City of Albany, NY
Albany County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Albany 3-20-1995 by Ord. No. 6.31.95. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 133.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 197.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 323.
In order to enable the identification and location of buildings along the various roads and highways of the City by fire, police and other emergency services, and to facilitate the reporting of emergencies and dispatching of emergency vehicles and personnel under the county "E-911" system, the Common Council of the City of Albany hereby finds and declares the enumeration of all buildings to be of major importance for all residents of the City of Albany, and this chapter is intended to effectuate the efficient and accurate enumeration of buildings.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated.
BUILDING
The principal building or buildings on each zone lot of record. Such term shall not be deemed to include any accessory structure.
COMMISSIONER
The Commissioner of Assessment and Taxation of the City of Albany.
All buildings in the City of Albany presently existing and those hereafter constructed shall have displayed, either upon said building or at the driveway entrance thereto, or both, a number uniquely identifying said building's location on any given road or highway as assigned herein.
The Commissioner of Assessment and Taxation of the City of Albany shall notify all property owners of the numbers assigned to any building already existing if inconsistent with that presently being displayed or if otherwise not in compliance with the requirements of this chapter. The Commissioner will assign a number to any new building after the issuance of a building permit and prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. Any new certificate of occupancy issued after the effective date of this chapter shall have written upon its face the building number and street name upon which it is located.
A. 
The figure or figures comprising the number to be displayed as required herein shall be at least three (3) inches in height and shall be placed on the front of said building in a prominent and conspicuous place and in such manner as to be plainly legible from the center of the street at all times between sunrise and sunset. The color of said figures shall be in sharp contrast to the color of their background. For the purpose and intent of this chapter, the front of a building shall be construed as that side of the building which faces the street on which the number or numbers of such building or premises have been allotted.
B. 
The numbers shall be so placed so that they will not be obstructed by trees, shrubbery, porches or other extensions of the building.
C. 
Wherever practicable, said numbers shall be placed near some light or source of illumination so that it may be readily seen at night.
D. 
Where the building upon which the number is to be displayed is more than seventy-five (75) feet from the edge of the right-of-way, whether improved or not, of the street or road serving the building, the number shall, in addition to the other requirements of this chapter, be displayed on a sign or other fixture readily visible from the road or street and in no event further back than twenty-five (25) feet from said road or street right-of-way.
Each separate building or dwelling shall be assigned a separate distinguishing number by the Commissioner in conformity with a uniform numbering system encompassing the entire City. The display of any house number other than the number assigned by the Commissioner is expressly prohibited.
All existing structures in the City to which numbers are assigned by the Commissioner are hereby required to display such number in the manner required herein within ninety (90) days of its assignment. Any structures for which a certificate of occupancy is issued after the effective date of this chapter will be required to be in compliance with the provisions hereof upon issuance of the certificate of occupancy.
The Commissioner of Assessment and Taxation is hereby authorized and directed to be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter and to cause all property owners to be in compliance.
A. 
Any property owner found not to be in compliance with any provision herein shall be given a ten-day notice to remedy said violation.
B. 
Any property owner that fails to comply with said notice shall be liable for a civil penalty in the sum of up to $300 for each week that the violation shall exist following the issuance of notice to remedy. The penalty herein is declared to be civil in nature. Prosecutions for violations of this chapter shall be undertaken by the office of the Corporation Counsel in the Civil Part of Albany City Court.
[Amended 5-19-2008 by Ord. No. 25.42.08]
C. 
Service of notice. The notice provided for herein may be given by personal service or by mailing a copy thereof to the last known address of the owner.
D. 
Numbering of building by City. In the event of the neglect or refusal of any owner, after notice as set forth herein, to comply with the provisions of this chapter, the Commissioner may cause said building to be properly numbered.
E. 
Assessment of costs. The Commissioner shall determine the cost of numbering said building, assess the cost of the same upon such premises, which shall become a lien thereon, and include the same in the next assessment roll if otherwise unpaid.
Upon the application of any person showing practical difficulty, the Commissioner may vary or modify the requirements contained herein upon such terms and conditions as is deemed appropriate.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.