Street naming and numbering are statutory responsibilities managed by us. Our street naming responsibilities fall under sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Public Health Act 1925, and the numbering and naming of houses under section 64 and 65 of the Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847 and Local Government Act 2003.
We work with Royal Mail, property owners, property developers and members of the authority to make sure suitable names are chosen for existing properties, new properties and new streets. These are also circulated to other organisations including the emergency services.
The management and administration prevents the duplication of names and numbers within the borough. Street naming and numbering is required to make sure:
- post is delivered efficiently
- emergency services find properties quickly
- delivery companies can provide a reliable service
- service provider records are up to date and accurate.
As of 1 April 2023, street naming and numbering fees will apply. This is to ensure that all costs incurred by us, the council, to provide this statutory function are recovered. All new applications received on or after this date will be subject to the new charging schedule.
Postcodes are allocated to new or existing properties by the Royal Mail. To be eligible for a postcode a building must be listed as one of the following:
- A residential property that is occupied and meets the Royal Mail’s secure mail delivery point requirements, including safe access for postal delivery staff.
- A legitimate business address with clear signage featuring the business name, and is occupied during business hours and has a delivery point that is both secure and easily accessible for the delivery of mail.
Please note letterboxes located on uninhabited buildings, fields, fences or gates do not meet the Royal Mail’s criteria and will not be allocated a postcode.