Street naming, numbering and addresses
When to use this addressing service
If you need a:
- new street named
- building named and/or numbered
- building re-named and/or re-numbered
- existing street named and/or re-named
For new streets and buildings you should make an application well before they become occupied, as utility companies are reluctant to install services without an official postal address and postcode and will take approximately a month to complete.
New Street Names or House Names that are duplicate or similar in the postcode area will be refused, for example Manor House, Manor Cottage as this may cause confusion.
If the property/properties are accessed off an established numbered street, they will receive an infull number automatically, but a alias name can be added. Numbers will not be replaced with a name.
Commercial properties will require either a number or building name and not a company or business name.
Who should apply?
If you are:
- building new houses, commercial or industrial premises
- converting residential, commercial or industrial premises that will result in a creation of new properties or premises
- wishing to change the registered name of a property
- wish to add or change an alias name to a registered numbered premises
Please note, if you are not the freehold owner of the property concerned, you must seek the owner's written permission and submit this with the application.
If you would like to change your address, the Local Authority can process that for you. The Royal Mail can deal with changes to your postcode, or we can liase with them on your behalf. There are private companies who offer a service to assist with making a change, however, it is more cost effective and more efficient to contact the Local Authority directly.
How do I apply?
You will need to download and return an application form:
If the property already has a house number it cannot be replaced with a name. However, we will allow the addition of an alias name to the address. The name will be held by Royal Mail on their 'alias file' and will not form part of the postal address.
The alias name can only be used in conjunction with the property number, not as a replacement.
How long will it take?
If your application relates to a new address on an existing street, or a change of name to a property, we will aim to allocate or confirm the change within five working days from receipt of a valid application.
If your application involves the naming of new streets, due to the consultation process involved we will aim to allocate a postal address within one month from receipt of a valid application.
If your application requires a new postcode, this is allocated by Royal Mail and will normally take up to an extra 10 working days for your application to be completed.
Our certificate to you confirming the result of your application is your official street naming and numbering certificate. A copy of this will be forwarded to other official organisations including:
- The Royal Mail
- Emergency Services
- Land Registry
- Ordnance Survey and some main utilities as well as certain Council offices including Council Tax.
Please note that personal details given on the application form will be forwarded to internal departments only for use in connection with the site of the application.
Any new addresses will be held on "Not yet built files" until they are complete and may not be visible on address databases, i.e. Royal Mail. Once complete they will then be transferred to "live" systems. This will then filter down to third parties address databases, i.e. internet, sat navs. when updates have been received by them. The update of third party databases can take up to a year.
Want to suggest a name for a street?
You can submit name requests here:
Please see guidance above before submitting to make sure they are names that comply with our policy's.
If you have any questions or require any further help for all addressing enquiries, please contact the Addressing Officer: