Every Home Needs an Address
Even if you rely on a post office box for mail delivery, it is important that your E9-1-1 address be posted on your property and be visible from the road.
In an Emergency, Every Second Counts!
Place your address numbers...
You can help emergency responders locate your house by properly displaying your address and following some very simple guidelines:
- Use Large Numbers
Every single-family house should use numbers that are at least 3" high. Multiple dwelling units such as apartments and duplexes, as well as non-residential buildings, should use numbers that are at least 6" high. The numbers should face the correct street
Be Visible in the Dark
Put the numbers on your house under a light. Numbers on a mailbox or post should be reflective or on a highly contrasting background.
Reasons for Properly Displaying Your Address:
Protection in case of emergency
Protect your family and your property. If you need 911 services, fire, law enforcement and EMS will be able to find you faster. A visitor, child or injured person may be unable to give clear directions. New emergency personnel my be unfamiliar with your area. Seconds count in an emergency!
Identification for Utility Services
Phone, electric, gas cable and other companies rely on an address to begin a new service or respond to a maintenance issue.
Identification for Mail services
Mail, package and other deliveries require an address. Having that address clearly shown will ensure prompt delivery.
It's for your Protection!
Wake County Regulations:
Section 2-5-65 Display of road address numbers
- Road Address numbers must be clearly displayed so that the location can be identified easily from the road.
- The official Address number must be displayed on the front of the building or at the entrance to a building, which is the most clearly visible from the street or road during the day and night.
- If a building is more than seventy-five (75) feet from any road, the address number shall be displayed at the end of the driveway or easement nearest the road, which provides access to the building.
- Numerals indication the address number of a single-family dwelling shall be at least three (3) inches in height and shall be posted and maintained so as to be legible from the road.
- Numerals for multiple dwelling units and nonresidential buildings shall be at least six (6) inches in height and shall be placed on the front of the building facing the road or on the end of the building nearest the road.
- Numerals must be of a contrasting color to the background.
- Mobile home lots shall have sequential address numbers throughout the park. Each lot will have a separate address number assigned. The address number of each lot must be clearly displayed on the lot so as to be legible from the road rather than be mounted on the mobile home unit.
- The address program administrator will have the right to authorize and approve alternate methods of displaying house numbers, which meet the intent of this article when strict adherence to these standards cannot reasonably be met.
(Ord. of 6-30-88 & 5)
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