[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford 9-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-35 (Ch. 80 of the 1992 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "House and Building Number Law of the Township of Cranford."
The purpose of this chapter is to provide emergency personnel in the Township, such as police, fire and emergency medical services, with the most expeditious manner of identification of houses, commercial properties, commercial buildings and other buildings within the Township in order to allow them to quickly and accurately respond to the appropriate address.
The owner and occupant of every building shall be required to display address numbers as follows. Address numbers shall at all times be affixed and mounted in a secure fashion to the building's front wall (facing the public or private street), entryway from a public street or main path of travel leading to the main entrance from a public street. Such numbers shall be no less than four inches in height and shall be Arabic in format and style. Script or Roman numerals shall not be considered to be in compliance with this chapter and must be removed. In residentially zoned areas, address numbers shall be a maximum of eight inches in height.
Address numbers may also be mounted on a post in the front yard of the premises not within the right-of-way.
All address numbers shall be mounted at a height of not less than four feet and not more than 10 feet above grade. The numbers shall be securely fastened, of durable, weatherproof material, and shall be mounted against a contrasting background arranged so that the numbers may be legible from the center of the road.
In all cases, address numbers shall be clearly visible at all times from the public or private street on which the property is located.
Said address numbers shall not be obstructed from view from the public or private street by trees, shrubs, structures or other objects.
Where the building upon which the number is to be displayed is more than 150 feet from the edge of the right-of-way, whether improved or not, of the street or road serving the building, the number shall, in addition to the other requirements of this chapter, be displayed on a sign readily visible from the road or street and in no event farther back than 25 feet from said road or street right-of-way.
Builders, owners and developers of new structures shall post a temporary weather-resistant sign on the site displaying the assigned street address immediately upon completion of framing. The posting shall otherwise be in accordance with Subsection A above. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued if said numbers are not so installed.
Where a group of structures or buildings carries the same address, the posting of the address number at the principal entry point to the complex, being visible as required in Subsection A above, shall be considered in compliance.
All existing structures shall comply with the requirements of this chapter within 90 days of the effective date thereof. All structures completed and/or occupied subsequent to the effective date of this chapter shall comply immediately.
The Construction Official, all subcode officials, the Fire Chief and Police Chief are hereby declared to be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, or anyone acting on behalf of said person, firm or corporation, to violate any of the provisions of this chapter relating to the posting and continuation of the numbering system of the numbers on said buildings. Any structure not displaying the numbers as set forth in this chapter shall be considered in violation of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation violating or permitting the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $100 and $200 for each subsequent offense. Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.