Bournemouth Council

Postal Numbers, Property Names and Street Names

A new development should always have a house number and street name

Having a registered address makes life easier for everyone, especially the emergency services. As your local council, we maintain and register street names and postal numbers as covered by the Public Health Act of 1924.

Get a postal number for a new development

You can submit the Street Naming and Numbering Form by clicking on the Apply link to the right. You will also need to send us a copy of the site plan and the relevant fee.

Scale of Charges from 1st October 2015
 Category Charge (incl. VAT)
Property Renumbering  £70
Conversion or new development 1 Plot  £65
Conversion or new development 2-5 Plots  £125
Conversion or new development 6-10 Plots  £250
Conversion or new development 11-25 Plots £400
Conversion or new development 26-75 Plots  £610
Development 76 + Plots £850
Changes to Development Schedule of addresses after agreement and Notification  £50 per dwelling

New road name or existing road name change

Residents’ request to change road name 

£120 

£220 +£20 per dwelling

Confirmation of address  No Charge 
Annual fee to utilities/other services for weekly update of  list outlining agreed address changes  £550

 

Request a postcode

The Royal Mail issues postcodes, but they can’t allocate a postcode without official notification from us first.

With large businesses, you can apply directly to Royal Mail for a large user code. As you will be expecting a large amount of mail, you will need to inform them first. If you think this applies to your business, get in touch with the Royal Mail.

You can find postcodes on the Royal Mail Website

Change the name of your property

Only the owner of the property can ask to change their house name. You need to make sure that no property in the same area has a similar name. We can’t change a house name while the property is being purchased,  only once contracts have been exchanged.

House names don’t replace house numbers. Postal numbers are crucial to postal services and emergency services and must be clearly displayed so the property can be easily identified from the public highway.

However, if your street doesn’t have a numbering sequence, which is sometimes the case in rural areas, you don’t need a postal number.

Change the name of your street

In certain circumstances, we can change a street name only if all residents agree. We will consult the emergency services, Royal Mail, ward Councillors and the general public before making a decision.

Street Nameplates

When a road is built as part of a new development it is the developer’s responsibility to arrange for the installation of a street nameplate to the appropriate specification.

We will take over responsibility for maintaining the nameplate once the street has been adopted by us.

Contact Us

Telephone

General Enquiries

01202 451323

Address

Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road
Bournemouth
BH2 6EB

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