New Texas area code 726

The Greater San Antonio area in Texas, currently served by NPA 210 will have a new area code overlaying the aforementioned NPA beginning October 23, 2017. The new overlay area code is 726, approved on July 20, 2016 by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas.

Key dates:

  • March 25, 2017 – start of permissive 7/10 digit dialing for all calls in the area, local calls included (during the permissive dialing period calls may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digits although 10 digit dialing is encouraged)
  • September 23, 2017 – mandatory 10 digit dialing begins
  • October 23, 2017 – new area code 726 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay complex 210/726 (PDF document)

Area codes 213/323 boundary elimination overlay

California area codes 213 and 323 currently serve the downtown Los Angeles area and a number of surrounding cities (Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Montebello, South Gate, West Hollywwod and more) respectively. On July 14, 2016 the California Public Utilities Commission approved a boundary elimination overlay as the relief method for NPA 323. This means that, when the new overlay complex enters service both area codes 323 and 213 will basically cover the same area. The bad news is that local calls will be dialed using 1+10 digits.

Key dates

  • January 14, 2017 – start of permissive 1+10 digit dialing (calls may be dialed using either 7 digits or 1+10 digits)
  • July 8, 2017 – end of permissive 1+10 digit dialing (all calls in the area will be dialed using 1+10 digits)
  • August 1, 2017 – new overlay complex 213/323’s activation

See official NANPA announcement plus area code map (PDF document)

New Washington area code 564

The more populous, western part of Washington State is currently served by 4 area codes: 206, 253, 360 and 425. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved on May 19, 2016 the introduction of the new area code 564 which will initially overlay area code 360 and eventually the entire area currently served by the 4 aforementioned NPAs.

Key dates

  • January 17, 2017 – start of permissive 7/10 digit dialing period for all 4 NPAs (206, 253, 360 and 425); during the permissive period local calls may be dialed using either 7 or 10 digits
  • July 29, 2017 – start of mandatory 10 digit dialing (it is not clear whether the mandatory 10 digit dialing applies to all 4 NPA or just NPA 360 – the official planning letter below also suggests that mandatory 10 digit dialing will be implemented for all 4 NPAs by September 30, 2017)
  • August 28, 2017 – new area code 564 enters service, overlaying area code 360

Plans for NPAs’ 206, 253 and 425 relief will be announced at a later time.

See official NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay area (PDF document)

New State of New York area code 680

On July 17, 2015 a new area code was approved for the North Eastern portion of the New York State including towns such as Syracuse and Utica. The new 680 area code will overlay existing NPA 315, therefore serving the exact same area. 10 digit dialing will become mandatory as a result.

Key dates

  • March 12, 2015 – start of permissive 10 digit dialing period (during this time callers are encouraged to dial all local calls using 10 digits, but may also continue using just 7 digits)
  • February 11, 2017 – end of permissive 10 digit dialing (10 digit dialing becomes mandatory for all calls within NPA 315)
  • March 11, 2017 – new area code 680 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay area (PDF document)

New Indiana area code 463

A new area code was announced by the Indiana Regulatory Commission (IURC) on April 8, 2015 for Central Indiana. Currently served solely by area code 317, this Numbering Plan Area covers the city of Indianapolis and a number of towns such as Clayton, Greenfield, Noblesville, Sheridan, Zionsville, etc. The new 463 area code will enter service in the second half of 2016 and will overlay the aforementioned NPA (cover the same geographic area).

