Street naming and numbering is a
legal function of the Council to allocate house numbers / names and
road names to new developments and property conversions.
Individuals and developers should not allocate their own house
numbers, building or street names. We also maintain the
definitive record (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) of all street
names and property addresses.
Why street naming and numbering is important
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.
If a property is not "registered" through the street naming
and numbering process 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
The main address database is used by the Council, Royal Mail,
all statutory undertakers, emergency services, credit agencies,
satellite navigation system suppliers and many private
All new addresses are allocated in line with British Standard
Who should apply
- Individuals or developers building new houses, commercial or
- Individuals or developers undertaking conversions of
residential, commercial or industrial premises, which will result
in the creation of new properties or premises.
When should you apply
You should apply for a postal address in the early stages of
any new build or conversion. Utility companies will be
reluctant to install services without an official address and
How to apply
- Download the application form (see below)
- Contact Building Control on (01229) 876356
You will need to provide
- Your contact name and details.
- Location and the type of development.
- Suggested new street names when relevant.
- A scale plan of the development.
What is the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG)?
The LLPG is a database, which lists property and pieces of
land within the Borough. The LLPG will take the place of
departmental address databases, so that everyone in the Council
will be using the same source of address information.
All local authorities in England and Wales are obliged to
maintain a LLPG for their area and to submit information from it to
a central gazetteer, the National Land and Property Gazetteer
(NLPG). The NLPG data will be used by Fire, Police and other
Government departments to deliver joined up services.
How can I check a postcode?
How do I get a postcode?
The Council is responsible for creating a new postal address
excluding the postcode. Royal Mail is then responsible for
the allocation of a postcode to the address. Royal Mail will
only allocate a postcode once they have been notified by the
Council of a new postal address.
Application form and guidance notes