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House numbers are not only convenient for finding addresses but necessary for emergency responders to locate those in need. When responding to an emergency, minutes matter so be sure that fire, ambulance, and police personnel can easily and quickly find your address.

Title 13- Building Number Ordinance

§13.04.02. Specification for address numbers.

A. Residences Street address numbers for residences three (3) inches in height. The numbers shall be conspicuously placed on, above, or at the side of the main entrance so that the number is discernible from the street.

B. Commercial Street address numbers for commercial and industrial structures four (4) inches in height, if located within fifty (50) of a roadway or at least ten (10) inches in height and shall be of a durable and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted, if located greater than fifty (50) feet from the street. The number shall be placed above or on the main entrance to the structure when possible. If such number is not visible from the street, the number shall be placed along a driveway or on a sign visible from the street.

C. Apartments, Trailer Parks, etc. Apartments and similar complexes assigned a single building number shall display address numbers on each assigned structure using in Arabic numerals having a minimum height of eight (8) inches and shall be of a durable Nelsonville City Code 13-2 and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted. Trailer parks and similar complexes assigned a single building number shall display the assigned number at the main entranceway using numbers having a minimum height of eight (8) inches. Numbers or letters for individual apartments, trailers, or units within these complexes shall be displayed on, above, or to the side of the main doorway of each apartment, trailer, or unit, and shall be in Arabic numerals at least three (3) inches in height and shall be of a durable and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted.

  • Script numbers or numbers that are spelled out in words may be aesthetically pleasing but are difficult to read quickly from the street.
  • Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see. Use numbers that contrast with the background.
  • If the house is located more than 50 feet from the street, the numbers should be displayed on a fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place that will make it visible for approaching vehicles.
  • Be sure that the view of the numbers is not obstructed by shrubs, trees, or decorations, such as flags.
  • Numbers should be clearly seen when approaching from either side of the house.

If the numbers on your house are not visible or easy to read, it will take emergency personnel longer to reach you. Those extra minutes spent trying to locate a property can mean the difference between life and death, so take the time now to be sure your house numbers can be seen from the street to help emergency responders find you faster.

House numbers are not only convenient for finding addresses but necessary for emergency responders to locate those in need. When responding to an emergency, minutes matter so be sure that fire, ambulance, and police personnel can easily and quickly find your address.

Title 13- Building Number Ordinance

§13.04.02. Specification for address numbers.

A. Residences Street address numbers for residences three (3) inches in height. The numbers shall be conspicuously placed on, above, or at the side of the main entrance so that the number is discernible from the street.

B. Commercial Street address numbers for commercial and industrial structures four (4) inches in height, if located within fifty (50) of a roadway or at least ten (10) inches in height and shall be of a durable and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted, if located greater than fifty (50) feet from the street. The number shall be placed above or on the main entrance to the structure when possible. If such number is not visible from the street, the number shall be placed along a driveway or on a sign visible from the street.

C. Apartments, Trailer Parks, etc. Apartments and similar complexes assigned a single building number shall display address numbers on each assigned structure using in Arabic numerals having a minimum height of eight (8) inches and shall be of a durable Nelsonville City Code 13-2 and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted. Trailer parks and similar complexes assigned a single building number shall display the assigned number at the main entranceway using numbers having a minimum height of eight (8) inches. Numbers or letters for individual apartments, trailers, or units within these complexes shall be displayed on, above, or to the side of the main doorway of each apartment, trailer, or unit, and shall be in Arabic numerals at least three (3) inches in height and shall be of a durable and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted.

  • Script numbers or numbers that are spelled out in words may be aesthetically pleasing but are difficult to read quickly from the street.
  • Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see. Use numbers that contrast with the background.
  • If the house is located more than 50 feet from the street, the numbers should be displayed on a fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place that will make it visible for approaching vehicles.
  • Be sure that the view of the numbers is not obstructed by shrubs, trees, or decorations, such as flags.
  • Numbers should be clearly seen when approaching from either side of the house.

If the numbers on your house are not visible or easy to read, it will take emergency personnel longer to reach you. Those extra minutes spent trying to locate a property can mean the difference between life and death, so take the time now to be sure your house numbers can be seen from the street to help emergency responders find you faster.

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Important City Phone Numbers

  • Office: 753.1314
  • Police & Fire Emergency: 9 1 1
  • Police Non-Emergency:
    753.1922 or 753.1736
  • Fire Non-Emergency: 753.1244