Township of Caln, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Caln 12-28-1978 by Ord. No. 1978-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 134.
This chapter applies to all principal buildings within the Township of Caln and each tract, lot or parcel of land.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A subordinate building, the use of which is customarily incidental to that of the principal building and is used for an accessory use and is located on the same lot.
Any building or structure erected on a tract, lot or parcel of land on which any use is carried out, except an accessory building.
Street address numbers shall be assigned to each tract, lot or parcel of land, placed on file in the Township Building and assigned to the owners or occupants of such tracts, lots or parcels of land by the Township Manager, or by such other person as may be designated by resolution of the Board of Commissioners. Once assigned, all such properties shall be designated for all the purposes by the number assigned, and thereafter all persons shall take due notice thereof and comply with the provisions of this chapter, when applicable.
The Township Manager, or such other person as may be designated, shall have the power and duty to correct any errors with respect to assignment of street address numbers, as and when such errors are discovered. The Board of Commissioners shall have the right and power to change a street address number or numbers assigned to any property whenever it may deem such a change necessary and desirable, and require the owner or occupant thereof to comply with the provisions of this chapter with respect to such change.
The owner or occupant of each tract, lot or parcel of land to which no street address number has previously been assigned shall, upon purchase, acquisition or occupancy thereof or within seven days of discovery that no such number has been assigned, make application to the Township Manager or his designated agent for assignment of such number, and thereon the Township Manager shall assign a correct street address number to the property.
The Township Manager shall be responsible for assigning proper street address number sequences to each lot which is created as a result of a subdivision or resubdivision, said numbers shall be in proper municipal sequence in relation to the number assigned to other lots fronting on the same street and shall be properly recorded on the subdivision plan and the Township file.
When the assignments required under Subsection A hereof have been completed and signed by the Township Manager, they shall be appended to the final subdivision plan and thereby incorporated therein by reference. No subdivider shall sell or convey any lot or dwelling unit or other building or structure upon said lot or lease or otherwise permit the use and occupancy thereof without first complying with all of the terms of this chapter.
The requirements for application for street address number and display thereof shall be a condition precedent to the submission of any application for a certificate of occupancy under Section 120.0 of the Caln Township Building Code.[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 59, Building Construction.
[Amended 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-8[1]]
In order to comply with this chapter, street address numbers shall be Arabic in design, shall have a minimum height of three inches and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the principal building's front wall or to a porch or other fixed appurtenance in front of the principal building in the general vicinity of the main entryway or main path of travel which leads to the main entrance from a public street or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face or wall or upon a post- or mailbox in the front yard of the premises. Numbers shall be mounted at a height between four feet and 10 feet. They shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size and uniformity of numerals so that the numbers may be read with ease during daylight hours by a person possessing normal vision if he views the numbers from the center line of the facing street. The numbers shall be so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the center of the street to any appreciable degree.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that it shall take effect five days from the date of enactment and provided as follows: "Owners of all buildings subject to the provisions of Ordinance 1978-14 shall have a period of 30 days from the effective date of this Ordinance within which to comply with the provisions hereof and to renumber their properties to comply with the minimum standards for the size of street address lettering."
The absence of street numbers, or the insecure fastening or absence of any numeral thereof, or the use of any street address number not assigned by the Township Manager, or the failure of a street address number to meet the elevation requirements or the visibility requirements shall be a violation of this chapter. Upon discovery of such violation, a notice of violation shall be sent by certified mail to the property or occupant, or shall be posted in a prominent place upon the property by the Township Manager or his agent, or shall be personally served on the property owner or occupant or his agent. Such notice shall specify the specific provision of the chapter violated and shall require compliance with the provisions of this chapter within 15 days from the service or posting of the notice of violation.
Any person who shall fail to comply with the notice of violation and who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any District Justice of the county shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50, together with the costs of prosecution or, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment in the county prison for a term not to exceed 30 days.
Every violator of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day such violation shall continue and shall be subject to the penalty imposed by this section for each and every such offense.
After the issuance by the Township Manager of a notice of violation of the provisions of this chapter and the posting of such notice of violation on the premises, each day such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense subject to a like fine and penalty.
The final authority for determining and assigning the street number or numbers to be used upon any particular property, as well as the enforcement of this chapter, shall be in the office of the Township Manager, his agent or such other person as provided for in § 133-3 of this chapter.