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Rural Addressing

Cass County follows the "Burkle Addressing System" which divides North Dakota into a four quadrant grid.  All north to south section lines are designated avenues, and all east to west section lines are designated streets.  Cass County is in the southeast quadrant of the North Dakota Burkle System, therefore all rural streets and addresses are given the "SE" directional designation after "ST" or "AVE".

Cities have jurisdiction to address properties within their city limits and typically follow their own addressing scheme.  Contacts for cities in Cass County are located here.


Proper rural addressing is essential to providing quick response in emergency situations.  Emergency responders such as fire, ambulance, and Sheriffs are trained to be able to easily locate properties based on this system.  Individual street names are highly discouraged and considered detrimental to the safety of the residents of Cass County. 

If you require a new address, if you feel that your property is incorrectly addressed, or if it was assigned by anyone other than the County Planning Office please contact the County Planner immediately.

Click here to request a rural address.