[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners
of Henderson County. amended 4-17-1996; 5-16-
2001; 8-20-2003; 8-4-2014; 10-15-2014]
§ 41-1. Title.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Property Address Ordinance for the County of
Henderson, North Carolina."
§ 41-2. Purpose.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide a uniform property numbering system along streets in
Henderson County in order to facilitate provision of adequate public safety and emergency
This chapter is further designed to eliminate duplicate or phonetically similar street names, to
provide for the uniform marking of streets and to provide for the assignment of physical addresses
for all addressable structures throughout the County.
It is further designed to establish an official map and listing of all streets in Henderson County and
to establish the procedures by which a street may be named or by which an existing name may be
§ 41-3. Statutory authority.
This chapter is adopted under the authority and provisions of N.C.G.S. 153A-239.1 and local modifications
§ 41-4. Jurisdiction.
This chapter and the regulations and the procedures contained herein shall apply to and govern each and
every lot, parcel or tract of land and improvement thereon within the County of Henderson outside of the
jurisdiction of any incorporated municipality. This chapter shall also apply to any municipality upon
specific request of the governing body of the municipality and consent of the Henderson County Board of
Commissioners through an interlocal agreement pursuant to N.C.G.S. Chapter 160A, Article 20.
§ 41-5. Definitions and word usage.
The following terms are defined for purposes of this Chapter.
Addressable Structure - Any structure that has electrical power and telephone service to
it. This includes but is not limited to single family dwellings, apartments, condiminums,
businesses, Automatic Teller Machines (ATM), cellular telephone transmission towers,
public pay telephones, telephone switch boxes, and utility service locations.
House Number - Number assigned to any addressable structure in a sequential manner.
Mailing Address - The address used by the United States Postal Service for the purpose
of delivery of the United States Mail. The mailing address may or may not be identical to
the property address.
Property Address - The property number and street name shall serve as the property
Property Address Coordinator - The person charged with the administration and
enforcement of this chapter.
E911 number assigned to any addressable structure.
Secondary Address - An approved postal secondary address (apt, unit, etc) that
can be found in Postal Addressing Standards, Publication 28, Appendix C2.
State Road Number - A number assigned by the North Carolina Department of
Transportation, also known as the "SR number" for secondary state-maintained roads.
Street- Any public or private road, street, drive, lane, cartway, tramway, easement, right-
of-way, access area, thoroughfare, highway, boulevard or any other corridor accessible
by emergency vehicles.
Street Name - The official name of any street, designated by the Board of
Any street type suffix that is listed in the Postal Addressing Standards,
Publication 28, AppendixC1 may be used as a street suffix.
§ 41-6. List of official street names.
The Henderson County Property Address Coordinator shall maintain a listing of all street names in
Henderson County as well as maintain an official map thereof as a data layer on the Countys
Geographic Information System (GIS)
exhibiting the approved names and location of all streets in
Henderson County and shall serve as a clearinghouse for all information regarding the names and
location of streets in Henderson County.
Any additions to such list are made through the procedure for approval of new subdivisions,
planned unit developments, manufactured home parks or through other land development
Amendments to the list of official street names shall be made pursuant to §41-7.1.
All steets in the areas of the County's jurisdiction pursuant to § 41-4 of this chapter shall be
identified by a sign showing the official name and state road number (if applicable). Henderson
County will only erect signs in the state right-of-way.
B. All street signs shall have a green background with white lettering.
C. All street signs shall have lettering size and reflectivity values that meet the Manual on Uniform
Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways specifications.
§ 41-7. Initial street naming and numbering procedures.
Under the authority and provisions of N.C.G.S. 153A-239.1 and local modifications thereto, a
County may by ordinance name any street within the County and not within a city and may assign
or reassign street numbers for use on such a street. In naming a street, the County may not:
(1) Change the name, if any, given to the street by the North Carolina Board of Transportation
without its concurrence.
(2) Change the identification number assigned to the street by the Board of Transportation.
(3) Give the street a name that is deceptively similar to the name of any other street in the
The County shall not name a street or assign or reassign street numbers on a street until it has held
a public hearing on the matter, except as provided in §41-11. At least 10 days before the day of the
hearing, the Board of Commissioners shall cause notice of the time, place and subject matter of the
hearing to be prominently posted at the County Courthouse, in at least two public places in the
township or townships where the street is located, and shall publish a notice of such hearing in at
least one newspaper of general circulation published in the County.
