Thousands of Wichita homeowners may soon be lawbreakers if the city council follows its staff’s recommendation.
An update is at the end of this article.
This week the Wichita City Council may make your house number illegal, even though those numbers may — literally — be set in stone. This will be the case if the council takes the action recommended by its Department of Public Works and Utilities.
Current city code requires address numbers three inches high. The proposed ordinance requires numbers four inches tall. The penalty for noncompliance is $500 per day, with each day being “a separate and distinct offence.”
Existing and proposed ordinances
The existing city code:1
Sec. 10.04.190. – Same — Duty of owner or occupant to place; size, etc.
The owner or occupant of each and every house or building in the city is required to place on the house or building, in a conspicuous place, numbers of at least three inches in height of a type to be selected by the owner or occupant, which numbers shall be in conformity with and according to the provisions of the two preceding sections of this chapter. (Ord. No. 14-491 § 2)
The proposed code.2
SECTION 10. Section 10.04.190 of the Code of the City of Wichita, Kansas, is hereby amended to read as follows:
“Duty of owner or occupant to place; size, etc.”
The owner or occupant of every house or building in the City is required to conspicuously place on the house or building house numbers of at least four (4) inches in height. Painting house numbers on the Curb alone shall not be sufficient to comply with this Section.
Such numbers shall be consistent with Sections 10.04.170 and 10.04.180. Such numbers shall be of a sufficient contrast such that police officers and firefighters can read the numbers from the abutting street. Any property owner failing to comply with this Section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred (500) dollars. Each day house numbers are not properly placed on the house or building is a separate and distinct offence.
At its August 9 meeting, the city council deferred this item to September.
- Wichita City Code. Available at www.municode.com/library/ks/wichita/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT10STSI_CH10.04INGE_S10.04.190SAUTOWOCPLSIET. ↩
- Wichita City Council Agenda, August 9, 2016 meeting. Available at http://wichita.gov/Government/Council/Agendas/08-09-2016%20City%20Council%20Agenda%20Packet.pdf. ↩