Street naming and numbering

About street naming and numbering

Street Naming and Numbering is the legal function of The Council to allocate property numbers and road names to new developments and property conversions. These functions are carried out under the provisions of Section 64 of The Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847, Section 22 of the Greater Manchester Act 1981 and in accordance with BS7666.

Individuals or businesses should not allocate their own property numbers, building or street names but should apply in writing to The Council regarding this important task.

Why is street naming and numbering important?

The address of a property is a very important issue for the efficient means of locating properties, particularly for postal and emergency services. If a property is not officially addressed it may not appear on national address databases and the owner/occupier may encounter difficulties in obtaining mail, goods and services.

When and how should I apply?

You should apply when you receive planning permission or an appropriate building regulations decision and preferably before starting any building work. You should definitely apply before any new build or conversion is substantially complete as utility companies will not install services without an official address and postcode.

Applications MUST be made in writing either by email to:  or by post to:

Street Naming & Numbering
One Trafford,
Tatton House,
11 Caldey Road,
Roundthorn Industrial Estate,
M23 9LF

You will need to provide:

  • your contact name and details
  • location and type of development
  • official marketing name of the development
  • planning permission / building control approval number
  • suggested new street names when relevant (please see our Street Naming and Numbering Guide for details)
  • estimated date of occupation / completion
  • plans clearly showing plot numbers, location in relation to existing land and property, and the placement of front doors or primary access on each plot
  • internal layout plans, if appropriate, for development that is subdivided at unit or floor level
  • details of postal delivery points for flats or apartments.

We may ask for additional information when necessary to process a request.

How long will it take?

A Street Naming and Numbering plan will be drawn up usually within 5 to 10 working days and the information sent to Royal Mail.

Royal Mail usually take 5 to 10 working days to confirm the postcodes at which point you will be sent a copy of the plan and the official addresses. If you are a developer we would ask you to inform your prospective purchasers of their new property address.

If the new development includes the creation of new street(s) then the ward councillors for the area will be consulted on the proposed street name. This will add at least 10 working days to the process. Also, you will be asked to provide new street name plates as detailed in our Street Naming and Numbering Guide.

For further information visit our Additional Information page or view our Street Naming and Numbering Guide