Street naming and numbering - register a new address

We are responsible for the numbering and naming of streets in Uttlesford.

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. There is a charge for this service.

Changing or adding a name to your property

If you wish to change the name of your property you will need to notify us in writing.  You will also need to tell us if your property already has a number but you want to add a name to your address.  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  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:

Icon for pdf Allocation of a Postal Address form [182.31KB]

Street name plates

We are 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

Want to add a name to your property?

If your property has a number but you would like to add a name we now have a new service. From 1 April it will cost just £35 to add a name to your address. 

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

Scale of charges for street naming and numbering

We have a scale of fees and charges for street naming and numbering.

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

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.


Please note that we are currently experiencing high levels of applications for new streets, name changes etc and we are unable to meet our publicised deadlines:

  • Written adoption or objection to developer within 1 calendar month
  • Property name changes - 20 days
  • Respond to SNN enquiries within 5 working days

We will contact you as soon as possible and thank you for your patience.

Additional information

Icon for pdf Street Naming and Numbering Policy [363.35KB]