Street Naming and Numbering

Explanation of the street naming and street numbering process.

Street Naming and Numbering is a statutory function. The relevant powers for local authorities are contained in Sections 64 and 65 of the Towns Improvements Clauses Act 1847, Sections 17,18 and 19 of the Public Health Act of 1925 which causes the local authority to maintain a good standard of street nameplates, naming and numbering schemes and to improve standards where necessary.

Both are essential for the efficient functioning of the postal and emergency services as well as for the convenience and safety of the general public.

Postal Address for New Development

To apply for street naming and numbering allocation, please send your request in writing to the address below, enclosing three location plans with the property(s) concerned highlighted in red.

Large Development

If the new development forms a new road we would welcome your own suggestions, but we will need to check whether the names of any roads suggested would be appropriate considering existing addresses in the Stockport area and other relevant issues.

Once this phase is complete, the proposed street naming and numbering details are sent to the Royal Mail Address Management Centre for postal address allocation.

The developer will receive written confirmation of the naming and numbering and the correct postal address for the site.

This Council will notify organisations (i.e. emergency services, utility companies, land registry, Ordnance Survey) of the new development. It is the responsibility of the developer for the initial provision of street nameplates for the site.

Small Development or Single New Property

Generally a small development or single new property will be named or numbered into the existing street. New properties/property being built within a street with existing numbering will be assigned a,b,c alongside the appropriate postal number.

Development creating an extension to a street will adopt the continuation of sequential numbering. In the absence of an existing numbering sequence a house name will be required.

The Royal Mail Address Management Centre is consulted over the proposed naming or numbering scheme. This Council will subsequently inform the developer and a correct postal address will be supplied.

This Council will notify organisations (i.e. emergency services, utility companies, land registry, Ordnance Survey) of the new properties/property.

Commercial Premises

The same consultation procedure is applied to business parks although they can be difficult to number as units are built to be flexible in size for easy subdivision.

Plots are also sold to suit the purchaser – one purchaser might buy three adjacent plots for one business – and another buy one plot to divide into three small units.

House Names

The Council has no jurisdiction over house names the only guidance being that the owners should not choose one the same or similar to any other in the immediate locality.

The Council has no objection to a house name being added to an existing postal address, but the postal number cannot be deleted from that address.

House names alone are not favoured by the Council or the emergency services as a number readily identifies the location of a property in a road.

Other than in exceptional circumstances a house number should be prominently displayed so as to be easily read from the public highway.

Unless the house name is the fundamental part of the postal address the Royal Mail keep house names in their 'alias' file.


Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is not responsible for issuing new postcodes that is the responsibility of the Royal Mail. However they will not issue a postcode for a new street unless requested to do so by the council.

Queries about postcodes can be dealt with by the Royal Mail by contacting them on their postcode enquiry line 08456 04 50 60 or visiting their website

If you have delivery problems telephone the Royal Mail’s Customer Service Centre - 0845 7740 740

Renaming or Renumbering Buildings

Renaming/renumbering existing buildings is normally only considered when changes occur which give rise (or are likely to give rise) to problems for the occupiers, Royal Mail or Emergency Services etc.

Requests to apply for a change of address for other reasons than the above, will be considered on a case by case basis and will incur a fee of £200 to cover the costs of administration, consultation, correspondence and investigation of the current addressing issues.

Your initial street naming and numbering process does not attract a fee.  In instances where a development/scheme has already been named and numbered and a change is requested, please note that a fee of £200 is payable.

Contact Details

Contact Building Control for Street Naming, Dangerous Structures and Demolition enquiries (contact details on the right).

Please note:
It is only possible to discuss Street Naming and Numbering issues on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Friday mornings only).