Chapter 12.32
STREET NAME AND ADDRESS REGULATIONS

Sections:

12.32.010    Purpose.

12.32.020    Definitions.

12.32.030    Area affected.

12.32.040    Documents to be maintained by community development department.

12.32.050    Street name requirement.

12.32.060    Address requirement.

12.32.070    Procedures for assigning and changing addresses.

12.32.080    Address numbering standards.

12.32.090    Display of address numbers.

12.32.100    Procedures for naming and renaming streets.

12.32.110    Street name criteria.

12.32.120    Street name signs.

12.32.130    Administration.

12.32.140    Enforcement.

12.32.010 Purpose.

This chapter provides street name and address regulations for the city. The regulations are adopted to protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of those who live and work in the city by:

A. Helping fire, police and ambulance personnel locate more quickly the scene of an emergency;

B. Expediting postal and commercial delivery services;

C. Reducing confusion for people trying to find a business or residence;

D. Implementing the safety element of the general plan by aiding contingency planning. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9950)

12.32.020 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:

A. “Address” means a combination of a number, a street name and, when necessary, a unit number that is assigned to a parcel, structure or unit within a structure, and is unique to it, to indicate its location.

B. “Adjoining” means having a common boundary for at least twenty-five feet.

C. “Alley” means a public vehicle way, named or unnamed, providing secondary access to the rear of property that faces a street.

D. “Building” means any structure used or intended for sheltering or supporting any use or occupancy.

E. Building, principal. “Principal building” means a building that’s large enough or used in such a way that, in the community development department’s judgment, it requires a separate address. Mobile homes are principal buildings.

F. “Division of land” means the division of any real property into two or more parcels.

G. “Driveway” means a vehicle way that provides access, primarily for the occupants, from a street into a lot and that:

1. Has a ramp for its entrance from the street; or

2. Is small enough or of such a character that addresses along it would be clearer if they used the name of the street from which the way provides access.

H. “Lot” means a parcel of real property.

I. “Property owner” means the person, firm, corporation or partnership that the latest county tax assessment roll shows as the owner or long-term lessee of a particular lot.

J. “Street” means a right-of-way providing vehicular access to abutting property.

K. Street, city. “City street” means a street that has been accepted by the council for public purposes. A public street.

L. Street, continuous. “Continuous street” means a street along which there are no major changes in general direction, no barriers that block all through traffic, no intersections where the street appears to end, and no radical changes in the street’s character.

M. Street, private. “Private street” means any street that is not owned by the city.

N. “Street segment” means a linear portion of a street, sometimes including the whole street.

O. “Structure” means anything assembled or constructed on the ground, or attached to anything with a foundation on the ground. This includes mobile homes and manufactured housing regardless of their method of attachment. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9963)

12.32.030 Area affected.

The regulations codified in this chapter are effective throughout the city. Areas outside the city limits are governed by the county’s addressing regulations administered by the county planning department. Wherever possible, the county and city addressing regulations will be compatible. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9951)

12.32.040 Documents to be maintained by community development department.

A. The city’s community development department will maintain the following documents:

1. Street Index. An index of existing and prior names of all city and private streets within the city limits.

2. Block Numbering Map. A map that shows present and future block numbering within the city’s urban reserve and provides a basis for clear, consistent addressing citywide.

3. Address Records. Records of all assigned addresses.

B. All documents required by these regulations and other pertinent addressing records must be available for public inspection at the community development department during business hours. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9952)

12.32.050 Street name requirement.

A. All public and private vehicle ways within the city limits, except driveways and alleys, must have a name.

B. Driveways must not be named.

C. Alleys may be named. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9953)

12.32.060 Address requirement.

All parcels, principal buildings, and separate units in a principal building must have an address unless the community development director decides an address is unnecessary. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9954)

12.32.070 Procedures for assigning and changing addresses.

A. Assignment. The community development department must assign both the number and determine which street name to use for all addresses and inform property owners and occupants of them without charge.

