Rural Addressing Remains Crucial to Rural Living

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Rural residents have been hearing for years about “rural addressing.” But why?

Well, these addresses are essentially a street address for rural residences and properties.

Your rural address effectively provides an address and a house number for every residence or location on your property. Most residents will only require one sign but if there are multiple residences on your property or you are sharing an approach with your neighbour, a sign is required for each.

Most importantly, rural addressing allows 911 operators to assist 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.

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. Residents do need to ensure the address sign is posted 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.

If it isn’t posted the infraction under the Rural Addressing Bylaw could cost upwards of $100 (for a first offence). However, the County will work with residents to ensure they are in compliance.

Additionally, the rural address can also be used for delivery of goods and services to your home without the hassle of explaining legal land location. A rural address is not the same as a legal land description.

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. Contact the Mountain View County office when your approach is completed, and we'll survey your driveway and get your address to you ASAP.

To confirm your rural address, use the following link or call into the Mountain View County Office at 403-335-3311.

There are standards for a rural address sign;

  • A rural address sign 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)
  • The Four to five-digit address must be posted at approach (e.g. 12345 Rge Rd 50).
  • In multi-lot subdivisions off a single approach, the main address sign will be posted at the main approach like above, while a sign that includes a one to three-digit lot or house number are required (e.g. 10 – 12345 Rge Rd 50) needs to be posted on the driveway to that residence or location.
  • 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

For more information on rural addressing or if you have any questions please visit the Mountain View County website or contact the office during regular hours (8 am to 4 pm; Monday - Friday) at 403-335-3311.

Posted Date: 
Monday, February 20, 2017