The City of Las Cruces is reminding businesses operating within city limits to comply with development code requirements regarding the proper display of addresses on their property. “We are hearing from residents and finding out first-hand that some commercial properties in Las Cruces do not properly display their physical addresses, making them difficult to locate,” said Interim City Manager William Studer. “We are actively working to become a business-friendly community and we encourage local patronage. So, we are reaching out to businesses to help customers find them by making their addresses easy to locate and read.”
According to Article I, Section 30-1 of the Las Cruces Development Code:
Every owner, lessee, occupant or tenant of any building or group of buildings within the city limits shall provide numbering using a contrasting or reflective paint on the curb at the driveway entrance facing the street.
Each structure or complex shall further provide suitable numbering services (non-reflective unless otherwise required) on each respective structure in a conspicuous place over or at the front entrance of the structure or complex. Such numbering shall be visible day and night from the street or right-of-way. The term "visible" means readable from the street by a person having normal vision.
All numbers or letters shall not be less than two inches in width and three inches in height and shall be placed on a contrasting background.
If the structure or complex entrance is not visible from the street, the address shall be posted on the side of the structure facing the street and shall be visible from the street. When curbs do not exist along roadways or thoroughfares, the numbering may be placed on a mailbox located near the entrance to the property, in lieu of the curb location, and shall be visible from the street.
If neither curbs nor mailboxes exist, the numbering devices placed on the building or structure shall be of a contrasting or reflective material.
Where a commercial building sets back from a street such a distance that the street address numbers and letters would have to be greater than 12 inches in height to comply with the definition of visible and the building has a freestanding sign closer to the street, the numbers and letters can be placed on the sign as an alternative, provided that the numbers and letters shall also remain on the building facade and be of sufficient size to be easily readable from the walkway to that entrance.
Each complex containing more than one building or groups of buildings constructed after April 30, 2018, shall be further required to place near each driveway entrance to the complex a schematic building directory sign showing the relative location of each unit. Such signs shall be internally illuminated.
All address numbers shall be kept free from obstruction by tree limbs, trash, weeds, and any other form of concealment.