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Municode Chapter 38 Section 505.1 Address Identification

New and existing buildings shall be provided with approved address identification. The address identification shall be legible and placed in a position that is visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address identification characters shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabi numbers or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall not be spelled out. Each character shall be not less than 12 inches (304.8 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm). Where required by the fire code official, address and building numbers shall be provided in additional approved locations to facilitate emergency response. Where access is by means of a private road, buildings that do not immediately front a street, and/or the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign with minimum 6-inch (152.4 mm) height building numerals or address and 4 inch (101.6 mm) height suite/apartment numerals of a color contrasting with the background of the building or other approved means shall be used to identify the structure. In multi-suite structures, the rear entrances of the suites must be labeled with 4-inch (101.6 mm) height suite numerals of a color contrasting with the background of the building or other approved means. Address identification shall be maintained.


      1.  R-3 Single Family occupancies shall have approved numerals of a minimum 3½ inches (88.9 mm) in height and a color contrasting with the background clearly visible and legible from the street fronting the property and rear alleyway where such alleyway exists.
      2. Structures located within the historic district may utilize a minimum of 6 inches (152.4 mm) high numbers as approved by the Fire Code Official.