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The process, fees and application form for street and building naming and numbering.

Hillingdon Council is responsible for the naming and numbering of buildings and streets. The council's authority to control the naming of streets and buildings derives from Part of the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939, the responsibility for which was transferred to the London boroughs from the former Local Government Act 1985.

We ensure that new addresses and address changes are allocated logically and avoid duplication or similarities. Implementing this service ensures that the emergency services can easily identify properties to which they are summoned. It also ensures there is no confusion in postal or delivery services. Guidelines include the current recommendations of the London Fire Brigade.

The process

Property owners or developers must submit an application for a name or number. The application form must be accompanied by a plan, where available, it should show the street layout, an accommodation schedule and suggested names.

Applications are required for:

  • numbering of streets and buildings
  • naming streets and buildings

Application fees

Type of application

Fees and Charges

To name or rename a road

£275.00 per road

To name or rename a building (commercial)
Naming or re-naming a house (owner occupier resident)

£300.00 per stand alone building
£100 per building

Numbering or re-numbering of a building

First or single unit: £100
2 to 19 units: £30 per unit
Over 20 units: additional £25 per unit

Research on possible names for roads or buildings

£60.00 per hour chargeable in 0.15 minute units

Note: All fees are to be paid by cheque, made payable to London Borough of Hillingdon, which must accompany the application form. The application will not be processed without full payment.

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Download an application form [94kb]

Guidelines 

  1. Proposals to name buildings and new access-ways can be submitted by owners, developers or occupiers, provided that the freeholder's permission is obtained.
  2. The council does not approve names for single-family houses which have an appropriate street number, and the Act does not apply to names for licensed premises or theatres etc.
  3. Renaming existing named streets which contain occupied buildings is generally avoided unless the benefits clearly outweigh the obvious disadvantages. However, if changes occur which give rise (or are likely to give rise) to problems for the occupiers, Post Office or Emergency Services etc the street, or a section of it, may need to be renamed. For instance, where a road has been split into two or more sections by traffic management schemes or development across it, and traversal of the whole length of the road is no longer possible, one section would have to be renamed to avoid confusion.
  4. The council does not maintain an approved list of possible names, but names with some link to the history of the locality, or commemorating a former distinguished resident or someone who was active in the community, are preferred. Names of people still living should be avoided, as reputations could subsequently change.
  5. The informal adoption by developers of marketing names which, although unlikely to be approved by the council for address purposes, are perceived to have some attraction to prospective purchasers, is discouraged, as this practice can cause confusion and inconvenience for the eventual occupiers. For example, any new name incorporating the word Victoria will not be approved, as this word is already overused in the Borough's street and building names, and those in neighbouring areas.

Criteria

All new names must comply with the following criteria:

  1. The name should not duplicate, or be similar to, an existing name or part of a name in the same Postal District or locality. A variation in the terminal word ("Road", "Close", "House" etc) is not considered sufficient difference if the name includes a word already in use locally. Care should also be taken to avoid phonetically similar names in the same area (such as "Churchill Road" and "Birch Hill Road")
  2. The name should not be difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell for the majority of the population, and should be easy to understand over the telephone, particularly in an emergency situation. Names of three syllables or less are therefore generally preferred.
  3. The name should not include words having aesthetically unsuitable or offensive connotations for the general public or a particular community, or be capable of deliberate misinterpretation or double meaning.
  4. The addition of "north", "south", "east" or "west" to a name can only be approved in circumstances where a long continuous road passes over 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 part should have a completely different name.
  5. Subsidiary names for a row of buildings within an existing named road, where appropriate street numbers are available, will not be approved.
  6. No street or building name should begin with "the".
  7. All names should end with a terminal word or suffix from the list in Approved suffixes for new street and building names which indicates the nature of the development.
  8. Avoid misleading names such as Tennis Court, Dead End Road etc.
  9. No use of punctuation except for the abbreviation of St, Saint.
  10. Names should ideally reflect the local (or borough) history or relate to geographical or environmental features.

What happens next 

On receipt of your application we will consult with the emergency services and internal council departments. If your proposals comply with the council's policy on street naming and numbering the new address will be formally allocated.

We will notify you and all relevant bodies, including the Royal Mail, who is responsible for allocating post codes.

Note: The utility companies will not provide service to your property without a postcode. It is therefore, essential that you apply at your earliest convenience.

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