|The Office of Public Safety Support verifies, maintains and coordinates the addressing needs of Lake County by:
- Issuing addresses for all Lake County business and residency in unincorporated areas;
- Assisting in the maintenance of accurate county maps;
- Verifying all new subdivisions and roads in Lake County; and
- Creating and maintaining the Master Street Address List and Master Street Addressing Guide.
For assistance with addressing needs, call the Office of Public Safety Support at 352-343-9488.
- How do I get a new address?
In Lake County, contact the Lake County Planning & Community Design Division at 352-343-9488. For addresses within a municipality, contact that city directly.
- Who assigns addresses?
Lake County Addressing assigns all addresses in unincorporated Lake County.
Each municipality assigns addresses within their own jurisdiction.
- How are addresses assigned?
Lake County uses an Address Grid that divides the county into 1/10th mile squares.
The grid is numbered starting in the far southwest corner of the county with an address coordinate of 0,0 and progresses
east and north in 1/10th mile increments. Addresses are assigned based on where in the grid a structure falls and considering
surrounding existing addresses. Addresses falling on the right/left of a street centerline
are given an <odd/even> address number, and those falling on right/leftof a street
centerline are given an <odd/even> address number.
- Can I change my address?
Can I choose my own house number?
No. Addresses must be assigned based on the established numbering system.
Can I get an address for a vacant piece of land?
No. Lake County only addresses property that has been improved with the construction of a dwelling or commercial enterprise.
- When are new addresses assigned?
New addresses are assigned when a new building permit is issued or a Certificate of Occupancy is issued. Subdivisions can be pre-addressed upon county
approval of the subdivision plat.
- Can I get a temporary address for electrical hook-up?
Yes. A temporary address for electrical hook-up during construction may
be assigned when the building permit is issued.
(Source: Lake County Ordinance No.2003-98, Amending Section 18-101 of the Lake County Code)
- All addresses shall contain numbers only. Alpha/numeric addresses shall not be permitted. Addresses shall be assigned by the Office of Public Safety Support and shall be posted as follows:
a. Address numbers shall not be less than three (3) inches in height for residential buildings less than fifty (50) feet from the road right -of-way, nor less than six (6) inches in height for all other buildings, structures or portions thereof.
b. All numbers are to be clearly seen from the road fronting the property, shall contrast with the surrounding surface, and shall be placed in a position plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.
c. Large commercial-type occupancies which do not have all occupants directly fronting the appropriate street may be assigned a building address and/or number and then utilize suite numbers to identify individual occupants. For plazas or other such commercial occupancies with multiple addresses, the range of addresses shall also be posted on the main plaza or occupancy sign readily viewed from the roadway.
d. If the main entrance of the building is not readily visible from the roadway, numbers shall be posted in a position plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. Recognizing that there may be circumstances for which these standards may not be appropriate, exceptions or additional requirements may be made based on the interest of emergency response.
e. Residential one- or two-family dwellings which are greater than fifty (50) feet from the roadway shall also have the address numbers posted on a mailbox or addressing post located at the entrance to the property. If access to the property is by way of a street different from the address assigned, numbers shall be posted on the addressed street. Signage containing street name and address number shall be required on the entrance street in these cases.