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Property Addressing

Background of Rural Property Addressing Within Grey County

The property addressing system was created to facilitate the implementation of County-wide 9-1-1 PERS (Public Emergency Reporting Service); and to deliver an accurate method of property identification within therural areas of the County of Grey.  Difficulties have often been encountered by emergency services trying to locate rural properties by using lot and concession descriptions or elaborate directions that usually require familiarity with the area.

The property addressing system provides a method of property identifications.  Any past confusion experienced when explaining lot and concession numbers is virtually non-existent with the property addressing system.  However, the use of lot and concession property description will not be eliminated.  The legal description of properties will continue to be used for Land Registry purposes and any other legal application where the location of a rural property is required.

In emergency situations, people are often unable to accurately describe where their rural property is located and how an emergency vehicle can find them because of their heightened level of anxiety and the pressure of the situation.  With enhanced 9-1-1 and the property addressing system in place in Grey County, it does not matter if a 9-1-1 caller is incomprehensible, or if the caller simply doesn’t know the location from which the call is being made.  Likewise, callers such as small children who cannot describe their locations or callers who are cut off due to problems with the telephone lines will automatically have the location of their calls relayed to the call taker at the Owen Sound Police Services Board as part of the Enhanced 9-1-1 System.

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Property Addresses / Road & Section Numbers

Property Addresses

Each property address consists of an assigned number and the road name that the property accesses.

Six-digit property address numbers have been assigned to the majority of all occupied rural properties.  Each six-digit address has three components:

A two-digit road number
A single-digit section number
A three-digit measured distance

The exceptions to the six-digit number are properties that access irregular roads, hamlet roads and subdivision roads.  These properties are assigned a three-digit address.  This exception was necessary because a road number could not be assigned to these types of roads.

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Road Number

Each road that conforms to the general survey pattern of concessions and side roads has been given a two-digit number.  Roads that travel in an east-west direction have been given an even number.  Roads that travel in a north-south direction have been given an odd number. 

The road number forms the first two digits of the property address in Grey County.

Section Number

The County is divided into sections.  Ten sections (0-9), progressing from south to north, have been created for roads traveling in an east-west direction.  Ten sections (0-9), progressing from west to east, have been created for roads traveling in a north-south direction.  Each section has a maximum length of 9,999 metres.

The section number forms the third digit of the property address number in Grey County.

Measured Distance

The last three digits represent a distance calculation.  An address is available every ten metres on every road in Grey County.  As previously stated, each section has a maximum length of 9,999 metres.  As a general rule, with only the odd exception, addresses increase from west to east and from south to north.  Distances have been measured starting at the westerly boundary of each section for east-west roads, and the southerly boundary of each section for north-south roads.  Measurements are calculated based on the location of the main driveway that accesses an occupied property.

The measured distance forms the last three digits of the property address number in Grey County.

Road Name

The road name is the second part of every property address.  Rural addresses are assigned based on the road that a property accesses.  The road names that have been adopted by the council of the municipality are used for the property addressing system.  It is important to note that road names can be duplicated between the municipalities of Grey County.

Policy for Irregular Roads

Irregular, hamlet, and subdivision roads have been assigned a three-digit address as opposed to the six-digit address assigned to the majority of rural properties.  The calculations are the same as the measured distance for the six-digit property numbers, however, road numbers and section numbers are not used.  To create a three-digit address, measurements start at 1,000 metres from the designated intersection and generally increase in a west to east or south to north direction. 

Policies for Types of Properties

Policy for Irregular Roads

Irregular, hamlet, and subdivision roads have been assigned a three-digit address as opposed to the six-digit address assigned to the majority of rural properties.  The calculations are the same as the measured distance for the six-digit property numbers, however, road numbers and section numbers are not used.  To create a three-digit address, measurements start at 1,000 metres from the designated intersection and generally increase in a west to east or south to north direction.

Policy for Trailer and Mobile Home Parks

Most trailer and mobile home parks have an established unit number system of identifying individual lots. If a unit number system does not exist, one should be created. These unit numbers are linked to a single civic address that is assigned to the entrance of the park by the County.

If the park is large, and has an extensive road network, the property owner can assign road names. Addresses can be assigned in the same manner as hamlets at the discretion of the County. This requires that the internal roads receive names. The owner may propose the street names but they must receive approval from both the local municipality and the County.

Cottage Areas                          

Cottage areas should be addressed in the same manner as hamlets.

Private Roads

Private roads should be given a name and the properties addressed in the same manner as irregular roads.  If the owner of the road does not wish to provide a name for the private road, the municipality can assign addresses to any properties on the private road numbered from the municipal road that the private road accesses.

Corner Lots

Property numbers are assigned based on the location of the main driveway regardless of the frontage of the building.  A house located on a corner lot may front onto a different road than its main driveway.  In this case the residence would be given an address in accordance with the location of the driveway.

Policy for Multiple Residences/Structure Existing on One Property With One Entrance

If a single driveway accesses more than one occupied residence or structure on the same property, the property owner will be responsible for assigning individual numbers or letters to each of the structures, creating their own system of identifying units within that property. If a unit number system does not exist, one should be created by the property owner that provides effective location information in the case of an emergency. These unit numbers are linked to a single civic address that is assigned to the main entrance of the property.

Similarly, in the case of a condominium unit, the County may assign one civic address to the main entrance, and make the condominium development owner responsible for numbering each of its units. If this method is used, the internal streets must not be named or confusion in the addressing will result. Alternatively, for a multiple structure condominium development, the County may deem that the more suitable method of addressing the development would be in the same manner that hamlets (plans of subdivision) are addressed. This requires that the internal roads receive names. The owner may propose the street names but they must receive approval from both the local municipality and the County.

Boundary Roads with Other Counties

The County of Grey adopted the addressing systems of the Counties of Dufferin and Wellington on boundary roads.  Grey County properties along boundary roads with the Counties of Bruce and Simcoe are addressed with the Grey County Property Addressing System.

Emergency 9-1-1

Emergency 9-1-1 is the internationally recognized three-digit telephone number which is used to report an emergency or to request emergency assistance.  This emergency telephone number makes it faster and easier to reach police, fire, and ambulance services.  The County of Grey has implemented what is known as Enhanced 9-1-1 Public Emergency Reporting System.  This simply means that the name, address, and phone number of the 9-1-1 caller and the ambulance, police and fire departments which service the caller’s location are displayed to the call taker at the Owen Sound Police Services Board.  If for any reason the phone line is cut off or the 9-1-1 caller is unable to communicate, the location of the caller will still be displayed for the call taker, and emergency services will be dispatched to the location of the 9-1-1 call.  The Owen Sound Police Services Board will answer all 9-1-1 calls made from landlines in Grey County.

Individuals who are serviced by a 4-party line will receive 9-1-1 service.  However, the enhanced features are technically not available.  This means that the name, address, and phone number of the 9-1-1 caller will have to verbally explain their location by simply identifying their property address.  Knowing the property address of the caller will greatlyOntario 9-1-1 Advisory Board assist emergency services finding the location of 9-1-1 callers who use a 4-party line system. 

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