Addressing

Purpose

The GIS office is responsible for assigning addresses to new construction. There is occasion where addresses are required on other structures such as garage apartments, workshops, etc. These addresses are reviewed on a case by case instance. This is to ensure the proper delivery of Enhanced 911 service to the citizens of Gloucester County.

How do I obtain an address?

During the construction process, Building Department staff inspect the different phases of construction. When the foundation inspection passes, it is flagged and shows up in a report for the GIS Department.  This report is usually pulled twice a week and the addressing process begins.  Once the address has been calculated, the GIS office will send a written Address Verification Letter to the owner and address listed on the building permit. It can take between 5 and 10 days to generate an address depending on workload.  If you haven't received notification of your new address after 10 days, please email us at gis@gloucesterva.info

Grid System

When Gloucester instituted Enhanced 911 in 1993, a grid system was chosen. The beginning number is determined using a pre-ranged numbering grid. Once the start number is determined, measurements are taken and calculated. For every ten feet of road frontage, there is one address number. (example: 100 feet = 10 numbers....if the center of house A is 100 feet from the center of house B, their addresses would be 10 numbers apart. House A = 5690 My Street Lane - House B = 5700 My Street Lane) 

Address ranges are sometimes increasing and sometimes decreasing depending on the direction of the road. If you feel there in an error in the data, please contact our office and we will be happy to look into the matter.

Important Note

Addresses are assigned only to buildings in Gloucester due to the rural nature of the county. Vacant parcels are not addressed.

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