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Property naming and numbering guidance

We aim to complete name changes and single developments within 10 working days.

The address of a property is becoming a very important issue. Organisations such as Royal Mail, the utilities, delivery companies, emergency services and the general public need an efficient and accurate means of locating and referencing properties. Without a correct registered address it can be difficult to open bank accounts and obtain credit etc. You can check your registered address on the Royal Mail website.

If your address is correct on the Royal Mail website and you are experiencing problems with mail delivery you should contact Royal Mail customer services. Please note that some delivery problems are as a result of not displaying the correct property number and/or name prominently on the property - is the signing for your property adequate?

Developing a single or small site

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 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.

This information is then sent to Royal Mail, and relevant Council services.

Developing a large estate

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 consult Town/Parish Councils where relevant.

When we have agreed names, we will register them and prepare a numbering schedule. The information is then sent to Royal Mail, and relevant Council services. You will also 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 specification.

For further details and an application form please see our Street Naming and Numbering Guidelines booklet.