The Codes Corner: Address numbers must be legible from distance

— There are times that we as home and business owners overlook the small details of our properties. One of the details that is so important is our address number.

New York State requires all buildings have, “approved address numbers placed in position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.” In addition Section 304.3 of the Property Maintenance Code of the State of New York also requires that, “These numbers shall contrast with their background. Numbers shall be a minimum of four (4) inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of ½ inch (12.7 mm).”

Members of the Baldwinsville Police and Fire departments have expressed concern over missing or illegible house numbers. It is important that all village property and business owners are informed, as we will be actively enforcing this code.

In an emergency it is difficult and takes time, especially at night, to find addresses where numbers are missing. That time spent looking for house numbers is precious time taken away from someone who may be in dire need.

Please, take a look at your homes and/or businesses and see that your numbers are visible from the road.

Gregg Humphrey is the codes enforcement officer for the village of Baldwinsville. Contact him at 635-2481 or at ghumphrey@baldwinsville.org if you have any questions regarding village codes or visit baldwinsville.org.

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