City of Marlborough, MA
Middlesex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Marlborough as Secs. 17-37 through 17-44 of the 1965 Code (Ch. 137 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 74.
Building and site development — See Ch. 270.
Noncriminal disposition — See Ch. 315, Art. I.
It shall be the duty of the City Engineer to assign a number to all buildings and vacant lots on all of the streets of the City. The City Engineer shall prepare and keep on file in his office plans showing the streets and the location of all numbered buildings and lots within the City.
Numbers shall each cover on Main Street a frontage of 20 feet approximately and on all other streets a frontage of 25 feet approximately, measuring from end to end of the street.
Whenever one number shall be insufficient to particularly designate additional tenements or buildings on the premises comprised within a given frontage, such additional tenements or buildings shall be assigned, in conjunction with the usual and proper number, the letters of the alphabet in their order, one letter to each such additional tenement or building.
The whole of the City shall be divided into districts, which shall include the following territory:
A. 
District A: that portion of the City situated easterly of Maple Street, East Main Street and Stevens Street.
B. 
District B: embracing East Main Street and Stevens Street and that portion of the City within the limits situated westerly of such streets and northerly of Main Street, West Main Street and Williams Street.
C. 
District C: embracing Maple Street, Main Street, West Main Street and Williams Street and that portion of the City within the limits situated westerly of Maple Street and southerly of Main Street, West Main Street and Williams Street.
A. 
In District A, the numbers shall commence on streets running east and west at the westerly end and on streets running north and south at the northerly end.
B. 
In District B, the numbers shall commence on streets running east and west at the easterly end and on streets running north and south at the southerly end.
C. 
In District C, the numbers shall commence on streets running east and west at the easterly end and on streets running north and south at the northerly end.
D. 
The odd numbers shall be placed at the right-hand side and the even numbers at the left-hand side of all streets following the direction of the numerical order from the beginning.
E. 
Notwithstanding the aforesaid sections, dead-end streets in all districts shall be numbered commencing from the beginning of the street to the dead-end portion.
[Added 4-10-1995 by Ord. No. 95-5932A]
[Amended 7-12-1999 by Ord. No. 99-8168A]
A. 
The owner and occupant of every residential, multifamily, industrial, commercial or any other building situated on any street within the City shall cause to be placed and maintained on or over the outside door fronting the street or on the front corners of every building having its entrances on the side thereof such numbers or letters as may be assigned thereto by the City Engineer under any provisions of this chapter.
B. 
The size in height of such numbers or letters, and the placement thereof, shall be:
(1) 
Not less than two inches in height where the front or corner of the building facing the street is less than 50 feet from the street.
(2) 
Not less than four inches in height where the front or corner of the building facing the street is between 50 feet and 100 feet from the street.
(3) 
Not less than six inches in height where the front or corner of the building facing the street is between 100 feet and 200 feet from the street.
(4) 
Where the front or corner of the building facing the street is more than 200 feet from the street, the size of the numbering shall increase two inches in height for every 100 feet in distance from the street.
(5) 
The numbers are to be placed so as to be easily observed from the street in front of the premises.
No owner or occupant of any building in the City shall affix or retain on such building, for more than three days, any number contrary to the direction of the City Engineer.
[Amended 1-24-1994 by Ord. No. 93/94-5304A]
A. 
Whoever shall refuse or neglect to comply with the provisions of this chapter within 30 days after a notice in writing delivered to the owner or occupant of such tenement or building of the numbers or letters so assigned by the City Engineer shall, for each and every offense, forfeit and pay a penalty of not more than $25. In addition thereto, if the owner or occupant of any tenement or building fails to number the same in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, it shall be the duty of the City Engineer and/or other City public safety units to place the proper number or numbers, letter or letters thereon, and the cost thereof may be assessed by the City Council upon such owner or occupant.
B. 
This section may be further enforced by the Fire Department in the issuance of its various permits and related inspections, checks and reviews of all properties by the withholding of any permits thereon.