House Number Ordinance Project

posted Jan 5, 2018, 7:09 AM by Tammy Tarling

Are your property numbers posted? Are they visible from the street? Are they visible from both directions on the street, in low light, and inclement weather? If not, Audrey's project can help you, your neighbors, and Police/Fire crews when time is of the essence! 

A Summary of the Ordinance
-The number itself must be at least four inches tall, of a contrasting color to its background, and visible from the street.
-When the main structure is 50 feet or close to the edge of the street, the house number can be displayed on the front of the residence where it can be clearly seen.
-When the main structure is more than 50 feet from the edge of the street, the house number must be displayed on a post, fence, wall or mailbox at the property line next to the driveway.
-Any number that might be mistake for the house’s number must be removed from the property.
-It’s the responsibility of the owner of a new structure to obtain an assigned number for the residence.

Why is this important?
It’s very important that houses are clearly labeled so that emergency vehicles and others who may need to find your home can do so efficiently. These signs can be seen clearly from the r oad, and reduces the amount of time an emergency vehicle uses to search for the residence. Using the same sign for each house creates consistency, and allows the emergency responders to know exactly what they’re looking for.

How can I get signs?
Fill out the order form.
2. Drop it off at Town Hall or mail it in (Attn: 911 Numbering, Cumberland Town Hall, 290 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Maine 04021)
3. Hang up your signs!

If you have any additional questions, please contact Audrey at