The Addressing Office assigns, changes and verifies addresses within Fayette County. This keeps information used to support the 911 up-to-date.
This information is used by the U.S. Postal Service, the PVA and other service providers such as utility companies and private delivery services.
Street naming guidelines
All addresses must contain a street name. Such names may contain a maximum of 20 letters; however, names shall not contain fewer than two letters. The following are prohibited in street names:
- Numerical digits or numerical names
- Leading single letter phrases
- Initiating a street name with a directional term
- Confusing, obscene or irregularly spelled words
- Duplicate or closely approximate names of existing streets
- Abbreviations, except for the following, which may be abbreviated: (a) Fort shall be abbreviated as "FT"; (b) Mount shall be abbreviated as "MT"; and (c) Saint shall be abbreviated as "ST"; and
- Use of the words "service," "street," "drive," "avenue," or "court."
Addressing street numbers need to be placed well, properly sized numbers with contrast.
Numbers need to be:
- Four inches is the minimum height for residential addressing.
- 10 inches is the minimum height for commercial addressing
Guidelines for number placement:
- Numbers must be at least three feet high above street level.
- Curbside displays (on a mailbox, for example) must be visible on both sides so they can be seen by traffic traveling in either direction.
- Ideally, numbers are placed near or above the main entrance.
- Numbers must not be script.
- Numbers must be visible from the street. Any and all obstructions should be removed and numbers should be large enough to be seen clearly from the street.
- Brass numbers are not recommended because they reflect the spotlight from emergency vehicles and often don’t contrast enough to be seen easily.
- The background shall be a contrasting color so numbers can be easily read.
- Numbers placed on or near the curb do not comply with the ordinance, because they can be hidden by leaves, snow, vehicles, and garbage cans. However, they are a good supplement to properly placed numbers on a sign or structure.
- Numbers must not be behind shrubs, trees, awnings, or other obstructions.
- Small, short metal or concrete curbside markers are not sufficient alone; however, these make excellent supplements to numbers placed on structures.