Addressing Department

The Yancey County Addressing Office provides a comprehensive and uniform system of permanent road addresses for all residences and businesses throughout the County in order to facilitate provisions of adequate public safety and Emergency Response Services. It is further designed to benefit the United States Postal Service, local business owners and individual citizens in locating properties and buildings. The numerical street addresses are assigned according to the distance a structure is located along a certain road by using NENA (National Emergency Number Association) standards as our addressing format. Even numbers are on the right side of the road and odd numbers are on the left side of the road as distance and increases in sequential order as the road continues.

To submit a request for an address, complete the online form below:
Online Address Request Form

Street Signs

There are almost 1,800 street signs within Yancey County. 911 street signs within the City limits of Burnsville are maintained by the Town of Burnsville. All other 911 street signs are maintained by the Yancey County Addressing Coordinator. Street signage is replaced as needed due to theft, vandalism and vehicular accidents. To report a damaged or missing road sign, in the county please contact our office at 828-682-1813 or fill out the Link below. If within city limits of Burnsville please call 828-682-2420.

Damaged or Missing Road Sign Form (PDF)

Noncompliant Signs

The Addressing Department continues to identify and seek the removal of noncompliant or illegal road signage. The Addressing and Road Naming Ordinance requires county residents to remove personal signs that resembled official, county-approved signs. These noncompliant road signs cause confusion to emergency services personnel and other citizens when attempting to locate a particular address.

Road Names

One of the Road Naming objectives is to eliminate duplicate of sound alike or similar road names within the County. Personal names are not allowed for road names either. If a private road that meets or exceeds the requirements for naming said road, it is the responsibility of the land owners to follow the requirements fully before a road name can or will be issued.

Names Not Allowed at the Beginning of a Road Name (PDF)

USPS Street Suffix Abbreviation List


It is required that the developer(s) of new subdivisions submit a plat map to this department so that road names may be approved. A road name shall be assigned to any public or private roadways, which provides access to three or more residences, businesses, industries or a combination thereof, regardless of the length of the road. The Addressing Coordinator shall not approve newly proposed road names that are duplicated or similar to that of any other public or private roadway within the County. The Addressing Coordinator will also keep the approved road names on file for a limited period until the requirements have been met to allow a road name to go into effect. Those road names not used after a time period will be eliminated.

Road Name Request Form (PDF)


Yancey County Addressing Department is required to change addresses that do not meet 911 standards as addressing inconsistencies are discovered and to accommodate new construction. Address changes though inconvenient ensure prompt and accurate Emergency Response times.

A 911 address is the physical street address of a structure.

Addressing and Road Naming Ordinance

The Address Coordinator is responsible for updating and maintaining the Yancey County’s E-911 database and GIS for road centerlines and addresses. Yancey County Addressing Coordinator is responsible for handling questions and the assignment of new addresses on a day-to-day basis as authorized by the Yancey County Addressing and Road Naming Ordinance within Yancey County's Addressing Jurisdiction.

Addressing Ordinance (PDF)


Owners or occupants of buildings already constructed which do not comply with the Yancey County Addressing Ordinance subchapter 1.07 shall be notified and instructed to meet the requirements within 60 days from the date of mailing of the notification. A warning notice shall be issued by general or certified mail after the 60 days if the requirements have not been met. If the owner or occupant does not comply voluntarily with this subchapter within 30 days of receiving delivery of a warning notice by registered mail or by hand delivery, enforcement action pursuant to G.S. 153A-123 may be initiated.


Mapping Department

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are essentially the computer applications that allow an organization to relate all of its data to points, lines or areas upon the earth. Examples of GIS data include parcels, street centerlines, surface water, elevations (contours), and aerial imagery. 

The County of Yancey acquires, develops, maintains and uses GIS data in support of its internal business functions and the public services it provides. The GIS data which Yancey County distributes and to which it provides access may not be suitable for other purposes or uses. It is the requestor's responsibility to verify any information derived from the GIS data before making any decisions or taking any actions based on the information.

Zoning questions need to be directed to the Town of Burnsville
Public Works Dept - 828-682-7216 or 828-682-2420.


Yancey County GIS maps can be accessed on the Yancey County GIS Website or by clicking the "GIS" tab on the main menu.
Yancey County GIS data can be dowloaded at this location: Yancey County GIS Public Data Download

Our Location

 Our offices are located in the Yancey County Courthouse on the Burnsville Town Square

Yancey County Government
110 Town Square
Burnsville, NC 28714