Street and Property Naming or Numbering is important as it allows post to be delivered efficiently, emergency services to find a property quickly - delays can cost lives, visitors to find where they want to go, reliable delivery of products and services and records of service providers to be kept in an efficient manner.
Street naming and numbering is a legal function of Craven District Council to allocate house numbers and road names to new developments and property conversions. Individuals and developers should not allocate their own house numbers, building or street names. We also maintain the definitive record (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) of all street names and property addresses.
Naming and numbering
Individuals or developers undertaking a new build or conversions of residential, commercial or industrial premises that will result in the creation of new properties or premises need to apply in the early stages of development.
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, then the development plot numbers will be used initially to register the property address and subsequently, when the new owner chooses a name, we will follow our standard process of Property Name Change.
If a property is already numbered, a property owner can additionally name their property without contacting the Council as long as it does not conflict with an existing property name in that locality. The property name in this case will not officially form part of the property address, and the property number must still be displayed and referred to in any correspondence.
Renaming and 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 a very time consuming process and we are only able to progress one of these issues at any time.
However if you think you have a street naming issue, please contact us at the address below.
How to apply
To apply for a name/number for a new property, street or development or rename an existing property or street, please complete the Street Naming Numbering application form or contact the Street Naming and Numbering Officer using the details below.
Please refer to the Application Fees for Street Naming & Numbering April 2017 for details of the administrative fees that come into effect on the 1 April 2017.
For guidance on the Street Naming and Numbering process please see our Street Naming & Numbering Guidance Notes April 2017.
When applying you must include a plan showing the road layouts, plot layouts, plot numbers and access points into individual properties.
Processing the application
We will check your suggested street names for duplication in the local area and forward to Royal Mail for consultation.
If your request relates to a new address on an existing street under normal circumstances, we will allocate a postal address within 5 working days from receipt of a valid application.
If your request involves the naming of new streets due to the consultation process with Local ward Councillors under normal circumstances we will allocate a postal address within 28 working days from receipt of a valid application.
In both cases your address is allocated without a postcode and Royal Mail normally take another 5 working days to allocate a postcode.
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. 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.