Visible House Numbers
Help First Responders Find Your Home
Visible house numbers are critical to getting timely help
Throughout Jefferson County, ambulance crews, firefighters, and law enforcement often struggle to locate an address in response to a call for help because no visible numbered address sign is posted—a major problem when a timely response can make the difference between life and death.
Responders from law enforcement, both city and county, and all five fire districts in Jefferson County are too often delayed when responding to calls for help because they cannot find the location of the person calling 911 requesting help.
When permits for new homes or businesses are issued by the Department of Community Development (DCD), the $20 cost of an address sign is included in the permitting fees and an address sign is provided to the property owner. It is the responsibility of the property owner to install the sign so it’s clearly visible from the street or road fronting the property.
The signs are 12” in length, 5” in height with a red background and reflective numbers four inches high. The address sign needs to be posted three feet above the roadway and the area around it maintained so that plants or shrubs don’t obscure it.
DCD maintains a master address database of all addressed properties that is passed on to the county’s 911 Dispatch Center. When a call is made to 911, operators can pull up the maps and provide responders with specific directions to find the caller’s residence or business in the shortest time possible.
For residences or businesses that do not have address signs, contact the Department of Community Development at 360-379-4450. The office is located at 621 Sheridan Street in Port Townsend.
The Jefferson County 911 Emergency Locator System Ordinance can be found at this link.