Mailbox Policy

As of June 1, 2014 the Road Department will no longer reimburse for damaged mailboxes.

For more information, please view our Mailbox Policy (PDF).

Accommodation of Mailboxes & Newspaper Delivery Boxes on County Road Right of Way

(Adopted October 22, 2003)

It is the policy of the Board of County Road Departmenters of Berrien County to require mailboxes and newspaper delivery boxes (hereinafter referred to as mailbox) located in the Berrien County Road Department (BCRD) rights-of-way to be constructed in a manner which does not interfere with the safety of the traveling public or the maintenance and operation of the road system. A mailbox installation that does not conform to the provisions of this policy will be considered as unauthorized encroachment on the rights-of-way and removal shall be administered in accordance with State of Michigan Act 368, Public Acts of 1925, as amended. This policy is consistent with the rules and regulations of the U.S Postal Service.

  1. Location
  2. Structure
  3. Removal of Mailboxes

Mailboxes shall be located on the right-hand side of the roadway in the direction of the delivery route. The bottom of the box shall be set at an elevation, established by the U.S Postal Service, usually between 36 inches and 45 inches above the roadway surface. Typically, the roadside face of the mailbox is offset 8 inches to 12 inches from the outside edge of the road shoulder.

Exceptions to the lateral placement criteria may occur on residential streets and certain designated rural roads where it is in the public interest to alter the location. On curbed streets, the roadside face of the mailbox shall be set back from the face of the curb a distance between 6 inches and 12 inches. On residential streets without curbs, or on all-weather shoulders which carry low-traffic volumes and which operate at low speeds, the roadside face of a mailbox shall be offset between 8 inches and 12 inches behind the edge of the pavement.

Where a mailbox is located at an intersecting road, it shall be located no closer than a minimum of 100 feet from the intersection. The distance may need to be increased if safety needs so require.

Upon request, Berrien County Road Department will advise as to proper placement.