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Addressing the Future

Historical Background Surrounding the Development of Article XI, Uniform Street Naming and Property Numbering System Ordinance of the Leon County Code of Laws

The Joint Leon County/City of Tallahassee Uniform Street Naming and Property Numbering System Ordinance was adopted in December 1995 in response to numerous concerns and safety  issues from Emergency Service Providers in attempting to locate citizens needing assistance in a timely manner. Specific concerns were unnamed roads, rural route addresses, duplicate street names and other problems that impact emergency service providers. The implementing Address  Policies and Procedures Operating Guidelines manual may be viewed by clicking here.

The Leon County Addressing Section is a subsection of the Development Services Division and is responsible for the assignment of addresses to properties from public or private roadways within the Leon County Jurisdiction.  The section is also charged with assigning street names for both Leon County and the City of Tallahassee pursuant to Chapter 10 of the Leon Development Regulation of the Leon County Code of Laws.

Effective with the adoption of the Joint Leon County/City of Tallahassee Street Naming and Property Numbering System Ordinance, the Joint Addressing Steering Committee (ASC) was created for the purpose of intergovernmental cooperation and communication. The committee is also charged with the responsibility of overseeing the street renaming process, providing oversight and coordination of the duplicate and sound alike street renaming process.

The Joint Addressing Steering Committee meets on a bi-annual basis (every six months) to ensure intergovernmental communication. However, if  special circumstances warrant, any member may request a special meeting in order to resolve critical addressing or street naming concerns.       

The ASC Committee Make-up includes

Leon County Development Support & Environmental Management
City of Tallahassee Growth Management
Leon County EMS (Ambulance Service)
Tallahassee/Leon County Planning Department
Leon County Sheriff Office, Division of Emergency Management
Tallahassee Fire Department
United States Postal Service
Leon County School Board
Leon County Property Appraiser’s Office
Tallahassee Police Department
Supervisor of Elections Office
City Traffic Engineering Department
Leon County Public Works



The lack of uniformity of a numbering system causes a higher potential for longer response time for providing emergency services and loss of efficient delivery of mail and other services. The goal is to provide a complete set of addresses for Leon County and the City of Tallahassee which eliminates major addressing issues, and develops a uniform and compatible system for users of this information within and outside of the governmental agencies.


In a conjunctive approach, Leon County and The City of Tallahassee joined in the creation of the Uniform Street Naming and Property Numbering System. This Numbering System is a cooperative approach of both governmental agencies that provides for the improved delivery of emergency services, thus enhancing the overall quality of life, health, safety and welfare of citizens.


The Addressing Unit’s Mission is to assign street names and street address numbers where needed with the intent and purpose of the implementation of a more uniform addressing system throughout the County and City, thereby enhancing the health, safety and welfare of all citizens.