[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede 3-28-1990 by Ord. No. 90-4 (Ch. 46A of the 1970 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned house or building numbers on every building fronting on any street in the Borough of Runnemede in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any property in case of emergency or otherwise.
All residential, commercial, industrial or other structures erected or to be erected within the Borough of Runnemede shall display identification numbers as provided herein and in accordance with specifications provided herein.
The owner, occupant or lessee of each and every structure which now fronts or which may hereafter front upon any public or private street within the Borough of Runnemede shall, at his own expense, within three months after the adoption and publication of this chapter, cause the authorized and assigned number of such structure to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein.
House or building numbers shall be:
In Arabic numerals.
A minimum height of three inches.
Mounted in a secure fashion to the front wall or porch of the building so as to be clearly visible from the street.
Sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from the street.
At least 30 inches above ground level and so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the street upon which the building fronts.
If numbers affixed to the front of the building would not be visible from the street as required in § 104-4, requirements of this chapter are satisfied if the owner, occupant or lessee shall provide the Arabic numbers, as required by § 104-4, upon a post, rod or other type of fixture of substantial nature or a mailbox at or near the road frontage with the same number affixed thereon and so located upon the same so that the number may be conspicuous and visible from the street upon which the building fronts. When the provisions of this section have been complied with, the owner, occupant or lessee of the house or building shall not be otherwise obligated to affix Arabic numbers to said house or building and shall be permitted, at his option, to utilize cursive numbers or no numbers at all upon the house or building.
House numbers shall be determined by the Borough Assessor of the Borough of Runnemede. Every owner, occupant or lessee of a building constructed or to be constructed in the Borough of Runnemede shall apply to the Assessor for a number if no number has been previously assigned in accordance with this chapter.
Garden apartments, townhouse complexes and multiple dwellings shall provide identification as specified in N.J.A.C. 5:10-18.1 et seq.
Any structure erected, repaired, altered or modified after the effective date of this chapter shall have the certificate of occupancy withheld until permanent and proper numbers have been affixed.
Any person, partnership or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall be notified of the violation and given three months to correct, followed by a second warning with an additional three months to correct, followed by punishment of a fine not to exceed $200.