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Council is the street addressing authority for Urban and Rural addressing and complies with the Australian Standard of Rural and Urban addressing – AS4819:2011.

Once an address has been allocated to a property Council forwards the information on to the Lands and Property Information who maintain a central database - this database is accessed by emergency services, telecommunication authorities, and other such providers on a regular basis. The information is also provided to Australia Post delivery.

For concise definitions in relation to public road reserves please refer to the Roads Act 1993 (Dictionary) located at the back of the Act.

Rural House Numbering

Rural addressing is a simple and permanent means of identifying, locating and addressing properties in rural areas. The benefits of clearly identified rural addresses are that emergency services can locate the property and improves commercial deliveries of goods, postal services and administration by various utility authorities.

Councils Rural Addressing database may assist in locating a properties rural address. If the address is not listed on this database or there is a query regarding the validity of the address Council's Property Technical Officer can assist.

A property number is allocated in a logical sequence based on the distance of the driveway of the property from the start of a road, odd numbers on the left, even numbers on the right. For example, the number 3271 refers to a property on the left and 3.27 km from the start of the road.

Standard rural numbers and mounting brackets are available for purchase from the Murwillumbah Council office only. Cost for numbers is $4 per number and cost is $6 per bracket. The numbers should be placed at the property entrance attached to either the mail box, the gate post or gate or another permanent structure. For maximum visibility the number sign should be one metre above the ground directly facing the road.

Rural Roads Addressing (1.87mB PDF)

Urban Addressing and Numbering

Urban addressing is usually completed at the time of subdivision of land, however if a property number has not been allocated Council's Property Technical Officer can assist with providing the correct address.

A properties legal address and descritpion is noted on your rates notice and can be confirmed by searching for the property on Council's Mapping service. If a street address does not exist and one is required Council's Property Technical Officer is able to assist.

Kerbside Numbering

General Requirements
Residents are advised that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are the painting of house numbers on kerbs compulsory in the Tweed Shire, however if you are going to go ahead with kerbside numbering the requirments are:
  • Prior to occupation of the building the property street number is to be clearly identified on the site by way of painted numbering on the street gutter within 1 metre of the access point to the property.
  • The street number is to be on a white reflective background professionally painted in black numbers 100mm high. On rural properties or where street guttering is not provided the street number is to be readily identifiable on or near the front entrance to the site.
  • For multiple allotments having single access points, or other difficult to identify properties, specific arrangements should first be made with Council and emergency services before street number identification is provided.
  • The above requirement is to assist in property identification by emergency services and the like. Any variations to the above are to be approved by Council prior to the carrying out of the work.
  • In all instances the stencils used are to be precisely engineered to totally preclude over-spray and under-run.
  • Numbers are to be painted on the kerb side vertical face, or the front sloping face of roll-on type kerbs
  • Numbers are to be placed on the kerb of the street that the number refers to only.
Persons Carrying Out Numbering
  1. That the intention of your organisation be adequately explained to the residents and/or owners of the property, when the work is being canvassed.
  2. Your organisation would need to exercise due care to ensure that the correct house numbers are used for each property and in this regard it is suggested that you confirm with Council, prior to undertaking work.
  3. It should be noted that the numbering on kerbs in no way reduces the obligation of the property owner, to display the correct house number on their building or fence fronting the street, pursuant to section 124 Para 8, Local Government Act 1993.
  4. It should also be understood that Council will not be responsible for the maintenance or repair of these painted numbers, under any circumstance.
  5. This letter is to be produced in the canvassing or advertising of your venture.
  6. It should be noted that this approval in no way gives your organisation exclusive rights for the provision of this service in the Tweed Shire.
  7. It should be adequately explained to the residents that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are the painting of house numbers on kerbs compulsory in the Tweed Shire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Council provide me a list of streets and owners names?
No.  Council is not able to provide this information.  However this information may be accessed using RP Data  service.
Last Updated: 02 November 2016