Town of Bridgeville, DE
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Bridgeville 9-10-2007 by Ord. No. A07-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 96.
Housing standards — See Ch. 148.
A. 
No certificate of occupancy shall be issued until the assigned property number has been displayed in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.
B. 
It shall be the responsibility of each and every property owner, trustee, lessee, agent and occupant of each residence, apartment building, business or industry to purchase, post and maintain address numbers as required under this policy at all times.
C. 
It shall be the responsibility of each and every property owner, trustee, lessee, agent and occupant of each residence, apartment building, business or industry to remove any conflicting number upon affixing a new address number.
D. 
It shall be unlawful to cover any address number with any sign, drapery, or other obstruction tending to conceal such number.
All address numbers must be displayed on a contrasting background and must be reflective.
A. 
Residences, townhouses and businesses.
(1) 
It shall be the responsibility of each and every property owner, trustee, lessee, agent, and occupant of each residence, apartment building, or business to display the assigned address number according to the guidelines set forth herein. The address shall be made up of numbers and letters that are light reflective and contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed and shall be posted according to one of the two following methods:
(a) 
On the mailbox using three-inch light-reflective numbers and/or letters, provided that the address is clearly visible from both sides of the street or road it is located on and clearly identifies the structure the address belongs to. If the mailbox is not located directly in front of the property it is addressed to, or if multiple mailboxes are grouped together, a sign can be placed on the property in a location which clearly identifies which structure it belongs to; or
(b) 
On the structure itself using a minimum of four-inch light-reflective numbers and/or letters, provided that the address is posted on that portion of the structure that is most clearly visible from the road or street the structure is located on and it clearly identifies the structure the address belongs to.
(2) 
Whichever method is chosen, the address must clearly identify which structure the address belongs to and must be visible during both the day and night from both sides of the street or road the structure is located on or is closest to.
B. 
Private lanes and long driveways. If any residence, apartment building or business (except malls or shopping centers) is located so that the address number is not clearly visible from the street, additional address numbers shall be posted at the intersection of the driveway with the public street. The additional address posting shall be made of numbers and/or letters, which are not less than four inches in height, reflective, contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed, visible during both the day and night and placed upon a post or structure that will display the number at least 48 inches above the ground. The property owner is responsible for the installation of these additional sets of address identifiers.
C. 
Industrial and commercial structures in low-density areas. Any industrial and commercial structures located in low-density development areas (areas in which small residential-style address numbers are not visible from the road) shall display address numbers of not less than 10 inches in height. The number shall be reflective, contrast in color with the background on which it is affixed and shall be visible day or night from the street. When possible, the number shall be displayed beside or over the main entrance of the structure.
D. 
Apartment buildings and high-rises. All apartment buildings and high-rises shall display address numbers above or to the side of the primary entrance to the building. Address numbers shall be reflective, contrast in color with the background on which they are affixed and shall be at least four inches in height to be visible day or night from the opposite side of the street facing the main entrance.
[Amended 4-9-2012 by Ord. No. A12-2; 2-11-2013 by Ord. No. A13-2]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, shall pay such fines as set out in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalties.
Town officials and Town employees are hereby authorized to enter upon private property for the purposes of inspection and to give notice by personal service or by certified mail to persons in violation of this policy.