Street Naming and Numbering Explained
It is the responsibility of the local authority to issue official addresses for all residential and business premises within its area. These web pages aim to explain the rules and guidelines involved.
The appropriate naming of streets, and the naming and numbering of buildings in streets, forms the basis for identifying property related information for the purposes of:
- Enabling effective responses to emergencies by ambulance, police, and fire services.
- Delivery of post by the Royal Mail and courier services.
- Record keeping, for example, for legal transactions and billing.
It is important that the use of street names and numbers are appropriate, logical, consistent, and are clearly displayed. You have a legal obligation to display your house number.
The renaming/renumbering of existing streets and buildings will normally only be considered if they pose a risk to the ability of the emergency services to locate a property. Also, any changes will resolve any problems with postal services and deliveries. We aim to make any changes in harmony with the parish/ward/town council and the residents. This means that occasionally the numbering schemes will to be reviewed or introduced. We are reminded by the Department of Transport the need to review and maintain logical numbering schemes.
The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk is the Street Naming and Numbering authority for the administrative area covered by this Council. By law, the Council must formally approve all proposals for new street names and changes to street names before they are brought into use. The Council also has the legal responsibility to ensure that properties are numbered or named (where no numbering scheme exists).
There are three principal pieces of legislation that apply to the Street Naming and Numbering, these are:
- Public Health Act 1925: Sections 17, 18 and19 (for street naming and name plates) which refers to:
- Town and Improvement Clauses Act 1847: Sections 64 and 65 (for numbering of properties) and Public Health Act 1875 (for street definition)
This legislation includes the power to erect the names of public streets. Property owners are reminded of their legal obligation to display their number.
For postcode information please use the Royal Mail’s Postcode Finder website.
Find your official property address
Search our Public Access Property Search website online to find out your official address.
Need help with informing organisations that you have moved?
The 'I am Moving' website, will help you to inform various companies (e.g. utilities, insurance companies, banks, telecommunications companies, etc.) of your new address quickly and efficiently.
Below is a list of people you may consider informing of your new property address:
- Family and friends
- People you do business with
- Finance (Bank, Building Society, Credit Cards)
- Insurance companies
- HM Land Registry
- Utilities (Gas, Electricity, Water)
- TV License
- Telecommunications companies / Mobile Companies
- Broadband Services
Last updated: 09 July 2012
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