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Street Naming and Numbering

The naming and numbering of new streets and houses ensures that duplication of names and numbers does not occur. The parish or town council, Royal Mail and the developer are consulted to ensure that suitable names are chosen. Details are also circulated to other organisations including the emergency services. Charges apply to this function.

Changing the name of a property

If you wish to change your name of a house you need to notify the council in writing.  This is to make sure that the name is not already being used by anyone else in the area as this could cause problems for the Emergency Services and Royal Mail in locating the property.

To request any these changes then please complete the 'Allocation of a Postal Address form' stating the existing name and address of the property, the new name and when you want the change to take effect. You can complete this by downloading the form and returning it to us:

pdf icon Allocation of a Postal Address form [190kb]

Street name plates

Uttlesford District Council is responsible for ensuring that street name plates are provided and fitted in suitable positions. In the case of a new development however, the developer is responsible for the erection of name plates to the council's specification.

The district council is also responsible for repair and maintenance of street name plates within the district when this becomes necessary either due to accidental damage, vandalism or normal wear and tear.

Naming/numbering of new streets/roads

Once work has commenced the developer needs to request that the street is named. 

Scale of charges for street naming and numbering

pdf icon Street naming and numbering charges [49kb]

These charges apply to anyone:

  • Changing the name of a property
  • Adding a name to a numbered property
  • Naming or numbering a new property or street

All of the above actions need to be submitted to the council.

Guidance for developers

Please note that newly built properties will often need to be assigned a postal address before the utility companies will provide a connection. It would normally be expected for the developer to be responsible for registering new properties.

On large developments naming and numbering will only be implemented on those phases of a planning approval that are commenced. Further phases will be charged separately. Amendments to approved naming/numbering schemes may incur further charges.

These charges cover the cost of consultation with parish/town councils, Royal Mail, production of letters and schedules to developers, site visits to determine positioning of nameplates, confirmation letters to emergency services and utilities and entering onto the council's database systems.


Additional information

pdf icon Street Naming and Numbering Policy [187kb] 

Contact Planning

If you need further guidance on applying for planning permission, please see our planning advice page.