Street naming and numbering

Street naming and numbering

Individuals and developers must not allocate their own house numbers, building or street names. You must apply for any changes through us.

If a property is not “registered” through the street naming and numbering process with us 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.

Our guidelines are currently under review.

Who should apply?

  • Individuals or developers building new houses, commercial or industrial premises.
  • Individuals or developers undertaking conversions of residential, commercial or industrial premises, which will result in the creation of new addressable property.

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 project is substantially complete. Utility companies will not install services without an official postal address and postcode.


Please note that charges apply per unit and per street.

Activity Charge
New development of 1 unit £135
New development of 2-10 units £255
New development of 11-50 units £340
New development of 51-100 units £505
New development of 100+ units £710
Naming of a new building of block of flats £125
New postal address for an individual property £125
Research archive for historical records £130
Changing street name £840
New street name £470

How long will it take?

If your request relates to a new address on an existing street under normal circumstances we will allocate a postal address within 14 working days following a 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.

The Royal Mail will be instructed to allocate a postcode, which may take an extra few days.

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