If you're a homeowner or property developer, you can apply for house numbers/ names and street names.
How to apply
Current charge (£)
Property naming/renaming or numbering/renumbering (per individual unit)
Street naming (per street)
How to pay
Cash and Cheque
The Council does not process the cash and cheque payment for Street Naming and Numbering fees.
Pay by invoice
You can request an invoice from us. The process will take about two weeks.
Contact Street Naming and Numbering service by email:
House naming/ numbering
If you're developing a property
Whether you're converting a small property into flats or building a new residential development, you'll need to apply for new names/ numbers.
If you're a resident and own your house
If your house has a number can apply to give it a name.
Though officially named, your house will still appear as a number on address searches.
Why you need an official house name/ number
When you apply, we'll first contact the Post Office and the emergency services about your application.
This is to make sure:
- emergency services can find your property
- you meet legal requirements
- you're given an official post code by Royal Mail so you or your residents can receive post
- utility services like electricity or broadband can be connected
After that you'll be registered with:
- Land Registry Valuation Office
- Council Tax
- voter registration
- credit rating
After you've got planning permission
If you needed planning permission for your development, you'll still have to apply for house names/ numbers separately. New numbers/ names will usually allocated when building actually starts.
Postcodes are allocated by Royal Mail. You don't need to contact them. We'll do that for you. However you must let us know the date Royal Mail should activate your new address.
If you create a new street for your development, you'll need to apply for a new street name.
You can chose from the following:
- Road/ Street - for any thoroughfare
- Way - for major roads
- Avenue/ Drive/ Grove/Lane - for residential roads
- Gardens/ Place - subject to there being no confusion with any local open space
- Crescent - for a crescent shaped road
- Close - for a cul-de-sac only
- Square - for a square
- Hill - for a hillside road only
- Circus - for a large roundabout
- Mews - provided it does not repeat the name of the road from which access is gained
- Vale/ Rise/ Row Mead/ Wharf - for residential roads. Only in exceptional circumstances
Unacceptable suffixes for new streets
- end, court, cross, side, view, walk, park, meadow, gate or common.
- no street name can start with The.
Offensive names won't be considered.
- House, court, lodge, apartments, mansions (residential only)
- Point (high block residential)
- Tower/ heights (high blocks offices or residential)
Before you can get your development's street or building name authorised, your application will need to go through a consultation process.
- Part one: consulting name suitability with Royal Mail, emergency services and local ward councillors.
- Part two: public notices are published visibly for a month for feedback and consultation.
Timescales for applications
- numbering/ naming houses takes one month
- naming buildings/ streets takes three months
(Though some more complex applications may vary).