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Posted on: June 21, 2019

Updates to "NW" Directional Within Gig Harbor City Limits

Addresses within city limits are being modified to no longer contain the “NW” directional designator. The City is implementing these modifications to ensure they continue to provide their citizens with the highest & most defined level of safety available.

“By updating addresses within the City limits to remove the NW directional, city addresses are clearly delineated from the rest of the peninsula. This will aid first responders and hopefully reduce response times,” said Katrina Knutson, Community Development Director.

The City of Gig Harbor started working on what would come to be known as the “NW Directional Project,” early in 2018. In January 2019, the project was put before city council and moved forward. The city began working in collaboration with Pierce County as the 911 system in Pierce County is undergoing changes. Upgrades are happening across the state, and nation as the existing 911 system moves toward the Next Generation 911 (NG911) standard.


Calls originating from inside the Gig Harbor city limits are routed to South Sound 911, in Tacoma for answering.  The systems used by South Sound 911 for call handling and dispatching conform to NG911 standards.

While most of the addresses within the Gig Harbor city limits are compliant with NG911 standards, there are some properties that are still utilizing the directional “NW” that does not correlate to the rest of city limits addressing standards. This inconsistency impacts both the emergency call routing system and U.S. postal service. The elimination of the “NW” directional must be consistent throughout the city limits to be compliant.

Property owners received notice in June 2019 of the modification. Changes to the elimination of the “NW” designator for properties inside the Gig Harbor city limits will be effective on September 30th, 2019. 

The public can learn about the “NW Directional Project” by visiting; by calling 253.851.6170; or via email at  Project Contact: Helia Johnston,

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