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Street Address and Road Sign Ordinance

Posting of Designated Street Addresses and Placement of Road Signage

The purpose of this ordinance is to develop a uniform, consistent standard for the addressing of structures within the cities of Avalon, Martin and Toccoa and for the unincorporated portions of Stephens County, and the posting of road and street signage, for both public and private roads. Further, to repeal and/or replace any existing County ordinance that would be in conflict with this ordinance.

City of Toccoa: Chapter 20 article 5 of the Code of Ordinance for the City of Toccoa.

ARTICLE V.  HOUSING NUMBERING AND SIGNAGE

Section 20-101. Penalties.       
If the owner or occupant or person in charge of any house or building refuses to comply with the terms of this article by falling to affix the number assigned within 60 days after notification, of failing with such 60 day period to remove any old numbers affixed to such house, or house entrance. Or elsewhere, which may be confused with the number assigned thereto, he shall be punished as provided for in section 1-9.

Section 20-102. Designation of street numbers.
Street numbers for dwelling units and places of business on all public and private streets within the corporate limits of the City of Toccoa shall be in conformity with numbers issued by Stephens County and the Stephens County Emergency Communications Department.

Section 20-103. Posting of designated street address.
(a) The owner or occupant or person in charge of any house or building in which a number has been assigned will be notified in writing by Stephens County of the number assigned.
  
(b) Within 60 days after the receipt of such written notification from the county, the owner or occupant or person in charge of a house or building to which a number has been assigned shall affix the number on a stake or post in close proximity to the road in front of the house or building near the end of the driveway so as to be clearly visible on both sides of the stake or post to emergency responders.

(c) It shall be the duty of such owner or occupant or person in charge thereof upon affixing a number to remove any number which might be mistaken for, or confused with, the number assigned to such structure by Stephens County.

(d) Each primary building, mobile home parks, apartments, houses converted to apartments or houses containing apartments, and duplexes, triplexes and quadraplexes shall display the number assigned to the frontage on which the front entrance is located. In case a principal building is occupied by one than one business or family dwelling, each separate front entrance may display a separate number.

(e) Numerals indicating the official numbers for which principal building or each front entrance to such building shall be posted in a manner and to be legible and distinguishable from the street on which the property is located. Each number shall be at least three (3) inches high, shall be reflective, and shall be placed on a contrasting background.

(f) For all commercial and industrial structures numerals indicating the official numbers for which principal building or each front entrance to such building shall be posted in a manner and to be legible and distinguishable from the street on which the property is located. Each number shall be at least six (6) inches high, shall be reflective, and shall be placed on a contrasting background.

Section 20-104. New Structures.
No building permit shall be issued for any principal building until the owner or developer has procured from Stephens County the official number of the premises. Final approval of the certificate of occupancy of any principal building erected or repaired after the effective date of the ordinance from which this article derives shall be withheld until permanent and proper numbers have been displayed in accordance with the requirements of section 20-103.

Section 20-105. Cities of Avalon, Martin and unincorporated Stephens County .
I. Notifications: The owner, occupant or person(s) in charge of any house, building or structure to which a number has been assigned will be notified in writing by Stephens County Emergency Communications Department as to the number, address, for that house, building or structure.

II. Location of Numbers and Signs: Within fifteen (15)-calendar days after the receipt of such notice, the owner, occupant or person(s) in charge of the house, building or structure to which the number has been assigned shall affix the number at the driveway of said house, building or structure; with the following exceptions:

(a) Mobile Home Parks: Where such residences do not have a clearly defined driveway, the occupant shall post the numbers on the mobile home where they are clearly visible from the access road.

(b) Apartments: For those units that have clearly defined walkways, the numbers must be posted at the end of the walkway, as well as, on the door of each unit. For those apartments that do not have clearly defined walkways, the number must be posted on the door.

(c) Houses converted to Apartments or Houses containing an apartment: The address will on the residence in a clear fashion in order to distinguish the location of each apartment; or the house from the apartment. Said address shall be clearly visible from the road.

(d) Duplexes, Triplexes and Quadraplexes: The address shall be posted at the walkway for each unit; said address shall be clearly visible from the road.

