[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Whiteland 7-21-1980 by Ord. No. 60 (Ch. 4, Part 1, of the 1983 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
All principal buildings within the Township of West Whiteland 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 of which is customarily incidental to that of the principal building and is located on the same lot.
- PRINCIPAL BUILDING
- Any building or structure, except an accessory building, erected on a tract, lot or parcel of land on which any use is carried out.
Street address numbers shall be assigned to each tract, lot or parcel of land within the Township. They shall be place 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 his designated representative. Thereafter, such property shall be designated for all purposes by the number assigned and all persons shall take due notice thereof and comply with the provisions of this chapter, when applicable. 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 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, or his designated representative, for assignment of such number, and thereupon, the Township Manager shall assign a correct street address number to the property.
The Township Manager shall be responsible for assigning proper street address number sequences to each lot which is created as the result of a subdivision or resubdivision. Said number shall be in proper numerical sequence in relation to the number assigned to other lots fronting on the same street and shall be properly recorded on the subdivision plan and the Township file.
In order to comply with this chapter, street 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 a post or mailbox in the front yard of the premises. The numbers shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size and uniformity of integers so that the numbers may be read during daylight hours by a person possessing normal vision if he views the numbers from the center line of the facing street. The numbers shall be so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstruction do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the center of the street.
[Amended 6-10-1997 by Ord. No. 257]
The absence of street numbers, or the insecure fastening or absence of any parts 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 elevation requirement or the visibility requirement shall be a violation of this chapter. Upon discovery of such 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 this chapter violated and shall require the 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 fails to comply with the notice of violation shall be subject to a fine in the amount of at least $25, but not to exceed $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township. Each twenty-four-hour period during which failure to comply continues shall constitute a separate offense and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be fined as provided above for each and every such offense. Upon a finding of liability for failing to comply with the notice of violation may be fined as provided above for each and every such offense. Upon a finding of liability for failing to comply with the notice of violation, in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township, the defendant shall pay the fine plus costs and attorney fees. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of determination of a violation by a 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.