[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Hillside 12-21-1971 as Ch. XVIII, Sec. 18-3, of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes all houses and dwellings, stores and business places, and other buildings, which shall front on any street in the Township.
The Engineer shall plot on the Tax Map of the Township all the properties which now or shall hereafter front on any street and designate and assign a number therefor.
All public and privately owned buildings, including but not limited to single- and multifamily residences, commercial and industrial structures, restaurants, offices, schools, houses of worship and all other facilities now or hereafter erected within the Township shall bear in numeric figures the street number assigned to the building of the Tax Map of the Township. Such numeric figures shall be securely affixed by the owner or occupant to the front of the building and shall be clearly visible to persons passing by the structure or premises on the abutting street.
Numeric figures displayed in accordance with this chapter shall also meet the following specifications:
Location. Numeric figures must be placed within 10 feet of the front entrance of the building.
Height. Numeric figures shall be at least four inches in height.
Color. Numeric figures shall be reflective or painted in color(s) that contrast with the surface to which they are affixed.
Visibility. Numeric figures shall not be obscured by shrubbery or other landscaping, screens, storm doors, mailboxes, electrical fixtures, signs, or any other object that would impair their visibility from the street. In addition, no other numeric figures shall be placed upon the building next to, within or near the area upon which the street number is affixed in a manner which would substantially diminish the visibility or clarity of the street number.
The display of alphabetic, lettered or Roman style numerals is prohibited unless displayed in addition to and in accordance with the above requirements.
This chapter may be enforced by any sworn member of the Police Department or by the Construction Official who shall serve a complaint-summons upon the property owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of any structure that does not have street numbers displayed in accordance with the specifications set forth in § 124-3.
The engineer, on completion of plotting on the Township Tax Map of the numbers assigned to all lots and buildings on a particular street, shall file a copy thereof with the Township Clerk.
Upon any subdivision or resubdivision of land in the Township resulting in lots other than those delineated on the map, the Engineer shall assign a number to each lot resulting from the subdivision or resubdivision, which shall be in proper numerical sequence in relation to the number assigned to the other lots fronting on the same street, and he shall record the new numbers on the map within 10 days of the filing of the approval given for such subdivision or resubdivision of land.
No subdivision or resubdivision, major or minor, of land requiring approval by the Planning Board shall be approved by it unless a number is assigned by the Engineer to each lot for the building erected or to be erected on it.
No certificate of occupancy shall be issued by the Construction Official or anyone in his department for the occupancy of any building hereafter erected or enlarged unless the provisions of this chapter shall have been complied with.
If the owner of any lot at any time desires the renumbering thereof, he shall be at liberty to apply to the Township Council by petition, which petition shall be accompanied by a properly prepared map showing the changes desired and clearly showing how the numbers for the entire block would stand in case renumbering is ordered. The applicant shall present with his petition proof by affidavit that a copy of the petition, together with notice of intention to apply to the Township Council, has been served on all the owners of property fronting on the block, on both sides of the street, at least 10 days prior to the date of presentation of the petition. Thereupon the Township Council may, in its discretion, by resolution order the block to be renumbered in the manner specified in the application or in such other manner as it may deem best. If the Township Council orders any change in the numbering of the block, a map, duly authenticated, shall be filed with the Township Clerk showing the changes as made and, on the map being so filed, the numbers designated thereon shall, as to the block in question, supersede those on the original map referred to in this section. The changes shall be endorsed on the Official House Numbering Map.
[Amended 10-21-2003; 5-29-2007]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not less than $100 for a first offense and not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 for subsequent offenses; imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days; and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.