Street naming and numbering

The naming and numbering of new streets and houses ensures that duplication of names and numbers do not occur. The Council consults with Royal Mail and the developer to ensure that suitable names are chosen. Details are also circulated to other organisations including the emergency services. We generally aim to complete applications within 4-6 weeks of receipt.

How to Change a House Name

  1. Notify the Council, in writing, stating the existing name and address of the property, the new name and when you want the change to take effect.
  2. The Council will then consult with Royal Mail. If the preferred name is not acceptable, your second choice will be offered for consideration.
  3. Once Royal Mail has confirmed that the change is acceptable, the Council will send an acknowledgement letter to you and notify various services including Fire and Ambulance and statutory undertakers and interested parties.

Change a house name on an existing address

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How to Add a House Name

When a property has been officially numbered, a name can be added to the address. However, the number MUST BE RETAINED in the address and displayed on the property.

Add a house name to an existing numbered address

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New Properties / Developments

If the property is located in an existing numbered street then the Council will allocate the next logical number creating the new address and apply to Royal Mail to allocate a postcode to the address.

If the property is not in a numbered street:

  1. The Council asks the Owner to propose a name/s for the property.
  2. Royal Mail is then consulted. If the name is not acceptable the Owner will be asked for another suggestion.
  3. Once agreed the Council then confirms the new address to the Owner and other interested parties such as the emergency services, statutory undertakers, utility companies and various departments within the Council.

Apply for an address for a new property

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Street Name Plates

The Borough Council is responsible for ensuring that street name plates are provided and fitted in suitable positions, however in the case of a new development the developer is responsible for the erection of name plates to the Council's specification.

The Borough Council is also responsible for repair and maintenance of exsting street name plates within the Borough. This can be as a result of accidental damage, vandalism or normal wear and tear.

For further information please telephone the Serco Helpdesk (01483) 775420 or Email: or to report a damaged street name plate use our Report a problem with a street name plate.

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Naming/Numbering of new Streets/Roads (Consisting of 5 or more new properties)

  1. Once work has commenced the Developer is asked for suggestions to be used for the new street name, preferably with a local/historical connection.
  2. The suggestions are forwarded to the local Ward Councillors for consideration and agreement. If unacceptable the Developer will be asked for alternative suggestions.
  3. Royal Mail are consulted on the street name proposals to ensure no duplication of existing addresses including just outside of the Borough boundaries.

The name and numbering scheme is then confirmed to all parties involved, and other interested parties such as the emergency services, statutory undertakers, utility companies and various departments within the Council.

Apply to name a new street and address new properties within the street

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Streets requiring Renaming and Renumbering

On extremely 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 large majority 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 emergency services, postal deliveries etc.

If the Council feel there is sufficient justification for this residents will be contacted and a process including consultation will be carried out.

If residents make a request to change a street name with justified reason the Council would normally require at least an 80% majority to make the change.

Applications for renaming or renumbering a street should be made in writing to and should include details of the reasons behind the request.

For further information or difficulty with your application please email or telephone 01483 743873.