Street Naming and Numbering
Application Guidance Notes.
Please read these notes carefully before making an application to name and number
an existing or new building or street. The Council reserves the right to vary these
specific rules depending on circumstances of individual applications.
About the Service
The naming and numbering of streets and buildings within the Royal Borough of
Kingston upon Thames (RBK) is a statutory duty as required under Part II of the
London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939 and RBK’s Street Naming and
Numbering Policy. This gives the Council the sole right to:
Name new streets and footpaths
Name new buildings
Rename existing streets and buildings
Decide upon numbering and renumbering of buildings
It should be noted that Royal Mail is solely responsible for the allocation of
postcodes and that very often developers use ‘marketing’ names in their sales
literature long before an official street name and property number has been
assigned. The distress caused by residents learning they have adopted a
‘development’ name in error and are forced to re-notify all their friends, family and
business contacts etc is considerably high.
If you are experiencing address problems, or, if you are involved with property
development in this authority then this Council has to make sure that any new street
names and building names and numbers are allocated logically. This can help to
ensure that the emergency services can readily locate any address to which they
may be summoned. Any development or proposed name change which requires an
address to be created or amended must be applied for and confirmed by this
authority. This relates equally to both Commercial and Residential properties.
Failure to apply will result in the address not being registered on the National Land
and Property Gazetteer Hub which is the official source of addresses used by the
Emergency Services. Lives and property will therefore be at risk and numerous
address associated problems will be encountered such as difficulties with courier
deliveries, utility connections and obtaining credit.
(Applicable when there are two or more new properties)
New street names apply when a road or access route is shared between two or more
new properties and should not duplicate any similar name already in use in the
borough or neighbouring boroughs. A variation in the terminal word, i.e. 'street'
'road' 'avenue', etc. will not be accepted as sufficient reason to duplicate a name.
Street names should not be difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell. In general,
words of more than three syllables (e.g. Alexandra) should be avoided and precludes
the use of two words except in special cases. However, the Council recognises the
multi racial make up of the borough's community and would therefore welcome the
proposed use of names that are historically important to significant numbers of the
Subsidiary names (e.g. a row of buildings within an already named road being called
' ............ Terrace') should not be used.
Renaming or renumbering existing streets and buildings is normally only considered
when changes occur which give rise (or are likely to give rise) to problems for the
occupiers, Post Office or Emergency Services, etc.
All new street names should end with one of the following suffixes:
‘Street’, for any road ........................
For major roads: ‘Road’, ‘Way’, ‘Avenue’, ‘Drive’, ‘Grove’, ‘Lane’.
‘Gardens and Place’ may be used subject to there being no confusion with any local
‘Crescent’: for a crescent-shaped road
‘Close’: for a cul-de-sac only
‘Square’: for a square only
‘Hill’: for a hillside road only
‘Terrace’: for a terrace of houses (provided it is not a subsidiary name)
In exceptional circumstances, for residential road use only: ‘Vale’, ‘Dene’, ‘Rise’, and
Non acceptable suffixes:
End, Court, Cross, Side, View, Wharf, Walk, Park, Meadow. (all these words can, of
course, be incorporated in a street name provided it terminates with an appropriate
suffix (e.g. Mile End Road)). Exceptions: Single or dual names without suffixes in
appropriate places (e.g. Broadway - for major roads only).
1. All new pedestrian ways should end with one of the following suffixes: ‘Walk’,
‘Path’, or ‘Way’.
2. No street or building name is to start with 'The'.
3. All new block names should end with one of the following suffixes: ‘House’,
‘Court’ (residential only), ‘Point’ (high block residential only), ‘Tower’ (high block
offices or residential).
4. For private houses it is sufficient that the name should not repeat the name of the
road or that of any house or building in the area.
5. Avoid aesthetically unsuitable names such as Garrison Lane, Ordnance Way, Tip
House, or names capable of deliberate misinterpretation like Austyn Close, Hoare
Way, Bodley Road, Quare Street, Buxton House etc.
6. The use of North, South, East or West (as in Alfred Road North and Alfred Road
South or East or West) is only acceptable where the road is continuous and passes
a major junction. It is not acceptable when the road is in two separate parts with no
vehicular access between the two. In such a case one half should be completely
7. Avoid having two phonetically similar names within a postal area and, if possible,
within the borough, e.g., Alfred Road and Alfred Close or Church Road and Birch
Numbering of Buildings:
1. A new street should be numbered with even numbers on one side and odd
numbers on the other except that for a cul-de-sac consecutive numbering in a
clockwise direction is preferred.
2. Private garages and similar buildings used only for housing cars, etc., should not
3. The number 13 is to be used in the proper sequence and no sanction will be given
to its avoidance.
4. Buildings (including those on corner sites) are numbered according to the street in
which the main entrance is to be found and the manipulation of numbering in order to
secure a 'prestige' address or to avoid an address which is thought to have
undesired associations will not be sanctioned.
5. If a building has entrances in more than one street, is a multi-occupied building
and each entrance leads to a separate occupier, then each entrance should be
numbered in the appropriate road. Exceptions may be made, depending on the
circumstances, for a house divided into flats.
6. A named building may not have more than one number in one street.
7. In residential blocks of flats it is usual to give a street number to each dwelling
where the block is up to six storeys in height. In reality, there are unlikely to be
sufficient numbers available to accommodate the new development. Therefore, the
new block should be given a name and a single street number. The flats should be
numbered not lettered (e.g. Flat 2, 21 Smith Street and not 21B Smith Street which
might already be used by an adjoining infill building. Developers are also advised
that the numbering of flats within a named or numbered building should be in a
clockwise direction on each floor; where this is possible.
