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Civic Addressing

The Civic Addressing Bylaw was created to facilitate the implementation of Yukon Wide 9-1-1 (An announcement made by the Yukon Government to expand emergency 9-1-1 service across the Yukon by July 2016); and to deliver an accurate method of property identification within the City of Dawson. Difficulties have often been encountered by emergency services trying to locate properties by using lot descriptions or elaborate directions that usually require familiarity with the area. 

Civic addressing provides a method of property identification. Any past confusion experienced when explaining lot numbers and property descriptions is virtually non-existent with the civic addressing system. However, the use of lot and property description will not be eliminated. The legal description of properties will continue to be used for land registry purposes and any other legal application where the location of the property is required.

The underlying reason of the civic addressing is to provide a simple and logical system for identifying the location of a property, a person or a structure in the case of an emergency.

We can’t help you in an emergency if we can’t find you. Know your civic address!

For further information regarding the bylaw or where to post your civic address, please contact

Protective Services

Fire Chief
1336 Front Street
867-993-7400 ext. 407  

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.
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.
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.

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 bylaw, the new physical addresses can be used for Basic 9-1-1 service.

View the Civic Addressing Bylaw or contact the City of Dawson:

in person at 1336 Front Street
by phone at 867-993-7400
by email at info@cityofdawson.ca
by submitting an online request form

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.

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 and it includes a postal code.

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.

It is in your best interest to ensure the civic address you are using is correct and is correctly affixed to your home in a location that is visible to responders in order to get the best possible response time during emergency situations. 

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.