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Street naming and numbering

Last Modified November 09, 2017
 

Hertsmere Borough Council has the legal responsibility for assigning new street names and numbering to new and existing streets; buildings and houses.  

We are responsible for:

 

As part of the service we also inform the Royal Mail, Internal Departments such a Council Tax and other relevant bodies such as emergency services.

This council is the Street Naming and Numbering Authority for the area. It carries out these functions under the provisions of the Public Health Act 1925 sections 17 -19.

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Street name plates

 

Naming and numbering - large developments

 

Larger Developments consisting of five or more properties

If you are a developer of a large estate, you should contact us as soon as you commence work on site and provide a detailed site plan clearly indicating the main access to each property together with plot numbers so that we can process the naming of any new streets and the numbering of your new properties without delay. We will check your suggested street names for duplication in the local area and forward them to Royal Mail for consultation. We will also consult with the ward member(s) if new streets are included.

When we have an agreed name, we will then register the street name/s and prepare a numbering schedule. The information is then sent to emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant council services, You will also be sent a copy of the naming and numbering schedule from which we would ask you to inform all your prospective purchasers of their new property address.

Where appropriate, you will be asked to provide street name plates to our standard design. We will provide contact details for ordering and you will be invoiced for the cost. See street name plates

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Naming and numbering - Small developments

Small developments including single properties, conversions and infill builds,

If you are a developer of a new property (single or small development), you should contact us as soon as you commence work on site.

A single or small development will usually be named or numbered into the existing street. If the property is within a numbered road, then suffix are often used along with the adjoining number (for example 12A, 12B, 12C...).

You will also be sent a copy of the registered address from which we would ask you to inform your prospective purchasers of their new property address.

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Renaming and renumbering streets

On rare occasions it becomes necessary to rename or renumber a street. This is usually only done as a last resort when one of the following applies:

• there is confusion over a street's name and/or numbering

• a group of residents are unhappy with their street name

• new properties are built in a street and there is a need for other properties to be renumbered to accommodate the new properties

• the number of named-only properties in a street is deemed to be causing confusion for visitors, the delivery or emergency services

Occupiers will be consulted and their views taken into account. Royal Mail and the relevant Town or Parish Council will also be consulted. To change a street name we will ballot the occupiers on the issue. We require at least a two-thirds majority in favour to make the change.

If you have a street naming or numbering issue, please contact streetname.numbering@hertsmere.gov.uk

 

Renaming a residential property

If the properties in your street are not numbered (i.e, house names only):

You must seek the council's permission to change your property name. This is required primarily to avoid having similar or same house names in the same area as this may cause confusion to Emergency Services or delivery difficulties to Royal Mail and other delivery companies. To apply for a change of name to your property please complete the relevant sub sections of our application form which can be found under make an application

We will undertake a check on your proposed house name change within our address gazetteer and with Royal Mail to ensure it doesn't duplicate or conflict with any other property names in and beyond the SNN Authority administrative area. Where the proposed name change is satisfactory, the new house name will be registered and confirmed to you in writing.  If there is an issue with your preferred name, we will request an alternative

Once the property name change is confirmed the information will be sent to Royal Mail, the Valuation Office Agency, Emergency Services and other relevant council services. We will then send you a Notice of Official Address which should be retained for your records.

If the properties in your street are numbered;

if the properties in your street are numbered then you can add an 'alias' name to the property however you must continue to use the allocated postal number given for your property and not rely on the alias name.

An address format could be: Rose Cottage, 14 High Street, Any town, AA1 3AA

We will undertake a check on your proposed house name within our own address gazetteer and with Royal Mail to ensure it doesn't duplicate or conflict with any other property names in and beyond the SNN Authority administrative area.  Where the proposed name change is satisfactory, the new house name will be registered and confirmed to you in writing. If there is an issue with your preferred name, we will request an alternative.

Once the property name change is confirmed the information will be sent to Royal Mail, the Valuation Office Agency, Emergency Services and other relevant council services. We will then send you a Notice of Official Address which should be retained for your records.

Please note that adding an Alias Name to your property will only show up on certain databases at the discretion of the relevant officer receiving the final address from Hertsmere Borough Council.

To apply for a change of name to your property please complete the relevant sub sections of our application form which can be found under make an application

Renaming a commercial property

If you want to rename your property or have bought a new property and want to change the name - you can, but you must first seek the council's permission. This is required primarily to avoid having similar or same property names in the same area as this may cause confusion to Emergency Services or delivery difficulties to Royal Mail and other delivery companies. To apply for a change of name to your property please complete the relevant sub sections of our application form which can be found under make an application

We will undertake a check on your proposed house name change within our address gazetteer, Where the proposed name change is satisfactory (*see below) the new house name will be registered and confirmed to you in writing. This confirmation is a legal document and should be retained for your records. If there is an issue with your preferred name, we will request an alternative.

The property name change information is then sent to Royal Mail, the Valuation Office Agency, Emergency Services and other relevant council services.

*Please note:

The Council will not approve the naming or re naming of a commercial or industrial building if that that would constitute advertising (e.g. a company name) or a brand name or other trademark. For example, ‘Enterprise House’ would be an acceptable building name but ‘ABC Trading’ would not.

Consequently, if you wish to change the name of a building, please suggest neutral name unrelated to the owners or occupiers of the property or the nature of the business activities carried on there and all suggestions will be considered after relevant checks have been made. If for any reason we find a suggestion unsuitable, we will notify you in writing to advise as soon as possible.

Make an application 

 

To make an application, please complete the following form Street Naming and Numbering Application Form

For guidance, please download our Guidance Notes and Policy Document SNN Policy_22 June 2016

It is important to apply for a postal address as early as possible, ideally, as soon as planning permission has been granted. Utility companies may be reluctant to connect services to properties that do not have official postal addresses, and it may be important to secure addresses for marketing and sales purposes. Obtaining a new postal address may involve naming new roads. This can take time to agree and can cause problems with sales if the process is not begun early enough.

Fees

Fees effective from 1 April 2017.

 Street Naming and Number Fees 2017_2018

How to pay

Payment can be made by using our secure online payment system. Please submit your application and we will send you a link with a reference number to pay on line.

Alternatively you can send a cheque for the full amount made payable to Hertsmere Borough Council or make a BACS transfer.

How long does it take?

It is important to apply for a postal address as early as possible, ideally, as soon as planning permission has been granted. Utility companies may be reluctant to connect services to properties that do not have official postal addresses, and it may be important to secure addresses for marketing and sales purposes. Obtaining a new postal address may involve naming new roads. This can take time to agree and can cause problems with sales if the process is not begun early enough.

Street name plates

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

In the case of a new development, the developer is required to provide and erect the initial street name plates.  These are purchased to the council's specification and the costs are covered by the developer. They are then maintained by the council once the road has been adopted. Please contact our Engineering Services Department for a quote.

Please all contact them to report damaged, missing street names plates or to obtain a quote please contact the councils Engineering Department:

Tel: 020 8207 7492

Email: engineering.services@hertsmere.gov.uk

Contact us

You can contact the Street Naming and Numbering team by:

Telephone: 020 8207 7491

Email: streetname.numbering@hertsmere.gov.uk

 

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