8. The London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939 does however permit the use of
numbers followed by a letter (Section 11(2)) in the case, for example, when one
large old house in a road is demolished and replaced by (say) four smaller houses.
If the incorporation of the new houses in the existing numbering sequence would
result in renumbering all the higher numbered houses on that side of the road; then
to avoid this, each new house should be given the number of the old house with
either A, B, C or D added.
Naming of Buildings:
If a property is already numbered, the owner may additionally name their property
without notifying the council as long as the name does not conflict with an existing
property in that locality provided the property number is always used in
correspondence and is displayed. The additional name in this instance does not
supersede the official number; for example:
‘My House’ (unofficial part of address)
1 My Road (Official address)
A resident need only seek permission from the council if the street has not been
officially numbered; the allocated name will then form part of the official address. In
this case we will consult with Royal Mail and the Emergency Services to make sure
there is no other similar name in the locality and will then confirm with the applicant if
the proposed name is satisfactory.
Anyone wishing to change the name or number of their property or seeking an
address for a new property should apply in writing to the Council enclosing a site
plan. A form for this purpose is attached below and may be used to apply for a
name for a new street or building, a new name for an existing street or building, or
any numbering or renumbering of buildings should be completed.
In the case of street naming proposals, the Council is happy for developers or
occupiers to submit their own preferred names for consideration; however it is
recommended that three names be proposed in case one fails to meet the criteria
outlined in these guidelines. Please note also that it is desirable that any suggested
road name should have some connection with the area. The Council’s decision will
be final. Please note: The consultation process with the Emergency Services and
Royal Mail can often take 2-6 weeks to complete and any name that meets with their
approval will then be submitted to the appropriate Neighbourhood Committee to seek
their agreement and this usually takes a further three months or more to complete. It
is advisable in light of this lengthy process that naming of new streets is applied for
well in advance of their occupation to avoid delays in the provision of utilities.
If you would like to discuss your proposals before making your application please
contact the Street Naming and Numbering Officer by email on
Our Service Standard
An application requesting a new road name or building number (or change of road
name or building number) should be made online or received in writing.
Following receipt we will:
Inform you within 10 working days if the proposal is not consistent with this
Authority’s policy and invite you to submit alternative suggestions;
Consult with the emergency services, Royal Mail and Neighbourhood/Ward
Councillors, on your proposal and inform you of the outcome in the form of an
official address certificate within 10 working days following the relevant
committee date and the ‘call-in’ period.
Once approved we will notify Royal Mail, the Emergency Services, Ordnance
Survey and Land Registry on your behalf of the new or changed address or
addresses. (NB: It is the responsibility of the property owners to inform their
own personal contacts.)
STREET NAMING AND NUMBERING
Application for new or changes to naming and numbering of streets and buildings in
accordance with the London Government Act 1963 Section 43 and the London Building Acts
(Amendment) Act 1939 Part 2 and Numbering of Streets and Buildings
Please read the following instructions first
Before completing this form please read the associated guidance notes. If you are
completing this form by hand please write legibly in block capitals. In all cases ensure that
your answers are inside the boxes and written in black ink. Use additional sheets if
necessary. Please complete all sections. If you are not the Freeholder of the property, you
must attach a separate document giving the Freeholder’s contact details and their written
consent for you to apply for the new name or number.
If you do not wish to submit your application via our online application form then please print
it out and return the completed application to:
Street Naming and Numbering
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU
Once completed you may want to print out this form and keep it for your own records.
Your Contact Details Mr/ Mrs/ Miss/ Ms (please delete)
Other Title(please state):
First name Surname
Daytime contact telephone number(s):
Current contact address
(NB: Not site address)
Post Town Postcode
Details of the property to be named or numbered e.g. 1 single dwelling converted into 3 flats
Is an existing property being demolished as part of this scheme YES NO
Nature of the proposed change to an address or new address
(Please only tick one box except for conversions*)
1) New Builds
New Residential House/s: New Residential Flat/s:
New Business Unit/s:
2) New Street Name
Newly built road or unnamed existing drive/service road
3) Change of Address
House renumbering/renaming Building Naming:
Conversion with change of land use i.e. business to residential
Conversion without change of land use i.e. business to residential
* Does this conversion involve a change in the original primary access
e.g. from front to side or rear
5) Mixed Development
Mixed Development e.g. Mixture of Houses, Flats or Business Units
6) Joint Application (Please provide further details in the section above)
Joint Street and Property
Current Site Address(es). If not
available, please state the assumed
address or location of application
site e.g. land adjacent to……
Three suggested new street names including the origin of the name– if applicable.
Note: Preference will always be given to names that have a historical or local relevance.
Estimated completion date for the new DD/MM/YYYY
development or subdivision
Please ensure you submit the required enclosures as follows:
A site plan MUST be included with all applications. Please provide detailed drawings of the
new property or development subdivision that clearly indicates all the proposed pedestrian
accesses (entry phones/delivery points) to the building plus a schedule of accommodation
(only PDF, TIFF or JPEG formats accepted).
Please indicate which items you have submitted by ticking the appropriate box.
1. & 2. Below are both Mandatory:
1. Site Location Plan Yes Already submitted to Planning
2. Detailed floor plans Yes Already submitted to Planning
(Clearly depicting access arrangements)
Planning Application No._______________________________