Civic Addressing - Frequently Asked Questions

1 -      Why is it necessary to have an addressing system?

The objective of civic addressing is to provide a simple and logical system for identifying the location of a property, person or a structure that is understandable by all user groups. It is used by government agencies, emergency services, utilities, service providers and more.

2 -      Who is the authority for Civic Addressing?

The City of Dawson is the authority for all civic addressing. It administers (through its bylaws and policies) the assignment of civic numbers and approves local road names. The City also provides notification of address assignments and any changes as a result of renaming or renumbering.

3 -      What is a physical address?

The civic address provides a physical address that is a permanent, unique address that clearly identifies where a property is physically located. Examples of physical addresses include 1335 Front Street or 152 Princess Street.


4 -      What do physical addresses mean to my community?

Creating physical addresses requires naming all roads and assigning numbers consistently to all properties. Once the road names and property numbers are assigned and adopted by Mayor and Council (Bylaw 15-01 – Civic Addressing Bylaw), the new physical addresses can be used for Basic 9-1-1 service.

5 -      How do I check what my Civic Address is?

Go to the City webpage at and click on the Civic Addressing link or call the City at 993-7400.

6 -      What is 9-1-1?

9-1-1 is a single telephone number that provides common access to all emergency services. It saves callers from having to search for the correct phone numbers to call in an emergency.

7 -      What is basic 9-1-1 service?

Basic 9-1-1 service is provided by telephone equipment that routes an emergency call to an emergency call answering center. Specially trained personnel at the center then contact the appropriate emergency responder: Police, Fire or Ambulance to respond to the call.

8 -      What is the difference between a Civic Address and a Mailing

A Civic Address is the official number and street name that is assigned to a property, building or structure for identification and emergency dispatch procedures. It is a unique identifier for location purposes and does not include a postal code. A Mailing Address is used by Canada Post to sort and deliver communications to your location. In the City of Dawson it identifies your location by a post office box in place of the civic address and it includes a postal code.

9 -      Can I assign my own address?

NO. The City requires a specific order to the numbering based on an established Yukon standard, a street grid system and municipal addressing guidelines. City staff have been trained to assign addresses to meet these standard specifications.

10 -    Why do we need a common Yukon Standard?

Building a standard format for addressing allows new systems the ability to read information the same way for everyone across the Territory. Basic assumptions and guidelines can be built into the system to make emergency dispatch faster than historical systems which were handled manually.


11 -      I’ve had the same address for a long time. Does this mean emergency responders couldn’t locate my address before?

It is in your best interest to change your address in order to get the best possible response time during emergency situations. (Especially with the new Yukon Wide 9-1-1 coming into effect in July 2016). Emergency Responders (Police, Fire, Ambulance) have multiple back-up methods of locating an emergency call. These include local knowledge of the area and hardcopy maps. However, using any one or a combination of these alternative sources to locate an address can make the response time for an emergency call longer.


12 -    What are examples of situations that require re-addressing in order to be 9-1-1 compliant?

Mixed odd/even street numbering on the same side of the road. Non-progressive Street numbering e.g. the addresses are ascending and descending on the same side of the street – Duplicate addresses – There is no street access to the structure from the street named in the address – A new structure has replaced a demolished structure – Redevelopment has occurred on the site which changes the number of structures Clerical error during the manual assignment of the address.

13 -   What happens if I don’t change my address to the new one

You may be jeopardizing your own and/or the public’s safety and causing confusion between file referring systems. As per bylaw 15-01 Civic Addressing Bylaw – it is mandatory to post your address on your property in accordance with the guidelines. If you do not, the City may do so at your own expense.    

14 -   How do I notify important agencies of my new civic address?

Government systems for property assessments, taxes and utility billing are all updated automatically. Most other agencies, associations and organizations have a simple address request form that can be filled out and processed free of charge. These forms can usually be found on existing documents, at their service desks or on-line on their web sites.