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Properly Displaying Numbers Could Save Your Life

Reasons for Properly Displaying Your Address:

• Protection in case of emergency

Protect your family and your property. If you need 911 services, fire, law enforcement and EMS will be able to find you faster. A visitor, child or an injured person may be unable to give clear directions. New emergency personnel may be unfamiliar with your area. Seconds count in an emergency!

• Identification for Utility Services

Phone, electric, gas, cable and other companies rely on an address to begin a new service or respond to a maintenance issue.

• Identification for Mail Services

Mail, package and other deliveries require an address, Having that address clearly shown will ensure prompt delivery.

• It’s the Law!!!

See below for The Town Of Guilford ordinance.

§ 151-1Purpose.

It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to establish an effective and easily recognizable system for the exact location of various building units in the Town of Guilford to ensure the rapid location of any building unit by emergency vehicles.

§ 151-2Display of number.


The owner of any building used for residential or commercial purposes and the owner of any trailer which is permanently located or usable for residential purposes shall affix thereto a building unit number designating the street number of such building or trailer. Such number shall be no less than three inches in height, shall be in a color contrasting to the area to which it is affixed, shall be visible from the street to which such number relates and shall be located on the top, bottom or side of the main entrance of the building facing said street.


In the case of a building or trailer more than 50 feet from said street, the owner shall, in addition to the number on the building or trailer, display a building unit number meeting the specifications set forth herein on a mailbox, fence or post located at the property line reasonably adjacent to said street or at the side of the driveway or sidewalk in such manner as to make said number visible from the street. If the building unit number is placed upon a mailbox adjacent to the street, said building unit number shall be placed on each side of the mailbox in a location visible from the street.

§ 151-3Condominiums and apartments.

The owner or association in control of each condominium or apartment complex or similar multi-building complex shall place upon the outside of each building and/or unit in said complex, in a location and format approved by the Fire Department, the number and name of each such building.

§ 151-4Applicability.

This chapter shall apply to both existing buildings and trailers as well as those erected hereafter.

§ 151-5Penalties for offenses.

Any person who violates this chapter shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $99.

EVERY Home Needs an Address

Even if you rely on a post office box for mail delivery, it is important that your Emergency 9-1-1 address be posted on your property and be visible from the road.

You can help emergency responders locate your house by properly displaying your address and following some very simple guidelines:

• Use Large numbers Every single-family house should use numbers that are at least 3” high. Multiple dwelling units such as apartments and duplexes, as well as non-residential buildings, should use numbers that are at least 6” high. The numbers should face the correct street.

• Be Visible in the Dark

Put the numbers on your house under a light. Numbers on a mailbox or post should be reflective or on a highly contrasting background.

• Be Visible From Both Directions

Numbers on your mailbox should be posted on both sides. Emergency vehicles may not arrive from the same direction as your mail carrier or delivery.

• Locate Near the Road

If your house is not visible from the street, post numbers so that they are clearly visible from the road either on a pole, sign or post. If your house is across the street from a mailbox, post the number along the driveway.

• Post Twice on Long or Shared Driveways

If the driveway leads to more than one address, post all numbers at the end of the driveway and also post the correct number on each building.

• Uncover the Numbers

Several times per year, trim the bushes, vines, flowers and weeds so all numbers are clearly visible. Move flower baskets, flags and other items that may obstruct a clear view.

• Each House Needs an Address

Two or more houses should not share a mailbox.



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