Ordinance Series 2013
Ordinance No. 13-10
Ordinance to Amend
Of the Code of Emmitsburg
Be It Enacted and Ordained by the
Board of Commissioners of the Town of Emmitsburg,
Maryland that Title 15: Section 15.08 of the Emmitsburg
Municipal Code be, and it hereby is, amended as follows:
The amended section of this
regulation reads as follows with new language designated
by being in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS, and language
being deleted designated by being
A. THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ALL STRUCTURES AND
BUILDINGS, INCLUDING ONE- AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS,
WITHIN THE TOWN.
Prior to the issuance of any use and occupancy permit,
eEach STRUCTURE AND building shall
be identified by the use of Arabic numerals or such
numerals and a letter suffix with a number as
designated by the town, AND AS SPECIFIED IN THIS
SECTION. clerk, which number shall be affixed to
the building in characters at least three inches high
and at least one-half inch in width and of a color
and/or finish sufficiently contrasting with the building
as to be clearly visible and legible in both the daytime
and nighttime from the street. Such number shall
thereafter be maintained, and, if necessary, replaced
from time to time so as to comply at all times with the
requirements of this section.
1. ALL NEW AND EXISTING BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES OR
PROPERTIES SHALL HAVE APPROVED ADDRESS NUMBERS PLACED IN
A POSITION AT THE FRONT ENTRANCE, WHICH IS TO BE PLAINLY
VISIBLE FROM THE SIDEWALK (IF ANY), THE STREET OR ROAD
FRONTING THE PROPERTY AND THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE
STREET, DAY OR NIGHT.
2. IF THE ADDRESS NUMBER CANNOT BE POSTED ON A
BUILDING, STRUCTURE OR PROPERTY IN A MANNER THAT MAKES
IT CLEARLY VISIBLE FROM THE STREET, THEN THE ADDRESS
NUMBER SHALL BE DISPLAYED ON THE BUILDING OR STRUCTURE
AND AT THE END OF EACH DRIVEWAY NEAREST THE STREET OR
INGRESS/EGRESS EASEMENT PROVIDING ACCESS TO THE
BUILDING, STRUCTURE OR PROPERTY.
3. ADDRESS NUMBERS SHALL BE POSTED SEPARATE
OF THE MAILBOX.
4. ADDRESS NUMBERS SHALL CONTRAST WITH
5. ADDRESS NUMBERS SHALL BE ARABIC NUMERALS OR ALPHABET
LETTERS (E.G. 1234A). NUMBERS SHALL NOT BE SPELLED OUT
(E.G. ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR) UNLESS A
NUMERIC FORM IS ALSO DISPLAYED.
6. NUMBER SIZE – PRIMARY ADDRESS NUMERALS DISPLAYED ON A
BUILDING OR STRUCTURE SHALL BE AT LEAST THE SIZE
IDENTIFIED BELOW AND CLEARLY LEGIBLE;
a. ONE AND TWO FAMILY
DWELLINGS – 4 INCHES HIGH
RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES – 6 INCHES HIGH
c. COMMERCIAL AND
INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES – 8 INCHES HIGH
THE REAR OF ANY PROPERTY ADJOINS A PUBLIC ALLEY OR A WAY
OF VEHICULAR ACCESS, A BUILDING ADDRESS NUMBER SHALL
ALSO BE CONSPICUOUSLY PLACED IN A POSITION TO BE PLAINLY
LEGIBLE AND VISIBLE FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE
ADJOINING PUBLIC ALLEY OR WAY OF VEHICULAR ACCESS AT THE
REAR OF THE PROPERTY.
ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLINGS – AT LEAST 3 INCHES HIGH
b. MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES – AT LEAST 4
c. COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES – AT LEAST 6
8. NUMBERS SHALL BE POSTED IN AN AREA NOT
SUBJECT TO COVERAGE BY VEGETATION (LIMBS, VINES, ETC.).
POSTING AREAS SHALL BE MAINTAINED REGULARLY TO ENSURE
THAT NUMBERS ARE VISIBLE.
