House Numbering

Why does Goshen need house numbers?

To assist in locating and identifying buildings in the Town of Goshen.  This project was undertaken by the Goshen Fire Department in 1992 as a first step in establishing an “Enhanced 911” system.  This system enables emergency personnel to correctly pinpoint the location of the (non-cellular) caller and swiftly respond to life threatening emergencies.

How do You get a house number?

The Fire Chief is responsible for coordinating and issuing new house numbers.  Clicking on Goshen Fire Department Application For A New House Number FILLABLE form will download it.  Once downloaded you can open it; enable editing and fill it in;  attach it to an email to the address listed on the form.

The House Numbering Coordinator uses a measuring wheel, the assessors' map, and the marking indicated by the property owner to determine a new house number.

Where do the numbers need to be placed?

All numbers shall be located on the street side of the house, 6 feet above the yard level, to the right side of the front door.  If the house is located in excess of 50 feet from the street, the number must be located by the side of the driveway, at the edge of the right of way and 6 feet above the yard level. All numbers are to be 5 inches minimum in height and contrasting in color from the background.

Please use common sense when placing your numbers.  If your house number can not be seen from the street, directly in front of your house, then put the number on the street side.  The number should be clearly visible from both directions of travel.  When your house is numbered correctly you are helping yourself and your neighbors.

Where can numbers for the house be purchased?

Most hardware stores and home improvement centers sell house numbers.  Remember, the numbers need to be 5” minimum in height and in a color that contrasts with the background they will be placed on.  Reflective numbers are best for visibility.

When do house numbers need to be put up?

All houses in Goshen should have visible numbers.  Any new construction should post the number as soon as ground is broken for construction.

The fine for not displaying a house number is $25.00.

Additional Considerations

Don't forget to go to the Building Department page to get the building permit applications and fee schedules you will need and also look at the Fiber Optic Connection Costs & Considerations When Planning Renovations Or Construction document.


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