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Street naming and numbering


The council is responsible for allocating new street names and addresses within the borough. This includes addressing new developments, property conversions and amending existing addresses. The council consults with Royal Mail for postcode allocation. Address data is then shared with Royal Mail, postal and emergency services.

To apply you must be the legal owner of the site or a legal representative acting on the owner’s behalf.

Please note that, following Royal Mail advice, we cannot address land parcels.

Application types

You can add a house name to a numbered property. The property will keep the number and the new name will be added. This name is known by Royal Mail as an Alias Identifier.

There is a charge of £60 for this service.

Apply to add a property namePay to add a property name

You can change the name of your property (for example, change Blue House, High Street to Pink House, High Street). The new name must not duplicate a property name in the vicinity or postcode sector (for example, TN17 3). To check the Royal Mail PAF database for potential duplicates, please visit the Royal Mail website.

Please note, if your property is numbered to a street (for example, 15 Apple Drive), you can add a name to the property (for example, Bee House, 15 Apple Drive), but you must retain the number. The correct form for doing this is 'adding a name to a numbered property' (see above).

There is a £60 charge for this service.

Apply to change property namePay to change property name

You can use this service to register a single new address.

To register a new address you must have approved planning permission and you must be the legal owner of the site.

If the new address is in a numbered street, it must be incorporated into the existing numbering sequence, this can include numbers followed by suffixes for example A, B etc... The Council will advise on numbers and suffixes during the application process. Names can be added to numbered properties.

If the new address is in a street of named properties only, the requested names must not duplicate existing property names in the vicinity or postcode sector (TN17 3) To check the Royal Mail database for duplicates, please visit the Royal Mail website.

There is a £55 charge for this service.

Apply to register an addressPay to register an address

You can use this service to register more than one new address.

To register new addresses you must have approved planning permission and you must be the legal owner of the site.

Plans showing plot numbers and floor plans of flats will be required.

If the new addresses are in a numbered street, it must be incorporated into the existing numbering sequence, this can include numbers followed by suffixes for example A, B etc... The Council will advise on numbers and suffixes during the application process. Names can be added to numbered properties.

If the new addresses are in a street of named properties only, the requested names must not duplicate existing property names in the vicinity or postcode sector (TN17 3) To check the Royal Mail database for duplicates, please visit the Royal Mail website.

There is a £52 charge per plot/unit for this service.

Apply to register addressesPay to register addresses

Correcting spelling mistakes and postcode errors – does your address appear incorrectly (e.g. on your Council Tax bill or on the Royal Mail database)?

There is no charge for this service.

Apply to correct an address

The developer will be requested to submit new street names, these will go to ward councillors and parish councils (if applicable) for consultation. Plans showing plot numbers and floor plans will be required. House numbers will be allocated by the authority following Street Naming and Numbering Policy and Government guidelines.

A house number with a letter after it may come before the original number in a sequence (14 A, 14, 15), or after it (14, 14 A, 15). The house name must be unique within the road that it is on.

The Street Naming and Numbering Policy states that, to fall in line with the planning definition of a major application there should be 10 new properties proposed for a new street name to be considered. Each application will be considered individually.  For developments of 9 new properties or fewer, please complete registering more than one address in an existing street.

There is a £52 charge per unit and a £155 charge per street for this service.

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What happens once the application has been received?

  1. Applications are processed as per the street naming and numbering policy.
  2. For applications including new streets, the council consults with ward councillors and the parish council.
  3. Once the council finalises the address proposals, Royal Mail is consulted for comment and postcode confirmation (5 to 15 working days).
  4. On approval, the official Street Naming and Numbering notice is issued and sent to the applicant/developer and statutory bodies.
  5. Timescale is application type dependent. Address changes and single address creations often take less than a month to process. More complex applications may involve extensive research or consultation between the council, applicants and consultees, which may therefore extend timescales.

Damaged or missing street signs

For damaged or missing street nameplates please email depot@tunbridgewells.gov.uk or call The Streetscene Team on 01892 554426.

For any enquires regarding road signs please contact Kent County Council Highways.