Street naming and numbering
(including house names)
To make a street naming and numbering or house name application please complete the relevant online application form below:
For any other street naming or numbering queries, for example re-naming a street, contact us using the details on the right side of this page.
Our current charges are:
The naming of streets within the Adur District and Worthing Borough is a statutory Function of Adur & Worthing Councils and is covered by Sections 17-19 of the Public Health Act 1925 and Section 21 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907. Under the Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847, the naming and numbering of commercial and residential properties on these streets is the legal responsibility of the Council.
The Council maintains the Local Land and Property Gazetteer which is a central database of street names and property addresses linked into national datasets the National Address Gazetteer (NAG) and National Street Gazetteer (NSG). This is a mandatory requirement under the local government's Public Mapping Services Agreement (PMSA). All addresses must adhere to the British Standard for addressing BS7666.
Maintaining a comprehensive and high standard for naming streets and numbering or naming properties is important as it allows:
- Emergency services to find a property quickly - delays can cost lives and money
- Record keeping, eg legal transactions, taxation, land registry
- Post to be delivered efficiently by the Royal Mail
- Visitors to locate their destination
- Reliable delivery of goods and services
- Records of service providers to be kept in an efficient manner
- All of the Council's departments to work from one official address base.
- All National Services including Emergency Services to work from one official address base - the National Address Gazetteer
- Delivery of central and local government services
Many legal transactions associated with properties are withheld until they can be identified by street name and numbers, for instance, statutory undertakers will not normally connect their services until such time as the premises have been given a formal postal address. Royal Mail will not allocate a postcode unless an official address has been assigned by the Council.
- Developers should complete a Street Naming and Numbering Application form as soon as building works commence.
- It is the responsibility of the property owner to inform Land Registry of a house/property name change approval.
- No address within the District or Borough is legal unless authorised by Adur & Worthing Councils.
- National Address Gazetteer (NAG) - on the Geoplace website
- Public Health Act 1925 - on the UK Legislation website
- Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907 - on the UK Legislation website
- Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847 - on the UK Legislation website
These guidance notes provide useful information on how to apply for a property address. Should you be building one single dwelling, an entire estate or converting an existing property, it is essential that you apply to the Street Naming and Numbering Department for an address.
Once your development has obtained the relevant Planning Decision Notices and Building Control Approvals; and actual building work has commenced on site (this is the actual plot not the clearing of the site or the start of putting in the road layout), contact the Street Naming and Numbering Department. You can do this by completing the councils' online application form with the details of your development. When you submit the form, the Street Naming and Numbering Officer will review your application and calculate your fees. You will also need to supply the following:
- A site layout plan clearly displaying the plot numbers, and access doors for each floor (this is important as it supports evidence of the address to be created– properties must be addressed into the road of which their front door is accessed)
- A site location plan
- Estimated dates for building work commencement and completion dates
- If appropriate, proposals for new street names which are part of your development
- If appropriate, proposals for a property name in addition to an allocated number and street name for your new development or conversion.
If you are building into an existing street, the properties will be addressed into the existing numbering system where appropriate; ie infill. Where there is no suitable gap in the existing numbering, letters (ie: A, B, C) will be attached to the allocated numbers.
All numbers (except the number 13, as this is excluded) must be used and allocated accordingly in sequential order.
In streets where no numbering exists, an appropriate number will be allocated to the property and you can still propose a name for the property to use in addition to the property number and street name as part of your address.
In some circumstances, the Council may consider numbering/renumbering the entire street and should this be a consideration a formal consultation process will be undertaken with the property owners.
If you are developing a site that requires a new street(s), we welcome your street name proposals and provided they meet the relevant rules and guidelines for street name proposals they be considered in consultation with local councillors. The Council has the final decision on all new street names. Please read the councils 'Policy on Street Naming for Property Developers' below.
Once all the plots have been addressed, you will be supplied with the full postal addresses in writing, accompanied with a list of plot numbers and their corresponding property numbers.
This policy provides guidance to help support property developers. It may not cover every situation and the Council reserves the right to reject suggested street names and request alternative proposals.
- Where an area, field or previous building has names historically associated with it (or other associations such as plants and activities), it is acceptable to preserve these in street names. Developers are encouraged to consult County archives and museums that may offer inspiration. Where there is no information to suggest a street name, a new one may be chosen.
- Where several streets are proposed, a suitable theme can be chosen. Sometimes, linking the names of a suitable theme can be used to help identify the area.
- The Council will not adopt unofficial marketing titles used by developers in the sale of new properties. Names that may be taken as advertising (ie company name) will not be accepted.
- The use of a name which relates to people either living or recently deceased should be avoided unless approved under special circumstances by the Building Control Partnership Manager. Personal names which relate to developers, their friends or relatives will not be accepted.
- Streets with few houses are not well known and consequently are difficult to find. Our policy is not to name streets with less than six properties as these can be numbered as part of the primary street, unless in exceptional circumstances to comply with the British Standard of Addressing; known as BS7666.
- Cul-de-sacs accessed off a street which is itself a no through road could lead to ambiguity. It may be more appropriate to use a single street name to describe all the streets which are linked to form a no through road.
- Where a new street is an extension of an existing street it is not normally necessary to give that section a new name. The Street Name and numbering sequence will continue from the existing street in most circumstances.
- Duplication of street names in the same area or within close proximity of another parish or town is not permitted. A variation in the suffix - street, road, avenue etc - will not be accepted as sufficient reason to duplicate a name. Applicants often propose to repeat existing names in new street names or building titles (for example, Broadwater Way off Broadwater Road near Broadwater Church). This is not allowed as it could have a detrimental effect in an emergency situation and is highlighted in the rules and regulations of addressing.
- Avoid having two phonetically similar names within a postal area and ideally not in the same borough. Example: Churchill Road and Birch Hill Road. Street names should not be difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell. However, the use of foreign names (ie town twinning) will be considered.
- Avoid aesthetically unsuitable names or names capable of deliberate misinterpretation.
- Street Names which could be deemed as offensive will not be permitted.
All new street names should ideally end with a suffix to distinguish the street from a building name or locality. The following list recommends usual practice. It is not exhaustive and sometimes other descriptive words are more appropriate:
Suffixes to consider carefully as they may give a false impression of location:
All these words can be incorporated in a street name provided it ends with an appropriate suffix (eg Titnore Meadow Lane)
Single names without suffixes may be allowed in appropriate places (example New Broadway).
All pedestrian ways should end with one of the following suffixes. These examples are not exhaustive and other descriptive words may be considered appropriate:
Need assistance? Get in touch:
LLPG Custodian, Street Naming & Numbering Department
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Page last updated: 01 April 2021