[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson 7-28-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 101.
This chapter shall be cited and may be referred to hereafter as the "Building Numbering Law of the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson."
In order to facilitate the rapid location of buildings along the various roads and highways by fire, police and other emergency services, and to facilitate the reporting of emergencies and dispatching of emergency vehicles and personnel under the Rensselaer County 911 system, the Village Board does hereby deem the numbering of all buildings, and the display of such numbers in a manner to enable rapid identification of buildings, to be of major importance to the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson. In order to effectuate the efficient and accurate numbering of buildings, the Village Board hereby enacts this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The principal building or each of the principal buildings on each lot, which shall not be deemed to include any accessory building.
- That side of the building which faces the street used with the building's number in the building's designated street address.
All existing buildings in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson and any buildings hereafter constructed shall have displayed upon the front of said building and, if required by the provisions of § 104-6D, also on a sign at the driveway entrance thereto or at such other location facing and adjacent to and readily visible from the street, road or highway serving the building and in no event further back than 25 feet from the aforesaid road, street or highway right-of-way, a number uniquely identifying said building's location on that road, street or highway.
Building numbers shall be assigned by the Village in conformance with the Rensselaer County Emergency Management (911) system of numbering. Numbers for new buildings will be assigned at the time of issuance of a building permit. The building number and street name will be recorded on both the building permit and the certificate of occupancy for that building. Records of building numbers for both existing and new buildings will be maintained in the office of the Village Assessor.
The numbers to be displayed on a building shall be at least four inches in height, with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch, and shall be placed on the front of said building in a prominent and conspicuous place and in such manner as to be plainly legible from the center of the street. The color of the numbers shall be distinctly different from the color of their background to increase clarity and contrast.
The numbers shall not be obstructed by trees, shrubbery, porches or other extensions of the building.
Wherever practicable, said number shall be placed near some light or source of illumination so that it may be readily seen at night.
If the building upon which the number is to be displayed is more than 75 feet from the edge of the road, street or highway serving the building, the number shall, in addition to the other requirements contained herein and in addition to being displayed on the front of the building itself, be displayed on a sign readily visible from the road, street or highway serving the building and in no event further back than 25 feet from said road, street or highway right-of-way.
The display of any house number within the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson other than the number assigned by the Village pursuant to this chapter is expressly prohibited.
All existing buildings in the Village shall display the assigned number in the manner required by § 104-6 hereof within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter. Any buildings for which a certificate of occupancy is issued after the effective date of this chapter will be required to be in compliance with this chapter's provisions upon issuance of the certificate of occupancy.
The owner of the property on which the building is located is responsible for the posting of numbers in the manner required by this chapter. The owner is also responsible for the continuing maintenance and legibility of the required numbers.
The Code Enforcement Officer of the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson shall be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter.
Any property owner found not to be in compliance with any provision herein shall be given a ten-day notice to remedy said violation.
Any property owner that fails to comply with said notice shall be liable for a civil penalty in the sum of up to $25 per address for each week or portion thereof that the violation shall continue to exist following the issuance of the aforesaid notice to remedy and the expiration of the aforesaid ten-day cure period. The penalty hereby established and authorized is declared to be civil in nature.
Upon the application of the owner of the property, the Village Mayor, or his/her designee, may, after consultation with the Office of Rensselaer County Emergency Management, vary or modify the requirements contained herein with respect to that property upon such terms and conditions as he/she deems appropriate. There shall be no appeal from the decision of the Village Mayor on an application made under this section.