[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Dedham as Ch. 31 of the 1996 By-laws; amended 11-18-2013 STM by Art. 16. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
All dwelling houses, places of business, and other buildings located on or near the lines of public ways, or private ways open to the public, in the Town of Dedham, shall be sequentially numbered from one end of the street to the other, the buildings on one side bearing even numbers and the buildings on the opposite side bearing odd numbers.
A number shall be assigned to open and/or unoccupied land fronting on public or private ways open to the public. A number shall be assigned for each lot fronting on such street or way as defined and provided in the Zoning By-Laws of the Town for the particular district in which the street or way affected is located, and for any lots of lesser frontage upon which buildings may be erected in accordance with such by-law under any provision of law applicable thereto.
The number shall be determined by the location of the front door of the building. Such numbering shall be done by and under the supervision of the Board of Assessors or its designee. In the case of corner lots or other cases of confusion or conflict, final determination will be made by the Chief of Police, Fire Chief, or their designees. Such determination will be made in the interest of public safety.
Wherever necessary, in the opinion of the Board or their designee, for the proper implementation of the intent of this chapter, the numbers of the present buildings will be changed, but otherwise, present numbering shall remain the same.
The Board shall determine from which end of the street the numbering shall begin.
The Board shall send a written notice of a number change by ordinary mail, or delivery, to the owners of all property upon determination of the number to be assigned by them, to any building, premises, or property in accordance with this chapter. The notice shall inform the owner of assigned number, whether new or changed.
No later than 10 days from the mailing or delivery of notice pursuant to § 129-6, the owners of the affected property shall post the assigned number in a conspicuous manner, not on a door, so as to be clearly visible and legible, both day and night, from both directions of the street or way on which the property fronts. The number shall not be blocked from view by any means or object, natural or artificial. The number shall be posted at the access to the property if the building is not readily visible from the street.
Any building hereafter erected shall bear the numbers previously assigned under the provisions of this chapter to the particular lot upon which such building is erected and shall not thereafter use or display any other number therefor.
Any person, firm, or corporation violating this chapter by failing to comply with the provisions of § 129-7 hereof, after receiving the notice provided for in § 129-6, or who removes, changes, or defaces such assigned number shall be, subject to the procedure in § 129-10, be enforced in accordance with the provisions of § 1-6 of these By-laws.
The Office of the Building Department, Code Enforcement Officer and/or the Police and Fire Department representatives to the E911 team shall be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter.
Upon discovery of a violation of the terms of § 129-7, the offender shall be issued a warning citation; if compliance has not been achieved within 10 days of said warning, a second and final warning shall be issued, with the option of requesting a hearing before the Town Manager. If said hearing has not been requested or compliance achieved within 10 days of the second warning, all further citations shall be enforced in accordance with the provisions of Section 1-6 of these By-laws.
[Amended 11-17-2014 ATM by Art. 18]