Addressing

County road sign

Address Application


New businesses or residences can obtain an address by applying online or submitting a paper form application.

Apply Online or by Mobile Device

Online Address Application

Apply in Person or by Mail


Paper Form Address Application

Submit paper form applications and payments to
Emergency Management: 117 E Sixth St, Courthouse Annex, P.O. Box 423, Washburn, WI 54891.

Additionally, please contact Emergency Management at
(715) 373-6113 or Land Records at (715) 373-6156 with any questions.

Rural Addressing


In order to locate people in emergency situations and to facilitate rural postal delivery, every residence and place of business in Bayfield County (except the City of Washburn and City of Bayfield) has been assigned a county address. This address is made up of two components - an address number and a road name. The assigned address will provide the information necessary to pinpoint a location on a map.

County road map example
The address number is a four or five digit number based on a grid of 1,000 numbers per mile. The grid starts at the southwest corner of the county. A predominately east-west road will be numbered using the numbers on the east-west grid of 1,000 to 38,000. A predominately north-south road will be numbered using the numbers along the north-south grid of 40,000 to 96,000. Even numbers are on the north and east sides of a road; odd numbers are on the south and west sides of a road. Address numbers get larger going north and east.


Countywide Address System Ordinance


Download a copy of the countywide address ordinance adopted in 1998.

117 E. Sixth St.
Courthouse Annex
P.O. Box 423
Washburn, WI 54891
117 E. Sixth St.
Courthouse Annex
P.O. Box 423
Washburn, WI 54891