The Assessor is responsible for maintaining two addresses associated with each parcel of property in Jackson County.

First Address - Mailing Address
The first address associated with a property is the mailing address of the owner to whom all notices and tax bills for the property are sent. We obtain most of our mailing addresses from recorded documents that transfer ownership of property. Property buyers need to work with their title company to insure the correct mailing address for the property appears on the document. Other significant sources of mailing address changes come from the tax collector when tax bills are paid and post office notices of mail forwarding. We also receive mailing address changes directly from property owners. It is the responsibility of the property owner, not the county, to keep mailing addresses current and correct. The law presumes that a property owner knows there is a tax due whether or not they receive a bill.

Second Address - Situs or Physical Address
The second address associated with each parcel of property is the situs or physical address of the property. In Jackson County, situs addresses are assigned to all parcels that are taxable by their city or county planning departments.

For most homeowners the mailing address and the situs address are the same. For many business and rental properties, the mailing address and the situs address are different. One parcel can have multiple situs addresses such as an apartment complex with separate addresses for each unit or block of units. In manufactured home parks there can be a single street address with different space numbers for each home as the situs address.

Assignment of Addresses
While the assessor maintains mailing and situs addresses, the situs address is assigned by the local agency which has jurisdiction. In the unincorporated areas of Jackson County the Planning Department assigns situs addresses. In the cities, the agency responsible for address assignment is usually Planning and Development. Most new street names are suggested by the project developer, approved by the local agency and then filed with the final plat of the subdivision. Addresses on existing streets or roads such as Broadway are assigned when a new home is built according to a system developed by the agency with jurisdiction for that section of the road. The United States Postal Service works in cooperation with local agencies to update USPS address databases and provide Zip Code lookup on the internet.