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What is a Rapid number and how to apply for one

Rapid stands for Rural Address Property IDentification.

New correct rapid number

Outside its main gateway, every rural property should have a blue plastic post with a one, two, three or four-digit number on it. This is called the RAPID number. The Council supplies one free to every rural property.

The RAPID number shows how far the post is from the start of the road, in units of 10 metres. The number 275, for instance, means that it is 2,750 metres or 2.75 kilometres from where the road began. Travelling along the road from its starting point, all properties on the left have odd numbers and all on the right have even numbers.

Old rapid number showing 7 digitsAlthough the posts should show one to four digits, many still show seven. This is a carry over from the days before September 2006 when the posts carried two sets of numbers – a three-digit road ID number followed by the four-digit property ID number.
Old rapid number covering up the first digits, correctly showing 4 digitsAlthough property owners were asked to remove or cover up the road ID number, many did not. This can be a little confusing, especially to new residents. So, if you have a seven-digit RAPID number on your post, please remove or mask the first three digits. If the road ID number (first three digits) is followed by zeroes please remove the zeroes as well.

To serve their purpose, RAPID numbers need to be easily seen from the road – especially by ambulances and fire engines. That means keeping the RAPID post clear of long grass and overhanging vegetation. Lives could depend on it.

Rural RAPID number allocation or replacement form [PDF, 68 KB] - printable form

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