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Street Naming & Numbering

The Council is the Street Naming and Numbering Authority for the area. It carries out these functions under the provisions of sections 17-19 of the Public Health Act 1925. (This is not the responsibility of Royal Mail).

Any developer or person proposing to carry out any of the following:

  • The construction of a new road and residential or commercial development
  • The construction of a building or buildings residential or commercial fronting an existing road
  • The construction of a building or buildings within the curtilage of an existing property
  • The conversion of a dwelling or building into two or more units
  • Change of property name or number or adding an Alias name both residential or commercial
  • Renumbering of a new development at the request of the developer
  • Renaming of an existing street or naming of an existing un-named road

should contact the Council's Land and Property Gazetteer Custodian  for more information or advice directly by telephone email or in writing:

Telephone No (Direct):  01279 502185


Address: Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ

Please find listed below our current fees for the above service.

East Herts Council Street Naming and Numbering Fees



Change of House Name or adding an Alias Name


Division of existing property 1-5 units


Division of existing property into more than 5 units




1 Plot


2-5 Plots


6-25 Plots


26-75 Plots


76+ plots 


Additional charge where this includes naming of a building e.g. Blocks of flats


New Streets

Additional charge to house numbering where this includes naming of a street


Existing Street

Renaming of street where requested by residents and/or Town/Parish Council


Plus £35 per property

East Herts Council has adopted   Policy Guidelines - Street Naming and Numbering [15kb] which will be used to determine any street naming and number proposal.

New Properties

When plans and name proposals are received from the Developer/Owner:

If it involves a new road name, then consultation takes place firstly with the Town/Parish councils regarding suitable names, including those put forward by the Developer/Owner.

When a reply is received from the Town/Parish Council, then consultation with the Royal Mail is the next process, and once agreed a postcode is supplied.

  • In the case of disagreement e.g. if the Town/Parish Council disagree, then the Developer/Owner is re-consulted.
  • If the Developer/Owner disagrees then the Royal Mail and Land and Property Gazetteer Custodian are consulted.
  • The Land and Property Gazetteer Custodian makes the final decision.

Existing Properties

When plans and name/numbering proposals are received from the Developer/Owner:-

The Address Management Centre of the Royal Mail is contacted for their observations on the address, and if agreed a postcode is supplied to the Council.

The final stage for both new properties and existing properties, is for the Land and Property Gazetteer Custodian to send to the Developer/Owner a letter confirming the registered address with a plan, and a Certificate of Renaming/Renumbering, if appropriate. Details are then also sent to the Public Utilities, Emergency Services, HM Land Registry, Valuation Office, various departments of Herts County Council and East Herts Council in order that everyone has the correct registered address for the property/properties.

NB: The process can usually be completed within 3 - 4 weeks if no new road name is required, or approximately 8 - 10 weeks if it requires consultation with a Town/Parish Council for a new road name. 

However, please note that we are currently receiving a high volume of Street Naming/Numbering applications, and have a backlog of approximately 3-4 weeks, so it is likely that new applications will take considerably longer than normal to finalise.

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