Sherburne County is currently responsible for assigning rural E911 addresses for Baldwin, Becker, Blue Hill, Clear Lake, Haven, Livonia, Palmer, Santiago and Orrock townships. Big Lake township and the city of Elk River use their own local government to assign E911 addresses. Sherburne County uses an E911 address system for emergency services and consistency, making navigation easier throughout the county.
How are addresses assigned?
Addresses are assigned based on a grid system through out Sherburne County. The townships of Haven, Palmer, Santiago, Clear Lake and Becker have a grid system that is extended from the city of Saint Cloud and consequently have a post directional of SE because they are on the southeast side of Saint Cloud. The townships of Elk River, Big Lake, Orrock, Livonia, Baldwin and Blue Hill have a grid system that is extended from the Twin Cities and consequently have a post directional of NW because they are on the northwest side of the Twin Cities. House numbers and street names are derived according to where each location falls on the grid system.
How do I get an address?
If the address is for a new construction you need to apply for a building permit in the Zoning Department at the Sherburne County Government Center. Your information will be given to the addressing technician in Public Works, and an address will be assigned and ready when you come to pick up your building permit.
If you need an address for an existing building you should call the Public Works Department to receive an address. You will need to provide the Parcel ID Number of the property in question and the driveway location on the property.
All addresses are assigned according to where the driveway intersects the main road.
Note: If your property is located within Big Lake Township or municipalities you must contact the township or municipality for an address.
How do I get a fire number sign?
Fire Number signs are put up by each township. Call a representative of your township to order a sign for you residence.
Reason for Address Changes
Your address will change only if you have received an address change notification from Sherburne County through the mail. Sherburne County has taken over the process of assigning addresses from all of the townships except for Big Lake Township. The biggest advantage for using a city style address is that in the event of an emergency the person needing assistance can be found much easier. In order for the addressing system to work as best possible the addressing needs to remain consistent.
Problems Requiring an Address Change: