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Borough of Rutherford, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough of Rutherford Council 4-1-1997 by Ord. No. 2792. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm equipment installation — See Ch. 6.
Commercial property maintenance — See Ch. 21A.
Housing Code — See Ch. 47.
Property Maintenance Code — See Ch. 78.
All dwellings, houses, stores or other buildings located within the Borough of Rutherford shall be numbered in conformity with the street numbers established by the Borough 911 Coordinator and filed in the office of the Tax Assessor of the borough.
The number so assigned to each building should be displayed by the owner or occupant on the front of the building or in the front yard of the lot on which the same stands, in accordance with the specifications set forth herein.
A. 
A house or building number shall be:
(1) 
In Arabic numerals or letters.
(2) 
A minimum height of three inches. If a house or building is set back more than 50 feet from the curbline the numbers shall have a minimum height of six inches and be clearly legible from the street.
(3) 
Mounted in a secure fashion on the front of the building so as to be clearly visible from the street.
(4) 
Of a contrasting color to the background and arranged in such a manner so as to be clearly legible from the street, both day and night.
(5) 
At least 36 inches above ground level and so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the street upon which the building fronts.
B. 
Each apartment dwelling unit shall be individually numbered using a combination of numbers and/or letters and clearly visible from the hallway leading to the apartment entrance. The use of hyphens in the numbering combination is prohibited.
C. 
If the house or building is set back from the street in a location that the provisions of this chapter cannot be complied with, then the owner, occupant or lessee shall, in addition to displaying the number on the building, provide a post, rod or other type of fixture of a substantial and permanent nature with the number and a directional symbol affixed thereon and so located on the premises that the number and directional symbol shall be conspicuous and visible from the street upon which the building property fronts. Any required sign shall comply with the provisions of Borough Code § 131-18.
D. 
If the house or building has lot frontage on more than one street, then the owner, occupant or lessee shall display the appropriate sequential number assigned by the 911 Coordinator for said property on the side of the building where there is lot frontage on a street.
E. 
If a building, in addition to its front entrance, has a rear or side entrance door which is adjacent to and accessible from a street, driveway, right-of-way or parking lot, then the owner, occupant or lessee shall also display the appropriate sequential number on the side of the building where said side or rear door is located.
The owner of any dwelling house, store or other building incorrectly or improperly numbered shall be notified, in writing, by the Tax Assessor or such other person so designated by the Mayor and Council to change or replace such incorrect or improper number within 30 days after date of such notice for residential properties and 90 days after date of such notice for nonresidential properties. No enforcement under this chapter shall occur unless and until proper written notice as required by this section is provided to the property owner. No continued certificate of occupancy shall be issued until the property owner brings said property into compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
Upon application by the owner of any property in the borough to the Tax Assessor, the Tax Assessor, acting in conjunction with the 911 Coordinator, shall furnish such owner with the correct number of such property. The property owner shall submit a copy of the front sheet of the property's telephone bill within the time periods established pursuant to § 63A-4 as evidence of compliance with this chapter.
Upon any subdivision of land in the borough resulting in a lot or lots other than those numbered on the Tax and Assessment Maps, the Tax Assessor shall, within 30 days after final approval thereof, assign a number to each lot resulting from said subdivision or resubdivision which shall be in proper numerical sequence in relation to the numbers assigned to other lots fronting on the same street; and he shall record the same upon said map and notify the owner of said property of the numbers so assigned.
Any person or persons, association, firm or corporation violating any of the terms or provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be liable to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500, and the jurisdiction as to the enforcement of this chapter shall be in the Borough of Rutherford Municipal Court. The continuation of the offense shall, in each case, constitute a new offense.