Civic Address Signs

It is a numbering system relating to road names that provides the unique location of a building or property. It includes a unit number, if necessary, a civic number and a street name. This applies to municipal and/or rural areas of BC.

You need your address to enable easy, visible (even at night) reference for emergency service. You also need it for your mail, utilities, telecommunications, and to help your visitors find you.

The TNRD forwards your civic address to emergency service providers, including the Province of BC, utility companies (such as Telus), and others. It is critical that what you use as your address matches TNRD records.

Your address is issued by local government, in this case the TNRD. You can fill out the Civic Address Sign Request Form to get an address created for your property.

Alternatively, the TNRD automatically issues you a civic address sign at time of Building Permit issuance. If a parcel of land has no buildings (i.e. “improvements”) on your property taxes, there is typically no address and it is identified by its legal description from its certificate of title or PID (Parcel Identification Number).

TNRD urges civic addresses to be posted voluntarily for all existing developed properties. However, the proper posting of a civic address is required by bylaw for new developments.

More specifically, a civic address sign is required to be posted prior to Occupancy Permit issuance in the case of any of the following:

  • a new building or dwelling
  • manufactured home placement
  • a major addition to, or renovation of, a building
  • a major change in occupancy

The TNRD has a program to supply Building Permit applicants or any landowner with a custom civic address sign at low cost of $15.

These signs are double-sided, reflective white/green, vinyl covered aluminum with 4” high numerals, in conformance with TAC (Transportation Association of Canada) standards. The sign material is reasonably impervious to UV and climate and retains visual clarity at a distance night or day.

Applicants will get a custom sign automatically with a Building Permit issuance however to get a sign if no construction is occurring, please fill out the form below. This is open to all TNRD rural Electoral Areas.

How to Post an Address Sign

Your sign must be visible at night from the public access road. This is why the sign we provide is double sided and reflective.

  • Hang it perpendicular to the road so it is visible from both directions and within the cone of vehicle headlights
  • Affix it with bolts or similar hardware (so it will withstand wind) on a firmly embedded post, fence, or metal post/bar
  • Post it beyond and above the path of a snowplow
  • Stand back and enjoy your new civic address sign, and encourage your neighbors to get their own!
  • Do not post it in a tree or shrub (think future foliage)
  • Do not post it further into your driveway
  • Do not install it flat, parallel to the road nailed into a tree, fence, or yard fixture


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