House and building numbers are assigned based on precise measurements from the street to your front door (or driveway opening if your house is not visible from the roadway). These measurements are standardized to assist emergency vehicles in responding to calls.
Private or State Road
To obtain a number for a new house on a private or state road, click on the attachment below to download an application. Please submit the application with a site plan showing the house and driveway location. There is no fee for obtaining a house number for a private or state road.
House numbers for new construction on a town road are assigned when your Town Licensed Contractor applies for a Right-of-Way Physical Alteration permit. A site plan showing the house and driveway location must be submitted with the application, in addition to a $10 application fee. Click here to go to the Town Right-of-Way page and download a Right-of-Way Physical Alteration permit.
House number requests take a minimum of two business days to process.
If you have any questions regarding assignment of a house number, please call the Engineering Division at 789-9331 extension 2250. Applications should be submitted to the Public Services Building at 509 Commodore Perry Highway, Wakefield, RI 02879.