The Fond du Lac County Rural Address Numbering System follows guidelines established by the Fond du Lac County Board and is described in detail in Chapter 46 of the Fond du Lac County Code of Ordinances. Rural Addresses are administered by the Fond du Lac County Land Information Department in conjunction with the Fond du Lac County 911 Communications Center. All unincorporated areas of Fond du Lac County, which includes twenty-one Townships, follow the Fond du Lac County Rural Address Numbering System.
The Rural Address is a number that identifies the distance from the point of origin or starting point, which is located in the southeastern corner of the county. Rural Addresses are assigned with an (N) prefix if they are located on a predominantly north-south oriented road and a (W) prefix if they are located on a predominantly east-west orientated road. For example, the lowest possible addresses in the county will be located in the far southeast corner. The lowest address on a north-south road is N100 and on an east-west road is W100. As Rural Addresses are assigned to the north and west of this starting point, they will increase. Rural Addresses are issued at a rate of roughly 400 numbers per mile, or a new number approximately every 13.2 feet. All properties on the east side of north-south roads and all properties on the north side of east-west roads shall be assigned odd numbers. All properties on the west side of north-south roads and all properties on the south side of east-west roads shall be assigned even numbers. Regular users of the Fond du Lac County Rural Address Numbering System, such as Rural Fire Departments, EMS, Sheriff’s Office personnel and other agencies such as the U.S Postal Service, can determine the general location of a Rural Address within Fond du Lac County based upon the number.
County Address Grid
Fond du Lac County developed a countywide uniform numbering system as part of the improvements with the enhanced 911 Emergency Response System. This system was adopted by the Fond du Lac County Board through Resolution 205-85 dated March 18, 1986 and was officially known as the Fond du Lac County Uniform Numbering Ordinance. This ordinance was created to assist the changes at the time with the automation of the County’s 911 Dispatch Center. Several weaknesses in the previous multiple countywide numbering systems had been identified that warranted this change. These changes created a standard for issuing addresses at the county level and a standard for sign type and placement at the township level. These uniform addresses were also known as “Fire numbers”.
There was a transitional period between 1986 and roughly 1992 where these “Fire Numbers” replaced all previous local addressing systems that had existed within Fond du Lac County. By 1992, all addressing within Fond du Lac County was based upon this Uniform Numbering System.
Fond du Lac County revised the existing Fond du Lac County Uniform Numbering Ordinance due to technological and administrative operational changes involving the Fond du Lac County E911 Communications Center. The new title of the ordinance is now the Fond du Lac County Rural Address Numbering System. This was adopted by the Fond du Lac County Board on May 18, 2004 through Resolution No.24-04. These changes included a change in language for all addresses issued within the unincorporated areas of Fond du Lac County from Fire Numbers to Rural Addresses. This name change was instituted to eliminate confusion regarding the functionality of the addressing system. Rural Addresses are utilized for all emergency response purposes, U.S Mail delivery and all other locational reference for properties and other structures within Fond du Lac County. In addition to these changes, new Rural Address sign requirements were instituted to better assist emergency response personnel in locating properties.
Obtaining a Rural Address
The Fond du Lac County Land Information Department in conjunction the Fond du Lac County 911 Communication Center issue and administer all Rural Addresses within Fond du Lac County. To obtain a Rural Address, the E911 Rural Address Application must be completed and returned to the Fond du Lac County Land Information Department. Detailed instructions are provided with the Application Form.
Typical Steps to Obtain a Rural Address
1) Determine exact location for new driveway, if not already present on property.
2) Obtain Driveway Permit from appropriate agency.
The actual Rural Address issuance is dependent upon the exact location of the driveway. Therefore, before a new Rural Address can be issued, the exact driveway location must be known. Depending on the class of road the new driveway will be located on, along with any site-specific physical limitations that may exist, there may be different restrictions affecting the driveway location. Please contact the appropriate office regarding this prior to completing the E911 Rural Address Application.
If the driveway will be located on a Town Road, local Town officials must approve the driveway location and issue any relevant Town permit. Please contact the appropriate Town official for specific information.
If the driveway will be located on a County Trunk Highway, the Fond du Lac County Highway Department must approve the driveway location. Please contact the County Highway Department for specific information.
If the driveway will be located on a State or Federal Highway, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation must approve the driveway location. Wisconsin DOT.
3) Obtain Sanitary Permit from the Fond du Lac County Code Enforcement Office, if required.
4) Obtain Land Use Permit from the Fond du Lac County Code Enforcement Office, if required.
5) Complete E911 Rural Address Application and submit to Fond du Lac County Land Information Department in person, via U.S. mail or email to Russ.Raube@fdlco.wi.gov
NOTE: To help facilitate the issuance of the Rural Address, a detailed and accurate site plan is strongly recommended to accompany the completed E911 Rural Address Application.