B. Change of Address.

1. An address must be changed when it is out of sequence, does not conform to the city’s block numbering map, is confusing, or might delay emergency response. If an address is changed, the community development department must notify the owner and tenant in charge of the building in writing at least ten days before the effective date and must post a public notice on the property at least five days before the effective date.

2. A property owner may apply for an address change for personal reasons by:

a. Submitting an application for number change;

b. Paying a set fee to be determined by the council and adjusted annually July 1st of each year by the annual percentage change in the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

The community development department must decide whether the proposed address meets the requirements of these regulations. If it does not, the application must be denied. If it does, then the application will be approved. (Ord. 1515 § 1, 2008; Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9955)

12.32.080 Address numbering standards.

A. The city’s block numbering map must be used to assign block numbers.

B. For streets running within five degrees of north-south over more than half their length, numbers on the east side of the street must be even and on the west side must be odd. For other streets, numbers on the northerly side must be even and on the southerly side must be odd.

C. Individual addresses within a block must reflect as accurately as possible the relative position within the block of an undeveloped lot’s center or a building’s main entrance. For example, an undeveloped lot in the middle of a one hundred block or a building with its main entrance at the middle of a one hundred block must be numbered approximately one hundred fifty.

D. Individual exceptions to these address number standards may be made where special circumstances require. Clarity and uniformity are the goal. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9956)

12.32.090 Display of address numbers.

A. Display Requirement. All structures that have a separate address must display their address number. If the location of the number or entrance could cause confusion about which street is involved, the street name must be displayed with the number.

B. New Structures. The owner of a new structure must display the assigned address number before the construction regulations division will approve occupancy of the structure.

C. Change of Address. Within thirty days after receiving written notification of an address change, the owner of an existing structure must display the new number and remove all obsolete numbers.

D. Type, Color, Size of Numbers. Address numbers must be displayed as Arabic numerals and must be a color that contrasts with the background color. All buildings must have numbers that can be read easily from the street. Unusually large numbers may be subject to the city’s sign regulations.

E. Number Location. Address numbers must be displayed on the building near the entrance. Numbers must be easily seen from the street. If the location of a building’s or unit’s main entrance might not be clear, address numbers must be displayed where they clearly indicate the entrance’s location. This might require displaying the number in more than one place. Numbers painted on the curb, while a desirable feature, do not satisfy this requirement.

F. Directories. When irregular layout of a multiple-address development might cause confusion about the location of an address within the project, a directory board with a map must be posted at every driveway entrance and main entrance walkway. Directories must clearly show the location of all addresses that can be reached via that walk or driveway. A drawing of the directory, fully dimensioned and showing the type and size of letters and numerals, must be submitted to the community development department for approval (with no fee). Directories must be easily seen from the street or sidewalk, as appropriate. Driveway directories must be placed so that the car of someone pausing to read them can be out of the street and not block the sidewalk or driveway. Additional interior directories may be required where necessary to locate an address.

G. Mailboxes. If a mailbox is located on the same street as the address it serves, only the number need be displayed on the box. If the mailbox and building are located on separate streets, both the address number and the street name must be on the box. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9957)

12.32.100 Procedures for naming and renaming streets.

A. New Streets. Streets to be created by a land division must be named by the developer and approved by the community development department, during the review and approval of the tentative and final subdivision maps.

B. Initiation. The council, planning commission, community development department, or owner of adjoining property may initiate the renaming of an existing street. A nonrefundable application fee, established by the council, will be charged a property owner initiating the process.

C. Application and Petition. The initiating party must file a completed street name application and street name petition with the community development department.

1. When a renaming of an existing street is initiated by a property owner, the petition must be signed by owners or tenants representing at least two-thirds of the parcels, dwelling units or businesses located along the affected street segment.

2. When a renaming of an existing street is initiated by the council, planning commission or community development department, the petition need be signed only by an authorized representative of the initiating party.

