Macon County Public Safety • 911 Addressing
The Macon County 911 Addressing Office is responsible for assigning addresses to improved properties. Applicants for a 911 address must first obtain their building/electrical permits from the Macon County Building Inspections Department.
The request for a 911 address will be filled out at this time. The Inspections office then forwards the request to our office.
We visit each site, measuring the distance from the beginning of the road to the entrance to the proposed property, assigning 1 number for each 5.28 feet with even numbers on the left and odd numbers on the right. (Example - If you are located 800 feet from the beginning of the road, your address will be 151 if you're on the right or 152 if you are located on the left.) It is a county ordinance to have these numbers posted at the entrance to your property, within 10 feet of the road which you are addressed on. It is a misdemeanor not to comply with this ordinance.
We have the 911 number placards and posting requirements, free of charge in our office. Our office also pinpoints the location of each property with a GPS (global positioning system) unit.
This information is forwarded to the Macon County Mapping Department, they use this information to create maps, one of which will show the exact location of your residence when you call 911.
Our office is responsible for erecting, maintaining and replacing, when necessary, all road name signs in Macon County. Please call our office at (828) 349-2063 to report any down or damaged signs within our county.
We also are responsible for the information that goes into the 911 cad system in the Emergency Operations Communications office. When you call 911, your name, address, phone number, directions to your house, and all emergency responders responsible for your location automatically appear on the communications officers' screen.
We also have the ability to enter any medical problems that your family may have, where your fuel tank and breaker box are located in the event of a fire, and the number of persons that reside in your house. Part-time residents can have their out-of-state phone numbers registered, should there be an emergency with their property, we can notify them without delay.
Elderly parents living alone can register their children's name and numbers, reducing contact time, in the event of an emergency. Our goal is to assist the emergency personnel in every way to ensure efficient response times.