Town of Barrington, RI
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Barrington 9-14-1953 (Ch. II, Sec. 4, of Title Seven of the 1965 Code); amended in its entirety 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 91-23. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 73.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 200.
Fee and Fine Schedule — See Ch. A225.

§ 75-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned house or building numbers for every house or building fronting on any street or situated, in whole or in part, in the Town of Barrington, in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any property.

§ 75-2 Posting of numbers required.

Every building used for residential, commercial, industrial and/or any other purpose fronting on any street or situated, in whole or in part, in the Town of Barrington shall have affixed thereto or otherwise posted on the premises the street number which has been assigned to said building by the town. Said street numbering, its location and size shall conform to the provisions of this chapter as hereinafter set forth.

§ 75-3 Assignment of numbers.

House or building numbers shall be assigned from time to time by the Building Inspector, who shall, as soon as practicable after the assignment, cause notice of the number assigned to be mailed to the party or any one of the parties listed as an owner of the premises on the tax records of the town as of January 1 of the year in which the number was assigned or notice mailed, whichever shall last occur. Such notice may, at the option of the Building Inspector, be given in person or by postal service mail.
For all new roads and developments, the Building Inspector will assign individual house or building numbers before granting a certificate of occupancy.
Assigned house or building numbers will be kept on file in the Tax Assessor's Office in the directories accompanying the platting maps for owners' information.

§ 75-4 Responsibility of property owners.

It shall be the responsibility of the owner of any house, building or structure located in the Town of Barrington to procure the correct house or building number for the property from the Tax Assessor's office and to immediately permanently fasten and place such number upon the building or house as provided by this chapter. Final approval of any structure erected, repaired, altered or modified after July 1, 1992, shall be withheld by the Building Inspector until permanent and proper numbers have been affixed to the structure in compliance with this chapter.

§ 75-5 Numbering specifications.

The owner or person receiving written or printed notice from the Building Inspector that his or her real estate has been numbered or renumbered shall cause to be affixed the number so established and assigned as provided herein.
The owner, occupant or lessee of each and every structure which now fronts or which may hereafter front upon any public or private street or shall be located, in whole or in part, within the Town of Barrington shall cause the authorized and assigned number of such structure to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein. Any buildings presently numbered shall display the existing number as set forth herein.
Such assigned house or building numbers shall be:
In Arabic numerals or script.
A minimum height of four (4) inches.
Mounted in secure fashion to the front wall or porch of the building or other appurtenance on the front of the building or house so that it is clearly visible from the street.
Sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from the street.
At least thirty (30) inches above ground level and so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the street upon which the building fronts or otherwise.
If possible, placed alongside any existing outside lighting, so that such numbers will be illuminated.
Placement of numbers on post, rod or mailbox.
If the numbers affixed to the front of the building would not be visible from the street, as required herein, then, in the alternative, the requirements of this chapter would be deemed satisfied if the owner, occupant or lessee shall provide the Arabic numerals or script, as required herein, upon a post, rod or other type of fixture of substantial nature adjacent to a driveway leading to said building so that the number may be conspicuous and visible from either direction when travelling on the road. The location shall not be greater than twelve (12) feet from the edge of the roadway. A mailbox, post or rod on the opposite side of the street on which the building fronts or is located will not satisfy the requirements of this chapter.
The rear door to any building, other than a residence, must also be marked as specified herein. The business name, in three-inch letters, must also be marked on the door to such building.
All numbers posted pursuant to this chapter shall be of reflective material or of a material providing sufficient visual contrast to the background material to be easily discernible with the aid of an emergency vehicle spotlight.

§ 75-6 Responsibility for maintenance.

Each responsible person, as outlined in this chapter and specifically § 75-4, shall also be responsible for the maintenance and legibility of the required numbers as well as all other requirements provided herein.

§ 75-7 Violations and penalties.

Each responsible person, as outlined in this chapter and specifically § 75-4, shall be required to post, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, the house or building number assigned to such building or house within six (6) months after receiving notice according to the provisions of this chapter.
Any responsible person who fails to so post the house or building number as required or fails to post such number in accordance with the specifications herein established, upon fifteen (15) days' written notice of such failure from the Fire Chief or any person who unlawfully removes, defaces or conceals said numbers shall be subject to a fine to be set from time to time by the Town Council.[1] In the event of the failure to post, keep posted or maintain said number in a legible condition, every fifteen (15) days such number is not so posted, kept posted or maintained in a legible condition shall constitute and result in a separate offense and be subject to a fine to be set from time to time by the Town Council.
Editor's Note: See Ch. A225, Fee and Fine Schedule.