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Street naming and numbering

Stevenage Borough Council is responsible for the naming and numbering of all streets and buildings in the district.

If you are developing land and buildings please let us know as soon as possible on 01438 242961, email or you can write to us at the address on the right. This is necessary even if you are splitting an existing property into flats. We can record addresses and liaise with Royal Mail for allocation of post codes.

The selection of street names is a matter which requires careful consideration to ensure that they are suitable for the development and will not conflict with, or duplicate existing names within the town.

Street naming and numbering can sometimes be a highly sensitive and emotive issue, particularly when it becomes necessary to make changes. Streets are named and buildings numbered when they are first built, but sometimes they have to be changed, for example if there are new buildings nearby. We do not make changes unless we have to because of the inconvenience it can cause.

  1. We will arrange for updating of the National Land and Property Gazetteer and liaise with Royal Mail to obtain an official full postal address for the development. We will also advise all relevant authorities and agencies once the process is completed. Once the relevant details of the development/property have been verified, Ordnance Survey will reflect the outline on the OS mapping database. This process may take many months to be completed by the OS.
  2. An existing street name may only be changed in rare cases where there are compelling reasons to do so. Any such naming process will require this Authority to carry out a full consultation.
  3. Names suggested by developers must be easily understood, spelt and pronounced with a maximum of three syllables. All new street names should end with a terminal word such as: Street, Road, Drive, Avenue, Gardens, Lane, Place, Crescent, Square, Mews, Close, Circus, End, Hill or Terrace as appropriate.
  4. Multiple occupancy residential blocks and office blocks names must have a terminal name such as; Court, Mansion, House or Point for residential blocks and Tower for both residential and office blocks.
  5. You may apply for an address or change the name of a property only if you own the property or if you are a tenant you must present written approval from its owner. An applicant can suggest a name for a building to be considered.
  6. When a name has been given to a property as well as a number, the name must always be used with the number as a name only cannot be considered as an alternative to a property number.
  7. You can apply for the Street Naming and Numbering service once planning permission for the development has been given.
  8. Once a fee quotation is given, the naming and numbering process will begin on advance payment of the fees by the applicant.
  9. Where a new street is named, the developer is obliged to erect corresponding street name plates based on the specification and site location/positions advised by Stevenage Borough Council.
  10. Once registration of official postal addresses for a property/development is completed and all relevant authorities, agencies and applicant have been advised. Stevenage Borough Council will not be responsible for non-delivery of postal items, erroneous parcel deliveries, Satellite Navigation misdirection, Utility Organisations’ address enquiries, Royal Mail’s post code finder website or any other third party assumptions and interpretations in regards locating or identifying a property / development.
  11. The above Street Naming and Numbering service attracts various fees which depend on size of the development, nature of the service requested, etc. The current fees are set out below:
Categories 2017-18
Residential new builds and conversions First dwelling £95
Next 10 dwellings (per dwelling) £50
All further dwellings (per dwelling) £25
Naming of a building (e.g. block of flats) £250
Naming of new street £190
Re-naming of existing street £245
Change of existing house name or adding an alias name £75
Naming of new street £190
Miscellaneous items (e.g. revised lay-out, renumbering, further notifications to 3rd parties, confirmation of postal address, re-consultations, etc.) based on particulars of additional service  Quotation Based
Commercial Commercial premises numbering (per unit) £250 
  Commercial premises numbering (further units) £125 


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Stevenage Borough Council
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