The Planning Department is the
official regulatory authority on street addresses
for the entire Borough outside of the limits of Fort
Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. We create and maintain a
database of all existing, approved street addresses
and maintain a list of
all private and public street names.
What We Do
Assign all new addresses for the Borough
outside of the military.
Research problem or questionable addresses.
Correct or change any erroneous or misleading addresses.
Maintain list of all correct street names,
including both private and public streets.
Encourage property owners to physically post
their approved addresses.
Provide correct address information for the
Enhanced-911 emergency response system.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why accurate addresses are important:
you ever call 911 the operator is trained to
verbally confirm and verify the phone number
and address for EVERY call received. This is
the way a 911 call should work, but if a
young child or an out of town visitor is
calling they may not know your correct
For this reason the E911 system must
have the correct assigned physical address
associated with your phone number.
Can I have more than 1 physical
address on a property?
Yes, if you have independent businesses or
residences with separate phone lines,
separate addresses are recommended.
How are addresses assigned?
The Street Name in your physical address is
the last Named Street that you drive on
before you turn onto your driveway. Each
officially recognized FNSB road (whether
public or private) has an assigned Address
Number range. Your Address Number is based
on where your driveway accesses a Named
My house isn’t built yet, can I get
You are encouraged to apply for a new
address as soon as you know how you will
access your property. In the case of
proposed construction, the address number
will be assigned based on the owner’s site
plan of the proposed structure and driveway.
How accurate does my site plan have
Not as accurate as a survey, generally
things should be located +/- 5 feet or so.
The important features to show are your lot
lines, your proposed construction, and the
proposed location of your driveway. If a
Zoning Permit Application is required for
your construction you can combine the
FREE Zoning Permit Application
with an Address Request.
I put in a new driveway, should I
get a new address? What does that cost?
If road access to a structure changes
significantly (e.g., driveway access is
constructed off a different named road) then
the owner must contact the FNSB and request
an address correction. The address
correction is free and the FNSB also will
send an update on the address to the phone
companies, the USPS, GVEA, and the E911
I need an address for electrical
and/or phone service but my house is being
built in a subdivision with a plat that has
not been finalized. Can I get an address?
Because addresses can be assigned ONLY based
on an officially named thoroughfare, and
road names and locations are official only
after the final plat is recorded, we can NOT
assign addresses based off road names in
case of an existing structure on a
plat which has not been finalized, we will
attempt to address the location based on
existing roads, but the address will most
likely change when the plat is finalized. In
general, any plat or re-plat which names or
renames roads will require addresses to
How do I obtain a new street
Addresses are issued for a property based
upon the proposed location of the driveway
and structure on the property. Once you have
a good idea where these items will be
located, make a simple site plan (map) of
your property. Then either enter your
information through this
Physical Address Assignment/Verification Form, or visit the Addressing
Coordinator in the Planning Department,
Borough Administrative Center, 809 Pioneer
Road, Fairbanks. If you have questions about
addressing, please contact us at (907)
459-1260 or email us at
There is some confusion on my street
address. How can I verify my street
Enter as much of your information as you
know through the
Physical Address Assignment/Verification Form,
and the Addressing coordinator will contact
you to verify a proper address for your
property. Or if you prefer talking to a
human, visit the Addressing Coordinator in
the Planning Department, Borough
Administrative Center, 809 Pioneer Road,
Fairbanks, or call us at (907) 459-1260.
How do I post my address?
Here are some guidelines for
posting your address so that emergency responders
(and your friends!) can find you:
Post your numbers so they are large enough to be
seen easily from the road. A minimum number height
of 2.5” is necessary—but larger numbers may be required,
depending on how far they are from the roadway.
Near the Road
If the building is not clearly visible from the
road, post numbers closer to the road near the
driveway entrance, high enough so they won’t be
covered by snow.
Visible from all Directions
Post your numbers as many times as necessary so your
address is visible from all directions traffic may
On Shared Driveways
If the driveway serves more than one address number,
post all numbers at the driveway entrance, and also
post the appropriate number at each driveway fork
and on the specific building to which it is
Free of Snow and Ice
Keep snow and ice cleared away from your numbers.
Remove snow, break off icicles or hanging roof ice
to ensure your numbers are visible.
Visible in the Dark
Illuminate your numbers when dark outside— use
reflective painted numbers, or use a porch light, a
nearby street light, a directed spotlight, or
purchase electrically-illuminated numbers.
Trim bushes and trees to keep numbers visible.
Clear Visual Obstructions
Be sure to move hanging flower baskets, wood piles,
tarps, flags, wind socks, parked vehicles, etc., out
from in front of your numbers.
If you remove your numbers due to construction or
painting of your building, temporarily post your
numbers elsewhere, making sure they’re still visible
from the road.