Rural Addressing

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Rural addressing allows 911 operators to help fire; ambulance and police find your home quickly in the event of an emergency. When seconds count, there is real peace of mind knowing that help is on the way - directly. These addresses are essentially a street address for rural residences. They can also be used for delivery of goods and services to your home.

How does Rural Addressing Work?

Your rural address effectively provides an address and a house number for every residence on your property. A rural address is not the same as a legal land description (which provides a land location, but does not identify individual residences on a property) or a postal address, which directs mail through Canada Post.

How your address is assigned

The address is assigned based on the location of your driveway along a county road or highway. Each road is divided into 40 metre intervals which have numbers assigned to each interval. This number, in conjunction with existing road number is used to create each rural address.

How does it help me?

Mountain View County has been working closely with Telus to ensure that rural addresses are tied to land line phone numbers so that when you dial 911, dispatchers will see your phone number and rural address.

* If you are building a house, shop or business facility you will need a rural address before you can receive utilities (gas, power, phone, etc.) service at your residence. Call the Mountain View County office at 403-335-3311 when your approach is completed, and we'll survey your driveway and get your address to you A.S.A.P.


What do you need to do?

  • Post your address in an obvious place at your property line where it is clearly visible from the road. Your sign should be attached to a post, fence or permanent fixture;
  • Keep a copy of your rural address close to your phone;
  • Keep written directions to your residence close the phone for visitors to your home;
  • Maintain your address sign in premium condition.

The Sign is Cheaper than the fine!

  • Most residents will only require one sign at a cost of approximately $30. In some cases you will require more signs if you have multiple residences on your property.
  • The Bylaw infraction could cost upwards of $100 (for a first offence) if your sign is not posted.
  • Although the Bylaw does not require the Township, Range Road or Highway reference on your sign, we now recommend that you do include it on your sign.

What should my sign look like?

  • Address numbers must be white and at least 75mm (3") in height.
  • The reflective panel shall be blue and the address letters/numbers shall be in a retro-reflective contrasting colour (white).
  • Four to five digit address must be posted at approach. In multi-lot subdivisions the two or three digit numbers are required. (eg: 12345 Rge Rd 50)

How should I install my rural address sign?

  • Must be in an obvious place next to the driveway at the property line.
  • Should be clearly visible from public road (from either direction) and not obstructed by trees, buildings, etc.
  • Should be firmly attached to a post, fence or other permanent fixture.
  • Signs should be a minimum of 1 metre and no higher than 2.5 metres above natural ground level.
  • Should be on the right hand side of the driveway, entering the property and far enough from the shoulder to allow snow removal.

CAUTION should be exercised with any underground installation to avoid contact with utilities.

For assistance with this, contact: ALBERTA ONE CALL AT 1-800-242-3447

Where can I get my sign made?

Any sign company can produce your sign. See the Yellow Pages for a sign maker near you. Click below to download the latest copy of our Rural Address brochure.


Things to remember about Rural Addressing:

  • If the location of your driveway changes, you must also change your rural address.
  • Landowners, not renters, are responsible for ensuring that rural address signs are posted and maintained.
  • The address is tied to the residence, not the person - If you are moving, leave your rural address sign and information for the new residents.
  • If you are building a residence, shop or other facility you will need a rural address before calling Telus or utility companies for installations.
  • The driveway/approach needs to be installed in order for us to provide an address.

Where can I get more information?

Contact Mountain View County at 403-335-3311; or email gis@mvcounty.com