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The address of a property is increasingly becoming a very important issue . More organisations, postal and emergency services, and the general public need an efficient means of locating and referencing properties. The Council is the Street Naming and Numbering Authority for the area. It carries out these functions under the provisions of the Public Health Act 1925 sections 17 -19.

Can I Name my House without Contacting the Council?

In the first instance please contact the Building Control Department on 01706 252522 for further information during office hours.

How do I Name my House?

In the case of addresses where there is no number allocated, the allocated name does form part of the official address. In this instance property owners wishing to change the property name need to put their request in writing, stating their name, the present full address of the property and state clearly their new preferred name.Where a name has been allocated as well as a number this must always be used with the number it cannot be regarded as an alternative.


We will contact Royal Mail to see if they have knowledge of a similar named property in the locality. We check our information systems and if the name is satisfactory, then the new address is registered and you will be informed accordingly. If there is an issue with your preferred name, we will request alternatives.

The property name change information is then sent to Royal Mail, Emergency and Essential Services and other relevant Council Services. It is the responsibility of property owners to inform their own personal contacts etc.

Developing a Single Property/Small Development - How do I Number Properties?

If you are a developer of a new property (single or small development), you should contact us before you commence work on site. A single or small development will usually be named or numbered into the existing street. If the property is within a numbered road, then often ABCs are used along with the adjoining number (for example 12A, 12B, 12C...).


If the street has named properties, property numbers will also be issued on the property address and subsequently, when the new owner chooses a name, we will follow our standard process of Property Name Change. The information is then sent to public utilities, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant Council services. You will also be sent a copy of the registered address from which we would ask you to inform your prospective purchasers of their new property address.

Developing a Large Estate - How do I Name New Streets and Number Properties?

If you are a developer of a large estate, you should contact us before you commence work on site so that we can process the naming of any new streets and the numbering of your new properties without delay. We will check your suggested street names for duplication in the local area and forward them to Royal Mail for consultation. New street names are also passed for consultation to the Council's Committee.

When we have an agreed name, we will then register the street name/s and prepare a numbering schedule. The information is then sent to public utilities, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant Council services. You will also be sent a copy of the naming and numbering schedule from which we would ask you to inform all your prospective purchasers of their new property address. Download application form

What Happens if a Street Needs Renaiming/Renumbering?

On 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 group 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 visitors, the delivery or emergency services.


Existing residents will be contacted and their views taken into account. We will then consult the Royal Mail for their position on the issue. To change a street name we will ballot the local residents on the issue. Hopefully there will be 100% support, but we require at least a two-thirds majority to make the change. This is a very time consuming process and we are only able to progress one of these issues at any time.

Postcodes

The Council assigns a postal address to a property and then informs Royal Mail who will in turn assign a postcode. However, it will not issue post codes without having received notification from the Council that addresses have been allocated to the properties concerned.

Queries about postcodes can be dealt with by the Royal Mail by contacting them on their postcode enquiry line 0906 302 1222 or visiting their website: www.royalmail.com/portal/rm

If you have delivery problems telephone the Royal Mail's Customer Service Centre - 0845 7740 740 or write to: Royal Mail, Customer Services, Freepost, RM1 1AA

It is imperative that the Council is informed of any change of address details to a residential or commercial property so that other organisations can be informed. Failure to do so may have an impact on emergency service responses, connecting to utilities companies, obtaining credit and receiving mail.

Broken, Damaged or missing nameplates

These should be reported to:

Mrs Gillian Tattersall, at the below address

However if you think you have a street naming issue, please contact us.

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