Roads and transport Street naming and numbering

When and how to apply

Once you have read the street naming policy and received planning permission or an appropriate building regulations decision and building work has started, you can then apply for street naming or numbering.
Utility companies will not install services without an official address and postcode.

How to apply

Complete and submit the application form, along with a location plan (in any format as long it is clear and easy to follow) which shows the area and location of the property on the street, in-conjunction with other properties together with access points. If your application is for flats, you need to show on the plan the location of all mail boxes.

Apply to name or number new properties

How much will it cost

We do not charge for street naming, but we do charge for the numbering, renumbering and renaming of commercial properties and streets. Charges are: 

  • Numbering of property - £50 for 1-10 properties plus £10.50 a property thereafter
  • Renaming of a property or a street - hourly rate at £30 (plus legal fees where appropriate)
  • We charge for some street naming and numbering enquiries, depending how much work there is involved (we will tell you the cost before starting the work). You can email your enquiry to

How long will it take

Applications will be processed within 28 working days to create a new postal address. If the new development includes the creation of new street(s) then the local councillors for the area will be consulted on the proposed street name. 

A street naming and numbering plan will be drawn up and sent to Royal Mail for post code allocation. Royal Mail decide on the post code. If Royal Mail agree to our proposal then they will issue the postcode(s), you'll then be sent a copy of the plan and the official addresses.   

It is the applicants/developers responsibility to notify Royal Mail to activate the postcode(s) - contact Address Development Centre at Sunderland on 08456 04 50 60 (Option 3) or fax 08456 05 44 33 to activate.  

If you are a developer, please inform your prospective purchasers of their new property address. 

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