Tips for Address Searches
Use the U. S. Postal Service format
The address search service works best when you enter your address using the United States Postal Service (USPS) preferred format. Abbreviations of Street Type and Direction are okay to use.
Can’t find your address?
If you’ve entered a valid Minneapolis address but the system returns a message stating there were no results for your search, try one of the following modifications:
- Leave off the Street direction (N, S, E, W, NE, NW, SE, SW, or variations like North, So, N.W., etc). Sometimes the street direction is not part of the 'official' property address; leaving it off your address search will give a better chance of locating the property address you are searching for.
For example, instead of entering "1234 Upton Ave S" try "1234 Upton Ave".
- Leave off the Street type. This broadens the search, which can improve your chances of finding the address you are searching for.
For example, instead of entering "1234 Ridgewood Street, try "1234 Ridgewood".
- If you don't know the exact name (or how to spell it) of the street, try typing in just a portion of the name (first letter, first few letters). This should bring up your intended address in the address result list.
For example, instead of entering "1234 Markette Avenue" try "1234 Mar". This will bring up all matches on streets that begin with "Mar".
- You could also be less specific on the House number. For example, instead of "1200 Markette" try "12 Mar". This will show you all addresses beginning with "12" and Street names that begin with "Mar", as pictured below:
Note: When you make the search less specific, you could receive more than one possible match for your address. Select the one that best matches the address you are looking for.
Address may not be available to the system
There’s a chance that the address you are trying to locate is not yet available in the city’s master address database. For example, addresses for new buildings, newly renovated properties, or parcels that have been split into condominiums may not yet be entered in the database.
If you have trouble finding an address that you are confident is correct, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to report the problem.
Known Problems with Some Street Names
There are some known issues with the current version of the address search service. Plans are underway to correct many of these issues in the coming months.
Streets that have "directions" as part of their name
To find addresses on streets that start with a direction (i.e., "West River River Parkway") enter the house number then the directional name of the street. (i.e, "100 West"). Don’t enter any more of the address than this, and the street you seek will appear on the address results list.
The following streets must be entered this way:
- East Lake of the Isles Pkwy
- East River Pkwy
- East River Terr
- East Lake Calhoun Pkwy
- East Lake Harriet Pkwy
- West Broadway
- West Lake of the Isles Pkwy
- West River Pkwy
Streets where the system only "knows" an abbreviation
The current data set for addresses contains two street names that are abbreviated. The following streets must be entered exactly as they appear below:
- Diamond Lk Rd
- St Anthony Pkwy
Streets that contain the word "Saint"
For all streets that contain the word "Saint" (except St Anthony Pkwy, as noted above) the word "Saint" must be spelled out in the when entering the address.
Last updated May 2, 2016