City of Rochester, NY
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Rochester City Council 6-11-1968 by Ord. No. 68-175 (this ordinance also repealed former Ch. 61, House Numbering, adopted 11-25-1941); amended in its entirety 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-218. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Council hereby requires the numbering or renumbering of all streets in the City of Rochester and accordingly directs the Commissioner of Environmental Services as follows:
A. 
To number or renumber said streets from time to time as he or she may deem necessary. One number shall be assigned to every 15 feet in length on each side of the street, except in the cases of certain densely populated streets one number may be assigned to each 10 feet. Numbers shall extend from beginning to end of each street, generally in the direction away from the center of the city. Where feasible, the odd number shall be placed on the west side of a street running north and south and on the south side of a street running east and west.
B. 
To assign numbers to buildings, existing or planned, in accordance with said street numbering.
A. 
Principal buildings used or to be used for residential, mixed occupancy, commercial, industrial or storage purposes shall bear or display at least one set of assigned street numbers.
B. 
Such number shall be Arabic in design with a minimum height of two inches and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the building's front wall, or to a porch or other fixed appurtenance in front of the building, in the vicinity of the main entry way or main path of travel leading to the main entrance from a public street, or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face of a wall or upon a post in the front yard of the premises.
C. 
All street numbers shall be mounted at a height between four feet and 10 feet above the adjacent grade, street or exterior porch landing directly beneath, but never higher than from 15 feet above the adjoining grade. They shall be legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size and uniformity of the whole, so that the numbers may be read with ease during daylight hours by a person possessing at least 2 0/40 vision as he or she views the numbers from the center line of the facing street and at an elevation of five feet above the finished surface thereof. Trees, shrubs or other obstructions shall not block said street numbers.
A. 
Properties containing more than a two-hundred-foot frontage on any one street shall be required to pass the visibility tests at each available point of pedestrian or vehicular entry or exit from said property.
B. 
Building elevations that face expressways are exempt from these provisions where the latter have not been normally assigned house numbers.
C. 
The absence of house numbers, or the insecure fastening or absence of all or any part of a number thereof, or the use of any number out of logical sequence for the street which it faces, or the failure of a number to meet the elevation requirements or the visibility requirements shall be considered a violation of this chapter.
The Council hereby directs the Fire Chief as follows:
A. 
To serve a notice and order on the owners of premises on all streets numbered or renumbered and upon all buildings found inaccurately numbered or renumbered or found with numbers insufficiently legible or otherwise in violation of this chapter. Such notice and order shall require the placing of assigned numbers and/or removal of numbers in accordance with provisions of this chapter.
B. 
To inspect buildings following the service of such notice and order.
[Amended 6-13-1989 by Ord. No. 89-200]
In case the owner of property does not place said number(s) and/or remove other number(s) within 30 days after service of notice and order to do so by the Fire Chief, the owner shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 13A-11 of the Municipal Code.