How to obtain an E911 Address
The Douglas County Surveyor’s Office is responsible for issuing physical property addresses outside of all incorporated city limits in Douglas County. Addresses are issued at the point of access or the main year round driveway access location.
1. Print Address Application Form: Fill out one E911 Address Application for each habitable dwelling or recreational site address request.
2. Enclose a site map showing your driveway location: Include distances from the center of your driveway at the road, to any driveways across the street. If this does not apply then provide distances to the nearest driveways on the same side of the street, or to your property lines as they intersect the road, whichever is closest. It may help to make a print of the aerial view of your property from this web site, and use it to aid in your driveway location.
3. Sign and Date: Applications without a signature or date will not be processed.
4. E911 Sign Fee: Submit a $25.00 sign fee for each address, payable to “Douglas County”. This fee covers the cost of setting a blue reflective E911 sign at your driveway.
5. Deliver or Mail application to Douglas County Public Works: Application can be dropped off at 526 Willow Drive or mailed to: Douglas County E911 Address PO BOX 398 ALEXANDRIA MN 56308.
6. What else should I know?: To keep the cost of issuing addresses low, we rely on the Owner or Builder to provide accurate information and measurements to the driveway location. If false or incorrect measurements are given and the driveway is later found to be in a different location than stated on the Application, the property will be re-addressed and the owner will be charged a new $25 sign fee, along with an address change, at their expense. It is important to furnish enough information to ensure your address will not need to be changed.
Signs are set in the Spring and Fall each year: Signs are installed in June to allow for driveway to be finished after spring weight restrictions are lifted, and in October before winter sets in. Owners are responsible for temporary signage until your permanent sign is installed.
The United States Postal Service is responsible for assigning Zip Codes. The address application will be returned with a proposed Post Office Zip Code and the contact phone number of the Post Office. It is the responsibility of the owner to verify mail delivery with the Post Office.
Most addresses are issued and back in the mail within 2-3 working days, provided all the required information is supplied on the Application.
If an E911 sign is stolen or knocked down, it is the property owner's responsibility to see that it is replaced. Replacement sign blades cost $20.00 and posts are $8.00. Call 320-762-2988 to order.
How to name new streets in Douglas County
The Douglas County Surveyor’s Office is responsible for ensuring new road names meet N.E.N.A. and Douglas County Street Naming Standards.
Print Street Naming Conventions form: The Douglas County Subdivision Ordinance requires that proposed street names are to be shown on the preliminary plats, this is stated in Section 6.3, number 6 part a. This form must be completed, reviewed and signed by the following entities in the order in which they are listed for the approval of new street names.
Print Douglas County Street Naming Standards: This Street Naming Standards form is to be used as guide to aid in the naming of streets in Douglas County. NENA (National Emergency Number Association) standards also need to be applied when naming new streets.
Deliver, E-mail, Mail or Fax Street Naming Form to Douglas County Public Works: This form can be dropped off at 526 Willow Drive or mailed to: Douglas County E911 Address PO BOX 398 ALEXANDRIA MN 56308 or Faxed to 320-762-2998 Attn: Joe Zunker or Patrick Veraguth.
Who to contact with questions: Contact Joe Zunker at Douglas County Public Works Survey Division with any road name questions at 320-762-2988. A current list of all existing road names is available to the right.