What is needed before I apply for a 911 Address?
A 911 address is assigned when a structure is being built or moved onto a location, such as a mobile home, house, or business. A 911 Address Application is part of the permit application process. To apply for an address you will need the following:
- Have building permits pulled
- The Map/Parcel number or a close-by address of the property
- Location of the structure that is being built on the property
- Driveway location off of the road
- Last name of the property owner
Why do I need a 911 Address?
When a dispatcher receives a 911 call, they need to be able to locate the caller. The dispatcher guides emergency responders to the location. In the case of land line phones, a 911 address should be tied to it so that the dispatcher can see it automatically. This is especially important if the caller is unable to speak or unaware of the 911 address.
Bedford County E911 has implemented standardized rules for the display of house numbers and the issuance of 911 addresses. We also interface with customers who are seeking a new address for parcels of property which are being improved with homes. We issue the addresses for the new homes and create a GIS map which will contain the location of the home with an ESN (Emergency Service Number) that is assigned to the subscriber’s telephone number which routes the call to the proper PSAP.