Rural Addressing

Rural Addressing is a standardized system of identifying and locating rural properties. This system will aid emergency response personnel, utility companies, couriers, and other visitors in finding your residence quicker.

Any new dwelling developments will require the owner or developer to purchase a Rural Addressing sign from the County as part of the development process. When you have your new rural address in place, memorize it! Your new Rural Address is primarily for emergency response. If you ever need to call 911, you can give the 911 dispatcher this address. We recommend posting your Rural Address near every phone in your house. Also be sure to educate your children as to what your Rural Address is, what it is for, and how it should be used in the event of an emergency.

To apply for a new rural address sign, the form can be found here.

Submit the form to Vulcan County by email, fax or in person at the Administration office, 102 Centre St, Vulcan AB.

Rural Addressing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is Rural Addressing and why do we need it?

    Rural Addressing is a standardized system of identifying and locating rural properties. This system will aid emergency response personnel, utility companies, couriers, and other visitors in finding your residence quicker.

  • What are the benefits of using Rural Addresses over a legal land location?

    A legal land location can tell you that a property is located somewhere on a specific quarter section, but a Rural Address will pinpoint the access to the property off of a road allowance.

  • Is Rural Addressing new to Alberta?

    No. Many Alberta rural municipalities have implemented Rural Addressing, such as the MD of Rocky View, MD of Foothills, MD of Willow Creek, MD of Taber, Cypress County, and Red Deer County to name a few. More and more municipalities are implementing Rural Addressing each year.

  • Who assigns the Rural Addresses?

    Rural Addressing information is assigned and maintained by our GIS Technician. They maintain all the current addresses in the system as well as assign new ones when development requires it. All the addressing is shared with TELUS Communications to link to TELUS 911, 911 Dispatch and Emergency Responders.

  • How are Rural Addresses created?

    The County assigns Rural Addresses. Addresses are based on the location of the primary access along a road allowance. Each mile of road is divided into intervals of 40 metres, with numbers increasing from South to North and East to West. Even numbers are along the North and West sides of a road allowance, and Odd numbers are along the South and East.

  • Is the Rural Address the same as a Mailing Address?

    No. Your current Canada Post mailing address will not change. Continue to use your existing mailing address to send and receive postal correspondences. However, in the case of an emergency, provide your Rural Address to 9-11 dispatch so emergency services can find you quickly and easily using your Rural Address.

  • I live in a hamlet/resort and already have an address. Will it change?

    If you live in Little Bow Resort or Lake McGregor Country Estates, your address will not change but you will have signage installed. However, if you live in a hamlet you will be getting a new address because currently there is no addressing system in place.

  • How do I get my Rural Address?

    For any properties existing prior to April 1, 2009, your new Rural Address will automatically be provided to you. You will receive written notice of your new address prior to the installation of signs. After this cut-off date, any new developments will require the owner or developer to purchase a Rural Addressing sign from the County as part of the development process. Written notice of the new address will be sent out once the primary access to the development has been identified (if already exists) or built.

  • How are subdivisions addressed?

    Subdivision addresses are also based on the location of the primary access on a road allowance. The lots are numbered clockwise using an increment of 4, with odd numbers along the South and East and even along the North and South (if possible). A typical subdivision rural address might look like this: 5 - 232040 Twp Rd 142.

  • How are Hamlets Addressed?

    Addresses are based on the street the building is facing towards, and the block and lot interval on where it is located. Hamlet blocks are divided into 15 m lot intervals. Lot intervals increase by increments of four starting at “1”, with even numbers along the North and West sides of a street, and Odd numbers along the South and East. Both block and lot interval numbers increase from South to North and East to West.

  • What do I do with my new Rural Address once I get it?

    Memorize it! Your new Rural Address is primarily for emergency response. If you ever need to call 911, you can give the 911 dispatcher this address. We recommend posting your Rural Address near every phone in your house. Also be sure to educate your children as to what your Rural Address is, what it is for, and how it should be used in the event of an emergency.

  • Is there a fee involved?

    Signage and installation for all parcels developed before April 1, 2009 will be paid for by the County. Signage and installation for new developments that are registered after this date will be at the cost of the landowner or developer. All maintenance and replacement costs are the responsibility of the landowner or developer. There is no annual fee.

  • Is rural/hamlet addressing mandatory? Do I need to post my Address?

    Yes. All parcels of land supporting residential, commercial and industrial development with a primary access onto a public road allowance will be assigned a rural address by Vulcan County and have signage installed. Oil and gas industry sites regulated by the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) are exempt unless requested by the property owner or occupant to have a rural address or the site is occupied by employees or agents as a place of employment or business.

  • Once I get my rural address, whom do I have to inform?

    It is not necessary to inform anyone. This is not a postal address change where you would have to inform all your income mail vendors such as your utility companies and your bank. Your Rural Address, once assigned by the County, will be provided to TELUS Communications to link to TELUS 911, 911 Dispatch and Emergency Responders.

  • I have more than one house on my parcel. Do I get more than one address?

    Yes, each house will have a separate address.

  • If I live on a private road, will this affect me?

    Your private road will be treated like a driveway, so your address will be based on where your private road accesses the public road allowance.

  • What information is required if I want to find out what my rural address is?

    The more information you can provide, the better. Things that you can provide to describe the location of your parcel are: legal land location, lot-block-plan, and roll number (can be found on the top of your tax assessment). We will also ask for your contact information in case we cannot help you with your request immediately.

  • I have a new house and need to put up my Rural Address sign. How do I get my new sign?

    As of April 1st, 2009, as part of the development process you will have to fill out a sign request form and pay the signage & installation fee. Once your sign has been ordered and created, it will be installed by either Vulcan County or the signage company.

  • Do I have to purchase a sign from the County? Can I put up my own sign instead?

    All signs must be created and installed according to Vulcan County’s specifications. This is to ensure that all signs are installed in a manner that is readily visible to traffic. In order to be consistent throughout the county, we require all addressing signage to be ordered through us.

  • Some counties have the family name on their signs. Where can I get those?

    You can order name plates to be installed on your rural addressing sign for a set fee of $36.90 (plus GST). You can order the name plates at any time, however we do prefer that you order them at the same time your rural addressing sign is ordered so that they can be installed together at one time.

  • Who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Rural Address Signs?

    The owner or developer.

  • When will Rural Addressing be fully implemented?

    We are hoping to have written notice of new addresses out by early to mid April, 2009. Signage installation will then begin late May or June, 2009.

  • Can I change my rural address?

    No, it is not possible to change your Rural Address because the address is determined based on the distance your property access is along the road allowance.

  • What if the Rural/Hamlet Address I have been given is incorrect?

    Rural and Hamlet addresses are determined using 1/2 metre resolution aerial photos, sub-metre accurate GPS, registered plans, and assessment records. If you believe that an error has been made in determining your address, please notify us immediately and we will review the problem with you.

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Vulcan County

Vulcan County, conveniently located in beautiful sunny southern Alberta, is a vibrant and progressive rural community with prime farming, ranching, residential, leisure and recreation opportunities. Strategically situated one hour south of Calgary and one hour north of Lethbridge, we offer a rich quality of life in a rural setting.

General Contact Info

 Box 180, 102 Centre St. Vulcan, AB
 (403) 485-2241
 (403) 485-2920

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