Street Naming & Numbering Explained
Bassetlaw District Council administer Street Naming & Numbering within Bassetlaw, which is a statutory function. The relevant powers for local authorities are contained in Sections 64 and 65 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847. These impose a duty on the Local Authority to maintain a good standard of street nameplates, naming and numbering schemes and to improve standards where necessary.
The purpose of this is to ensure that any new street names, building names and numbers are allocated sensibly with a view to ensuring the effective delivery of services (for example, mail deliveries) and to avoid possible delays by the Emergency Services.
- Whose responsibility is it?
- Can I add a name to my address?
- Can I change my existing property name?
- Can you provide me with postcode information?
- Are you experiencing problems obtaining services?
- Street Name Plates – Who provide them on new developments?
- Maintenance, Repair and Replacement
- Useful Contacts
The responsibility for naming of new streets lies with the developer. If the developer/builder has no naming proposals the relevant Ward Councillors, Parish Councils will be invited to assist in proposing suitable street names.
All street naming proposals are sent to Royal Mail, Parish Councils, emergency services and other bodies, for consideration. A consultation period of two weeks is provided in order to obtain comments or objections to the proposed scheme. If the proposals comply with Council policy and do not meet with any objections, the new address will be formally allocated and all relevant internal services and external bodies will be notified so that they can update their records.
If you would like to add a name to your address (please note, you cannot substitute a name for a number) you may do so. You must inform us of the proposed name, to ensure that the new name doesn’t duplicate an existing name, or cause offence. This will also help us to maintain accurate records.
Once the name has been accepted, we will inform relevant internal services (including Council Tax, Electoral Registration) and external organisations so that they can update their records.
If you want to change an existing house name you may do so. You must inform us of the proposed change and ensure that the new name doesn’t duplicate an existing name or cause offence. This will also help us in maintaining accurate records.
Once accepted, we will inform relevant internal services (including Council Tax, Electoral Registration) and external organisations so that they can update their records.
We are not responsible for the issuing and maintenance of postcodes; information relating to your postcode can be obtained direct from Royal Mail. However, Royal Mail will not issue a postcode for a new street or property until requested to do so by the Council.
If you have recently moved, changed the name of your property or are using an incorrect postcode, you may experience problems with delivery companies, utility services, credit and other services.
If you have a street number, the postcode may not have been made “live” by Royal Mail’s Address Development Centre. We can contact Royal Mail on your behalf and arrange for the postcode to be “released”.
If you have added a house name to your address, did you notify the Council? From our records we can confirm whether or not a scheme has been created to add or change the name of your property. If we have not carried out a scheme you can forward details to the Council, confirming a previous name and the current name you use.
Does your postcode not match your address details? Royal Mail can confirm the postcode allocated to your property.
When roads are constructed as part of a new development, the provision of street signs is the responsibility of the developer. Bassetlaw District Council will take over responsibility of maintaining the plates once the County Council has adopted the street.
Bassetlaw District Council is also responsible for the day-to-day maintenance, repair and replacement of street nameplates. Should you wish to report an ineligible or damaged street plate please provide the following information:
- Location/name of street plate
- Parish or town in which the street is located
- Name and contact details
- Nature of the damage to the plate
The Council has a duty to prioritise street nameplates requiring attention. Missing street signs will take precedence over damaged plates. Please note reports will be prioritised in the following way:
- Priority 1: Missing name plate causing possible risk to life safety.
- Priority 2: Missing, but no complaints from emergency services.
- Priority 3: All other repairs/replacements (damaged frame, graffiti, etc).