West Berkshire Council

Street Naming and Numbering

Ensuring that streets are named and properties are numbered

Naming streets and numbering properties is important as it allows:

  • post to be delivered efficiently
  • emergency services to find a property quickly - delays can cost lives
  • the reliable and efficient delivery of products and services
  • visitors to find where they want to go

New Developments

West Berkshire Council legally needs to be consulted on street names and numbers for any development that will create addressable properties.  This usually happens once planning and building regulation approvals have been obtained, and development has started.

The developer is invited to contact us with suggested naming and numbering schemes for consideration and approval. Any necessary changes will be negotiated and a final scheme will be approved.
Details of approved schemes will be given to the Royal Mail and a list of statutory undertakers. This process can take some time - developers need to allow sufficient time to make sure they have approval before they can begin to use the finalised addresses.

Postcodes

All postcodes are provided by the Royal Mail - local authorities do not allocate these.  Developers should contact the Royal Mail address Management Unit independently to arrange these after they have received the street naming schedule. 

Street Nameplates

Damaged, defaced or missing street nameplates can be reported online.

Re-positioning of street nameplates due to either building or access changes can be arranged, but will incur a charge.


More information about street naming and numbering can be found in our pdf icon Street Naming and Numbering Policy [368kb]