III. Design of Numbers and Signs: Each number shall be three inches (3") high, reflective; placed on a contrasting background. The numbers shall be visible from both directions of the roadway. The sign shall be placed at a height sufficient as to be seen by any responding emergency personnel. The numbers can be posted on the mailbox, if the mailbox is located at the driveway to the residence. If you use a Post Office Box as your avenue for receiving mail, your assigned residence number, address, must still be displayed in the same location and manner as mentioned above. This requirement is in effect for all public, as well as, private drives.

IV. Road and Street Signage: All public streets and roads shall be named by the government jurisdiction within which the road to be named is located. Once named each road, public or private shall be marked with a sign; which shall be of a reflective background and white three inches (3") high, reflective lettering. Public roads shall have a green background, where private drives shall have a blue background.

V. Designation of Private Drives: For the effective delivery of public safety services certain roads and drives shall be designated and posted as a private drive. To be designated as a private drive the structure must meet the following minimum standards:

(a) Contain three (3) or more habitable structures as defined by the Standard Building Code; and, or

(b) Barns, shed and other outbuildings shall not be considered in the designation of a private drive; and, or

(c) The habitable structure is not visible from the public roadway.

(d) The Emergency Communications Director or his designee shall make every effort to accommodate requests from citizens concerning the naming of private drives. If property owners on a private drive to be named cannot agree to the naming of the private drive; then the Emergency Communications Director shall determine the name of the private drive in question.

VI. Existing Signage: All existing signage that does not meet the requirements of this Section shall of this Section shall be removed according to the policy established by the Stephens County Board of Commissioners. It shall be the duty of such owner or occupant or person in charge thereof upon affixing a number to remove any number which might be mistaken for, or confused with, the number assigned to such structure by Stephens County.             
     
(a) Each primary building, mobile home parks, apartments, houses converted to apartments or houses containing apartments, and duplexes, triplexes and quadraplexes shall display the number assigned to the frontage on which the front entrance is located. In case a principal building is occupied by one than one business or family dwelling, each separate front entrance may display a separate number.

(b) Numerals indicating the official numbers for which principal building or each front entrance to such building shall be posted in a manner and to be legible and distinguishable from the street on which the property is located. Each number shall be at least three (3) inches high, shall be reflective, and shall be placed on a contrasting background.

(c) For all commercial and industrial structures numerals indicating the official numbers for which principal building or each front entrance to such building shall be posted in a manner and to be legible and distinguishable from the street on which the property is located. Each number shall be at least six (6) inches high, shall be reflective, and shall be placed on a contrasting background.

VII. Penalties: In the event that the owner, occupant or person in charge of any house, building or structure to which a number has been assigned refuses to comply with this ordinance by failing to display the assigned numbers in the previously designated location(s) and fashion within fifteen (15) calendar days after notification, he or she shall be forwarded a second notice request asking them to comply with this standard, within fifteen (15) calendars of the second request. If they have not done so after the second request they may be fined up to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for each day that he or she fails to comply with said notice.

VIII. SHOULD ANY SECTION OR PROVISION OF THIS ORDINANCE BE DECLARED BY A COURT OR COMPETENT JURISDICTION TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL OR INVALID SUCH DECLARATION SHALL NOT AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF THE ORDINANCE AS A WHOLE OR ANY PART THEREOF OTHER THAN THE PART SO DECLARED TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL OR INVALID. ALL RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES AND PARTS OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT WITH THE PROVISION OF THIS ORDINANCE ARE HEREBY REPEALED.

IX. This Ordinance will become effective upon adoption as provided by law. Commissioners, staff or their designee(s).

VII. Penalties: In the event that the owner, occupant or person in charge of any house, building or structure to which a number has been assigned refuses to comply with this ordinance by failing to display the assigned numbers in the previously designated location(s) and fashion within fifteen (15) calendar days after notification, he or she shall be forwarded a second notice request asking them to comply with this standard, within fifteen (15) calendars of the second request. If they have not done so after the second request they may be fined up to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for each day that he or she fails to comply with said notice.

IX. This Ordinance will become effective upon adoption as provided by law.

Read and adopted at a regular meeting of the Stephens County Board of Commissioners held this 12th day of May, 2009.

STEPHENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS