What is a RAPID number?
All properties have to have an address. Rural property owners can choose to have a RAPID (Rural Address Property Identification) number assigned to their property. This number becomes part of the address.
Why do we use RAPID numbers?
A RAPID number helps emergency services and other operators find a property quickly, even if the RAPID number is not displayed. This is because the RAPID number corresponds to the distance from the start of road to the entranceway of your property. For example if your property is 0.9km along White Road on the right side of the road you will have the Rapid number 90 (.9 x 100) or if you live at 165 White Road it is 1.65km (1.65 x 100 = 165) along White Road on the left side.
How to get a RAPID number
NPDC can issue you with a RAPID number free of charge. To order a RAPID number complete and submit an application form and attach a site plan of your property showing accurate measurements of boundary and entranceway locations.
Displaying RAPID numbers
Display your RAPID number close to the entranceway of your property on the side of the road. You can choose how to display your RAPID number. We recommend using a stake with reflective numbers. You can buy a blue post and reflective white numbers from us for $32.50 (2019/20). We will send you instructions on where to position the post and how to install it.
Looking after your RAPID numberIt is your responsibility to maintain your RAPID number and its post, and to ensure it is visible from the road. If you need to order a new post and number you can complete the application form above.
Multiple EntrancewaysIf your property has multiple entranceways you can apply for multiple RAPID numbers.
If you have any questions about RAPID numbers please contact us.