House/ street naming and numbering

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.

Street names

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.

Building names

  • House, court, lodge, apartments, mansions (residential only)
  • Point (high block residential)
  • Tower/ heights (high blocks offices or residential)

Naming consultations

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).

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