Street naming and numbering

Street naming and numbering policy

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

Naming streets

  • We give preference to names which reflect the historical significance of the site or its locality
  • New building or street names should not begin with "The"
  • 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
  • Do not include numbers in street names as this can cause confusion
  • 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 served the community and died some years ago

Property numbering 

When numbering properties, or units within a property, we do not omit any numbers from a proper sequence. 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.

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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Get in touch about street naming and numbering

The quickest way to contact us is by using our online forms which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to speak to us give us a call during office hours and talk to our Customer Services team who will be happy to help.