Establishing an Enhanced Emergency Response System
Warren County implemented an enhanced 911 system to improve emergency services by assigning physical addresses to every home and business. New addresses were issued in October 1994, with updated medical history requests for emergency awareness. Old addresses were phased out by January 31, 1996. The system standardized street addresses countywide, except for structures within Front Royal, where existing addresses remained. For new structures in Front Royal, contact the Zoning Department at (540) 635-4236.
Address Numbering for New Structures
Address numbers in Warren County are determined by a mile-marker system along all roads. They're assigned at a structure's driveway intersection with the road or at the structure's center if close enough. The Warren County GIS Coordinator conducts site inspections for new structures, with addresses assigned during the building permit process. Notices are sent about two weeks after footer inspections to the building applicant. Before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued, the address must be prominently displayed per county ordinance. Property owners or occupants are responsible for notifying relevant parties of the new address.
Making the Enhanced 911 System Work
The County enacted an ordinance mandating correct display of house numbers. It requires residences to prominently display address numbers, at least three inches tall and made of durable material. Numbers must be near the main entrance, visible from the street, or placed nearby if the entrance isn't visible. Shared driveways must have signs for each house, and numbers must contrast with their background.
Commercial & Industrial Structures
All commercial and industrial structures should display street address numbers of not less than four inches in height. When possible, the number should be displayed over the main entrance to the structure. There should be no other wording or numbers within one foot of the building number.
Apartments, Town Houses, Shopping Centers
For apartments, townhouses, shopping centers, or similar groupings with one assigned number, it should be displayed at the main entrance with a minimum height of ten inches. Individual units or establishments within the complex should display their numbers near their main doorway.
Failure to comply constitutes a violation punishable under Warren County Code. Cooperation is crucial for effective emergency services.
To obtain or verify addresses, contact the Warren County Planning Department at (540) 636-3354 with the building permit number.
- How do I get an address for new construction of a single-family dwelling or commercial-industrial structures?
Once you have applied for a building permit to the Building Inspections Department, they will send a new address request to the Zoning Administrator after your foundation has been constructed and inspected.
- How long does it take to receive an address on my dwelling?
Typically, addresses are assigned within 1 or 2 weeks of receiving the request. You should receive notification of your new address within a few days of the address being assigned.
- Does the County address accessory structures?
No, the County does not assign addresses to accessory structures.
- What is my postal code?
When you obtain your address certificate it will have the postal code intentionally left off, as the County is not responsible for determining postal codes. Please take your address certificate to your local United States Postal Service (USPS) office to obtain your correct postal code.