Since E911 was established, physical addresses have become critical for assisting with swift emergency response. 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.
Remember, a visible address number might just make the difference between life and death.
Don't believe us? Check out the recent interview with Administrative Chief Jeremy Wallen, from Columbia County Fire Rescue, on why posted numbers are vital even with today's technology. Click here to read the article or watch the video.
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Quick Links for Addressing:
- How do I have an address assigned?
- How is an address determined?
- How should I post my address number to help emergency responders to find me more quickly?
- How does the road naming process work?
- Addressing Forms
- See the GIS Department's Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to more questions.
The Columbia County GIS Department is the sole Addressing Agent for the unincorporated areas and select incorporated areas of Columbia County. All addresses in Columbia County must be assigned or approved by the GIS Office. Physical addresses are attached to land-line records so that when 9-1-1 is dialed, a location will be displayed for emergency services. Therefore, if the caller is unable to speak or give the dispatcher driving instructions, they can still be located. You can place a non-emergency test call with 911 by calling 706-541-2800 from your landline to verify the address associated with your phone number.
To obtain a physical address for your property in Columbia County, please contact the GIS Department at (706) 868-4225. We are located on the 1st Floor of Building C at the Evans Government Center, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans, GA 30809.
What to bring if you need an address:
- Your name
- The name of the property owner (if different than your own)
- The name of the road by which your property is primarily accessible (where your driveway access is or will be)
- A recorded plat of the property that was filed at the Columbia County Courthouse (if available)
- A tax map and parcel number (if available)
How is an address determined?
The driveway location determines the roadway and address number. For corner lots, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA)'s standards state that if a house faces a different street than the driveway, the driveway location will be the officially recognized 911 address for emergency response.
In urban areas, driveways providing access to structures that do not have their own road frontage, and which are located behind other addressable structures, should be named and addressed as streets, especially if there are 3 or more habitable structures.
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 rapidly find you in emergency situations. Posted numbers should be a minimum of three inches (3") in height for residential buildings. Commercial structures should use numbers that are a minimum of four inches (4") in height.
Tips and tricks when posting your address number:
- Numbers must be visible from the roadway
- Numbers should be mounted on pole or mailbox
- Reflective numbers are helpful for night visibility but are not required
- The sign may be mounted on either side of driveway entrance
- Make sure no weeds or any other items block view of numbers
How does the road naming process work?
Any road that serves three or more structures or lots should be named regardless of ownership (public or private) to help reduce emergency response times. During the naming process, whether public or private, we avoid any same or similar sounding road names. You can "pre-check" a road name to see if it is already in use by an established roadway by using the Find Address feature under Search on Maps Online. Although the Find Address feature can help you filter out established road names, it does not guarantee your requested road name is approvable.
Please contact our office to begin the road naming process. 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.
- Address Request Form
- Naming Application
- Renaming/Honorary Road Name Application
- Road Name/Renaming Petition
To see the Municipal Code, please click here. Chapter 18, Article VII, Section 18-242 (Purpose and administration); Section 18-243 (System of numbering); and 18-244 (Compliance).