9. A “CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY” FOR ANY STRUCTURE
ERECTED, ALTERED, OR REPAIRED SHALL BE WITHHELD UNTIL
THE PERMANENT AND PROPER NUMBERS HAVE BEEN AFFIXED TO
SUCH STRUCTURE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF
10. NO ZONING PERMIT SHALL BE ISSUED FOR ANY
ADDRESSABLE STRUCTURE UNTIL THE OWNER OR DEVELOPER HAS
PROCURED THE OFFICIAL PREMISES ADDRESS OF SUCH STRUCTURE
FROM THE TOWN.
11. ADDRESSES SHALL BE POSTED IN A TIMELY MANNER.
ADDRESSES SHALL BE TEMPORARILY POSTED FOR ANY
ADDRESSABLE STRUCTURE OR PROPERTY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AS
SOON AS WORK ON THE PROPERTY COMMENCES AND PRIOR TO THE
FIRST BUILDING INSPECTION. ADDRESSES SHALL BE
PERMANENTLY POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION PRIOR
TO THE FINAL BUILDING INSPECTION.
12. IF NUMBERS DESIGNATING THE ADDRESS
OF A ONE- OR TWO-FAMILY DWELLING RESIDENCE ON SEPTEMBER
1, 2013 WERE AT LEAST THREE (3) INCHES HIGH, THOSE
NUMBERS COMPLY WITH THE SIZE REQUIREMENT OF THIS SECTION
AS LONG AS THEY REMAIN IN PLACE.
13. MONUMENTAL SIGNAGE – NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
SHALL HAVE THE ADDRESS OR ADDRESS RANGE INCORPORATED
INTO ANY NEW OR MODIFIED MONUMENTAL PROPERTY SIGNAGE.
IN ANY CASE, THE NUMBERS OR ALPHABET LETTERS SHALL NOT
BE LESS THAN SIX (6) INCHES IN HEIGHT, VISIBLE FROM
EITHER DIRECTION OF TRAVEL AND MUST BE CLEARLY VISIBLE
FROM THE STREET. THE STREET NAME MAY BE INCORPORATED
INTO THE POSTING TO FURTHER AID IN PREMISE
14. RESPONSIBILITY – IT SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF
EACH AND EVERY PROPERTY OWNER, TRUSTEE, LESSEE, AND
AGENT OF EACH RESIDENCE, MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL
BUILDING, BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURE
TO PURCHASE, POST AND MAINTAIN ADDRESS NUMBERS AS
REQUIRED UNDER THIS POLICY AT ALL TIMES.
15. APARTMENT OR CONDOMINIUM NUMBERS FOR INDIVIDUAL
UNITS WITHIN A HOUSING COMPLEX SHALL BE DISPLAYED ON,
ABOVE, OR TO THE SIDE OF THE DOORWAY OF EACH UNIT AND
SHALL NOT BE LESS THAN TWO AND ONE HALF (2 ½) INCHES IN
15.08.020 - Notice.
When a building is found within the town which does not
have the numbering stipulated in Section 15.08.010, the
owner of the property shall be notified that he or she
is required to install such numbering within fifteen
(15) days of receiving such notice.
15.08.030 - Violation—Penalty.
In the event that the owner does not properly number
the building within fifteen (15) days from the date of
receiving the notice set forth in Section 15.08.020, the
owner of the property will be in violation of this
chapter. A violation of this chapter shall be a
municipal infraction, the penalty, for which shall be
twenty-five dollars ($25.00). Each day such violation
shall occur shall be another violation of this chapter.
Section II. Be it Further Resolved, Enacted and
Ordained that this Ordinance shall take effect on
the date on which the Mayor approves the Ordinance after
passing by the Board of Commissioners or on the date on
which the Board of Commissioners pass the Ordinance over
the veto of the Mayor.
Passed this 3rd day of September, 2013
By: /s/ Donna DesPres, Town Clerk
Board of Commissioners
By: /s/ Tim O'Donnell, President
Approved this 3rd day September, 2013
By: /s/ Donald Briggs, Mayor
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