Washington Township, Erie County, Pensylvania

Community Development

House Numbers and Addressing

Washington Township is solely responsible for addressing all structures within our boundaries. Addresses are only issued at the time a zoning permit is issued. Over the past 50 years, the addressing process has changed considerably. Parcels were identified by the owners' name and addressed accordingly to a less-populated municipality. Now many parcels have been subdivided and addressing becomes more important than ever. We are diligent in our attempts to correct out-of-sequence addressing and new developments. This is crucial for any 911 calls so emergency personnel has an accurate address to respond as quickly as possible. It may mean life or death in some instances, so please post your address in a clear concise area for such personnel to identify a home in an emergency situation.

Be aware of the Washington Township Code and your responsibilities as a home owner:

ARTICLE III, House and Building Numbering and Designation of Official Street Names  [Adopted 9-4-2001 by Ord. No. 4-01]

§ 116-10.  Duty of owners to post number.

It is and it shall be the duty of each and every owner, trustee, lessee, agent, occupant, and possessor of each and every house, building, or other structure located in Washington Township, whether on a public or private street or road, to cause the same to be numbered with its official building number assigned by Washington Township. The number shall be permanently posted as set forth herein. All persons required to number existing houses, buildings, or other structures shall contact Washington Township and secure an assigned building number and official street or road name. 

§ 116-11.  Placement of number; material and color.

The building number shall be placed in a conspicuous place on or over each front door, on the front transom bar, front transom glass, or front show window, over or on either side of the entrance, or on a clearly visible mailbox, fence, post, mount, or other similar structure located upon the subject property. The number shall be of paint, metal, enamel, or vinyl, and the color of the number shall be in contrast to the immediate background. The number shall be of sufficient size and in full view so as to be identifiable and readable from the opposite side of the street or road. Any building number not affixed to a building shall be positioned such that snow, leaves, tree branches, or other such impediments shall not impair the visibility required by this article. 

§ 116-12.  Obstruction of number; removal of old number.

It shall be unlawful to cover any building number with any sign, drapery, or other obstruction tending to conceal such number, and all inaccurate, obsolete, or nonconforming numbers shall be removed from any house, building, or other structure when a new number has been assigned or when so directed by the Washington Township Zoning Officer. 

§ 116-13.  Time limits for numbering.

All persons required to number buildings, as set forth herein, shall number existing houses, buildings, or structures within 60 days of the effective date of this article. The owners of new structures shall procure a number and official street or road name assignment as part of the normal building permit process. New structures shall be numbered within 30 days after completion of the structure. 

§ 116-14.  Assignment of designated street name.

All streets or roads within Washington Township, whether they be publicly dedicated and publicly maintained, publicly dedicated and privately maintained, or private and privately maintained, having two or more structures or residences located adjacent thereto, either at the time of the signing of this article or any time in the future, including but not limited to all existing and future mobile home parks, shall apply for and be assigned a publicly designated street or road name that shall be placed on the Official Map, pursuant to Chapter 83 of the Code of Washington Township. Assignment of street or road names shall be in conformity with § 119-34C(12) of the Code of Washington Township. Such street(s) or road(s) shall be privately maintained unless such street or road is brought up to the Washington Township street design and construction standards detailed in § 119-34 or elsewhere in the Code of Washington Township. Any such designation of a privately maintained street or road shall not impose any obligation or liability upon the Township for the maintenance, inspection, or improvement of the said street or road. 

§ 116-15.  Publicly designated but privately maintained streets.

Publicly designated but privately maintained streets or roads within Washington Township shall be marked with street sign(s) in accordance with § 119-34C(13) of the Code of Washington Township. Each such sign shall have the bottom left and right corners of the sign outlined in white to designate such street or road as a privately maintained street or road. 

§ 116-16.  Violations and penalties.

Any persons, firm or corporation who shall number or attempt to number any house, building, or structure contrary to this article and the plan hereby approved and adopted or who shall, within 30 days of notification by the Washington Township Zoning Officer, fail or neglect to number their house, building, or structure in accordance herewith, or who shall fail to change the number thereof or fail to remove the old number in cases of a number change, or who shall violate any of the provisions of this article, and any person or persons who shall alter, deface, remove, or destroy any number required to be displayed by this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300, the costs of prosecution, and reasonable attorney's fees, and, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment of not more than 30 days. Each day's violation of any of the provisions of this article shall constitute a separate offense.   

CDBG Program Changes

Washington Township has relinquished its "enttitlement" status and no longer provides a local CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program for our residents. Assistance is available at the County level by contacting the Erie County Planning Commission: http://www.eriecountyplanning.org/ or at Erie County Courthouse, Room 111, 140 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16501, Phone: (814) 451-6336 or Fax: (814) 451-7000.

Washington Township is an entitlement community that administers their own Community Development Block Grant Program for housing rehabilitation. This program is available to our residents who own their own home and meet the income criteria. Also, homeowners must be current with their utilities and taxes, and are in need of improvements.

To date, Washington Township has rehabilitated over 60 homes in our community since the program's inception during the 1990's. We have certified contractors who perform the rehabilitation work and the improvements are guaranteed for 1 year. If you are interested, please check out the brochure to see if you meet the income guidelines.