Office of Geographic Data Services  |  Address Display
How Quickly Could We Find Your House In An Emergency?
In an emergency, a few seconds can make a life-saving difference to a police officer, firefighter or rescue squad worker.  Could we find your house quickly, with the proper street-style address prominently displayed and visible to passing vehicles?  It is not only good sense, it is the law in Albemarle County to have your correct address displayed.  Even if you currently use a post office box for mail delivery, it is essential that you display a street-style address.  If you have questions about your address, please contact the staff person at GDS that handles addressing concerns.  If you have questions about mailbox placement, please contact your post office.
Please read the following legal guidelines and check your address numbers TODAY:
  • Address numbers shall be displayed at the primary access entrance on a mailbox, post, fence or other suitable location that is easily discernible from the road;
  • If the structure is one hundred feet or less from the road, and the entrance door of the structure is clearly visible from the road, and there is no other suitable location at the primary access entrance, address numbers shall be displayed on, above or at the side of the main entrance door;
  • The address number shall be displayed as numerals and shall not be spelled out;
  • The numerals displayed shall be at least three (3) inches in height on a contrasting background;
  • If the mailbox is not located on the named road from which the number has been assigned, the entire address (number and road name) shall be shown on that mailbox to avoid confusion;
  • Any numbers previously displayed, which could be confused with or mistaken for the assigned address number, shall be removed from the mailbox and property;
  • Numbers shall be properly maintained by the property owner to make sure that they remain readable from the road.

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Geographic Data Services
401 McIntire Road
North Wing
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-972-4126
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