- I just bought a piece of property and it does not have an address. How do I get an address?
The County, like many other counties in North Carolina, does not address vacant property. An address will be assigned once a building permit for a residence has been obtained.
- Why does the County assign addresses? I thought the post office gave addresses.
The County started assigning addresses in 1990 for the Emergency 911 system and the postal service adopted the same addresses for mailing purposes as well.
- Why do I have to post my address?
Posting an address is essential to responders locating you in an emergency when time is important and it's the law in Randolph County.
- How do I post my address?
The Randolph County Unified Development Ordinance contains the address posting standards for structures in the County zoning jurisdiction.
- No building shall be erected on a lot that does not have access, directly or by an easement, to a road whether publicly or privately maintained.
- Numeral indicating the address number of a single-family dwelling shall be at least four inches in height, of a contracting color to the structure, and shall be posted to be legible from the street.
- Numerals for multiple dwelling units and nonresidential buildings shall be at least six inches in height, of a contracting color to the structure, and shall be posted to be legible from the street.
- Only number shall be used in posting addresses. (e.g., 125 instead of One Hundred Twenty-five.)
- All buildings shall display an address number.
- The official address number must be displayed on the front of the building or at the entrance to a building and the numbers must be visible from the street during both day and night.
- If the building is seventy-five feet or more from a public street or the building is landscaped such that numbers cannot be seen from the street, the assigned address shall also be posted at the end of the driveway or easement nearest the road which provides access to the building.
- After the issuance of a building permit, the assigned address shall be posted on the property in a manner that is visible from the street. The final Certificate of Compliance shall not be issued until the address numbers are posted according to the regulations.
- The owner or occupant will ensure that the address numbers are posted in compliance with the regulations. Address numbers shall not be obstructed from view by shrubs or vegetation as viewed from the street.
- I use a post office box for my mail. Do I have to switch to getting my mail at my residence?
You can continue getting your mail at the post office box although you must also post your E-911 address on your structure as well at the driveway if needed.
- There is no way that my address is right! My next-door neighbor is 4311 and I’m 4331. How is that right?
There are pre-determined address points every 20 feet on each side of a road and an address is based on the actual driveway location.
- Will my address change again?
Changing an address is always our last option. However, there are situations that require an address change to maintain the accuracy of E-911 response such as road changes made by NCDOT, driveway location changes and occasional inaccuracies found by improved technology.
- I am not going to post my address! I'm not going to change my address!
We understand the people do not like being told what to do. Address numbers are important in an emergency. If you do not post your address or refuse to change your address due to an error, etc., you are placing yourself and your neighbors at risk. It's a $500.00 a day fine for not posting your address or refusing to change your address.
- Who do I contact if I have other questions or concerns?
Call the Addressing Coordinator at 336-318-6552 or send an email to Addressing.