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Street Naming and Numbering


Individuals and developers must not allocate house numbers, building or street names. Street naming and numbering is a statutory function of a council that applies to all property numbers or names and street/road name allocations, whether properties are new developments or not.

The Council has a statutory duty to name and number all new streets and properties in Tameside. All new developments will need addresses created before utilities are installed.

To avoid any delay with utility installations etc, the Council suggests that you apply for the new addresses as soon as possible after planning permission has been approved.

Developments with new streets

If a development requires new street names, then the developer will need to submit suggestions as part of the application process. A report will then be created by the Naming and Numbering Officer and submitted to the ward councillors of that area for approval. Once approved, it then continues with the application process to get the addresses created.

Any suggested street names will first be vetted and must not be duplicated within the same town, or named after any living person. It’s good practice to keep within any theme of the area and to end with Road, Street, Close, Avenue etc.

It is the developer’s responsibility to install new street nameplates and maintain until the road has been adopted by the Council.

Developments on existing streets

Any new developments on existing streets will be numbered in conjunction with the current numbering system on the street. For example:

  • Continued numbering will be used if the new development is at the end of the street i.e. if the last house on the odds side was 25, then 27, 29 etc. will be issued.
  • If the development falls between two existing numbers, i.e. between 10 and 12. Then 10a, 10b etc. will be issued.

The Council will issue numbers wherever possible, this for example will help emergency services and delivery companies easily locate the addresses. Only under certain circumstances will the Council allow properties to be named without a number.

It's the owner's responsibility to inform the Land Registry of the name so that the deeds can be updated.

Renaming and Renumbering Properties

The Council can rename and renumber properties, however there must be a valid reason why the change is required and must be approved by the Street Naming and Numbering Officer. The above rules for naming and numbering development on existing streets apply here also.

The Council can add house names to the properties with a number but this will not form part of the official address. This will become an alias with the Royal Mail, however the number will always be the unique identifier for the property and required on all correspondence.

It's the owner's responsibility to inform the Land Registry of the name so that the deeds can be updated.

There is a charge for this service depending on how many changes are needed as seen below.

Plot Changes Amount
1 £58
2 - 10 £95
11 - 49 £157
50+ £250

Process of Application

Please fill in the online application for here, if there are any queries email or call 0161 342 3917.

The Council will process the application as necessary and send to the Royal Mail to create the new addresses. A letter of confirmation will be emailed to the developer and to all the interested third parties i.e. emergency services, council tax, utilities etc…

The Street Naming and Numbering Officer will notify the developer if there are any costs involved. Payment must be made prior to any changes.

If there is missing information from the form, it will be emailed back to the developer to complete. This can lead to an increase in time taken to complete the process.