Township of Washington, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Washington 9-22-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms are defined as follows:
CLEARLY VISIBLE
Displayed in a manner that allows the sign to be clearly seen, day or night, from the street in front of the building, unobstructed by trees, shrubs, vegetation, or any structures upon the property.
HOUSE NUMBER
The number which has been legally assigned to a residence, apartment building, or business for the purposes of identification and for use by the United States Postal Service for the delivery of mail.
PROPERTY OWNER
The person(s), corporation(s), or other legal entity or entities who own or lease any residence, apartment building, or business located within Washington Township.
The property owner of each residence, apartment building, or business shall provide and display the legally assigned house number and/or other required identification as follows:
A. 
House number. The owner of any residence, apartment building, or business shall display the house number in such a fashion that it is clearly visible from the street, day or night. The house number shall be made up of numbers that are not less than three inches in height, contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed. and as near to the front entrance as possible and practicable.
B. 
Additional numbers. If any residence, apartment building, or business (except malls and shopping centers) is located so that the house number is not clearly visible from the street, an additional house number shall be posted at the intersection of the driveway with the public street. The additional house number shall be made up of numbers which are not less than three inches in height, contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed, and placed upon a post or other structure which displays the number 28 inches to 40 inches above the ground.
C. 
Private lane. The owner of any residence, apartment building, or business which is located on a private lane which intersects with a public street shall display the house number at the intersection of the private lane and the driveway where there is only one residence, apartment building, or business located on such private lane; where there are more than one such residence, apartment building, or business located on such private lane, the owner thereof shall display the house number on the residence, apartment building, or business nearest the point where a vehicle would stop at the building. Each display of house numbers shall be made up of numbers which are not less than three inches in height and contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed. At the intersection of the private lane and the public street and each intersection of the private lane and driveway, the numbers shall be placed upon an *existing post, wherever applicable, or any other structure that displays the numbers 28 inches to 40 inches above the ground. *An existing post may be a mailbox with numbers mounted below the mailbox.
D. 
Malls and shopping centers. The property owner of any business that is located within a mall or shopping center shall display the legally assigned number at the main entrance to the business. The numbers shall not be less than three inches in height and contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed. Additionally, the property owner of each business located within a mall or shopping center shall display the name of the business on the rear door to the building in letters which are not less than three inches in height and contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed.
The property owner of any residence, apartment building, or business shall maintain the clearly visible display of house numbers as required under this chapter at all times.
The owner of any residence, apartment building, or business shall bring such residence, apartment building, or business into compliance with this chapter within 90 days from its effective date. Members of the Volunteer Barto Fire Company of Washington Township are hereby authorized to enter upon private property for the purposes of inspection. If the owner of the residence, apartment building, or business does not have a house number displayed in a prominent area of the property, the name and address of the property owner shall be given to the Township who in turn will give notice by personal service or by certified mail to the property owner that they are in violation of this chapter, directing them to abate such violation within 10 days after issuance of such notice. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute separate offense. If, after the ten-day notice, compliance is still not completed, a citation will be filed with the Magisterial District Judge.
Any person, partnership, or corporation which violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil action, pay a fine of not more than $600 plus all court costs. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate violation, unless the district justice hearing the case determines that there was a good faith belief that there was no such violation. All fines and costs shall be paid over to Washington Township.