Street naming and numbering

Street Naming & Numbering is a statutory function of Local Authorities under the powers of various Acts including Sections 17 and 18 of the Public Health Act 1925.

Havant Borough Council has responsibility for the allocation of postal addresses including all commercial and residential developments and any house or building name changes within the district.

Once agreement has been made with Royal Mail, the Authority informs relevant services, including emergency services and utility companies.

The whole process may take up to six months for completion whereby name changes and new addresses appear on external databases; the Authority cannot take responsibility for delays which are beyond our control.

Adding, changing or removing a property name

Straightforward applications are normally completed within 30 days and carry a £100 fee.

Change of house name at un-numbered property

If you wish to change the official name of your property that has no road number associated with it, you have to obtain approval from the Authority. This ensures that no other properties in the area have the same or a similar sounding name which can cause confusion for emergency services, utility companies or Royal Mail. For this reason you are asked to supply a choice of three names. If none of the names are suitable, you will be asked to resubmit alternative names.

New name for property with existing number

If you wish to add a name to your property, the number will remain ‘as is’. You may request to remove any name associated with your property if it has a number.

To request these changes, please complete the adding, changing or removing a property name form.

Registering a new dwelling or development

All new developments need to be given an official address. The process for registering a new development is as follows:

Single dwelling

An application should be made as soon as work begins on site.

Email your requirements to steven.brackley@havant.gov.uk including an electronic version block plan showing the location and access point to the property.

Once Royal Mail confirms the address details, the Authority informs the emergency services and all District Council services. The applicant will then receive formal confirmation, a plan and numbering schedule by email.

Development of 2 or more properties

An application should be made as soon as work begins on site.

  • Email your requirements to steven.brackley@havant.gov.uk including an electronic version site plan showing road layouts plot numbers and access points to the properties. For flats, apartments or maisonettes, floor layouts must be provided showing access to each dwelling.
  • Royal Mail allocates the postcode but addresses are only reserved at this time; they will not be registered until physical completion of the properties is confirmed by the developer to Royal Mail. This is the responsibility of the said developer.
  • Once Royal Mail confirms the address details, the Authority informs the emergency services and all District Council services. The applicant will then receive formal confirmation, a plan and numbering schedule by email.

Guidelines for developers

Numbering of properties will be used at all times to enable easy identification of the property. Any new properties will always be given a number when built in a street with existing numbered properties. Only in very exceptional cases will house names be considered.

For larger developments of houses or flats, or for further information, please contact us at steven.brackley@havant.gov.uk.

Schedule of charges

Amendment Price
Rename a road £300
Rename a property £100
Numbering of new properties
First plot of any new development £200
Additional plots 2 to 20 £40
Additional plots 21 and above £30

These charges are not subject to VAT.

Once the Authority is in receipt of your application, you will be contacted by email with payment details. Please note, applications will not proceed without payment.