Street naming and numbering
It is the responsibility of the Council to process the Street Naming and Premises Numbering on behalf of the Council as a statutory undertaking throughout the District, ensuring conformity to current standards as set down by the following legislation:-
- Naming and Numbering of Streets in Accordance with the Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847 Section 64 and 65
- The Public Health Act 1925, Section 17, 18 and 19
Every new or converted premises must have an official address. Apply to change or get a new postcode, street name or number here.
We can only accept applications from premises owners, not occupiers or tenants.
Submitting an application
So there can be no doubt about the premises involved, you will need to submit a plan of a scale not less than 1:2500 showing your premises - if it's a single premises, ask us to provide you with a plan. For new developments you must provide a site layout showing details of plot numbers. If you are sending us paper, please don't send anything bigger than A3. For flats or apartments, we need internal layout plans showing the position of each unit within the building. For new developments, suggested road names from the developers or the Local Authority will be sent to the relevant Ward and Parish Councillors for agreement.
Once the development has been named and numbered and new houses named or numbered, the Council will contact Royal Mail to allocate the postcodes. Then Council notifies the relevant authorities of the addresses, including name changes, Royal Mail will add the addresses to a list called 'not yet built'. These addresses will not show up on the Postcode Address File (PAF). Once the building is complete, and certainly before it is occupied, the developer should contact Royal Mail's Address Management Unit, and ask them to transfer it from the 'not yet built' list to the PAF.
Charges (effective from 1 April 2023)
The new charges shown below will only apply to developers and house builders. There will be no charges to residents wanting to make changes to an existing address.
|New and Existing Developments||Charge|
|Naming a street (additional £150.20 + VAT for each premises)||£361.20 + VAT|
|Naming and numbering of premises (£89.00 + VAT for each adjoining premises)||£169.40 + VAT|
|Confirmation of address to solicitors/conveyancers/occupiers or owners||£42.00 + VAT|
|Additional charge where this includes naming of a building (e.g. block of flats)||£118.00 + VAT|
Payments can be made by cheque sent to Street Naming and Numbering, Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, B98 8AH and to be made payable to Redditch Borough Council.
Not all premises have postcodes; Royal Mail will only give a postcode to a premises which has a letterbox where it can receive mail. So for example a multi-storey car park or a church will probably not have a postcode. If you build a stable in a field, it will not have a postal address so if you expect to receive bills, for example for a water supply, they will need to go to a separate billing address such as your home address
Adding or changing the name to your premises
The requested name must be agreed by the Local Authority, no other premises within the postcode area should have the same name.
New buildings and ‘infill’ plots
Where possible we will number these into the street that provides access using a suffix if necessary, e.g. 1A, 1B etc. Where streets are not numbered, as in many rural areas, the premises may simply be named.
The Council's Street Naming and Numbering advice policy can be downloaded here
Submit and application
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