[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Putnam as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-18-1988 STM]
For the purpose of creating order in the streets of the Town of Putnam, to ensure that the Town has proper and useful planning, to promote public safety and convenience and to ease and speed essential emergency services, the Town adopts the following provisions.
The numbering system, as shown on a set of maps on file in the office of the Assessor entitled "Town of Putnam — Street Numbering System, 1988," is hereby adopted as authorized by Section 7-148 of the Connecticut General Statutes as the street numbering system of the Town of Putnam.
Furthermore, to ensure that the street numbering system is correct and understandable and that there is no confusion in street names, the following streets and roads shall henceforth be officially recognized by the names indicated herein:
Certain private streets, private roads, and/or nonpublic rights-of-way have been numbered under this system for the convenience of the public and to provide for identification of each area of the Town for access by emergency vehicles. It is expressly stated that no such designation or numbering shall, in any way, be considered or interpreted as acceptance or recognition by the Town of Putnam of any particular road or right-of-way designated on said plan as a Town-accepted street.
[Adopted 1-22-2013 STM]
Dwellings, buildings and structures shall be numbered in a comprehensive, uniform and logical sequence. The owner of every dwelling, building and structure shall display the Town-assigned street number to his/her/its property. The street number must be displayed on the building or on a post, sign, mailbox, or other device between the building and the street. But, if a building is set back more than 100 feet from the center of the street it faces, or if the numbers would not be legible from the street center because of an obstruction, the numbers must be placed on a post, sign, mailbox, or other device located within 10 feet of the building's driveway entrance.
Numbers must be at least four inches high, placed between four and 12 feet above the ground, and placed on the exterior front of the building or on a post, sign, mailbox, or other device located between the building and the street. The color of the numbers must contrast with the color of the background material to which they are affixed, and they must be legible when the building is viewed from at least one point on the street in front of the building.
For buildings containing more than three dwelling units which have entrances from interior passageways, numerals shall be affixed within five feet of every door by which the building must be entered. Otherwise the specifications and locations for such numerals shall be as for other buildings.
Residential dwellings that consist of multiple units having different street numbers shall post the range of house numbers per building at a prominent location thereon, consisting of numerals that are not less than six inches in height and of a color contrasting with the color of the background material to which they are affixed, such that the location is visible at least 100 feet to approaching emergency personnel. In addition, each individual unit shall have at its front and rear entrances a visible number consisting of three-inch numerals in contrast to the background.
Exemption. Buildings and structures not designed for human occupancy, sheds, noncommercial garages, barns and other agricultural buildings and structures shall be exempt from the requirements of this article, provided such structure is located on the same lot as a principal use or structure which has an assigned and displayed number.
The Building Official shall ensure that no building permit shall be issued to a dwelling, building or structure until a street number has been assigned to or associated with it. Further, the Building Official shall not issue a certificate of occupancy to said dwelling, building or structure until the street number, if one is assigned, has been displayed in a manner consistent with the requirements of § 269-6.
Each owner, agent, or occupant of any dwelling, building and structure who shall fail to affix the number assigned within 60 days of receiving notice shall be guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction of such, shall be liable for the imposition of a fine not to exceed $20. Each day in which the failure to affix a number continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
Enforcement office. This article may be enforced by any police officer of the Putnam Special Services District within the district or the State Police in the areas of Putnam outside the Special Services District, together with the Fire Marshal, the Building Official, the Zoning Enforcement Officer and their respective deputies.