D. Public Hearing Procedure for Renaming Existing Streets.

1. Scheduling. When it receives a completed application and petition, the community development department must schedule a public hearing before the planning commission.

2. Notice. At least ten days before the hearing, notice of it must be posted in at least three public places along the affected street segment. All owners of property along the segment must be notified by first-class mail at least ten days before the hearing.

3. Action. At the public hearing, the planning commission must hear and consider all name proposals and objections. If at the end of the hearing the commission finds that one or more of these names satisfy the requirements of these regulations, it must adopt a name selected from those proposed for the street. The commission may also assess the applicant reasonable costs for changing maps and replacing or installing signs.

4. Formal Designation. When the commission adopts a street name change, the name must be entered in the commission’s minutes. After that, the street must be known by that name.

E. Appeal. The planning commission’s decision may be appealed to the council by anyone, according to Chapter 1.20.

F. Notification After Change. After a street name change is adopted, the community development department must notify all the appropriate public agencies and the property owners and tenants along the affected street. (Ord. 1515 § 2, 2008)

12.32.110 Street name criteria.

A. Street names must be pleasant sounding and grammatically correct.

B. Street names must be easy to spell, pronounce and read so the public, especially children, can say the name correctly in an emergency.

C. Street names must include an appropriate classification such as “street,” “way,” “lane,” etc., to be determined by the community development department.

D. Streets must not be named after a living person, except they may be named after a family prominent in local history as recognized in the Historic Name Registry even if family members are alive.

E. Streets in the 911 emergency-response area must not have duplicate or similar sounding names.

F. Street names must have fewer than fifteen characters, including letters, punctuation and spaces, but not including the street classification.

G. A continuous street, or one proposed to be continuous, must have the same name throughout its length.

H. Two street segments that don’t form a continuous street, and aren’t proposed to form one, must have different names.

I. Preference shall be given to street names that are associated with significant names recognized in the Historic Name Registry as maintained by the city community development department; the registry will recognize periods of historic significance consistent with the historic context statement and recognize significant names, flora, fauna or events that are unique to the community.

J. Where several street names are to be designated, such as within a new subdivision, the street names should be thematically organized and related to the local area of the subdivision. (Ord. 1600 § 3, 2014: Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9959)

12.32.120 Street name signs.

A. Responsibility. The city must provide name signs for all streets within its jurisdiction, except as noted in subsections C and D of this section.

B. Criteria.

1. Every intersection must have signs naming all the intersecting streets. The number of signs required will be determined by the public works department.

2. Street name signs must be clearly visible to passing motorists and pedestrians.

3. Letters and numbers on street signs must contrast with the background color and must be large enough to be easily read from the sidewalk or a vehicle on the street.

4. Placement must clearly indicate which streets correspond to the names.

5. The signs must meet the minimum standards of the public works department.

C. Signs for Streets Created by Division of Land.

1. The subdivider must provide street name signs for all intersections created by a land division.

2. The signs must meet the criteria stated in subsection B of this section.

3. Placement must be determined by the city engineer, public works director or his/her designee.

4. After acceptance of the streets, the signs must be maintained by the public works department.

D. Signs for Private Streets.

1. Property owners may be required to install and maintain permanent street signs on private streets.

2. If signs are required, property owners may choose the design, size and material, as long as they meet the criteria specified in subsection B of this section. (Ord. 1515 § 3, 2008)

12.32.130 Administration.

A. Authority. The community development department has sole authority to administer and interpret these regulations, subject to appeal to the planning commission.

B. Approval. All street names must be approved by, and address numbers determined by, the community development department.

C. Street Name Signs. Street name signs along publicly maintained streets must be installed and maintained by the public works department, except as noted in Section 12.32.120(C) and (D). (Ord. 1515 § 4, 2008)

12.32.140 Enforcement.

The community development department is responsible for enforcing these regulations. (Ord. 919 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 9962)