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Street Naming and Numbering

Address Registration

The address of a property is a very important issue. More organisations, postal and emergency services and the general public need an efficient means of locating and referencing properties. Under Government legislation it is your local authorities’ responsibility to allocate house numbers and street names to new developments and property conversions. Individuals and developers should not allocate their own house numbers, building or street names.

The council will also contact Royal Mail to obtain a postcode for new addresses. If a property is not registered it will not appear on the main address database and the owner or occupier may have difficulty receiving mail, goods and services from a variety of sources – for example when applying for a credit card or shopping online. The main address database is used by the emergency services, utility providers, Royal Mail, credit agencies and many private companies.

Who should apply?

Property owners or developers who are converting or building houses, commercial or industrial premises which will result in the changing of an existing address, or the creation of new one.


You should apply for address registration in the early stages of any new build or conversion. Delays may occur where utility companies are installing services where an official postal address has not been allocated.

What information is required?

The applicant should provide as much detail that is known, such as the current address or if a new build then an adjacent address and postcode. To ensure the precise location of the property is found a location plan and layout plan is required, this should be marked up to clearly show the property, its main entrance and the boundary, together with the adjoining street.

How much will it cost?

Charges for Naming/Numbering of Streets/Properties – 2020/21


Requests can be made by:

E-mailing us

Address: Street Naming and Numbering Office, Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle, Staffs. ST5 1BL

Or telephone for advice: 01782 742312

Or by completing the following relevant forms below:

Existing Properties PDF

Existing Properties Word Document

New Streets and Numbering PDF

New Streets and Numbering Word Document

Requests for New Street Names

Developers should make contact for advice on the process of naming new streets.

Allocation of a New or Updated Number and Street Name

Once a new number or street name is allocated we will inform all relevant and statutory authorities and emergency organisations, this includes the Royal Mail who are responsible for allocating a postcode. Royal Mail will not allocate a postcode unless they have received formal notification from us for a new number or name. All new addresses are allocated in line with British Standard 7666.

Report a Broken or Missing Street Name Plate

To report a broken or missing street name plate e-mail Customer Services or ring 01782 717717

Last updated 12 June 2020

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