House names and addresses
Imagine if houses were not numbered, streets had no names and no nameplates were erected. How would your post be delivered and, more important, how would the emergency services know where to go should they be called to attend your house?
Street numbering and naming including addressing of new and existing properties is a function of the district council.
Where developments take place which incorporate the building of new access roads, the names for these roads must be approved. The selection of new street names is a matter which requires careful consideration to ensure that they are suitable for the area and will not conflict with or duplicate any existing names within the same locality.
This information is then sent to public services, emergency services, land registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant council services.
Maintenance of the street signs becomes a district council responsibility, once a street has been adopted. Signs erected on roads remaining private, remain the responsibility of the residents/management company concerned.
For more information please read our street naming and numbering policy.
Changes to names of existing properties
For more information
Street Naming and Numbering Officer
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