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?
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 will be held as an “alias” by Royal Mail. The property number must still be displayed and referred to in any correspondence; for example:
'My House' (not part of official address)
1 My Road (official address)
You only need to seek permission from the Council if there is no number allocated in the official address (ie. if the property has been allocated a name as part of its official address).
Street Naming and Numbering Charges
- Cost of amending house name/number change/registering new single properties or small developments not requiring a new street name - £43.45 (per address)
e.g. if a property is being developed into 3 flats then 3 x £43.45 will be charged
- New developments - Residential/Commercial Estates - naming of a street - £189.50 (per street)
- New developments - Residential/Commercial Estates - naming of property on a new road - £40.70 (per plot)
e.g. if there are 10 plots built on one new street then the price will be £189.50 plus £407 (£40.70 x 10) = £596.50.
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.
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.
Charges will apply.
If you are a developer of a new property (single or small development), you should contact us as soon as 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, when the owner chooses a name, we will follow our standard process of Property Name Change.
Charges will apply.
If you are a developer of a large estate, you should contact us as soon as 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.
When we have an agreed name, we will then register the street name/s and prepare a numbering schedule. You will 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. Where appropriate, you will be asked to provide new street name plates to our standard design and a cost will be provided at the appropriate time.
Charges will apply.
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.
If you think you have a street naming issue, please contact us. Charges will apply, however if objections are received in respect of renaming a street, the matter may be required to be referred to the Magistrates' Court for consideration, the costs of which would have to be met by the proposing organisation or individual.
If mail for a building is delivered to a single letter box, and occupants collect their own mail, then Royal Mail class this is a “building in multiple occupation”. This will appear on Royal Mail’s multi occupancy database and can take up to 28 days to appear.
Where two or more properties on a numbered street are merged, the numbers of the original properties should be retained. For example, 4 and 6 Fore Street being combined would become 4 – 6 Fore Street.
Once confirmed address changes are sent to Royal Mail, Emergency Services, Public Utilities, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and other relevant Council Services. It is the responsibility of property owners to inform their own personal contacts, including Banks etc.