Could We Find You If Your Life Depended On It?
In an emergency, ambulance, fire, and Police depend on house numbers to find your residence as quickly as possible. At night, finding your home may be especially difficult if address numbers are unreadable, not present, hidden, unlighted or have missing numbers or letters.
Emergency responders may be delayed in getting to you as quickly as possible.
Address Posting Quiz
Are your house numbers visible from the street?
- Do they contrast with their background so that they are easily seen?
- If your house can not be seen from the street or is farther than 75 feet off the road, are your address numbers posted on a remote address sign, and on your mailbox?
- Is your mobile home identified with your house number?
- Does your house number face the street named in your address?
If you've answered "no" to any of these questions, please read below to make sure your house number is easy to read and that you can be found in an emergency. Your life or the life of a loved 1 could depend on it!
- Numbers must be visible from the street and within 3 feet of your front door. Existing residential home numbering can remain if in existence at the time of the ordinance, however new residential homes must be at least 4 inches high and if you replace existing numbers they must be at least 4 inches high.
- Numbers must be placed on a contrasting background and should have a reflective coating on the numbers for easy visibility at night.
- Repair or replace aging address numbers, especially on mailboxes that are a distance from the front of the residence. Numbers should be located on both sides of your mailbox and should be separate from your mailbox if they can not be seen in both directions of travel.
- Make sure that your landscaping does not obscure the visibility of your address.
- If your house sits more than 75 feet off of the roadway or is not visible from the street, remote address signs must be used with at least 4-inch high numbers within 10 feet of your driveway entrance and within 5 feet of either side of your driveway.
The Frederick County Addressing Ordinance was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners for your safety so that emergency responders can find you or your loved 1 as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency.
Failure to properly post your address may result in a civil fine of $25.
Remember, your life or the life of your loved 1 may depend on our being able to find you quickly!
Address posting for multifamily residential (apartments and condominiums) and commercial properties have different requirements.