In order for 9-1-1 to work as designed, each structure must be linked to a unique, physical address that clearly identifies where an emergency caller is located (i.e., 35 Pine Road).

Assistance with Addressing

The Bureau provides addressing support at no cost to communities. The Bureau also published the Maine Enhanced 9-1-1 Addressing Manual. This manual contains recommended addressing standards and a thorough explanation of the addressing process.

Authority to Address

Municipal authority to address is granted under Municipal Home Rule Powers as provided in Article VIII, Part 2, Section 1 of Maine State Constitution and Title 30-A MRSA Section 3001. Plantation authority is granted under Title 30-A MRSA Section 7062. County commissioners have the authority to address unorganized territories under Title 30-A MRSA Section 7501 subsection 8.

The Bureau recommends that communities adopt an Addressing Ordinance that clearly defines the local standards.

Model Addressing Ordinance