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Rural Addressing

Rural addressing allows 911 operators to help fire; ambulance and police find your home quickly in the event of an emergency. When seconds count, there is real peace of mind knowing that help is on the way - directly.

How does Rural Addressing Work?

Your rural address effectively provides an address and a house number for every household on your property. A rural address is not the same as a legal land description (which provides a land location, but does not identify individual residences on a property) or a postal address, which directs mail through Canada Post.

Rural addresses in Foothills County were implemented in 2009 using the existing street/avenue grid, where street and avenue numbers increase every 100 meters. Streets running north-south and increasing in both the east and west directions from Meridian Road (located on the fifth Meridian); and avenues running east west starting at 146th avenue (which aligns with the City of Calgary's 146th Ave south) and increasing southward. The rural address is essentially a coordinate that gives a street and an avenue and a distance from their intersection.

It works as follows: - The address has three parts: the reference street or avenue (perpendicular to the road which accesses the driveway), the address unit (a number between 1-260) which tells the distance the driveway is from the intersection and the access Street or Avenue (The road which provides access to the driveway).

Rural Addressing Template

The County has produced a detailed guide to how rural addresses are determined and assigned. Download the pdf by clicking here

Once you have been assigned a rural 911 address, you may wish to install a blue and white address sign. The specifications for installing these signs is available here.