Key dates

  • March 19, 2016 – start of permissive 10 digit dialing (calls within NPA 317 may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digits)
  • September 17, 2016 – end of permissive dialing, 10 digit dialing becomes mandatory
  • October 17, 2016 – new area code 463 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay complex (PDF document)

Implementation dates revised

In a new official document dated August 31, 2016 the Indiana Regulatory Commission (IURC) announces a one month postponement of area code’s 463 activation. The date when mandatory 10 digit dialing starts has also been postponed. Here are the new dates:

  • October 15, 2016 – mandatory 10 digit dialing begins
  • November 15, 2016 – new area code 463 is activated

New Ohio area code 380

Back in 2001, on June 27th, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved an overlay area code as the relief method for NPA 614 serving cities such as Columbus or Westerville in Central Ohio, USA. The new 380 area code will serve the same communities of Ohio starting next year. To help residents of this area get used to dialing 10 digits when calling locally, a permissive dialing period is set to begin on August 1, 2015 and end on January 30, 2016.

Key dates

  • 08/01/2015 – start of permissive 7/10/11 digit dialing period in area code 614 (7/10 digits may be dialed for local calls within NPA 614, 7/1+10 digits may be dialed for toll calls)
  • 01/30/2016 – end of permissive dialing period
  • 02/27/2016 – area code 380 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay area (PDF document)

New State of New York area code 934

Suffolk County on New York’s Long Island will have a new area code in 2016. Currently, all of Suffolk County (some larger communities: Babylon, Brookhaven, Southhampton) is served by area code 631. In December, 2014 the New York State Public Service Commission approved overlay code 934 which will serve the same area currently covered by NPA 631.

Mandatory 10 digit dialing will be used for all local calls in the area from June 18, 2016.

Key dates

  • July 18, 2015 – start of permissive 7/10 digit dialing (both may be used, 10 digit dialing is encouraged)
  • June 18, 2016 – end of permissive dialing
  • July 16, 2016 – area code 934 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and area code map (PDF document)

Area code 786 to serve Florida Keys area

Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys area in Monroe County, Florida have been using area code 305 for many years. Back in 1998, NANPA added NPA 786 as the relief method for NPA 305, but only for Miami-Dade County. The method is called “concentrated overlay”. The Florida Keys area (Key Largo, Marathon, Islamorada, Key West, etc) have continued using area code 305 only. However, in August 2001 NANPA introduced a permissive dialing period in the area in preparation for a future expansion of overlay complex 305/786 for Monroe County’s Florida Keys. During the permissive dialing period people can dial local calls using both 7 and 10 digit dialing, but are encouraged to use the latter.

On July 18, 2014 NANPA finally approved the expansion. Area code 786 will serve the aforementioned Florida communities starting June 1, 2015. 10 digit dialing for local calls becomes mandatory on April 18, 2015.

Key dates

  • August 1, 2001 – start of 7/10 digit permissive dialing period
  • April 18, 2015 – end of permissive dialing
  • June 1, 2015 – area code 786 activated for the portion of Monroe County served by area code 305

See official NANPA announcement and area code map (PDF document)

New Alberta area code 825

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved a new area code for the province of Alberta on October 30, 2013. The new 825 area code is the second NPA to be introduced as an overlay code for the entire province.

Alberta is currently served by 3 area codes: 403 covering the southern third of the province, including Calgary, 780 covering the remainder northern portion, including Edmonton, and 587 overlaying both 403 and 780 and serving the entire province. The new area code 825, scheduled to enter service on April 9, 2016, will also cover the entire province, overlaying all 3 existing area codes.

Local calls in the area are already dialed using 10 digits so this new area code relief will bring no changes to the way Alberta’s residents dial telephone calls.

See official NANPA announcement and map of the region (PDF document)

New North Carolina area code 743

Approved on August 13, 2014 by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, the 743 area code will be introduced as the relief method for existing area code 336, covering a northern portion of North Carolina with cities such as Greensboro, Winston-Salem and smaller towns like Burlington, Mount Airy or Trinity. The newly approved NPA will overlay 336 (will serve the exact same area).

After a 6 month permissive dialing period, when local calls within area code 336 may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digits, 10 digit dialing becomes mandatory in April, 2016..

Key dates

  • October 24, 2015 – start of permissive 7/10 digit dialing period
  • April 23, 2016 – end of permissive dialing period
  • May 23, 2016 – area code 743 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay area (PDF document).

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