After naming a street, or assigning or reassigning street numbers on a street, the Henderson
County office of the Property Address Coordinator shall cause notice of the Board's action to be
given to the local postmaster with jurisdiction over the street, to the Board of Transportation, to
any city within five miles of the street and to the following agencies: the Henderson County
Sheriff's Department, Emergency Medical Services, and Volunteer Fire
mutual aid departments) that is responsible for responding to the new street.
The Henderson County Property Address Coordinator is authorized to determine the need for
street names and name changes and to recommend such additions or changes to the County
Commissioners for streets outside the corporate limits of any municipality within the County. If
the Property Address Coordinator determines that a street not previously named under this
Ordinance needs a street name, a suggested street name will be proposed to the property owners
giving them the opportunity to accept the proposed name or to select a different street name to be
presented to the Board of Commissioners.
If either no response or a response representing less
than a one hundred percent (100%)
of the property owners is received within 30 days, the Property
Address Coordinator has the authority to post that street and present the street name proposed by
the Property Address Coordinator to the Board of Commissioners for the public hearing. If there is
a favorable response by the property owners representing a one hundred percent (100%)
particular street name, whether suggested by the Property Addressing Coordinator or by a property
owner(s), then the Property Addressing Coordinator will post that street and present that proposed
street name to the Board of Commissioners for the public hearing.
A street name shall be assigned to any street which provides primary access to three or more
addressable structures, regardless of the length of such street..
F. As a matter of general policy, even numbers shall be assigned to properties on the right side of a
street and odd numbers shall be assigned on the left side of a street.
In order to allow for future development, the following general policy shall apply: one property
address shall be assigned at an interval of 5.28 feet (the equivalent of 1,000 addresses for each
mile of street).
Property addresses for corner lot properties normally shall be determined by where the driveway
entrance meets the street. Property owners may request an address based on how their structure
faces. These request will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Property addresses for driveways
that begin on one street and end on another street will be assigned by whatever street the front of
the house faces.
I. One physical address will be assigned to each addressable structure. Addressable structures that
have multiple residences or multiple businesses contained in one building will be assigned one
physical address per building with the secondary address will being assigned to the property
owner. Town homes normally will be given a physical address to each unit. Assignment of
addresses to structures not covered above will be assigned on a case by case basis.
K. All assigned physical addresses will be assigned in accordance with standards that have been set
forth by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
§ 41-7.1. Renaming streets previously named under the Ordinance.
A. The County may rename a street previously named under this Ordinance upon the showing of any
one of the following numbered options:
(1) A majority of the Board of Commissioners finds such renaming to be in the interest of the
(2) At least one year has passed since the initial naming of the street or any hearing of a request to
rename the street before the Board of Commissioners, and all of the owners of parcels for
which the property address would or could (if an addressable structure was located on such
parcel) have executed an application for renaming
(a) all agree on the new name to be assigned to the street; and,
(b) the new name is otherwise acceptable under this Ordinance,
and a majority of the Board of Commissioners finds that such renaming is not contrary to the
Countys interest. A fee of in an amount set by the Board in its fee schedules will be
collected at the time such a petition is submitted to the Property Addressing Coordinator.
B. The County shall not name or rename a street or assign or reassign street numbers on a street until
it has given notice and held a public hearing on the matter in the manner as stated in §41-7, above.
§ 41-7.2 Sub-Addresses (Reserved)
§ 41-8. Prohibited street names.
The Henderson County Property Address Coordinator may not recommend to the Board of Commissioners
proposed street names which fall under the following categories:
Street names which have numbers as part of the name.
Street names which are difficult
to pronounce, utilize unconventional spelling, or offensive in
nature, as determined by the Property Address Coordinator.
Street names which are over 18 characters in total length, including spaces, but not including
D. Street names should not closely approximate phonetically the name of any street within the County,
irrespective of a differing suffix. Street names that are deceptively similar to the name of any
other street in the County. Unless in common or widespread use, these names may not include the
prefix New or Old before street names which are already in use in the County.
§ 41-9. Posting of numbers; interior spaces excluded.
This chapter requires that the property owner of any residence, industry, business or other
structure post property address numbers for the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of
Property addressing includes the assignment of street numbers to residences, businesses and other
addressable structures within the areas of the County's jurisdiction pursuant to § 41-4 of this
chapter. It shall not include the assignment of numbers to interior offices and rooms in houses,
buildings and other structures.
§ 41-10. Authority of Board of Commissioners.
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners is hereby authorized to assign property addresses on
streets which are not presently numbered and to readdress streets which are not numbered in accordance
with §41-7, after a public hearing with the proper notices required by §41-7 being posted and published.
