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Street naming and numbering
(including house names)

Application and current charges

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.

Current charges

Our current charges are:

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Policy document

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Street naming and numbering
(including house names)

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 e.g. 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.

Please note:

  • 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.

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