Street Naming and Numbering

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Street naming and numbering is a legal function of the council to allocate house numbers and road names to new developments and property conversions.

Individuals and developers should not allocate their own house numbers, building or street names.  We also maintain the definitive record (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) of all street names and property addresses.  SNN 2022 Application form

Correctly addressing a property is a very important issue. More organisations, postal and emergency services and the general public need an efficient means of locating and referencing properties.

If a property is not “registered” through the street naming and numbering process it will not appear on the main address database and the owner/occupier will encounter difficulties in obtaining mail, goods and services from a variety of sources, for example applying for a credit card or obtaining goods by mail order.

The main address database is used by the council, Royal Mail, all statutory undertakers, emergency services, credit agencies, satellite navigation system suppliers and many private companies.

All new addresses are allocated in line with British Standard 7666.

Individuals or developers building new houses, commercial or industrial premises.

Individuals or developers undertaking conversions of residential, commercial or industrial premises which will result in the creation of new properties or premises.

Once you have received planning permission you should apply for a postal address in the early stages of any new build or conversion. You should definitely apply before any new build or conversion is substantially complete. Utility companies are unable to install services without an official postal address and postcode.

You will need to provide:

Click this link to download application form    SNN 2022 Application form

  • Your contact name and details
  • Location and type of development
  • Location plan
  • Copy internal layout plans for properties with multiple floors/multiple occupancy for example apartment buildings and offices.
  • Official marketing name of the development
  • Planning permission approval number
  • Suggested new street names when relevant
  • You may be asked to provide additional information when necessary to process a request
  • Payment

From 1 April 2012, Hyndburn Borough Council will charge for the provision of Street Naming and Numbering.

The fees are as follows:-

SNN Fees
Application Type
Naming/Renaming of Roads
Charge from 1st April 2022
 Naming of a new road  £250 per road
 Alteration of Road Name for Unoccupied Street  £250 per road
 Renaming of an existing road when requested by residents  £350 per road + £60 per
 House Naming and Numbering
 Numbering of new development including flats/apartments:
 2 – 9 properties  £60 per plot
 10 – 49 properties  £35 per plot
 50 or more properties  £30 per plot
 Renumbering for individual residential dwelling/flat/apartment.  £60
 Naming of residential dwelling  £60
 Renaming of existing residential dwelling  £60
Other categories
 Numbering/renumbering of a commercial/industrial business   unit  £65
 Change of postal address (road name / street)  £60
 Changes to development after initial notification  £55 per change
 Written confirmation of postal address  £55

­These charges are not subject to VAT.

If you are uncertain as to the fee required, please the team on 01254 380 175.

Payment can be made in two ways, by cheque or invoice.  Cheques should be made payable to Hyndburn Borough Council and sent along with the application form.  If preferred, an invoice can be raised, and payment can then be made via the methods indicated on the invoice and Application for New Postal Address.

If your request relates to a new address on an existing street under normal circumstances the postal address will be allocated as soon as possible after liaising with Royal Mail.

If your request involves the naming of new streets due to the consultation process with Local ward Councillors under normal circumstances postal addresses will be allocated within 28 working days from receipt of a valid application.

Postcodes are allocated by Royal Mail and can be checked on their website. PAF Code of Practice.

Land and Property Data Officer
Engineering Team
Scaitcliffe House
Ormerod Street

Phone: 01254 380 175


Opening Hours are 9.00am to 5.00 pm.  Monday to Friday.

Street Name plates

The Council has a duty to ensure that street name plates are provided and fitted in suitable positions on every highway within the Hyndburn Borough.

It is also responsible for the repair and maintenance of these street name plates when this becomes necessary, either due to accidental damage, vandalism or normal wear and tear.

In the case of a new development the road or street is named and has a street nameplate erected by the Developer or Builder to the Council’s specification. Upon satisfactory completion by the Developer, Lancashire County Council adopts the Street as a highway, maintainable at public expense, and Hyndburn Borough Council accepts future responsibility for maintaining and replacing the street’s nameplates.

To report a damaged or missing street name plate please telephone the Engineering Team on 01254 356257 or email