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Road Naming

Road Naming within the unincorporated areas of Gaston County is administered through the Planning GIS Services and enforced by the "Road Naming and House Numbering Ordinance", adopted by the Board of Commissioners in June 1990. Planning GIS is responsible for determining and maintaining street names and property addresses within the county's jurisdiction. The department also works with the 15 municipal jurisdictions in the determination of new streets and address assignments.

Property addresses have become necessary in order for emergency personnel (police, fire and rescue) to effectively locate you, your family and/or your property in the event of an emergency. This is also the basis for naming unnamed existing private roadways, in which three or more families live upon within separate structures.


  • All petitions submitted to Planning GIS must have attached a Gaston County Map of the area under consideration; you can get these online in GIS Mapping.
  • The road to be named must be drawn in on the corresponding map to allow for input into the GIS system.
  • Each and every structure must be clearly marked on the map to assure proper addressing.
  • If questions arise regarding property ownership or if you are unable to collect a required property owner signature, please contact Planning GIS.
  • There is a processing fee of $20 to accompany all valid petitions. (Fee Schedule)
  • For previously unnamed roads, a one-time fee of $125 is required for the street sign.
  • Duplicate road names (phonetically or otherwise similar) are not accepted regardless of the street or road suffix (road, drive, court, etc.) Example: Jenny Ln will not be accepted if Jenny Ct is already in use.

Petition to Name a Previously Unnamed Road
Petition for Road Name Change
Street Naming Numbering Ordinance

Completed forms should be mailed to:

Gaston County Planning & Development Services
Planning GIS 
P.O. Box 1578 
Gastonia, N.C. 28053

Contact Information:
Planning GIS Manager Jena Goodman 704-866-3907
Planning GIS Data Analyst 704-866-3770 
Planning GIS Specialist III 704-866-3530 
Kimera Coburn 704-866-3072