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January 26, 2005
Be seen and be found
  
New standards have been established for the display of municipal address
numbers within Toronto. This by-law amendment will standardize the size of
displayed address numbers so they can be easily seen from the street.

When your address is clearly visible from the street, everyone benefits:
emergency vehicles can respond faster, deliveries of goods and services are
easily made, and traffic flow improves as drivers can quickly spot an address
they are seeking.

The size of the numbers displayed outside your home or business plays a key
role in making sure your address can be clearly seen from the road. Minimum
number sizes are based upon the distance of the posted number from the curb or
the edge of the road (if there is no curb). This is called the setback.

In the case of single-family residential properties, municipal numbers must be
at least a minimum size as follows:

Maximum Curb Setback

Minimum Number Size (approx.)

Metres

Centimetres

Inches

15

10

4

22.5

15

6

30

20

8

45

30

12

60

80

32




In the case of commercial, industrial or multi-unit residential properties,
municipal numbers must be of a minimum size as follows and shall be placed on
or in proximity to existing light fixtures:

Maximum Curb Setback

Minimum Number Size (approx.)

Metres

Centimetres

Inches

15

20

8

22.5

30

12

30

40

16

45

60

24

60

80

32



It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the address
posted is of the correct size and that the number is clearly visible from the
street, in accordance with the Toronto Municipal Code. The amended code
includes penalties for non-compliance.

Help others find you. Follow these tips to ensure your address can be clearly
seen from the road:
  • Post your address with correctly sized numbers (based on the setback from the curb listed above).
  • Place the address number near the main entrance of the property.
  • Ensure your address is clearly visible from the street; remove visual obstructions like bushes, trees, lawn furniture and signs; ensure the number stands out from the building or post it is affixed to; and place numbers in a well-lit location or use reflective numbers.


More information about the by-law can be found at www.toronto.ca/mapping, or by calling
416-392-7763.

Media Contact:
Bob Gaspirc, Manager, Mapping Services, 416-392-7764



 

 

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