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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Nashua 8-9-1994 by Ord. No. O-94-33 (Secs. 6-62 to 6-68 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Subdivision and site plan procedures — See Ch. 190.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards for street and building identification in public and private developments and complexes in order to ensure their expeditious location by police and fire officials in times of emergency.
For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
STREET
Includes either existing or dedicated public streets, private streets or private driveways leading to a cluster or group of buildings.
At the time of preliminary subdivision or site plan approval by the City Planning Board, all proposed street names or designations shall be checked for approval with the street names currently on file in the City Engineer's office. Submitted names which are similar to existing street names or designations will not be approved.
A. 
Issuance of a building permit by the Code Official shall be contingent upon the owner agreeing to install, within five working days of the initiation of construction, temporary street signs in conformance with the following specifications:
(1) 
Color: White letters on a green background.
(2) 
Size: Sign letters shall be at least four inches in height and the sign a minimum of six inches in height with a maximum sign height of 10 inches.
(3) 
Height from ground: Signs shall be at the top of a post no lower than seven feet and no higher than eight feet from the ground.
(4) 
Visibility: Signs shall have the street name on both sides and shall be located within 10 feet of an intersection and parallel to the street they identify. Signs shall be located to ensure that they are not obstructed from view by any natural or man-made object or feature, natural elements or weather excepted.
(5) 
Material: Signs and posts shall be constructed of wood or metal and fixed to the ground in a vertical position. Paper and cardboard signs are excluded.
(6) 
Maintenance: The owner of the development or his agent shall be responsible for the maintenance of all signs required under this section.
B. 
Exception. The provisions of this section shall not apply to shopping malls, shopping centers or recreational buildings which have or share a common area for vehicular movement if the name of the facility is clearly identifiable from a public street.
Permanent street signs are subject to the following procedures and standards:
A. 
Dedicated public streets. When the Code Official issues a certificate of occupancy for the first building or buildings on a dedicated public street, he shall immediately notify the Board of Public Works of such action. The Board of Public Works shall, as soon feasible, install a permanent street sign to current City standards.
B. 
Private streets and driveways. Before the Code Official issues a certificate of occupancy for the first building or buildings on a common private street or driveway, the owner shall have installed permanent street identification signs to the following standards:
(1) 
Sign color: Signs should be of white luminous block-style letters on a green background.
(2) 
Size: Sign letters shall be at least four inches in height and the sign a minimum of six inches in height with a maximum sign height of 10 inches.
(3) 
Height from ground: The sign shall be at the top of a post of no less than seven feet nor more than eight feet from the ground.
(4) 
Visibility: Signs shall have the street name on both sides and shall be located within 10 feet of an intersection and parallel to the street they identify. Signs shall be located to ensure that they are not obstructed from view by any natural or man-made object or feature, natural elements or weather excepted.
(5) 
Material: Signs and posts shall be constructed of wood or metal and fixed to the ground in a vertical position. This is meant to exclude paper and cardboard signs.
(6) 
Maintenance: The owner of the development and/or his agent shall be responsible for the maintenance of all signs required under this section.
C. 
Exception. The provisions of this section shall not apply to shopping malls, centers or recreational buildings which share or have common area for vehicular movement if the name of such center is clearly identifiable from a public street.
All multifamily, commercial, residential and industrial buildings shall be clearly marked for identification as prescribed in the following sections:
A. 
Multifamily buildings within complexes.
(1) 
All buildings must be clearly designated by street numbers or letters.
(2) 
All numbers or letters used to designate buildings must be a minimum of three inches in height and shall be Arabic numbers or block-style letters.
(3) 
All such numbers or letters must appear at both the front and rear doors of all such buildings.
(4) 
All identifying characters must be placed on the door or near the door so as to be clearly visible from the public or private street or driveway.
(5) 
The owner of the development or his agent shall be responsible for the maintenance of all building identification required under this section.
B. 
Commercial or industrial buildings within complexes or with more than one principal tenant per building.
(1) 
All buildings must be clearly designated by street numbers or letters.
(2) 
All numbers or letters used to designate buildings must be a minimum of three inches in height and shall be Arabic numbers or block-style letters.
(3) 
All rear exterior doors of such buildings shall be clearly labeled with the above numbers or letters or may be identified with the name of the commercial or industrial enterprise.
(4) 
All identifying characters must be placed on the door or near the door so as to be clearly visible from the public or private street or driveway.
(5) 
The owner of the development and/or his agent shall be responsible for the maintenance of all building identification required under this section.
C. 
All other multifamily, commercial, residential or industrial buildings.
(1) 
All buildings must be clearly designated by street numbers or letters.
(2) 
All numbers or letters used to designate buildings must be a minimum of three inches in height and shall be Arabic numbers or block style letters.
(3) 
All such numbers or letters shall appear at the front door of all such buildings.
(4) 
All identifying characters must be placed on the door or near the door so as to be clearly visible from the public or private street or driveway.
(5) 
The owner of the building or development, or his agent, shall be responsible for the maintenance of all building identification required under this section.
Modifications of the requirements of this chapter may be granted for the good cause upon written request to and written by the Fire Chief of the City.
The overall responsibility for the enforcement of this chapter shall be that of the Fire Department, utilizing such other agencies of the City government as the Fire Commissioners, in their discretion, deem appropriate.