How to display your house number

In an emergency, seconds count. Precious time can be wasted trying to locate an unmarked house. Help your local emergency service providers by displaying your house number.

  • House numbers should be displayed on the building, or in front of it, in a prominent and conspicuous place and in such manner as to be legible from the street.
  • All numbers should be at least 3 inches in height, and be located approximately 4 feet above the ground.
  • The colors of said numbers should be in sharp contrast to the color of their background.
  • When practical, the numbers should be placed near a light so that they may be readily seen at night. If the numbers are not illuminated, they should be reflective.
  • The street number must be visible from both directions.
  • If the house is more than 75 feet from the roadway, the number should be displayed on a post or mailbox, no farther than 25 feet from the edge of the street, and on the same side of the street as the house.
  • In the event that more than one house has access from a single driveway, the number of the house must be displayed at each location at which the driveway diverges, in addition to being displayed on the house.