When we bought the land for The Ant Farm, it never really occurred to me that there was no street address for our property… not until I tried to get a permit for septic/water from St. Clair County. It’s a little different in each city, state and county, but I made a call to the county courthouse, and they explained to me how to go about getting an address set up.
I love calling the county for everything. I’m pretty sure they’re sick of me at this point, but one way or the other they always seem come up with the answers I need. The folks at the St. Clair County courthouse in Ashville are so nice and helpful, it’s a complete shock having lived in Jefferson County my whole life. From the current state of burn-bans to floodplains to garbage service to where the best restaurants are, you can always count on the local public servants in St. Clair County to come through with the right information… Seriously… For once this is not sarcasm.
Anyway, it turns out that the local police dispatch for 911 handles applications for new addresses. It makes sense when you think about it. The authorities don’t want anyone from the water department, inspections or any other public offices working on property that first responders can’t locate easily in the event of an emergency.
Typically, street numbers are pre-assigned every so many feet when a road is incorporated into the state system. In some other jurisdictions addresses are provided by various agencies of government. In St. Clair County it’s a very simple process of calling up the dispatch office, giving them a description of the property (PPIN, legal description, etc.) and then waiting a week or two for the street number assignment.
It’s that easy.