapter within sixty (60) days of the date of the notice.
The owner, occupant or agent of an owner or occupant shall place or cause to be displayed upon each improvement controlled by him the number or numbers assigned to the lot upon which it is located by the property number map.
[Amended 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172]
The numbers used shall be Arabic, not less than three (3) inches in height, and should be made of durable and clearly visible material; the numbers shall be legible and maintained in good order at all times. Roman numerals or script may supplement this requirement but shall not be a substitute for compliance.
The numbers shall be conspicuously placed immediately above the main entrance or within five (5) feet of either side of the main entrance to the improvement so that the numbers can be plainly read from the center line of the street in daylight by a person possessing at least 20/20 vision.
Where the main entrance does not face a street, the numbers shall be placed either above the secondary entrance facing the street or on the facade of the improvement facing the street.
If the number would not be visible due to the orientation setback or other features of the improvement or site if it were displayed as provided above, then the number shall be placed near the walk, driveway or entrance to such improvement and upon a gate, post or fence so as to be easily discernible from the center line of the street. Such display shall be no closer than ten (10) feet to the curbline nor further away than fifteen (15) feet from the curbline. The bottom of such a display shall be not less than thirty (30) inches above the level of the ground, nor shall the top of such a display be more than six (6) feet above the ground.
All numbers posted pursuant to this chapter shall be of reflective material or of sufficient visual contrast to the background material to be easily discernible at night with the aid of an emergency vehicle spotlight.
Where any improvement has more than one (1) entrance serving separate occupants, a separate number shall be assigned to each entrance serving a separate occupant and shall be posted as otherwise provided in this chapter.
Where only one (1) number can be assigned to any one (1) improvement, the suffix "a," "b," "c," et cetera, as may be required shall be used to designate each separate occupant.
Where any building or complex of buildings is so structured that all separate entrances serving separate occupants and the numbers assigned to them are not clearly visible from the center line of the street, then the number for each separate entrance shall be placed near the walk or driveway from the street to such separate entrance and upon a gate, post, fence or other appropriate place so as to be easily visible from the center line of the street. Where any buildings or complex of buildings is so structured that the rear entrance faces or fronts a street, said rear entrance shall have a number placed and posted above said rear entrance. The height limitations on such a display shall be the same as those provided in § 144-5F above.
For all multifamily improvements having apartment doors opening on interior halls, each door shall have a number not less than two inches high affixed thereon, and all entrance ways shall have on the exterior thereof a display indicating the sequence of apartments served by such entranceway.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 1432]
This chapter shall be enforced by the Volunteer Fire Department of the Borough of River Edge, the Police Department of the Borough of River Edge, the Building Department of the Borough of River Edge and the Property Maintenance Officer by the issuance of a summons requiring the remedying of any condition found to exist in violation of any provision of this chapter.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 1432]
The owner or agent of a property, if a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall have been committed or shall exist, or the lessee or tenant of any part of the buildings or premises, in which such violations shall have been committed or shall exist, or agent, architect, builder, contractor or any other person who shall commit, take part or assist in any violation or who shall maintain any building or premises in which any violation of this chapter shall exist or the persons so violating the same who refuse to correct said violations within one month after written notice has been mailed to them shall, for each and every violation of the provisions of this chapter, be subject to a maximum fine of not more than $250, or imprisonment for up to 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.
[Amended 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172; 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 1432]