Street Naming and Numbering

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General Procedures

It is the council's statutory responsibility to ensure that all new properties are officially registered and existing properties are registered correctly throughout the district.

Streets are named and buildings are allocated numbers when they are first built and then from time to time, to overcome practical difficulties or to accommodate new development, changes have to be made.

This exercise is necessary if properties are to be clearly and readily identified for purposes of delivery of mail, goods, services and more importantly so that the emergency services can locate premises without delay.

The address database held at Wychavon is maintained to the BS7666 standard of addressing as laid down by Central Government and reflects the geographical location of the property.  We are required to hold our Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) in this format and submit to the National Land and Property Gazetteer(NLPG) regularly.  This gazetteer is a central database of addresses that will enable the electronic delivery of property based information.  Each property is allocated a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and this will enable all information relating to a property to be gathered together.

If you want to obtain the addresses for a new development, redevelopment or conversion, or wish to change your house name, you can use one of our online forms to apply or email us with the appropriate form and plans with your request.  Please the see the relevant sections below.

NOTE: Requests for a new or amended address will only be accepted from the owner.  If you are acting on behalf of the owner, the owner's consent must be provided in writing.

New Developments Requiring New Street Names

For all requests for new developments which also require new street names you can either contact us via our online reporting page: https://swict.malvernhills.gov.uk/newdevelopmentwdc/ or by emailing us at corporatedatabase@wychavon.gov.uk with a copy of your completed Official Address Application Request Form with also a location plan and site plan. 

Please also note that at Wychavon the following procedures are in place to name and number of new development following a request from the developer:

  • Please note that there will be a penalty charge of £1000 if,  after the street naming and numbering process has taken place, there is a change to the layout.
  • The relevant Parish Councils and Evesham Town Council will be forwarded any suggestions for a street name that has been suggested by the developer to consider when making their own suggestions, then the
    • Recommendation is made known to the developer.
    • If an agreement is not reached between the developer and the Parish Council the Local Member and Planning Portfolio holder are advised.
    • The final decision rests with the Planning Portfolio Holder and Head of Housing and Planning.
  • Droitwich and Pershore Town Councils have the responsibility for choosing the new street names for any new developments within their town boundaries, in accordance with the agreed street naming protocol. Any street names contrary to the street naming protocol need the approval of Wychavon District Council.
  • The numbering is submitted to the developer for agreement.
  • The postcode is requested from Royal Mail
  • The agreed street name is notified to the Statutory Authorities and consultees.
  • The internal departments of Wychavon are notified.
  • The developer is sent details to inform new purchasers.
  • An estimate for the provision of the street signs is sent to the developer
  • On receipt of payment from the Developer, the signs are ordered and the developer erects them.

It is the responsibility of the owners and occupiers to ensure that the number allocated to a property is clearly marked in such a way so that it is in a prominent position and remains legible from the street. The number will always be retained even when owners and occupiers choose to give a name to their property

Single New Developments or Conversions

For all requests for new developments, you will need to contact us either via our online reporting page: https://swict.malvernhills.gov.uk/newdevelopmentwdc/ or by emailing us at corporatedatabase@wychavon.gov.uk with a copy of the completed Official Address Application Request Form with a location plan and site plan.

Please note that:

For a new dwelling that is not situated on a numbered road, the new owner should supply a name for consideration. The owner will be the new owner of the property and not the developer unless the developer and the eventual owner of the property are the same. The choice of name should be checked with surrounding properties to ensure no duplication, which will also be checked when received by us.  We will contact Royal Mail to see if they have knowledge of a similarly named property in the locality. We check our information systems and if the name is satisfactory, then the new address is registered and confirmation sent to the owner accordingly. If there is an issue with the preferred name, we will request alternatives.

The address is then registered with  Royal Mail, Emergency and Essential Services and internal departments of Wychavon. It is the responsibility of property owners to inform their own personal contacts etc.

If the new property falls within a numbered street then a number will be allocated. If the property is within a numbered road, then ABCs are used along with the adjoining number (for example 12A, 12B, 12C...).

It is the responsibility of the house owner to display the house name or number clearly.

Change of House Name or Addition of A Name To A Numbered Property

If you are the owner and you wish to add a name to a numbered property, or the owner and you wish to change your property's name, you will need to contact the Council by using our online form : https://swict.malvernhills.gov.uk/changehousenamewdc/ or by emailing  us at corporatedatabase@wychavon.gov.uk, with a copy of your completed Official Address Application Request Form and a plan showing your property.  

Please check the surrounding area carefully to ensure there is no duplication and then write to us enclosing a plan showing the boundary of the property and the name chosen.  The property number must still be displayed and referred to in any correspondence; for example:

'My House',
1 My Road,
Town,
County,
Postcode

The address will then be registered with Royal Mail. statutory authorities and the relevant internal departments of Wychavon.

If you wish to register a new address or make changes to your address as described above please complete the form below and return it to us.

Re-Numbering/Renaming of Existing Streets

On rare occasions, it becomes necessary to rename or renumber a street. This is usually only done as a last resort when:

  • there is confusion over a street's name and/or numbering
  • a group of residents are unhappy with their street name
  • new properties are built in a street and there is a need for other properties to be renumbered to accommodate the new properties
  • the number of named-only properties in a street is deemed to be causing confusion for visitors, the delivery or emergency services.

Re-numbering of a street - existing residents will be contacted and their views are taken into account. We will then consult the Royal Mail for their position on the issue. To change a street name we will contact the Parish/Town Council so that a consultation exercise can be carried out.  After this exercise, a site notice will be posted on the end of that street for a period of 21 days to inform residents of the proposed change and also advising any objectors that they have the right to appeal to the Magistrates Court. Depending on whether an appeal has been lodged and the outcome of that appeal, the Site Notice will be replaced with an Order confirming the street name change.

This a very time-consuming process and we are only able to deal with one of these issues at any time. However, if you think you have a street naming issue, please contact us at the address below.

Provision of Street Name Plates

The Council is responsible for ensuring that street name plates are provided and fitted in suitable positions.  The statutory requirement is for a sign to be placed at the start and end of a road and it is vital in the event of an urgent situation that you and your street can be located quickly by the Emergency Services.

The Council is also responsible for repair and maintenance of street nameplates when this becomes necessary either due to accidental damage, vandalism or normal wear and tear.

In the case of a new development however, the developer is required to provide and erect the initial street nameplates.  These are purchased to the Council's specification and the costs are covered by the developer.  They are then maintained by the Council.

The funding available for the maintenance of street nameplates is limited and therefore a list of works is maintained and the repair and replacement is on a priority basis.  There are a number of signs which are old but if they remain legible will not be replaced immediately.

To report damaged, missing or illegible street names plates please use the contact details below.

For more information contact:

Corporate Database Telephone: 01386 565456
Email corporatedatabase@wychavon.gov.uk

Further Information