[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Allegheny 10-10-2005 by Ord. No. 5-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned house or building numbers on every dwelling or business in Allegheny Township in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any property in case of emergency or otherwise.
The terms "principal building" and "dwelling" are defined in Chapter 250 of the Allegheny Township Code.
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 highway within Allegheny Township who has been assigned a number prior to the effective date of this chapter shall, at his own expense, within 90 days after the effective date of this chapter, cause the authorized and assigned number of such structure to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein. Any owner who has not been assigned a number prior to the effective date of this chapter shall, within 30 days after the assignment of such number, comply with the requirements of this section.
Visibility is defined by factors including, but not limited to, distinction from the background upon which the number is posted, distance from the street, porches, trees and other objects that may prohibit ease of recognition of the posted numbers from the street. Visibility shall also include ability of emergency personnel (fire, police, ambulance) to use said posted number to identify the building or dwelling unit from the street to which building is being addressed.
Said identification must be posted in a place where it is clearly visible from the street to which the building is addressed and must be posted in at least one of the following locations:
Street numbers shall be placed on or within three feet of either side of the door facing the street to which the building or dwelling is addressed, wherever most visible. If such placement is not possible or visible due to the features of the structure, said address may be posted in an alternate location.
If the structure is not visible from the street, numbers may be placed on a post, mailbox, sign or similar object erected clearly in the front yard or to the side of the driveway servicing such building or dwelling.
Houses that have mailboxes on the side opposite the house shall be required to post an address on the same side as the house.
Numbers shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, relectiveness, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from the street.
Townhouses. In addition to the number on the front of the house, all townhouses shall display identical numbers on the rear of the building in a prominent place so that the numbers are clearly visible from the sidewalk along the rear of the property.
No numbers shall be placed so that they will be hidden at any time by obstructions, screen or storm doors, grass, shrubbery or trees. It shall be a violation of this chapter to obstruct or cause to be obstructed any numbers placed in conformity with this chapter.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.