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What is Street Naming & Numbering

Street naming and numbering is a legal function of the 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 Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG). This is the definitive record of all street names and property addresses within the district.

Why street naming and numbering is important

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.

If a property is not registered through the street naming and numbering process it will not appear on the main address database and the owner/occupier will encounter difficulties in obtaining mail, goods and services from a variety of sources, for example applying for a credit card or obtaining goods by mail order.

The main address database is used by the council, Royal Mail, all statutory undertakers, emergency services, credit agencies, satellite navigation system suppliers and many private companies.

All new addresses are allocated in line with British Standard 7666.

Who should apply?

Individuals or developers building new houses, commercial or industrial premises.

Individuals or developers undertaking conversions of residential, commercial or industrial premises that will result in the creation of new properties or premises.

When should you apply?

Once you have received planning permission you should apply for a postal address in the early stages of any new build or conversion. You should definitely apply before any new build or conversion is substantially complete. Utility companies will not install services without an official postal address and postcode.

You will need to provide:

  • your contact name and details
  • location and type of development
  • official marketing name of the development
  • planning permission approval number
  • suggested new street names when relevant

We may ask for additional information when necessary to process a request.

Street Naming and Numbering Policy

The street naming and numbering policy defines the legislation and process we follow. It also offers guidance for when you are looking to apply for naming or numbering a building or a street as well as installing street name plates.

Download the Street Naming and Numbering policy

If you would like any other method to view the document, please email