Addresses are used for more than just making sure your mail and packages make it to your home. They are used by emergency responders to find you in an emergency situation. Our department assigns addresses following a standard set of rules to help ensure you can be found as quickly as possible in a time of need.
Making sure your address number is posted in an easy to see location might just make the difference between life and death. Check out the interview with Fire Chief Jeremy Wallen on why posted numbers are so important even with today's technology.
How do I have an address assigned?
Give us a call at 706-868-3421 or visit us in person at 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans, GA. We are on the first floor of Building C, one floor below the Motor Vehicle office.
How is an address determined?
A building's driveway location determines its address according to national standards set by the National Emergency Number Association. Shared driveways that serve three or more structures should be assigned a private road name for addressing to help ensure quick emergency response.
How should I post my address number to help emergency responders find me more quickly?
Address numbers must be posted and visible from the road so that emergency service agencies can quickly find you in emergency situations. Posted numbers should be at least three inches (3") in height for residential buildings. Commercial structures should use numbers that are at least four inches (4") in height. Keep in mind:
- Numbers must be visible from the road
- Make sure no weeds or any other items block view of numbers
- Numbers should be posted on a pole or mailbox
- Numbers can be posted on either side of the driveway entrance
- Reflective numbers are helpful for night visibility but are not required
Any road or driveway that serves three or more structures or lots should be named whether it is privately or publicly owned in order to help reduce emergency response times. Our office approves road names for all public and private roads to prevent any names from being used for more than one location. We also avoid names that are too similar sounding to existing road names to help prevent any confusion in emergency response. Without this process, 911 may be routed miles away from you in a time of need.
Give us a call at 706-868-3421 to have us check the availability of and approve your road name. It is always best to have a few options in mind because there are thousands of existing roads we have to check.
How can I "pre-check" if a road name has already been used?
You can "pre-check" a road name by using the Find Address feature under Search on Maps Online. Although the Find Address feature can help you filter out existing road names, it does not guarantee your requested road name is approvable.
What forms do I need to request a road name be assigned or changed?
Road naming forms that may need to be filled out include the Naming Application, the Renaming/Honorary Road Name Application, and the Road Name/Renaming Petition. If you are naming or renaming a private drive, every affected property owner must agree on the new road name.
Since E911 was established, physical addresses have become critical for assisting with swift emergency response. If you have a landline phone, your address can be linked to your phone number so emergency services will see your location even if you are unable to speak. The process to migrate rural route addresses to physical street addresses in Columbia County began in the early 1990's. In times of an emergency, it is very important for each home to be properly identified by the use of an identification address number. Columbia County Property Numbering code makes the GIS and Addressing Department the sole Addressing Agent for the unincorporated areas and select incorporated areas of Columbia County.