Guidelines for street and building naming and numbering
- Naming of buildings and streets
- Numbering of buildings
- Renaming or renumbering of buildings and streets
The name of a private house cannot repeat the name of the road or any house or building in the area.
New streets and buildings
New streets and buildings should not:
- start with 'the'
- be named after a living person
New streets should:
- use a name of local significance
- not duplicate a name already used in the borough or neighbouring boroughs – variations such as street, road, avenue etc, are not accepted as a different name
- not be difficult to pronounce or spell – in general, do not use:
- words of more than three syllables
- two words, except in special cases not use subsidiary names, except for short streets, such as a row of buildings on a road already called a 'terrace'
- not sound like another street in the same postal area and, if possible, within a borough, eg Alfred Road and Alfred Close or Church Hill Road and Birch Hill Road
- not use north, south, east or west (as in Alfred Road South) even when the road is 2 separate parts with no access to vehicles between the two (in this case one half should be completely renamed) – it is only acceptable where the road is continuous and passes over a major junction
Street name suffix
All new street names should end with one of the following:
|Suffix||Reason for use|
|Road||for any thoroughfare|
|Street||for any thoroughfare|
|Way||for major roads|
|Avenue||for residential roads|
|Drive||for residential roads|
|Grove||for residential roads|
|Lane||for residential roads|
|Gardens||subject to there being no confusion with any local open space|
|Place||subject to there being no confusion with any local open space|
|Crescent||for a crescent shaped road|
|Close||for a cul-de-sac only|
|Square||for a square only|
|Hill||for a hillside road only|
|Circus||for a large roundabout|
|Mews||provided it does not repeat the name of the road from which access is gained|
|Vale||for residential roads – only for exceptional circumstances|
|Rise/Row||for residential roads – only for exceptional circumstances|
|Mead/Wharf||for residential roads – only for exceptional circumstances|
Nonacceptable suffixes are:
The above can be used in a street name, provided it ends with an appropriate suffix (eg Mile End Road).
All new pedestrian ways must end in one of the following:
All new block names should end in one of the following:
- Mansions - residential only
- Point – high block residential
- Tower/Heights – high block offices or residential
New streets should:
- be numbered with even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other, except for a cul-de-sac, where consecutive numbering in a clockwise direction is preferred
- use the correct numerical sequence – no exceptions are made for any numbers
New buildings should:
- be numbered according to the street that the main entrance is on (including those on corner sites) – manipulation of numbering to get a different address is not accepted
- have each entrance numbered in the appropriate road if it has more than 1 entrance and is multi-occupied with each entrance leading to a separate occupier – for a house divided into flats an exemption may be made depending on the circumstances
- not have more than one number in one street for a named building
- number flats in a named building in a clockwise direction or, if this isn’t possible, contact their local sorting office
- number and not letter flats which are numbered internally (eg Flat 2, 21 Smith Street not Flat A, 21 Smith Street and not 21A Smith Street which might already be used by an adjoining infill building)
- use numbers followed by letters eg when one large old house in a road is demolished and replaced by (say) 4 smaller houses and a considerable number of houses with higher numbering would be affected – to avoid this each new house should be given the number of the old house with either A, B, C or D added
- not use punctuation except for the abbreviation of St, Saint
- not use numbers within the name of a building or street
Private garages and similar buildings used to house cars should not be numbered.
We normally only consider the renaming or renumbering of a building or street when changes might be a problem for occupiers, Post Office or emergency services.
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