Numerical Addresses Need to be Visible

11/21/2012 10:11:00 AM

The Las Cruces fire and police departments are encouraging every home and property owner within the city to properly display their numerical address near the front entrance of their house and along the curb, near the driveway, so that it is clearly visible from the street.

Clearly visible addresses are essential to police, fire or ambulance crews who are often responding to emergencies that require quick response. Being able to quickly identify the correct address can be a matter of life or death.

City of Las Cruces municipal ordinance 30-1 requires homeowners, lessees, occupants or tenants of any residence or commercial building to properly display their numerical address so that it’s easily visible from the street. Such numbering should be visible from the street during the day and night.

City ordinance requires that numbers or letters, such as apartment identifiers, be no less than two inches in width and three inches in height. Numbers and letters should be placed on a contrasting background to make them easily visible from the street.

Home and property owners also need to keep addresses free from obstruction by tree limbs, vines, bushes, weeds and other forms of concealment.