Street Naming and Numbering
The address of a property is increasingly becoming a very important issue. More organisations, postal and emergency services, and the general public need an efficient means of locating and referencing properties.
We are the Street Naming and Numbering Authority for the Borough, and carry out these functions under the provisions of the Public Health Act 1925 sections 17 -19.
Can I name my house if the property is already numbered?
If a property is already numbered, a property owner can additionally name their property without contacting the Council as long as it does not conflict with an existing property name in that locality.
The property name in this case will not officially form part of the property address, and the property number must still be displayed and referred to in any correspondence; for example:
'My House' (not part of official address)
1 My Road (official address)
You only need to seek permission from the Council if there is no number allocated in the official address (i.e. if the property has been allocated a name as part of its official address).
Can I name my house if the property is not numbered?
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. Application forms can be requested from the Building Control Team.
We will contact Royal Mail to see if they have knowledge of a similar named property in the locality. We check our information systems and if the name is satisfactory, then the new address is registered and you will be informed accordingly. If there is an issue with your preferred name, we will request alternatives.
The property name change information is then sent to Royal Mail, Emergency and Essential Services and other relevant Council Services. It is the responsibility of property owners to inform their own personal contacts etc.
Developing a single property/small development - How do I number properties?
If you are a developer of a new property (single or small development), you should contact us as soon as 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 ABC's are used along with the adjoining number (for example 12A, 12B, 12C).
If the street has named properties, then the development plot numbers will be used initially to register the property address and subsequently, when the new owner chooses a name, we will follow our standard process of Property Name Change.
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.
Download a copy of the Street Naming & Numbering (Individual Property) Application Form.
Developing a large estate - How do I name new streets and number properties?
If you are a developer of a large estate, you should contact us as soon as 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.
You will need to select your street names, we will then 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 names and prepare a numbering schedule. 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 naming and numbering schedule from which we would ask you to inform all your prospective purchasers of their new property address. Where appropriate, you will be asked to provide new street name plates to our standard.
Download a copy of the Street Naming & Numbering (Developer) Application Form.
What happens if a street needs renaming / renumbering?
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
- A group of residents are unhappy with their street name
- New properties are built in a street and there is a need for other properties to be renumbered to accommodate the new properties
- The number of named-only properties in a street is deemed to be causing confusion for visitors, the delivery or emergency services
Existing residents will be contacted and their views taken into account. We will then consult the Royal Mail for their position on the issue. To change a street name we will ballot the local residents on the issue.
Last Modified: 23/11/2020
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