Addressing / Application

Apply for a new Address

This flowchart demonstrates the process your address application will follow. Please refer to it and then select the appropriate option below.

  • Is the property on a Public Road?

  • Please apply for a Driveway Permit and included will be the assignment of a new address.
  • Is the property on a Private Road?

  • Please fill out and submit a New Address Application.
  • Want to check if the property is on a Public or Private Road?

  • The County Street Index can help!


The health and safety of the citizens of Grand Traverse County is a high priority for the County Board of Commissioners. Exact location is the most important factor in enabling all Emergency Services to properly respond to what you need in an emergency situation. This is especially important in being able to properly locate and identify homes and businesses for calls such as fire, heart attack, falls, and injuries to children and police responses in an emergency. We would be remiss in our responsibility of public safety if we failed to endorse and encourage the program of numbering houses and buildings as a valuable aid to the Emergency Services in our fast-growing community.

Therefore, County Ordinance Number 6 (PDF) was adopted to establish a county wide street and road numbering system, to provide a central point to issue a control numbering and to facilitate locating the address in times of need. The ordinance requires each home or business to be numbered and to have that number displayed on the building and mailbox/post. Furthermore the ordinance provides legal remedies which can include fines, penalties and other actions as may be necessary in the event of a failure of compliance.


Numbers at least 1-inch high that are reflective or contrasting in color. Groups of mailboxes must be in sequential order. If a box is not on same street as residence, it must have the assigned number and street name of the residence.


Numbers on houses or buildings must contrast to the background and not less than 3 inches high. The numbers must be plainly visible from the street.


A post is required if your mailbox is not adjacent to your driveway or house numbers cannot be seen. The post must be not less than 6 feet above the level of the street, adjacent to the driveway. Your assigned premises numbers shall be placed on both sides of the post and plainly visible from either direction or approach and must be contrasting in color or reflective and shall not be less than 3 inches in height.

Helpful Information

If you do not know what your proper road address is, you may contact the Grand Traverse GIS Office at 231-922-6873.

Helpful Documents