[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Halfmoon 6-8-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 215.
This chapter shall be known as the "Building/Residence Numbering Ordinance."
The Board of Supervisors of Halfmoon Township find that the police, ambulance and fire services have had difficulty locating homes and businesses on streets and roads due to the lack of building identification numbers. To comply with the Centre County 911 emergency system, the Township is issuing street addresses with numbers to each dwelling unit or business in the Township. It is the purpose of this chapter to establish a system of numbering so that police, ambulance and fire services can locate addresses in emergencies.
This chapter is authorized by Section 1520 of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 66520.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be the duty of each owner of property to cause each dwelling unit and each business upon each lot or parcel to be numbered in accordance with this chapter.
The Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors shall appoint an individual, hereinafter referred to as the "Addressor," to be responsible for assigning numbers to dwellings and businesses and each occupied lot or parcel. Any owner of property on which there exists a dwelling unit or business which does not presently have a number assigned to it shall apply to the Addressor for assignment of a number.
The Addressor shall have the power and authority to change numbers for the purpose of the orderly numbering of addresses. The Addressor shall change the number of a dwelling or business by sending a notice to the owner notifying the owner of the new number assigned by first-class mail. The owner of the property receiving such notice shall cause the numbers to be changed within 30 days of receipt or posting of such notice by the Addressor.
The numbers shall be Arabic numbers or shall be the English words for numbers, and shall be of durable materials. Each digit or letter shall be at least four inches in height, with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch. The colors shall be in contrast with the immediate background so as to be easily readable.
Numbers shall be located and placed so as to clearly identify the structure containing each dwelling unit or business in accordance with the following regulations:
The numbers shall be placed in a conspicuous place so as to clearly identify the location of the dwelling unit or business.
The placement of the numbers must be such that the numbers can be seen and read in front of said dwelling unit or business from the travelled portion of the street and from the opposite side of the street.
The number must be placed upon the dwelling unit or building.
If the dwelling unit can not be seen from the travelled portion of the street or road, the numbers must be placed at the driveway entrance upon a fence, wall, post, sign, or other fixture of substantial nature such that the numbers shall clearly indicate the location of the dwelling unit or business in accordance with the requirements of this section.
It shall be unlawful to cover or conceal or to permit the sight obstruction of the numbers required to be displayed by this chapter. It shall further be unlawful to post other numbers which would be confusing. All old numbers shall be removed when a new number has been assigned by the Addressor in accordance with this chapter.
The following definitions shall apply to this chapter:
- A building or portion of a building designed and occupied by a nonresidential, commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental or other nonresidential use.
- DWELLING UNIT
- A building or portion of a building designed to be occupied by one family for human living quarters.
The following buildings and uses shall be exempt from the requirements of this chapter:
Farm buildings and structures which are accessory to a farm use except that buildings used for the retail sale of products grown on the farm and farm residences shall be numbered.
Buildings, structures, or uses accessory to the primary use of a commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental or other nonresidential use or structure.
Unoccupied farm land or lots containing no dwellings or businesses.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.