[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Harwich 5-5-2009 by Art. 1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every dwelling house, dwelling unit, and building housing a business or businesses located in whole or in part in the Town of Harwich shall have affixed thereto or otherwise posted on the premises in a location approved by the Selectmen the street number which has been assigned to said building by the Selectmen. Said number may be in numerical or word form.
Said number shall be four inches minimum height, of high contrast and affixed in a location to be readily readable from the private or public way on which such dwelling or building is located. If the street number cannot be read as so located, in addition, such number shall be affixed to a sign (less than one square foot) at the intersection of the private or public way on which such dwelling or building is located (same size and contrast as number affixed to dwelling or building). Four-inch numbers attached to both sides of a mailbox shall be considered an acceptable alternative to a sign, when said mailbox is located on the same side of the private or public way as the dwelling or building.
An owner or occupant who fails to post on his premises the street number assigned thereto within six months after being given notice as hereinafter provided of the number which has been assigned or receiving actual notice thereof, whichever occurs earlier, or any owner or occupant who fails to keep said number posted and maintained in a legible condition or any person who unlawfully removes, defaces or conceals said number shall be subject to a fine of $50 for each offense. In case of a failure to post, keep posted or maintain said number in a legible condition, each day such number is not so posted, kept posted or maintained in a legible condition shall constitute a separate offense.
Street numbers shall be assigned from time to time by the Selectmen who shall, as soon after the assignment as practical, cause notice of the number assigned to be mailed to the party or any one of the parties listed as an owner of the premises on the tax records of the Town as of January 1 of the year in which the number was assigned or notice mailed, whichever occurs later. Such notice may, at the option of the Selectmen, be sent with an annual tax bill covering the premises.