While issuing addresses is not the most exciting thing we do, it is one of the most important. Without an orderly address system, it is very hard for your home or business to be located quickly during an emergency.Please call 334-295-5287 with addressing questions.
If you see the following vehicle on your street or near your home we are simply working on our addressing duties.
How are Address Numbers Issued?
In most of Marengo County, we use a measured system to determine your address number. There are 1,000 numbers in each mile, or one address each 5.28 feet. (A mile is 5,280 feet) This system is very easy to use for emergency responders, mail and delivery services.
A Distance of - Each 1000 addresses equals one (1) mile (5,280 feet)
-Each 100 addresses equals one-tenth (1/10) of a mile (528 feet)
You can see that an address number can easily be "decoded" by anyone looking for a specific address.
Even numbers are on the right and odd numbers are on the left if you are traveling in the same direction the numbers are assigned.
When the fire department hears an address of 2750 they know it is 2-3/4 miles from the starting point, on the right, to this address.
How do I get a new address?
Each home and business in Marengo County should have an address. When you move in, the address does not change. If the person you buy or rent from does not know the address, call our business office at 334-295-5287. We may determine the address over the phone if you know your new neighbor's names and addresses, and the correct road name.
If you are moving into a new structure or location, a new address number must be assigned. This requires us to drive to your new location to measure the address along the road. This will take at least 10 working days, so call as far in advance as possible. When you call 334-295-5287, tell us you need an address for a new structure.
What do I need to do before I call for a new address?
1.) Mark where your driveway will be.
2.) Mark where the structure will be on the property.
What do I need to know when I call?
1.) If anyone has ever previously lived at this same location. If so what was their name(s).
2.) The road name where you need the new address.
3.) The address and names of your neighbors to the side and in front of the location needing the address.
There are three ways to request an address:
1.) Call 334-295-5287
2.) Visit Marengo County E-911
How are road names assigned?
Marengo County 9-1-1 has been designated as the street naming authority for Marengo County. We also coordinate street naming with the municipalities to avoid duplicate names. New roads are normally named by the residents or by the developer of a subdivision. We check that the proposed name is not already in use, and then approve or deny the request.
To name a road after a specific person or family requires 100% agreement of the existing residents of the road. To select a generic street name requires 75% agreement. These same percentages are used if residents desire to change a road name.
Why are some driveways named?
When there are three (3) or more structures with addresses on a road or driveway, we assign a name and issue address numbers using the new road name. This is done to reduce confusion when responding to emergencies, and it also helps other people find you.
We sometimes name drives that do not have three structures when there are several land-owners along the road. This provides for addresses as the property owners develop their land.
Assigning a name to a private drive does not mean the city or county will start maintaining the road or that the mail carrier will deliver mail to the houses. It is still a private road, it just has an official name.
How do I display my address:
Your address number should be posted at your driveway, visible from both directions of travel. Just because the mail carrier comes from one direction does not mean the emergency units will travel the same way. Your address number should also be clearly posted on your home so it can be seen at night. Remember, in an emergency there is no time to waste, make your home easy to locate! Not sure how to correctly display your address click on our forms tab and follow the link to find out how.
Marengo County Emergency Communications District