Street naming and numbering

If you're a homeowner or property developer you can apply for house numbers, house names and street names.

How to apply

  Street naming and numbering online application form

Costs – effective from 1 September 2019

How to pay

  • Online application
  • Telephone
  • Cheque (Make your cheque payable to West Lindsey District Council. Send it to the address below).
  • Pay by invoice (You can request an invoice from us. The process will take about two weeks).

Contact

Street Naming and Numbering,
West Lindsey District Council,
Guildhall,
Marshall’s Yard,
Gainsborough,
Lincolnshire,
DN21 2NA

Email the street name and numbering team

Street Naming / Street Numbering / House Naming

If you're a developer of a property or an developing an estate

Whether you're converting a small property into flats or building a new residential development, you'll need to apply for new street names and/or postal numbers.

If you're a resident and own your house

If your house has a number you can apply to give it a name. Though officially named, your house will still appear as a number on address searches.

Why you need an official house name / number

When you apply, we'll first contact the Post Office and the emergency services about your application.

This is to make sure:

  • emergency services can find your property
  • you meet legal requirements
  • you're given an official post code by Royal Mail so you or your residents can receive post
  • utility services like electricity or broadband can be connected

After that you'll be registered with:

  • Land Registry Valuation Office
  • Council Tax
  • Voter Registration
  • Credit Rating

After you've got planning permission

If you needed planning permission for your development, you'll still have to apply for house names/ numbers separately. New numbers/ names will usually be allocated when building actually starts.

Postcodes

Postcodes are allocated by Royal Mail. You don't need to contact them. We'll do that for you. However you must let us know the date Royal Mail should activate your new address.

Street names

If you create a new street for your development, you'll need to apply for a new street name.

You can chose from the following:

  • Road / Street - for any thoroughfare
  • Way - for major roads
  • Avenue / Drive / Grove / Lane - for residential roads
  • Gardens / Place - subject to there being no confusion with any local open space
  • Crescent - for a crescent shaped road
  • Close / End - for a cul-de-sac only
  • Square - for a square
  • Hill - for a hillside road only
  • Circus - for a large roundabout
  • Mews - provided it does not repeat the name of the road from which access is gained
  • Vale / Rise / Row / Mead / Wharf - for residential roads. Only in exceptional circumstances

Considerations:

Any street name that has a royal family name or the word Royal can be applied for, but permissions must be obtained from the Queen or relevant royal family member via the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Any street should show some connection with the locality in which the street is located (E.g. the history, heritage or environment of the locality).

Any street could be named after a deceased individual who had prominent associations with the district or part of the district.

Offensive names won't be considered.

Unacceptable suffixes for new streets:

  • cross, side, walk, park, meadow, gate or common.
  • no street name can start with "The".

The full guidance procedure can be found in our Street Naming and Numbering procedure.

Street Name Plates

When a road is built as part of a new development it is the responsibility of the developer to arrange for the installation of a street name plate to the appropriate specification. Once roads are adopted, the maintenance and replacement of name plates becomes the duty of the council. We are also responsible for the repair and maintenance of existing street name plates within the district.

Building names

  • House, court, lodge, apartments, mansions (residential only)
  • Point (high block residential)
  • Tower / heights (high blocks offices or residential)

Naming consultations

Before you can get your development's street name is authorised, your application will need to go through a consultation process.

What you must do:

  • You must get the agreement of your proposed street names with the local Town or Parish Council prior to applying. You must provide their confirmation in writing.
Parish or Town Council contact details

What we will do:

  • Part one: consulting with Royal Mail to obtain a post code
  • Part two: confirming the approved details with emergency services, statutory authorities, including utility companies.
  • Part three: publish details on our website for six months for information purposes.

Timescales for applications

  • numbering / naming houses takes up to one month
  • naming buildings / streets takes up to three months

(Though some more complex applications may vary)