[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Warren County 10-4-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide for a uniform county-wide system with respect to the addressing of property and the posting of building numbers. Proper addressing of county property and the posting of building numbers are required for establishment of the county's enhanced 911 system. The E911 system will provide a mechanism for a more timely response for fire and rescue units and law enforcement agencies, provide a more efficient system for delivering of mail by the Postal Service and provide needed assistance to county businesses and the general public in locating addresses throughout the county.
This chapter will apply to all residences and buildings requiring numbers in Warren County, with the exception of those areas within the Town of Front Royal. The Town of Front Royal shall be responsible for numbering within the town's corporate limits.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The County Administrator or his designee.
- A master list of all addresses issued, to be maintained in the County Administrator's office, Planning and Zoning and the Sheriff's Department.
- A firm employed by the county to provide technical assistance in implementing this addressing system.
- ENHANCED 911
- An improved emergency response system which allows for automatic locator identification and automatic number identification of each call coming to a primary safety answering point (PSAP).
- HOUSE AND BUILDING NUMBERING
- Those structures requiring to be addressed for the E911 system.
- The Master Street Address Guide, showing all roads and streets, high and low numbers, within the Town of Front Royal and the County of Warren.
- POINT OF ORIGIN
- The intersection where address numbering starts.
- POINT OF TERMINATION
- The intersection where address numbering terminates.
- STREET ADDRESSES
- Numbers assigned to a dwelling and/or building requiring numbering under this chapter.
The County Administrator is hereby designated as "the agent" of the Board of Supervisors of Warren County, Virginia, responsible for the administration, implementation and enforcement of this chapter; the agent may delegate the responsibilities assigned to him to other persons and/or other agents.
The agent and/or his designee shall establish the addressing of property and the numbering of buildings requiring to be numbered in accordance with the guidelines established herein as follows.
Establishment of an enhanced 911 system requires the assignment of building numbers to all buildings having telephones and/or occupancies within the Town of Front Royal or the County of Warren.
Assignment of addresses. Street addresses will be assigned by the agent to each lot where a building or dwelling requires addressing and on final subdivision plats at such time that the plat is approved for recordation. The agent will then notify the property owner or developer or subdivider of the addresses assigned to those properties requiring addresses. No plat shall be recorded unless it has assigned street numbers approved by the agent.
Numbering. Warren County's consultant shall undertake a systematic numbering program for streets and roads within the county in accordance with the following determinations.
For the purpose of assigning address numbers to structures, a mile-marker system shall be established along all streets and roads within the county with numbers assigned at the point where a structure's driveway meets the named roadway, or to the center of the structure when close enough to the named roadway.
There shall be 1,000 numbers assigned or reserved for each mile of roadway: 500 shall be even and 500 shall be odd. Accordingly, along each 10.56 feet of road frontage, there shall be one even and one odd number assigned or reserved. As the numbers progress along each roadway, even numbers shall be on the right side of the road and odd numbers shall be on the left side.
Similar to the mile-marker system employed on federal interstate highways, assignment of numbers along roads running west to east shall begin at the western point of origin (P.O.) and end at the eastern point of termination (P.T.). On roads running south to north, numbers shall begin at the southern P.O. and end at the northern P.T.
If a P.T. does not intersect with another named road (as happens in the case of a dead-end road), exceptions to Subsection C(3) exist. Since a dead-end road may at some time in the future be extended, the end or P.T. of a dead-end road cannot be used as the P.O. for numbering. Therefore, dead-end roads running north and south shall have northern points of origin starting at the point where they intersect with roads running west to east. Similarly, dead-end road running east to west shall have eastern points of origin starting at the point where they intersect with roads running south to north.
Atlas. As street address numbers are determined and assigned as provided above, such numbers shall be recorded in an official street number index and atlas to be maintained by the agent and kept available for reference in the County Administrator's office or such other locations as may be determined by the agent. No building permit shall be approved until a street address has been determined and assigned from the index map and atlas or, in the absence of a listing for that particular parcel in the official index, until such building permit application has been referred to the county for a street number determination.
Notification. The affected property owner or current occupant shall be notified by the agent of any address change. The property owner and/or occupant shall be responsible for notifying postal services, utility companies and other interested parties of any address change or new address.
Displaying numbers. Within 60 days after the receipt of written notification of change of address, the owner or occupant shall affix/display the assigned number as prescribed herein.
New numbers. It shall be the duty of such owner or occupant, upon affixing the new number, to remove any conflicting address number. The cost of displaying the new number shall be the responsibility of the property owner. Numbers assigned to newly constructed buildings shall be displayed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
Maintenance of numbers. It shall be the responsibility of the owner or occupant to maintain the street address display in good discernible condition.
Each residence shall prominently display its numbered address.
Street address numbers for residences shall not be less than three inches in height and shall be made of a durable and clearly visible material.
The numbers shall be conspicuously placed on, above or at the side of the main entrance so that the number is discernible from the street, except where the entrance of a residence is more than 60 feet from the street or when the entrance is not clearly visible from the street. In these cases, the number shall be placed along a walk, driveway or another suitable location as near as conveniently possible to the street so that the address number is discernible from the street by day or night.
Where two or more houses are served by the same driveway, each house shall be identified by its address number according to the requirements for addressing a single residence, and the common driveway at its street intersection shall also be required to have signs identifying each house number served.
Street address numbers or letters shall be of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted.
Commercial and industrial structures. All commercial and industrial structures shall display street address numbers of not less than four inches in height as follows.
Apartments, townhouses and shopping centers. Apartments, townhouses, shopping centers or other similar groupings where only one number is assigned shall display such number at the main entranceway.
Failure to post or maintain numbers in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a violation of this chapter and may be punishable as a misdemeanor in accordance with § 1-11 of this Code.