Rural Addressing identifies each rural property with a specific address. Identified with a numbered, green, highway-type sign, the address helps local utility and emergency services, such as police, fire, and ambulance, quickly locate specific properties. Do not remove or alter these signs.

Under the Community Standards Bylaw, addresses must be correct, clearly visible from the roadway and maintained.

Rural Addressing Guide

Read the Rural Addressing Bylaw

What is rural addressing and why do we need it?

Rural addressing is a standardized system to identify and locate rural properties. This system helps emergency response personnel, such as fire, ambulance, and police, find your property quickly during an emergency.

What are the benefits of using Rural Addresses over a legal land location?

A legal land location identifies the specific quarter section where a property is located. A rural address pinpoints the access to the property from a Range Road or Township Road. The addressing system is easy to use and understand. The Rural Address provides emergency personnel with an effective tool to reduce response times in emergencies.

In the County of Grande Prairie your Rural Address is also your 911 or Emergency Address.

How are Rural Addresses created?

The County assigns rural addresses. A typical urban or city address is based on the street and avenue road network. Similarly, a Rural Address is based on the access point into a property from the township road and range road network. For example, from the address 722020 RGE RD 85, we can tell that the access point to the property is on the west side of Range Road 85 and is 400 metres (20 intervals by 40 metres) from Township Road 722. Refer to the Rural Addressing Guide (linked above) for details.

How do I get my rural address?

Once development begins and an approach into the property has been constructed, an address will be assigned, and a sign installed. The fee for rural addressing is included with your development application. With multi-parcel subdivisions, the developer will be charged the rural address fee for each lot being subdivided.

Are Rural Addresses the same as a Mailing Address?

Unless Canada Post has advised you that your current mailing address is changing, then your rural address is used for emergency services only and your current mailing address is still applicable.

What is the difference between Urban Addressing and Rural Addressing?

Urban Addressing and Rural Addressing follow a similar principle - that addresses are based on an access point on a grid pattern. In Urban Addressing, an address is typically formed from the street and avenue road pattern. This applies in cities, towns, villages, and hamlets. A Rural Address is based off the Range Road and Township Road grid pattern.

In the County, hamlets use the Urban Address style, with the 911 or emergency address being the same as the one used for postal service. If you do not live in a town, village or hamlet, you use the Rural Address when calling 911.

I have more than one house on my parcel. Should I have more than one address?

Yes. Each dwelling should have a unique Rural Address.

Who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Rural Address Signs?

The property owner is responsible for all maintenance and upkeep of the sign.

Do I have to post my Rural Address?

Yes. All existing properties must have a Rural Address sign. It is also required for all new developments and subdivisions and is included as part of the development process. The requirement is based on our mandate to ensure the same level of service for all residences and businesses in the County. Rural Address signage is a crucial element for efficient emergency response. It's in your best interest to make sure your address sign is displayed in the proper location.