Implementing FIPS and/or SAME Location Code Changes

This page contains information National Weather Service implementation of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Code: changes. FIPS codes are unique to counties, parishes, boroughs and independent cities. For more information on FIPS codes, refer to the American National Institute (ANSI) Codes, maintained by the Census Bureau (

It is our job to ensure customers understand the changes and have the information needed to implement them. Customer notification messages are transmitted on NWS dissemination circuits:

If the Census Bureau implements changes in FIPS codes and / or the NWS implements a new six digit SAME location code, the NWS will issue Service Change Notices well in advance of the change.