[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Newtown 4-24-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the following meanings:
- Any structure used or intended to be used as a dwelling or place of business or industry, but shall not include any public building or structure built as a place of worship or any accessory building located on a lot where there is also a main building.
- Includes any street, road, public highway or private road upon which there are located two or more buildings, as defined by this chapter, whether or not such street, road, highway or private right-of-way is physically opened up or laid out on a recorded plan but not physically opened.
The Board of Supervisors of the Township of Newtown shall have the right from time to time to establish by resolution the names of streets or to change or alter the names of streets when, in the judgment of the Board of Supervisors, the existing street names are confusing or prevent proper identification of such streets and their locations.
The Zoning Officer is hereby authorized to establish a numbering plan for all lots and buildings in the Township of Newtown. Numbers shall be assigned to buildings in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Whenever the Zoning Officer shall find that a section or portion of the Township shall be built up to the extent that the location of buildings in such section shall be difficult without the use of street numbers or when the Zoning Officer has ascertained that the United States of America is serving or proposes to serve such section with mail delivery requiring the numbering of buildings, then the Zoning Officer shall assign numbers to all existing buildings in such section as soon as possible.
After the Zoning Officer shall determine the street or section of the Township required to be numbered by the provisions of this chapter, he shall determine thereafter and send to the owner or occupant of every lot upon which a building is located a notice of the number assigned to such building. Said notice may be served personally upon the owner or occupant or by certified mail. In the event that the Zoning Officer shall ascertain that any building has been previously numbered and that such number shall not be in the sequence of established numbers, then the Zoning Officer shall assign a new number to such building in the manner set forth for the numbering of buildings under the provisions of this chapter. The property owner or occupant of any building to which a number has been assigned or, in the event of a renumbering, to which a new number has been assigned shall, within 15 days after the date of the service of said notice, affix the number or new number, as the case may be, to such building or elsewhere upon the property in the manner prescribed by this chapter. Every property owner who shall disregard or fail to comply with such notice within the time limits therein shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Numbers, as assigned to the buildings in the Township according to the provisions of this chapter, shall be affixed to or painted upon or carved upon such buildings or upon a permanent standard, base or support between such building and the street. Each number shall be at least 2 1/2 inches high and be of such color and material as to be visible from the street and shall be maintained constantly in complete and legible form. A number affixed to or painted upon a mailbox established in accordance with postal regulations, if of sufficient size and legibility and properly maintained, shall be deemed in compliance with the provisions of this chapter. In the event of a renumbering, the property owner or occupant shall remove the old or former number and shall place the new number on said property as hereinbefore provided within 15 days of the date of notice, provided that, in the case of buildings occupied by other than the owner thereof, the occupant, rather than the owner, shall be responsible for the placing and maintaining of the numbers upon such building as hereby required.
Whenever a building shall hereafter be commenced on a street or in a section of the Township in which street numbers have been assigned, the Building Inspector or the Zoning Officer, as the case may be, shall assign a number to said building when the zoning and building permits have been granted, and the owner or occupant shall affix such number prior to the application for a final compliance inspection.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine not exceeding $600, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 30 days.