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If you ever call 911, the operator is trained to verbally confirm and verify the phone number and address for every call received. This is the way a 911 call should work, but if a young child or an out of town visitor is calling they may not know your correct address. For this reason, the E911 system must have the correct assigned physical address associated with your phone number.
Yes, if you have independent businesses or residences with separate phone lines, separate addresses are recommended.
The Street Name in your physical address is the last Named Street that you drive on before you turn onto your driveway. Each officially recognized FNSB road (whether public or private) has an assigned Address Number range. Your Address Number is based on where your driveway accesses a Named Road.
You are encouraged to apply for a new address as soon as you know how you will access your property. In the case of proposed construction, the address number will be assigned based on the owner’s site plan of the proposed structure and driveway.
Not as accurate as a survey, generally things should be located +/- 5 feet or so. The important features to show are your lot lines, your proposed construction, and the proposed location of your driveway. If a Zoning Permit Application is required for your construction you can combine the free Zoning Permit Application (PDF) with an Address Request (PDF) (see the Address Locator help screen for instructions on how to print a map to submit with your address request).
If road access to a structure changes significantly (e.g., driveway access is constructed off a different named road) or access moves significantly, then the owner must contact the FNSB and request an address correction. The address correction is free and the FNSB also will send an update on the address to the phone companies, the United States Postal Service (USPS), Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA), and the E911 dispatch center.
Because addresses can be assigned only based on an officially named thoroughfare, and road names and locations are official only after the final plat is recorded, we can not assign addresses based off road names in preliminary plats. In the case of an existing structure on a plat that has not been finalized, we will attempt to address the location based on existing roads, but the address will most likely change when the plat is finalized. In general, any plat or re-plat which names or renames roads will require addresses to change.
Addresses are issued for a property based upon the proposed location of the driveway and structure on the property. Once you have a good idea where these items will be located, you should visit the Address Locator to create a simple site plan (map) of your property, or visit the addressing coordinator at the Community Planning Department at 907 Terminal Street, Fairbanks. If you have questions about addressing, please email us at or call 907-459-1260.
You can report address discrepancies from the Address Locator and the addressing coordinator will contact you to verify a proper address for your property. If you prefer talking to a human, visit the addressing coordinator in the Community Planning Department, 907 Terminal Street, Fairbanks, or call us at 907-459-1260.
Here are some guidelines for posting your address so that emergency responders (and your friends!) can find you:
Post your numbers so they are large enough to be seen easily from the road. A minimum number height of 2.5 inches is required-but larger numbers may be required, depending on how far they are from the roadway. Address number signs are available for free from the FNSB; call the addressing coordinator at 907-459-1260 or visit Community Planning at 907 Terminal Street.
If the building is not clearly visible from the road, post numbers closer to the road near the driveway entrance, high enough so they won’t be covered by snow.
Post your numbers as many times as necessary so your address is visible from all directions traffic may approach.
If the driveway serves more than one address number, post all numbers at the driveway entrance, and also post the appropriate number at each driveway fork and on the specific building to which it is assigned.
Keep snow and ice cleared away from your numbers. Remove snow, break off icicles or hanging roof ice to ensure your numbers are visible.
Illuminate your numbers when dark outside- use reflective painted numbers, or use a porch light, a nearby street light, a directed spotlight, or purchase electrically-illuminated numbers.
Trim bushes and trees to keep numbers visible
Be sure to move the following items out from in front of your numbers:
If you remove your numbers due to construction or painting of your building, temporarily post your numbers elsewhere, making sure they’re still visible from the road.