Addresses are assigned at the point that a building permit is pulled in the Building Department. This ensures the owners intent to construct the building and assures the county the address assignment will be associated with a building rather than a vacant lot or an unfinished project. This also provides the county with a higher integrity rural address dataset (i.e.. higher quality, more accurate information).
When a property owner pulls a building permit, the site map is reviewed by the Mapping Department staff, plotted on the address maps, measured for distance, and assigned an address in the book. This address is then placed on all permits associated with the building to ensure the address is used in all development paperwork. The new address is then added to a quarterly report which goes out to other county departments and outside agencies who are major users of the rural address system; such as Evergreen Fire Protection District, Public Services Company, United States West, etc.
Often times, a property owner will want to have utilities installed on their property prior to pulling the building permit. Examples of this may be when a property owner pulls a driveway permit and wants to have utilities installed to prepare the site for further development. Many utility companies require a rural address before installing services to a lot. The Mapping Department staff works with property owners when they request an address in such a situation. At the request of an address by the property owner, staff will use the site plan from the driveway permit file, measure the distances and place a temporary address on the property in the map book. The address assigned is based on actual distances ensuring the assignment is accurate but is not placed anywhere else in the system until the building permit is pulled. At the point of the building permit, the temporary address is assigned permanently and the final address is recorded throughout the system as noted before.