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Naming roads and rural addresses

Naming Roads

Roads which align with a County numbered road alignment will be allocated a number by default. In the case of internal subdivision roads that do not align, the developer may apply to name them. All road names must be approved by Council. A request for road naming should be submitted early in the subdivision application process to the County planner or planning officer assigned to the application file.

The request for road naming carries an application fee which may be determined by referring to the Fee Schedule online in the Resource Library, in addition, the applicant is responsible for providing a deposit based on the number of signs that will be required. These fees will be assessed once the required documentation has been submitted and the public works department has had the opportunity to determine how many road signs will be required. The application fees will be due before the application can be taken to Council for approval.

The following guidelines taken in part from the Alberta Municipal Affairs Addressing Project apply to all road naming requests in the County:

  • The name must be distinguishable and unique
  • it must not be identical or very similar to an existing road name in the County
  • Names should be appropriate and easy to use in an emergency.
  • Should have some relevance to the location:
    • Could be linked to a historic event or person related to the site
    • Could be based on a geographic feature near the site
  • The name must not contain profanity of any kind.
  • Abbreviations, hyphens or apostrophes should be avoided.
  • Limit length to less than 14 characters and two words plus the street type (Drive, Lane, Avenue etc)
  • When naming several roads in the same subdivision or neighbourhood, it is beneficial to maintain a theme for consistency and to aid in marketing.
  • Standard road type classifications are to be used:
    • For Cul-de sacs, may use: Bay, Court, Cove, Glen, Mews, Place, or Ridge.
    • For minor roads may use: Circle, Close (generally p shaped with only one entrance), Crescent (ushaped with both ends accessible from the same roadway), Dale (in a Valley, Green, Lane, Rise, Row, Terrace, Vale, View or Way.
    • For collector roads, may use: Boulevard, Drive, Road, Run or Way.

By default, roads that align north-south or east-west are numbered, and follow the County's road grid:

  • Street numbers originate from the 5th Meridian - i.e. from Meridian Street (implied street number 0) - and increase every 100 metres in both eastward and westward directions.
  • Avenue numbers start at 146 (which aligns with Calgary's 146th Ave. S), and increase every 100 metres southwards.


911 Rural Addresses

Rural addressing helps 911 operators to help fire; ambulance and police find your home quickly in the event of an emergency.

It is recommended that every new lot created in the County be assigned a 911 address. This address identifies the location of the primary access to the property and uses the existing street and avenue grid in the County with streets running north-south and avenues running east-west (see below). Request a 911 address by contacting Foothills County  with your tax roll number or legal land description: Lot, Block, Plan (if applicable) and Quarter, Section, Township, Range and Meridian).

The addresses are assigned by the Foothills County GIS department based on the distance of the driveway from the lower numbered adjacent perpendicular street or avenue (real or virtual) with EVEN numbered addresses assigned to the east side of streets and the north side of avenues and ODD numbered addresses assigned to the west side of streets and the south side of avenues.

The address number may be up to 6-digits long and is divided into two parts. The first 3 digits is reserved for the reference street or avenue number, while the last 3 digits consist of the address unit - a number between 1 and 260

911 Address Signs

Once a 911 rural address has been assigned you may order an address sign from a local sign company. Click here for more information.

Specifications for the sign may be found in the Rural Addressing section of the MD Website.