Chapter 10.44
ADDRESSING AND GRID SYSTEM FOR PIERCE COUNTY Revised 3/18 Revised 4/18

Sections:

10.44.010    Official Map. Revised 3/18 Revised 4/18

10.44.020    Definitions. Revised 3/18 Revised 4/18

10.44.030    Designation of Ways-of-Travel. Revised 4/18

10.44.040    Numerical Designation of Buildings and Real Property. Revised 4/18

10.44.045    Exceptions. Revised 4/18

10.44.050    Denoting of Ways-of-Travel. Revised 4/18

10.44.060    Powers and Duties of Department. Revised 4/18

10.44.070    Display of Designations. Revised 4/18

10.44.080    Criminal Penalty.

10.44.090    Severability.

10.44.010 Official Map. Revised 3/18 Revised 4/18

A.    The Pierce County Official Addressing Map (hereinafter referred to as "Official Map") shall divide Pierce County into seven districts. These districts are identified by a post-directional, with the exception of the Islands district.

1.    Northwest (NW);

2.    East (E);

3.    Southwest (SW);

4.    West (W);

5.    Northeast (NE);

6.    South (S); and

7.    Islands (Anderson Island, Fox Island, and Ketron Island).

B.    The Official Map shall impose upon Pierce County a numerical grid as set forth within such Official Map.

C.    The Official Map is hereby adopted as part of Ordinance No. 84-152 and incorporated by reference as though fully set forth herein.

D.    The Official Map thereof shall be maintained in the Planning and Public Works Department with copies available in the office of the Pierce County Auditor. The Official Map or copy thereof shall be available for public inspection during regular business hours.

(Ord. 2017-85 § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 89-130 § 1, 1989; Ord. 87-142 § 1 (part), 1987; 84-152 § 2 (part), 1984; prior Code § 90.10.010)

10.44.020 Definitions. Revised 3/18 Revised 4/18

Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following terms shall have the meanings which follow:

"Avenue" means a way-of-travel which runs generally north and south.

"County road" means a way-of-travel which is maintained and regulated, and has road sign designations posted by the Planning and Public Works Department.

"Court" means a way-of-travel which lies between grid number designations, as in avenue court and street court; for example: 76th Ave. Ct. E, and 313th St. Ct. E.

"Department" means Planning and Public Works.

"Private road" means a way-of-travel which is maintained and has road sign designations posted by individuals using it as their exclusive access.

"Road" means a way-of-travel which has heretofore been designated as a road or which is an extension of an existing road.

"State road" means a way-of-travel which is maintained and regulated and has road sign designations by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

"Street" means a way-of-travel which runs generally east and west.

"Way-of-travel" means a roadway of whatever sort, including but not limited to, avenues, boulevards, courts, drives, lanes, places, roads, streets, and ways, which is capable of carrying traffic.

(Ord. 2017-85 § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 89-130 § 2, 1989; Ord. 84-152 § 2 (part), 1984; prior Code § 90.10.020)

10.44.030 Designations of Ways-of-Travel. Revised 4/18

A.    Ways-of-travel, County or private, shall be designated numerically according to the numerical grid set forth in the Official Map as established in subsections B. and C. of this Section.

B.    Ways-of-travel, County or private, running generally or predominantly north and south shall be suffixed with the abbreviated name of the district in which they are situated; for example: 70th Ave. E, 62nd Avenue NW.

C.    Ways-of-travel, County or private, running generally or predominantly east and west shall be suffixed with the abbreviated name of the district in which they are situated; for example: 224th St. E, 280th St. S, 40th St. NW.

D.    The designations of ways-of-travel existing prior to the adoption of Ordinance No. 84-152, as amended, will not be changed to conform to the above requirements unless necessary to eliminate duplication or confusion in such designations within a district as defined in PCC 10.44.010.

E.    All existing private roads which are presently unmarked or undesignated or designated according to the street to which they connect, and which serve, or are designed to serve, more than seven houses, will be designated separately from the street to which they connect.

(Ord. 2017-85 § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 87-142 § 1 (part), 1987; Ord. 84-152 § 2 (part), 1984; prior Code § 90.10.030)

10.44.040 Numerical Designation of Buildings and Real Property. Revised 4/18

A.    Buildings and unimproved real property, when required to be designated by this Chapter, shall be designated numerically. The first numerals of such designation shall consist of the grid block number as shown by the official map in which the building or unimproved real property is situated, e.g., 16, 80, 176. The last two numerals of such designation should be no less than 01 nor greater than 99 on the north and east sides of the way-of-travel, and no less than 02 nor greater than 98 on the south and west sides of the way-of-travel. The complete numerical designation for a building or unimproved real property may be, for example, 1605, 14428, 28822 or 40012.

