[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Cresskill 9-15-1981 by Ord. No. 81-19-800. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter shall be to require the clear display of building numbers to public streets for all properties that contain principal buildings within the Borough of Cresskill in order to assist the general public and the authorities in identifying any property in case of an emergency, as well as for the welfare of the general public in conducting their normal affairs, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:67-1 et seq.
The owner, occupant or agent of an owner or occupant shall place or cause to be displayed upon each house or building controlled by him the number or numbers assigned to the lot upon which it is located by the Borough of Cresskill Tax Map.
The numbers used shall be Arabic, not less than six inches in height, and should be made of durable and clearly visible material; the numbers shall be legible and maintained in good order at all times. Roman numerals or script may supplement this requirement, but shall not be a substitute for compliance.
The numbers shall be conspicuously placed on the building facade parallel to the street immediately above, or within 10 feet of either side of the main entrance to the building or over the garage door so that the number can be plainly read from the center line of the street in daylight by a person possessing at least 20/20 vision.
Whenever any building is situated more than 50 feet from the street line, the house number shall be displayed as provided in Subsection C, but the numerals shall be at least five inches in height.
If the number would not be visible due to the orientation setback or other features of the building or site if it were displayed as provided above, then the number shall be placed near the walk, driveway or entrance to such building and upon a gate, post or fence so as to be easily discernible from the center line of the street. Such a display shall be no closer than 10 feet to the curbline nor further away than 15 feet from the curbline. The bottom of such a display shall be no less than 30 inches above the level of the ground, nor shall the top of such display be more than six feet above the ground.
All numbers posted pursuant to this chapter shall be of reflective material or of sufficient visual contrast to the background material to be easily discernible at night with the aid of an emergency vehicle spotlight.
Whenever any house, building or structure shall be erected or located in the Borough of Cresskill after the passage of this chapter, and in order to preserve the continuity and uniformity of numbers of the houses, buildings or structures, it shall be the duty of the owner to ascertain the correct number or numbers as designated by the Borough of Cresskill Tax Map for said property and to immediately fasten said number or numbers so assigned upon said building as provided by this chapter.
Any person having a number different from that officially assigned shall be deemed to be in violation of this chapter.
Where any building has more than one entrance serving separate occupants, a separate number shall be assigned to each entrance serving a separate occupant and shall be posted as otherwise provided in this chapter.
Where any building or complex of buildings is so structured that all separate entrances serving separate occupants and the numbers assigned to them are not clearly visible from the center line of the street, then the number for each separate entrance shall be placed near the walk or driveway from the street to such separate entrance and upon a gate, post, fence or other appropriate place so as to be easily visible from the center line of the street. The height limitations on such a display shall be the same as those provided in § 89-2.
For all multifamily buildings having apartment doors opening on interior halls, each door shall have a number no less than two inches high affixed thereon, and hall entryways shall have on the exterior thereof a display indicating the sequence of apartments served by such entryway.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Construction Official of the Borough of Cresskill, who is empowered to order in writing the remedying of any condition found to exist in violation of any provision of this chapter. The owner or agent of a building or premises, if a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall have been committed or shall exist, or the lessee or tenant of any part of the buildings or premises in which such violations shall have been committed or shall exist, or agent, architect, builder, contractor or any other person who shall commit, take part or assist in any violation or who shall maintain any building or premises in which any violation of this chapter shall exist, or the persons so violating same who refuse to correct said violations within one month after written notice has been mailed to them, shall, for each and every violation of the provisions of this chapter, be subject to a maximum fine of not more than $100 and a minimum fine of $1 for each day of violation, plus costs. Each and every day that such a violation continues after said notice as hereinabove prescribed shall be considered a separate and specific violation of this chapter.