When lives and property are at stake, every second counts. Properly posted address numbers can be a vital link to your safety. A missing, incorrect or poorly marked address can delay emergency response when seconds can literally mean the difference between life and death!
In the interest of public safety, Okaloosa County has passed a Property Numbering System Ordinance, number 91-06. This Ordinance requires that all homes and businesses display a correct, visible street address. The address numbers must be clearly visible from the public or private right-of-way on which the building fronts.
It is important to check your address for obstruction by paint or shrubbery. Remember, if you can’t see your address, neither can emergency responders!
If your home or business is located at a distance from the road, it is important to post the address where it is easily visible from the road, such as on a fence, a post, or other structure.
A. Curb painting is not recommended. Addresses painted on the curbs can be blocked by leaves or parked cars, offer poor visibility at night and fade quickly
A. If you are unsure of your address, call the Okaloosa County 911 Addressing Office at 850-689-5788 to confirm it.
A. Under the Ordinance, both the owner and occupant are responsible for posting the address.
A. Yes. Often emergencies are reported by a neighbor or from a pay phone or cellular phone. Emergency crews will still need to locate the building as quickly as possible.