House Numbering FAQ's

How do house numbers get created?

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 number.  Within Hammond Acres, Aberdeen Drive, and West Shore Drive, new numbers are assigned every 50’.  Outside of those areas, numbers are assigned every 100’.

How do you get a house number?

The House Numbering Coordinator, appointed by the Fire Chief, is responsible for issuing new numbers.  The House Numbering Coordinator is currently Fire Chief Cameron “Cam” Lacey.  Messages can be left at 268-7161 (Fire Station) or emailed to [email protected].

Why does Goshen need house numbers?

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.

Where do the numbers need to be placed?

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.  The number should be clearly visible from both directions of travel.  Keep in mind that you are helping yourself and your neighbors when your house is numbered correctly, 

Where can numbers be purchased?

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.

When do house numbers need to be installed?

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.

House Numbering Application

The following steps will need to be completed by the property owner before a house number can be requested and determined.

  1. Street frontage – Clearly mark both ends of the boundary for your property on the street.
  2. House location – Use 4 stakes to mark the approximate corners of where the house will be located on your property.
  3. Complete the application below.  Information on your Lot Number, Map Number, Street Name, Amount of Frontage and Previous Owner can be obtained from the Goshen Assessor’s office (413-268-7856).
  4. Contact Goshen Fire Chief Cameron “Cam” Lacey (413-268-7161 or [email protected]) to request a new house number. Once notified, the Chief will visit the property to determine what the house number will be.