Buying or selling a property
There are various reasons for obtaining information about a specific piece of property, but it is a common requirement in real estate transactions.
When looking to purchase a property, it is advisable to inquire if permits and inspections were completed on previous renovations. When selling a property, it may be in the seller's interest to verify that all permits and inspections on previous work have been completed, as this may delay a potential sale.
What is it?
NOTE: The following information is associated with assigning or changing the number of a City street address. It does not relate to moving your residence or business, nor notices of relocation.
Do not arbitrarily assign addresses to units
Property owners may have a commercial property which has been segmented into several bays, or a residential property which has several suites, or perhaps the owner has added a secondary suite to their home. It is important that the addresses not be assigned arbitrarily, since it can cause future problems and delays for the owner in the case of required development permits and/or building permits, as well as emergency services.
The property owner should request that a Development Officer assign proper addressing of the unit(s). We will need your name, contact information and the details of your property. See below: How to apply.
Requesting an address change
A property owner or developer may apply to Planning & Development Services to have an address changed. If the Development Officer determines that the change can be accommodated within the current address ranges without violating sequence or parity, the address change can occur.
Once the fee is paid, the new address is circulated to City departments and external agencies, and the property owner receives written confirmation of the change.
How to apply
To apply, come in person to Planning & Development Services (8:30 am-4:30 pm, Mon-Fri) and we will assist you. We will need your name, contact information and the details of your address request change, in writing. There is no online application form for address changes.
Apply in person:
Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E6
There is a non-refundable fee associated with an address change application, payable when you make the request. The City accepts payments in cash, cheques and debit (not credit cards). See Fee schedule.
General addressing guidelines
• Every parcel must have an address.
• Every parcel has an associated legal description.
• Odd numbers are assigned to the east and south sides of numbered streets and avenues, except on curvilinear streets.
• Even numbers are assigned to the west and north sides of numbered streets and avenues, except on curvilinear streets.
When are addresses assigned?
• When a subdivision application is made, new addresses and street names may be required. Street names are recommended by the developer and negotiated with The City. Development Officers assign titled parcel, building, building suite, and entranceway addresses. To learn more, visit Subdividing a property.
• Sometimes a development permit can result in addresses being changed or added. To learn more, visit Development permits.
• As new development is built, new addresses are requested to be assigned for buildings, entrances and building suites or units within the development.