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The House Numbering Coordinator uses a measuring wheel, the assessor’s map, and the markings indicated by the property owner to determine a new house #. Within Hammond Acres, Aberdeen Drive, and West Shore Drive, new numbers are assigned every 50’.  Outside of those areas, numbers are assigned every 100’.

The House Numbering Coordinator uses a measuring wheel, the assessor’s map, and the markings indicated by the property owner to determine a new house #. Within Hammond Acres, Aberdeen Drive, and West Shore Drive, new numbers are assigned every 50’.  Outside of those areas, numbers are assigned every 100’.

The purpose of numbering houses is to assist in locating and identifying buildings in the Town of Goshen.  This project was undertaken by the Goshen Fire Department in 1992 as a first step in establishing an “Enhanced 911” system.  This system enables emergency personnel to correctly pinpoint the location of the (non-cellular) caller and swiftly respond to life threatening emergencies.

All numbers shall be located on the street side of the house, 6 feet above the yard level, to the right side of the front door.  If the house is located in excess of 50 feet from the street, the number must be located by the side of the driveway, at the edge of the street side right-of-way and 6 feet above the yard level.  All numbers are to be 5 inches minimum in height and contrasting in color from the background.

Please use common sense when placing your numbers.  If your house number cannot be seen from the street directly in front of your house, then put the number at the edge of the street side right-of-way. Keep in mind that you are helping yourself and your neighbors when your house is numbered correctly, and your number is clearly visible from both directions of travel.

Most hardware stores and home improvement centers sell house numbers. Remember, the numbers need to be 5” minimum in height and in a color that contrasts with the background they will be placed on.  Reflective numbers are best for visibility.

All current houses in Goshen should have visible numbers.  Any new construction should post the number as soon as ground is broken for construction.  The fine for not displaying numbers is $25 and is enforced by the Goshen Selectboard.

No.  Each town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is allowed one bonfire per year by state law.  Your chances of securing permission are very small.  Any permitted requires the supervision by Department personnel until extinguished.

That depends upon what you (and your neighbors) call a “campfire.”  A small open-air fire in a pit (no more than 3′ wide), distant from a tree line or overhead combustibles (like tree branches) for the purpose of cooking hot dogs and marshmallows is probably all right.  However, upon the complaint of a neighbor or even a passerby, we are required to investigate and possibly order the fire extinguished.  Your best long-term option is to build on outdoor barbeque or let your neighbors know your intentions.