Township of Carroll, PA
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Carroll Township 11-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-120. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Carroll Township, the Board of Supervisors of Carroll Township shall require that all residential and commercial properties prominently display identification numbers which mark the location of the residences and businesses for fire, police, ambulance and other personnel involved in providing emergency services.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the particular meaning as follows:
BUILDING
Any structure used or intended to be used as a dwelling or place of business or industry, now in existence or hereafter constructed or erected. Accessory use structures shall not generally be considered as buildings for the purposes of this chapter. However, the owners of separate accessory use structures on the same tract or contiguous tract may request the assignment of a separate identification number for such structures.
BUILDING NUMBER
A numerical identification assigned to a building.
OWNER
Any individual, partnership, corporation unincorporated association, estate, or any other legally recognized entity holding title to a building.
STREET
Any dedicated and adopted roadway, street, avenue, boulevard, highway, freeway, lane, viaduct, and any other dedicated and adopted public right-of-way used or intended to be used by vehicular traffic.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Carroll.
The building identification system presently used by the Township shall be continued for the determination of building numbers.
All existing building numbers shall continue until changed by written notice from the Township. Existing building numbers shall be those previously assigned by this Township.
Whenever any building shall be erected within the Township, a building number shall be assigned upon the issuance of a building permit. The owner shall cause the building number to be displayed as required upon commencement of any building activity, including excavation. Upon completion of construction, the building number shall be displayed permanently. The assignment of a building number in the permitting process shall constitute notice to the owner of the requirements of this chapter and no further notice shall be required to take enforcement action.
Every owner of every building within this Township shall cause the building to be identified by a building number within 120 days from the effective date of this chapter.
The Township Secretary shall send the owner of every existing building to which an identification number has not been assigned notice of assignment of the building number directing that the number be affixed to the building or otherwise established on the land of said building in the manner prescribed in this chapter within 30 calendar days after the mailing of such notice.
A. 
Location.
(1) 
Building numbers shall be displayed on the same side of the street on which the building is located.
(2) 
Each building owner shall permanently display the building number designated for his or her business or residence in a prominent place visible from the street and no farther distance than a twenty-five-foot radius from the point where the driveway giving access to the premises intersects with a street, with the following exceptions:
(a) 
In the event that the building is located on a private road or street, the building number shall be displayed to be visible from such road or street.
(b) 
The building number may be displayed upon the building itself if, in the judgement of the Township, the building number is sufficient in size and placement as to be clearly visible from the street.
(c) 
In the event that a common or joint driveway is utilized by multiple buildings:
[1] 
Building numbers for all buildings having access through the common or joint driveway shall be displayed together in a prominent place visible from the street and no farther distance than a twenty-five-foot radius from the point where the driveway giving access to the premises intersects with a street.
[2] 
Buildings having access through common or joint driveways shall display additional building numbers within a five-foot radius of the point(s) of separation(s) of the common driveway and the individual accessway.
(d) 
If the placement of the building number within the location limits as prescribed by this chapter cannot be accomplished, the Township shall direct the placement of the building number in such manner as to satisfy the intent and purpose of this chapter.
(3) 
Each building number shall be displayed separately unless a joint or common driveway is utilized.
(4) 
Building numbers must be visible from both directions of travel from the roadway.
B. 
Building number specifications. The following specifications shall apply to the building number displayed:
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
(1) 
The required numbers are to be of a durable light-reflecting material or to be of a color which contrasts with the immediate background, and be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters at least four inches high, with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch.
(2) 
All building numbers shall be attached to a post, tree or other appropriated structure at a point no less than three feet from ground level; or to the building itself as provided herein.
C. 
Each owner of a building shall be responsible for the constant maintenance of the building number in a complete and legible form.
The Township Zoning Officer and Township Police Chief are hereby authorized, empowered and directed to take any and all action required to administer, implement and enforce the provisions of this chapter. The Township Zoning Officer and Township Police Chief may delegate such authority to other employees or agents of this Township in order to effectuate the purpose of this chapter.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter 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. 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 chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.