The Property Address Coordinator shall have the discretion to determine the property addresses to be
posted, published and submitted to the Board of Commissioners for a public hearing.
§ 41-11. Subdivisions and Manufactued Home Parks with proposed new streets.
For all subdivisions and manufactured home parks which are developed in conformance with the
Henderson County Land Development Code, and in which new streets are proposed, the following
items must be submitted to the Property Address Coordinator for approval before any property can
be subdivided and recorded:
Utilizing current Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, provide a compatible
of the overall tract illustrating street layout.
(2) The name proposed for each street identified on the map.
(3) If an electronic version is unavailable, provide a scaled map of the overall tract illustrating
street layout and names.
The Property Address Coordinator will review the proposed street names for duplication and for
overall compliance with the street naming policy.
The approved street names shall be included in the final plat submitted for recordation.
§ 41-12. Display of numbers.
All property address numbers shall be clearly displayed on the structure and be a contrasting color from
their background so that the location can be easily identified from the street.
It shall be the duty of the property owner to properly display the number which has been assigned
by the Board of Commissioners.
The property address number must be displayed by the main entrance to the building or on the
street end of the building nearest the street so that it is most clearly visible from the street.
If an addressable structure is more than 75 feet from the center line of the street to which the
addressable structure fronts or if the addressable structure is not visible from the street, the
property address number shall also be displayed at the end of the driveway nearest the street which
provides access to the building. Such display should be at least six inches above driveway level
with the numbers facing the street.
All property address numbers shall be displayed numerically. Numbers may be displayed in script
as long as numeric numbers are also properly mounted. When two or more numbers are displayed,
each successive number may be either adjacent or offset. If offset, successive numbers shall not
exceed 1/2 the height of the previous numeral. Numbers shall not be positioned vertically.
Single family dwelling numerals shall be at least four inches in height and shall be posted and
maintained so as to be legible from the street.
Numerals for multiple dwelling units (ie apartment buildings, condiminiums)
buildings (factorys, businesss) shall be at least six inches in height and shall be placed on the
front of the building facing the street or on the end of the building nearest the street.
G. All designated lots within a Manufactured Home Park, whether vacant or occupied, shall be
clearly marked with the assigned property address.
Numerals placed on mailboxes for United States Postal Service identification shall not be a
substitute for the property address.
§ 41-13. Enforcement.
Owners of buildings and Manufactured Home Parks which do not comply with this chapter will be
notified and requested to meet these requirements within 30 days from the date of the notification.
A second warning notice will be issued by registered or certified mail
after 30 days if the
requirements have not been met. If the owner or manufactured home park owner does not comply
voluntarily with this chapter within 30 days, a third warning shall be sent by registered or certified
stating enforcement action pursuant to N.C.G.S. 153A-123
and Henderson County Code 1-14
may be initiated.
No building permit for any purpose shall be issued until an official property address number has
been assigned. No permit, however, shall be denied pending appeal under §41-14
of this chapter.
Officials of the following Henderson County departments may issue warning notices: Fire
Marshal, Emergency Management, Property Addressing office, Enforcement Department and the
§ 41-14. Appeals.
Action taken by the Property Address Coordinator or under guidelines set forth in this chapter may be
appealed by the property owner(s) to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Such an appeal must be filed
in writing within 30 days of written notification of required owner action with the Property Addressing
§ 41-15. Prohibited acts.
It shall be unlawful for any person(s) to:
Name or designate the name of any street in the areas of the County's jurisdiction pursuant to §41-
4 of this chapter without compliance with this chapter.
Erect any street sign on any street in the areas of the County's jurisdiction pursuant to §41-4 of this
chapter without compliance with this chapter.
Erect any street sign on any street in the areas of the County's jurisdiction pursuant to §41-4 of this
chapter, which does not meet the current County sign specifications.
Remove, deface, damage or obscure a street sign in the jurisdiction of this chapter.
Number or assign a number to any addressable structure without compliance with this chapter.
§ 41-16. Violations and penalties.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty set forth in Chapter 1,
General Provisions, Article II.
§ 41-17. Amendments.
This chapter may be amended from time to time by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, as
specified under Board policy for amending County ordinances.
§ 41-18. Conflict with other provisions.
Insofar as the provisions of this chapter are inconsistent with the provisions or any other local laws, the
provisions of this chapter shall control. Insofar as the provisions of this chapter are inconsistent with the
provisions of any state or federal law, the state or federal law shall control.
§ 41-19. Through 41-28. (Reserved)