Street naming and numbering

Apply to name a new street or development, add a name to your property, or request a change to an existing street or house name or number.

Changing or adding a property name

You can apply to change, add or remove a name to a property that you own.

You can apply for the naming and numbering service and make your payment online.

We can only process a request to change the address of a property from the owner of a property or their appointed agent. We cannot accept requests from prospective purchasers of properties before the exchange of contracts has taken place, nor from tenants.

Royal Mail has a policy that it will not allow properties within the same postcode area to have the same or similar names. We recommend that you provide us with a list of three names in order of preference for Royal Mail to approve. This will reduce delays in case your preferred choice is not acceptable to Royal Mail.

Once the name has been approved by Royal Mail, we will write to you to confirm this and also circulate the new address details to a list of essential service providers.

Numbered properties

If your property has a number, you must always include this number in your address. You may add a name to your property and include it in the address along with the number but it will not form part of the official address and other properties in the same area may use the same name.

If you'd like the name to be included in Royal Mail's address database you need to apply to us to arrange for this to be done.

Once the name has been approved by Royal Mail, the name will be entered onto their database and will be held as an 'alias'. We will then write to you to confirm this and also circulate the new address details to a list of essential service providers.

Renumbering properties or changing a street name

Residents living in a street can request that it's renamed or renumbered.

Changing a street name or renumbering all properties can cause a great deal of inconvenience for residents and some temporary confusion for visitors and those making deliveries. Therefore we are reluctant to make changes without good reason.

We will only consider requests where:

  • the name or the numbering is causing confusion for the emergency services or Royal Mail
  • the sub-division or construction of properties in a street leads to a confused numbering scheme
  • at least two thirds of the residents support the changes.

The renaming and renumbering of a street involves a legal process and any resident who objects to the proposal has the right of appeal to a Magistrates Court. This process can be time consuming and the residents requesting the changes will need to cover the costs. These costs will depend on the individual circumstances of each request. We will not normally charge for renumbering if there are no appeals.

New streets and developments

Owners, developers or agents of a new development that creates one or more new roads should contact us as soon as planning permission is granted.

You can apply online to name new streets and developments.

Naming new streets

Your proposed names will be checked against our street names database to ensure that there are no streets with similar names already in the same postcode area. The proposed names will then be forwarded to the Ward Councillors and Historical Societies for consideration. Councillors will consider the name and may approve it or suggest another name. We will forward any suggestions to you. Once both parties are happy, we will officially allocate the street name, however the Ward Councillor will make the final decision.

If your proposed names do not meet our criteria for naming streets we reserve the right to alter them. We will forward our suggestions to you for information and will officially allocate the street name and a postcode from Royal Mail.

Once the name has been approved by Royal Mail, the details will be entered onto their database. We will then write to you to confirm this and also circulate the new address details to a list of essential service providers.

Street nameplates

All costs for the supply and erection of signs for new street nameplates will need to be met by the property developer. All new nameplates should be provided to the Council's specification, detailed with the street name approval confirmation.

Naming developments

If you wish to have your development named, we recommend that you provide us with a list of three names in order of preference for Royal Mail to approve. This will reduce delays in case your preferred choice is not acceptable to Royal Mail.

For an infill development of two or more properties accessed from a private drive, we may decide to give the development a property group name e.g. 1-3 New Court, Existing Street.