Addressing Ordinance


Sec. 50-191.  Purpose and intent of article.

The purpose and intent of this article is to provide a uniform system of road addresses for all properties and buildings throughout the county, and its municipalities, in order to facilitate provision of adequate public safety and emergency response services and to minimize difficulty in locating properties and buildings for public service agencies and the general public.

(Code 1987, § 11-111)

Sec. 50-192.  Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Address coordinator  means the official of the city planning and community development department charged with the administration of this article, including his authorized agent or delegate. 

Building  means a structure having a roof supported by columns or walls for the shelter, support or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or equipment. When separated by division walls from the ground up without openings, each portion of such building may be deemed a separate building. For the purposes of this article, the term "building" may also include other man made structures. 

Driveways  means a private way, beginning at the property line of a lot abutting a public road, private road, easement or private right-of-way, giving access from that public road, recorded easement, recorded private road or right-of-way, and leading to a building, use or structure on that lot. A driveway may not serve more than a single lot unless it runs along a lot line shared by more than one lot. 

Road  means a public or private one-way or two-way road for ingress and/or egress. Such road may be of various types including frontage roads, rear access roads, roads with cul-de-sacs, and dead-end roads. This definition includes secondary roads, but does not include driveways. 

Road address  means the combination of numbers and road names assigned by the city and the county which uniquely identifies a particular building or lot. 

Except as specifically set forth in this section, the definitions in article II, definitions of the city subdivision regulations shall govern the meaning of words and phrases in this article.

(Code 1987, § 11-112)

Cross references:  Definitions generally, § 1-2. 

Sec. 50-193.  Road names.

(a)   The road names listed in the master file of the county planning, zoning and building inspection department are hereby declared the official names of these roads, unless changed by action of the county commissioners, or the city council, or the governing board of another municipality. The city planning and community development department is hereby authorized to determine the need for road name changes and to recommend such changes to the city council.

(b)   All roads in the city shall be identified by a sign showing the official name and block numbers. These road signs shall be placed at all intersections and shall identify both intersecting streets.

(c)   All subdivisions or developments which have new public or private streets, roads, or vehicular access drives that have an assigned name as recorded in the county E-911 ledger system shall have standard street signs installed by the city, except as provided for in Appendix C-C.4.2.12 of the Unified Development Ordinance or any subsequent successive legislation. Such street signs shall comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Actual installation of street signs shall be the responsibility of the city. The developer shall reimburse the city for the full cost of initial installation of these signs. Maintenance and replacement of such signs shall be the responsibility of the city, except as provided for in Appendix C-C.4.2.12 of the Unified Development Ordinance or any subsequent successive legislation. These provisions shall also apply to intersecting private streets, roads or vehicular access drives that have an assigned name as recorded in the county E-911 ledger system. Requests for alternative street signs shall only be considered in accordance with Appendix C-C.4.2.12 of the Unified Development Ordinance or any subsequent successive legislation.

(d)   Single-family dwellings shall be prohibited from obtaining an assigned street name as recorded in the county E-911 ledger system for a nondedicated private street, road or vehicular access drive. This subsection shall not apply to new single-family lots fronting on publicly or privately dedicated streets in accordance with the city subdivision regulations.

(Code 1987, § 11-113; Ord. No. 02-60, § 2, 9-12-2002)

Sec. 50-194.  Administration and application.

(a)   The city planning and community development department will be responsible for the interpretation and administration of this article within the city territorial jurisdiction, including:

(1)   Assigning all numbers for properties and buildings.

(2)   Maintaining address records of each property and building.

(3)   Changing of existing addresses when necessary to facilitate sequential house numbers along a road.

(4)   Designating individual unit addresses within the multiple housing units in conformity with this article.

(5)   Coordinating with emergency service personnel to assist the public in complying with the requirements of this article.

(b)   This article shall apply in all areas of the city including its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

(Code 1987, § 11-114)

Cross references:  Administration, ch. 2. 

Sec. 50-195.  Display of road address numbers.

(a)   Road address numbers shall be clearly displayed in accordance with U.S. postal requirements so that the location can be identified easily from the road.

(1)   The official address number shall be displayed on the front of a building, or at the entrance to a building, whichever is most clearly visible from the street or road during day and night.

(2)   If a building is more than 100 feet from any road, the address number shall be displayed within a three-foot perimeter at the end of the driveway or easement nearest the road which provides access to the building.

(3)   Numerals indicating the address number of a single-family dwelling shall be at least three inches in height and shall be posted and maintained so as to be legible from the road.

(4)   Numerals for multiple dwelling units and nonresidential buildings shall be at least six inches in height and shall be placed on the front of the building facing the road or at the end of the building nearest the road.

(5)   Mobile home lots shall have sequential address numbers throughout the park. Each lot shall have a separate address number assigned. The address number of each lot shall be clearly displayed on the lot so as to be legible from the road, or it may be mounted on the mobile home unit provided that it is removed if the home is transported to a new location.

(6)   Numerals shall be of contrasting color to the background.

(b)   The city planning and community development department shall have the right to authorize and approve alternate methods of displaying house numbers which meet the intent of this article when strict adherence to these standards cannot be reasonably met.

(c)   In addition to the civil penalties provided for in section 1-6, violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $50.00 as provided for in N.C.G.S. 14-4.

(Code 1987, § 11-115; Ord. No. 02-44, § 1, 7-11-2002)

Sec. 50-196.  Enforcement.

(a)   No building permit shall be issued until an official house number has been assigned for a lot. The record plat of any subdivision shall show the address for each lot created and/or recorded.

(b)   No certificate of occupancy shall be issued by the zoning administrator until such road address numbers are properly displayed.

(c)   Owners or occupants of buildings already constructed which do not comply with this article will be notified and requested to meet these requirements within 60 days from the date of the notification. A warning notice will be issued after 60 days if the requirements have not been met. If the owner or occupant does not comply voluntarily with this article within 30 days of delivery of a warning notice by registered or certified mail or by hand delivery to the building in violation, enforcement action pursuant to G.S. 160A-175 may be initiated.

(d)   Section 50-195 may be enforced by the city police department. The first violation of this section shall result in a written warning notice. A second violation after seven or more days from the first written notice shall constitute a misdemeanor under G.S. 14-4(a), punishable by a fine of $500.00 pursuant to section 1-6 of this Code. Violators may be subject to a $500.00 civil penalty, to be recovered in the nature of a debt.

(Code 1987, § 11-116)