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.

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.

Use this form if you wish to rename an existing property.

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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. The Council have the power to enforce this requirement. See `changing the name of a house´ for further information.

Use this form if you wish to add a House Name.

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New Properties

If the property is located in an existing numbered street, then the next logical number is allocated.

  1. If the property is not in a numbered street then the Council asks the Owner to recommend a name for the property.
  2. Royal Mail is then consulted. If the name is not acceptable the Owner will be asked for another suggestion.
  3. 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.

Use this form if you wish to name 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. In the case of a new development however, 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 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: helpdesk.woking@serco.com or to report a damaged street name plate use our online form.

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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. Should agreement not be reached, then the matter is referred to the Head of Resources at the Council for decision.
  4. Royal Mail is then consulted to confirm that the name and proposed numbering scheme are acceptable.
  5. 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.

Use this form if you wish to name a new road and number its properties.

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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, existing residents will be contacted and their views taken into account. To change a street name we will ballot the local residents on the issue. Hopefully there will be 100% support but we normally require at least a two-thirds majority to make the change.

For further information please email addressing@woking.gov.uk or telephone 01483 743873.