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Cleveland requires that addresses be visible from the front sidewalk

(Plain Press, April 2011) City of Cleveland owners of buildings and houses are required by City ordinance Section 305.04 and Section 305.05 to display their address so it can be read from the sidewalk in front of the building.

Section 305.04 of the city code specifies “any building in the City upon a street to which street numbers of buildings have been assigned by the Commissioner of Engineering and Construction, shall cause the proper number of such building to be displayed on the fanlight, transom, door, entrance steps or gate, or at the nearest practical point to the entrance of such building in such a manner that the number may at all times be plainly legible from the sidewalk in front of such building.”

Missing addresses or addresses that are not readable from the front sidewalk present a problem for safety workers such as police, fire and EMS. Henry Senyak, who has been volunteering to identify damaged or burned out streetlights throughout the Near West Side (see related article in this issue), says he often has trouble recording the location of a streetlight in need of repair because he can’t make out an address.

Editor’s Note: Thanks are due to Jan Kappenhagen of Midwest Housing Partnership for looking up the city ordinances referenced in this article.

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