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Street naming and numbering

Naming a house

In the case of addresses where there is no number allocated, the allocated name does form part of the official address. In this instance property owners wishing to change the property name need to put their request in writing, stating their name, the present full address of the property and state clearly their new preferred name.

If approved, we will send the property name change information to Royal Mail, emergency and other services. It is the responsibility of property owners to inform their own personal contacts etc.

Numbering properties

If you are a developer of a new property (single or small development), you should contact us before you commence work on site.

A single or small development will usually be named or numbered into the existing street. If the property is within a numbered road, then often ABCs are used along with the adjoining number.

If the street has named properties, numbers will also be issued on the each address. Subsequently, when the new owner chooses a name, we will follow our standard process of for property name changes. The information is then sent to public utilities, emergency services, land registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant council services. You will also be sent a copy of the registered address from which we would ask you to inform your prospective purchasers of their new property address.

Developing a large estate

If you are a developer of a large estate, you should contact us before you commence work on site so that we can process the naming of any new streets and the numbering of your new properties without delay.

We will check your suggested street names for duplication in the local area and forward them to Royal Mail for consultation.

When we have an agreed name, we will then register the street name/s and prepare a numbering schedule.

Renaming or renumbering a street

On rare occasions it becomes necessary to rename or renumber a street.

This is usually only done as a last resort when there is confusion over a street's name and/or numbering.

It could be because a group of residents are unhappy with their street name or new properties have been built in a street and there is a need for others to be renumbered to accommodate them. The emergency services could also request a change if the number of named-only properties in a street becomes confusing.

Forms, fees and advice

Click here for more information about street naming and numbering.

Click here for a breakdown of fees.

An application form is availble here.

Please ring 01772 625400 to pay your fee for your street naming and numbering application