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Street naming and numbering policy

Check our criteria for naming new streets and policy for numbering properties before you submit your application.

Criteria for naming streets

  • We give preference to names which reflect the historical significance of the site or its locality.
  • New street names should not be similar to any name already in use in the same postcode area. A variation in the terminal word, for example 'Street', 'Road' or 'Avenue' will not be accepted as sufficient.
  • You cannot use the name of an existing or new road as the name of a building.
  • Street names should not be difficult to pronounce nor awkward to spell.
  • Street names must not cause offence, particularly with regard to race, disability, gender, age, faith and belief and sexual orientation.
  • We will not adopt any unofficial 'marketing' titles used by the developers.
  • Buildings (including those on corner sites) are numbered according to the street upon which the main entrance is to be found.
  • Streets can be named after people related to the area or site, only if they are deceased.

Property numbering policy

When numbering properties, or units within a property, we do not omit any numbers. Many cultures have lucky and unlucky numbers but it is not possible to take them into account in a property numbering scheme.


The allocation of postcodes is the responsibility of Royal Mail. However, if you need a postcode or have a query about your postcode, contact us and we will liaise with Royal Mail for you.

If you receive large volumes of mail and you require an individual postcode you should liaise with Royal Mail directly. Call 08456 045060 or email:

Royal Mail allocates postcodes solely for the purposes of mail delivery. It will not consider making changes to a postcode for other reasons, such as to help users of satellite navigation systems.


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