Are address numbers required on my home or business?

During an emergency situation, every second counts for emergency responders. Take these steps before there is an emergency on your property :


  • All property owners, both residential and commercial, should have the street address of their property on the side of the building that faces the street. The numerals used should be large enough to see from the street and made of or finished with a reflectorized material so they can be seen in the dark. City ordinance requires that house numbers be at a minimum of 4 inches (101.6 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inches (12.7mm).
  • Contrasting colors should be used for the house numbers.
  • Post reflectorized numbers on a mailbox. If your neighborhood has cluster mailboxes, place the numbers on the front of the box for easier visibility.
  • When approaching your property, check to see if there are any obstructions such as tree branches, bushes, snow, etc. blocking the view of the address numbers.


By following these easy steps, you will help emergency responders quickly identify properties. If you have any questions, please call our Fire Marshal’s office at 651-766-4033.


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