9-1-1 Addressing

The GIS Division took over 9­-1­-1 addressing responsibilities in the Summer of 2006. With the advent of automated computer­-controlled emergency services (9-1-1 systems) it has made it important that proper addressing be emphasized. A central and crucial component of the Emergency Service System is a comprehensive, accurate, and sequential addressing system. A properly standardized, maintained, accurate, and consistent address data system is an essential reference tool that is vital to the operations of Fire, Police, and other service entities in the protection and preservation of lives and property. As a result, it is critical for the addressing of parcels and buildings to be done methodically, sequentially, and consistently while following a set of citywide standards.

Therefore, we promptly created an addressing standards ordinance to provide guidelines while addressing homes and businesses. You can find a link to the ordinance below.

Can we find you if you dial 9 -1-1?

We hope you never need to rely on an emergency agency in the future, but if you do, emergency personnel may find it difficult to locate your home or business if your address is not posted correctly.

According to the city ordinance, approved numbers and addresses shall be provided for ALL new and existing buildings so that the number is plainly visible and legible from the street or roadway.

According to the 2003 International Fire Code, these numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) high and a minimum stroke width of .5 inch (12.7mm).