We issue addresses in our District, including registering new developments and approving changes to existing addresses.
We consult Royal Mail on all new addresses or changes to existing addresses to make sure the proposals are acceptable to them.
Most applications are completed within 10 to 15 working days.
After we have received your application form, we will contact you (usually by email) with details of how to pay the correct fee.
Information for developers
Please apply for addresses for new developments soon after your planning application is approved so the addresses can be used for forms or documents you need to complete, such as utility connections and deeds etc.
Applications for new street names take around eight to 10 weeks.
All properties on new streets are numbered. New properties on existing streets will be included in the existing number sequence if there is one, otherwise you will need to suggest names in line with the information below and our street naming and numbering policy.
Naming or re-naming your property
If you wish to name or rename your house, or add a name to it, please put forward at least two proposed names in order of preference in case your first choice is similar to another address. We strongly advise you to avoid names that begin with flowers, plants, or tree varieties (i.e. rose, ivy, oak) as these are likely to be refused.
If your property has a number, you can add a name, but you cannot replace the number with a name. This is because it is quicker for the emergency services to locate a property with a number than one with only a name.
We advise you to think carefully before proposing names that are difficult to spell or pronounce.
We will send you confirmation in writing of the new address. Please make sure you keep the confirmation in a safe place, as it is your only official documentation of the change.
- Changing an existing address - £45
Addresses for new properties:
- 1 plot / unit - £100
- 2 to 10 plots / units - £200
- 11 to 19 plots / units - £300
- 20+ plots / units - £400 plus £15 per plot
Individual flats are charged as individual plots.
These charges are not subject to VAT.
Details of other fees can be viewed in the Street Naming and Numbering Policy.
If you re-name your property, you will need to change the address on the Title Deeds. This can only be done by the owner, either via a solicitor or by using a form to ‘change the register’ available on the Land Registry website. If you fail to do this, you may experience problems when you want to sell or re-mortgage the property.
We are not responsible for issuing or altering postcodes. This is the responsibility of Royal Mail. If you have a postcode enquiry, please contact Royal Mail.