Township of Easttown, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Easttown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 160.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 400.
[Adopted 3-16-1992 by Ord. No. 246-92]
This article may be cited as the "Easttown Township Street Address Identification Ordinance."
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
Every lot or parcel of land upon which any building or structure is located or constructed shall be required to permanently display the street address identification number or numbers assigned pursuant to § 285-4 hereof.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
The individual, person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity in title to a lot, parcel of land, building, condominium or other real property capable of ownership.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
Any structure enclosing space or otherwise used in any manner for residential, commercial, industrial or storage use or for any other purposes. The term shall not include a structure accessory to a principal building and used only in conjunction therewith.
[Amended 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14]
Street address identification number(s) shall be assigned to each lot or parcel of land upon which is constructed or located one or more principal buildings. Such assignment shall be made by the Township Zoning Officer or his designated representative, and written notice thereof shall be given by said official to the property owner and shall be placed on file in the Township administrative office. The procedure to be followed shall be as set forth in § 285-5 hereof. The assigned number or numbers shall constitute the official street address of the subject property for all purposes. The Board of Supervisors shall have the power to change the street address identification number or numbers assigned to any property at such time or times as it determines it necessary to assure the continuity of the numbering system in any area of the Township occasioned by subdivision and land development of other properties, rules and regulations promulgated and enforced by the United States Postal Service or other necessary cause.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
Whenever separate lots or parcels of land are created as a result of a subdivision or land development plan approval, the Zoning Officer shall be responsible to assign a street address identification number to each lot or principal building in logical relation to the numbers assigned to other lots or principal buildings fronting on the same street, and said numbers shall be properly recorded either on the subdivision plan or accompanying documents.
[Amended 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14; 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
Street address identification numbers shall be assigned at the time of issuance of a building permit for any building or structure on a lot or parcel of land to which such number has not been previously assigned, unless such assignment has occurred at the time of final subdivision plan approval. Existing principal buildings having no assigned street address identification number shall come into compliance with this article within 30 days of the Zoning Officer's written notice of such assignment, or within such period upon a change in use and occupancy of any such building. Any property owner may make application to the Zoning Officer for a change in his street address identification number upon cause shown. Said official is authorized to assign a new number if, in his discretion reasonably exercised, he determines that just cause for doing so exists and will not adversely impact sequential numbering of other properties on the same street or in the same area as that for which application has been made.
[Amended 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14]
Buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be a minimum of four inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm). Where access is by means of a private road and the building address cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
The owner of each lot or parcel of land shall be responsible for compliance with this article from and after its effective date. No lease or other arrangement by which any such property is occupied shall excuse the owner from compliance; provided, however, that any tenant, lessee or occupant in possession and control of such property shall be liable for compliance with the terms of this article and to prosecution for violation hereof.
[Amended 10-7-1996 by Ord. No. 293-96; 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, including reasonable attorneys' fees. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this article that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.