Township of Lower Saucon, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Lower Saucon 5-20-1992 by Ord. No. 92-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 65.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 140.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 145.
Zoning — See Ch. 180.
A system of numbering properties and principal buildings is hereby adopted for use in the Township of Lower Saucon.
All properties or parcels of land within the corporate limits of the Township of Lower Saucon shall hereafter be identified by reference to the numbering system adopted herein; provided, however, that all existing numbers of properties and buildings not in conformity at the present time with the numbering system shall be changed to conform to the Lower Saucon Township Numbering System within one year from the date of notification of the new number or address by the Township. Such notification shall be by way of first class mail to the property owner. This number shall be known as the "street address number."
Property owners shall be required to notify all tenants of the assignment of the new street address number and shall be required to obtain multiple numbers in case of multiple occupancy. Property owners shall also be responsible for the placement of display.
The street address number shall be displayed in the following manner:
General requirement. The required displays of the street address number shall be in four Arabic numbers. Additional apartment and suite numbers shall also be established for multiple-tenant properties.
The display shall be neat and easily legible from the public street for street displays and easily legible by approaching emergency personnel in the case of building or door displays.
The display shall be horizontal, reading left to right, or vertical, reading top to bottom.
Mailbox. If there is a freestanding mailbox located on the property in a location that would readily identify the designated street address number, the street address number shall be placed on both sides of the mailbox or supporting structure or on both sides of an attached sign. Neat numbers not less than two inches high shall be used. If any requirements of this chapter conflict with requirements of the United States Postal Service, the Postal Service requirements shall govern.
Front yard or building face. In the event that there is no freestanding mailbox located on the property in a location that would readily identify the proper street address number or if the mailbox is located in a group of mailboxes or on a street other than that of the designated street address number, the street address number shall be displayed on the mailbox and, in addition, as follows:
On a sign located in the front yard of the principal building, no more than 25 feet from the edge of street pavement, at a location that is easily seen from the street; or
If the front face of the building can be easily seen from the street, the street address number may be placed on the front face of the building. The numbers (in that case) shall be between two inches and four inches in height, four feet to six feet above first-floor level near the principal entrance. Additional duplicate larger identification numbers can also be utilized if they do not violate sign ordinance regulations[1] and if a sign permit is obtained for these additional displays.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 180, Zoning, § 180-99, Signs and billboards.
Multiple-occupant buildings. In the case where a building is occupied by more than one entity for residential or nonresidential purposes, the street address number shall be displayed in the manner indicated above. In addition to the normal display, the main entrance door to each occupied space shall display the apartment or suite number in characters at least one inch in height. This display to be located between four feet and six feet above the level of the floor outside the entrance door.
The display of the street address number and apartment or suite number shall be maintained in good condition so as to provide reasonable identification. The failure to display or properly maintain the display of the street address number and apartment or suite number shall be a violation of this chapter.
The Township Manager or his assigns shall assign to any property owner within the Township of Lower Saucon, upon request and without charge, the street address number for each principal building and apartment or suite number, as appropriate. The Township Manager or his assigns may assign additional numbers, in accordance with the Township's street address numbering system, whenever a property has been approved for subdivision and/or land development.
[Amended 9-18-1996 by Ord. No. 96-10; 5-20-1998 by Ord. No. 98-17]
This chapter shall be enforced by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Any person who violates or permits the violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by 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. Each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.