Residents, businesses may use optional address names specific to Chesterfield County
At the request of Chesterfield County, the U.S. Postal Service has approved the use of optional or alternate community names for addresses in several ZIP codes in northern and southern Chesterfield County.Residents and businesses now will have the option of using the community names "North Chesterfield" and "South Chesterfield," respectively, in ZIP codes where Richmond, Colonial Heights and Petersburg currently are used. For instance, a resident currently using Richmond in his or her mailing address may choose to use North Chesterfield, instead.
ZIP codes where North Chesterfield may be used instead of Richmond include 23224, 23225, 23234, 23235, 23236 and 23237. ZIP codes where South Chesterfield may be substituted for Petersburg or Colonial Heights include 23803 and 23834. In addition, Bon Air remains an acceptable name for addresses in the 23235 ZIP code.
Residents and businesses in the above ZIP codes may begin using the optional community names June 15. Formal change-of-address filings with the Postal Service are not required of anyone choosing to use the alternate name in an address.
The requested changes align with overwhelming community sentiment that mailing addresses should reflect where one resides. In addition to community identity, the changes could also mean recovering an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million in annual revenue lost when taxes are paid to those neighboring jurisdictions whose names are currently used in about 50,000 residential mailing addresses and more than 4,000 business addresses that are located in Chesterfield County. The Postal Service is amending its automated database to reflect addresses where the alternate names may be used, which will correct issues related to lost revenue to the county.
Residents or businesses who have questions about the use of the alternate address names should call 804-748-1211.
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