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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 20.16 House Numbering

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DIVISION II. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

Chapter 20.16
House Numbering

Sections:

20.16.010 Manner of numbering.
20.16.020 New numbers.
20.16.030 Base line and central base line.
20.16.040 Rectifying lines.
20.16.050 Assignment of numbers.
20.16.060 Location of numbers.
20.16.070 Certificate of proper number.

20.16.010 Manner of numbering.

The numbering of all houses, buildings and other structures fronting on or having entrances on public streets within the City limits in force on January 1, 1916, shall be in conformity with the following rules and regulations:

A. The odd numbers shall be applied to the north and west sides of the streets and even numbers shall be applied to the south and east sides of the streets;

B. On all streets running in a northerly and southerly direction, the numbering shall commence with the numbers one and two at Market Street, and shall increase proceeding north and south at the rate of one hundred numbers for each City block as nearly as possible;

C. On all streets running in a westerly direction, the numbering shall commence at the wharf, and shall increase proceeding westerly at the rate of one hundred numbers for each City block as nearly as possible.
(Ord. No. 68604, 4, 3-16-2010.)

20.16.020 New numbers.

The Building Commissioner may number or renumber any block, house, building or other structure or the plural thereof as he in his discretion may deem necessary. He shall establish rectifying lines as may be necessary for the numbering of any new districts, but not so as to conflict with the rectifying lines established.

Within six (6) months of the passage of the ordinance codified in this section, it shall be the responsibility of all owners of structures located within the City to place proper street numbers on their respective premises, as set forth in and described in this section and Section 20.16.060. Buildings numbered on the date of the effectiveness of the ordinance codified in this section are exempt if they have numbers, although the numbers are not of the size specified in this chapter.

Numbers may be placed on porch columns, building walls, on awnings, mailboxes, front yard fence posts, step risers, hand rail end posts, front lawn light posts, door frames, side lights, transoms, storm or screen doors, or other approved locations, in addition to the locations mentioned in this section.

Numbers may be metal, wood, plastic, decals, carved into architectural features, or of any approved material.

Enforcement of this chapter is delegated to the Division of Building and Inspection when it issues occupancy permits or building orders under the Property Maintenance Code. All penalties and appeals provisions of the Property Maintenance Code then apply.

House numbers being vital to the public safety, the St. Louis Fire Department is hereby empowered to enforce this chapter as a portion of the Fire Prevention Code. All appeals and penalties of that code then apply. In addition, the St. Louis Police Department is empowered to cite violators under the penalty provisions of this section.

Penalty Clause. Any person who shall violate provisions of this chapter shall upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both, at the discretion of the court.
(Ord. No. 68604, 4, 3-16-2010.)

20.16.030 Base line and central base line.

A base line and a central base line are established. The base line shall run north and south along the entire Mississippi River front to the intersections by the northern and southern City limits lines, and the central base line at Market Street, thence running westerly along Market Street to the intersection of Laclede Avenue to the intersection of the eastern line of Forest Park, thence westerly through Forest Park to the intersection of the west line of Skinker Road at Wydown Boulevard, thence westerly along Wydown Boulevard to the intersection of the City limits line.
(Ord. No. 68604, 4, 3-16-2010.)

20.16.040 Rectifying lines.

Rectifying lines are established as follows: Jefferson Avenue shall be twenty-six hundred west; Grand Avenue shall be thirty-six hundred west; King's Highway, north from the intersection of Lindell Avenue, shall be fifty hundred west, and King's Highway, south from the intersection of Euclid Avenue to its intersection with Gravois Avenue, shall be forty-nine hundred west; Euclid Avenue from its intersection with King's Highway to its intersection with Lindell Avenue shall be forty-nine hundred west; Park Avenue, from the east line westerly to the center line of Missouri Avenue, shall be fourteen hundred south; Park Avenue, from the center line of Missouri Avenue westwardly to Tower Grove Avenue, shall be fifteen hundred south; Arsenal Street, from the base line to the intersection of the western City limits, shall be thirty-one hundred south; Eichelberger Street, from the base line to the intersection of the western City limits, shall be fifty-four hundred south; Cass Avenue, from the base line to the intersection of Easton Avenue, shall be fifteen hundred north; Easton Avenue, from the intersection of Cass Avenue to the western City limits, shall be fifteen hundred north; Salisbury Street, from the base line to the intersection of Natural Bridge Avenue, shall be thirty-seven hundred north; Natural Bridge Avenue, from the intersection of Salisbury Street, to the western City limits line, shall be thirty-seven hundred north; Calvary Avenue, from the base line westerly to the intersection of Florissant Avenue, shall be seventy-five hundred north, except at Florissant Avenue, which shall be seventy-four hundred north. In the district bounded by Grand Avenue, Laclede Avenue (central base line), Florissant Avenue, and the western City limits line, the streets shall be treated and numbered as north streets from central base line. Florissant Avenue shall retain its present system of numbering.
(Ord. No. 68604, 4, 3-16-2010.)

20.16.050 Assignment of numbers.

There shall be one number allowed for every twenty feet of vacant ground or building, house or structure. There shall be a full number assigned for any building, house or structure twenty feet in width. There shall also be assigned a half number for any building, house or structure or through passage way leading from any street to rear of premises less than twenty feet in width. There shall also be assigned a full number, with the letter "A" for any entrance leading directly from any street or highway to any second floor apartment, regardless of the purpose for which the apartment is to be used. All numbering shall be done as directed by the Street Commissioner. All numbers shall be assigned to meet the door openings as nearly as possible. The Street Commissioner shall, where a block is more than one thousand feet long, cause duplicate numbers to be issued, except that the full number will have the letters "N," "S," or "W," as follows: On all east and west streets where the house, building, or structure shall be ten hundred twenty feet from the starting number, the house, building or structure shall take the starting number of the block with the letter "W" for the first floor entrance; second floor entrance to have a full number with the letters "W-A." This shall continue until two thousand feet have been reached, or until a rectifying line has been reached or until a change of hundred has been reached. The above shall apply, also, to streets numbered south from the central base line, except that the letter "S" shall be used for the first floor and "S-A" for the second floor. The same mode of numbering shall be applied to streets numbered from the central base line north, except that the letter "N" shall be used for the first floor and the letters "N-A" shall be used for the second floor entrances.
(Ord. No. 68604, 4, 3-16-2010.)

20.16.060 Location of numbers.

The responsibility for the proper numbering of each house, building or other structure on the street front and, if there be an alley entrance, also at the alley entrance to the premises, on which the house, building or structure is located shall rest upon its owner, trustee, lessee, agent, or occupant, who shall cause the same to be numbered. The number shall be placed either on the front transom bar, front transom glass, or front show window over or on either side of the entrance, the address numbers shall be Arabic numerals and shall be of paint or metal and at least three inches in height with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inches, the color of the numbers to be in contrast to the immediate background, and shall be so placed as to be in full view from the opposite side of the street. No house number shall be covered with any sign, drapery or other obstruction tending to conceal the number. All old numbers must be removed from any house, building or other structure when a new number has been assigned or when so directed by the Building Commissioner. The house number shall be placed conspicuously at the alley entrance, the same to be of paint or metal figures not less than three inches high. The Building Commissioner may require the numbering and renumbering of any house, building or other structure and the alley entrance thereof, in accordance with his directions.
(Ord. No. 68604, 4, 3-16-2010.)

20.16.070 Certificate of proper number.

The Building Commissioner shall furnish a certificate of the proper house number to all persons taking out building permits, and to all persons desiring data or information for the proper numbering of any house, building or other structure.
(Ord. No. 68604, 4, 3-16-2010.)

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