B.    Except as provided in subsection C. of this Section, odd numerical designations shall be assigned to the north and east sides of ways-of-travel and even numerical designations shall be assigned to the south and west sides of ways-of-travel.

The geographic direction of a way-of-travel shall be determined by observing its overall length and noting its general or predominant direction.

When possible, even and odd numerical designations shall be assigned consecutively and opposite one another.

C.    Buildings and unimproved real property situated on a circular way-of-travel may be numbered consecutively beginning at the point of origin and proceeding progressively around such circle or loop, providing that such a numbering system is necessary to promote the intent and spirit of this Chapter or to reduce or eliminate potential confusion.

D.    Each unit of duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes shall receive a numerical designation.

E.    Buildings with multiple tenantable or habitable units, such as apartment buildings and condominiums, shall receive one numerical designation. Individual units shall be designated by suffixed letters or numbers.

(Ord. 2017-85 § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 84-152 § 2 (part), 1984; prior Code § 90.10.040)

10.44.045 Exceptions. Revised 4/18

The requirements of PCC 10.44.030 and 10.44.040 may be modified, altered or waived by the Department if it is determined that such modification, alteration, or waiver will comply with the intent of this Chapter to provide a logical and sequential addressing system. Such exceptions should be approved by the Department, the affected fire district, and the Emergency 9-l-l coordinator. (Ord. 2017-85 § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 87-142 § 1 (part), 1987)

10.44.050 Denoting of Ways-of-Travel. Revised 4/18

A.    All new or replaced signs denoting ways-of-travel shall display the name or numerical designation of the way-of-travel. The district designation should be included on all signs in all districts except Islands.

B.    Signs on County roads shall be placed and maintained by Pierce County.

C.    Signs on private roads shall be placed by the first citizen or developer erecting a structure having a newly developed private road as its access. On existing private roads, the responsibility for the placement of signs shall rest collectively with owners of real property whose real property abuts and uses or is intended to use the private road as access; signs shall be maintained by the same.

(Ord. 2017-85 § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 88-7 § 1 (part), 1988; Ord. 84-152 § 2 (part), 1984; prior Code § 90.10.050)

10.44.060 Powers and Duties of Department. Revised 4/18

A.    The Department is authorized and empowered to assign and/or change the designations of ways-of-travel and the numerical designations of buildings and unimproved property as necessary to eliminate duplications or confusion in designations of ways-of-travel in a district as defined in PCC 10.44.010 or to ensure a logical, sequential numbering system of buildings and unimproved property.

B.    The Department is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to implement Ordinance No. 84-152 and to ensure the proper operations of the addressing and grid system.

C.    The Department shall maintain maps and files which catalog names or numerical designations of ways-of-travel and numerical designations of buildings and unimproved real property.

D.    Other changes, which in the opinion of the Department are necessary to ensure the provision of safety services to the citizens affected, shall be presented to affected citizens, fire districts, and the Emergency 9-1-1 coordinator for review and comment prior to implementation.

(Ord. 2017-85 § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 87-142 § 1 (part), 1987; Ord. 84-152 § 2 (part), 1984; prior Code § 90.10.060)

10.44.070 Display of Designations. Revised 4/18

A.    The owner of real property on which any building is located which is habitable or tenantable for residential, commercial, business, storage, or other purposes shall be responsible for ensuring that the numerical designation is conspicuously displayed on the building to which it is assigned. The numerical designation shall be easily legible with the numerals not less than four inches in height and the numerals shall be displayed upon a contrasting background.

The numerical designation shall be displayed upon the building unless the building is not clearly visible from an adjacent way-of-travel in which case the numerical designation shall be displayed near the main entrance to the property upon which the building is situated. Additional house number signs should be displayed at any intervening turns between the named roadway and the addressed building.

In mobile home parks, addresses, or lot numbers are assigned to the lots and not to the mobile homes themselves. The owners and managers of mobile home parks are responsible for ensuring that each mobile home space is marked according to the criteria of size and contrasting color as described above. The numerical designation shall be easily legible and affixed to some permanent structure located on the mobile home space.

B.    Buildings which are accessory to buildings which are required to be numerically designated need not, but may, be numerically designated. Unimproved real property need not, but may, be numerically designated.

(Ord. 2017-85 § 1 (part), 2017; Ord. 88-7 § 1 (part), 1988; Ord. 84-152 § 2 (part), 1984; prior Code § 90.10.070)

10.44.080 Criminal Penalty.

Any person, firm, corporation or other entity that violates any portion of this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. 84-152 § 2 (part), 1984; prior Code § 90.10.080)

10.44.090 Severability.

If any provision of this Chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the Chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected. (Ord. 89-155 § 20, 1989)