Naming Easements

An easement is a private street, drive, or way that is not maintained by the city, county, state, or federal government.

This definition includes joint access easements that serve no more than two property owners and joint permanent easements that can serve an unlimited number of property owners.

Which easements need names?

Before an address can be assigned, but
Easements require names in the
Easements must have a name before addresses can be assigned if:

  • The easement has six or more houses or structures, including mobile homes
  • The road that the easement joins has run out of addresses
  • The easement serves six or more lots, regardless of whether the lots have buildings on them

Illustrated examples are provided below.

How are easements named?

The proposed name for an easement must be approved by the MPC addressing staff, who will supply an application form and a canvassing sheet. All property owners and tenants with access to the easement must agree or disagree to the name by signing the canvassing sheet. The application and sheet with the signatures are then returned to MPC. See How to Change A Street Name fact sheet for more information.

What does it cost to name an easement?

There is no fee for naming easements that are part of a subdivision. The MPC addressing staff usually can approve these names in-house as part of the normal subdivision street naming process.

There is a filing fee of $500 for naming easements when existing addresses need to be changed. In this case, MPC planning commissioners must approve the easement name at their monthly public meeting. A final vote is required by either City Council or County Commissioners. The Public Property Naming Committee may also need to vote on the street name if it is a public street

These easements serve 5 or fewer houses and do not need names.

These easements serve 6 houses and must be named.

With the creation of a new lot, (or by adding another house to an existing lot), this easement has run out of addresses. It must be named and new addresses must be assigned.

Although this easement serves only two structures, it serves 6 lots, and must be named.

This easement serves 5 houses, plus a driveway that branches off to a 6th house. The easement must be named.

This easement serves only one lot (or parcel) but the lot contains 4 mobile homes and two businesses—a total of 6 structures. The easement must be named.