Rural Addressing

How to Obtain an Address

  • Addresses are assigned as part of the building permit issuance
  • Addresses cannot be assigned to vacant parcels
  • Call the Rural Addressing staff at 520-803-3566
  • Email Rural Address

Rural Address Ordinance

View Rural Addressing Ordinance (PDF)

Importance of Having an Address

911 Services

The most important reason for having a County-assigned address for your property is to make it easy for 911 Emergency Services to reach you and your family in case of need. Your count assigned address is part of a system of Atlas maps and computer data information that is utilized by all 911 Emergency Service units.

With the Enhanced 911 System that is to be implemented in Cochise County, your location will automatically appear on the computer screen in a 911 dispatch office once you dial 911, even if you or a family member are so incapacitated or confused that you cannot speak to the dispatcher and even if English is not the language spoken in your home. This system will help save time, property, and lives.

Delivery Services

The U.S. Postal Service and other delivery services are switching to street address numbers for their deliveries as these addresses are assigned within Cochise County. Rural Route numbers and other methods of identifying County residences and businesses for mail delivery will be phased out as these street addresses become official.


Utilities, such as telephone, electric, gas, and water, are also beginning to utilize County-assigned street addresses to more easily locate sites for installation and repair services. Within Cochise County, some utilities will no longer be established unless a property has an assigned address.

Real Estate, Mortgage, Insurance

For official financial documents and transactions, real estate, mortgage, and insurance firms are also beginning to utilize County-assigned addresses in order to specifically identify those properties in which they have an interest.

Driver Licenses & Vehicle Titles

As you will note on applications for an Arizona Driver's License or a Vehicle Title, a street address is required in addition to a Post Office Box number mailing address.

Credit & Loans

To obtain credit cards and bank loans, many financial institutions now require street addresses on applications. This requirement is expected to become basic as personal financial information is increasingly computerized.

Professional & Business Licenses

Street addresses will become a requirement on most professional and business licenses, especially if a business is being operated from a residence. An address will make it easier for customers to find your business.

School Districts

In order to enroll your children in school, school administrators need to know your street address so that they can determine in which school district you reside and the appropriate bus routing.


Your children, should they become lost or ill, should have a distinct address number that is given to police or other emergency units in order that you may be promptly notified of the situation.


Relatives, friends, health service agencies, or social organizations, such as Meals on Wheels, that are trying to locate you will have a much easier task if you have a specific street address.


If you want your stocking stuffed in a timely fashion, a proper street address will help a busy Santa make your Christmas a merry one.

To report missing or vandalized street signs, contact the Engineering Department. Email the Highways Division