Planning and Regeneration
The address of a property is an important issue. An efficient means of locating and referencing properties for general services, organisations, postal and emergency services, as well as the general public, is required. The Council as the Street Naming and Numbering Authority for the area must ensure correct addressing of all properties. The Council carries out these functions under the provisions of the Public Health Act 1925 sections 17 -19.
It is the responsibility of the building occupiers to display the property numbers. The only requirement is that the numbers are adequately displayed and the Council does not have any specific requirements.
You need to seek permission from the Council regarding any change to your address. Please download the Street Naming and Numbering Application Form (pdf 71kb).
To make an online request for a new address or change of address/name please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing a Single Property/Small Development - How do I Number Properties?
If you are a developer or private individual of a new property (single or small development) you should contact us as soon as you commence work on site.
A single property will usually be numbered into the existing street. If the property is within a numbered road, the often ABC's are used along with the adjoining number (for example 12A).
If the street has named properties, then the developer or owner may choose a name provided that there is no conflict with any other address.
When checks have been made to ensure the address details are not duplicated, the information is then sent to the public utilities, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and the relevant Council services. You will also be sent a copy of the registered address, we would ask you to inform all purchasers/occupiers of the address details.
Where appropriate, you will be asked to provide signage or street nameplates to our standard design.
Please refer to the Council's policy procedure document for full details of criteria for naming and numbering a new dwelling or new development (8, 9 & 10).
Developing a Large Estate - How do I name New Streets and Number Properties?
If you are a developer of a large estate you should contact us a soon as you commence work on site.
Checks will be made on your suggested street names to ensure the address details are not duplicated. Once agreed the information is sent to the public utilities, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and the relevant Council services.
You will also be sent a copy of the naming and numbering schedule. We ask you to inform all purchasers/ occupiers of the address details.
Where appropriate you will be asked to provide street nameplates to our standard design.
Please refer to the Council's policy procedure document for full details of criteria for naming and numbering of new development (8, 9 & 10).
The Council has the power to assign numbers to houses and buildings 'as they think fit' and the number to be displayed by the occupier (Sections 64 and 65 Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847).
Re-Numbering Existing Properties or Re-Named a Street
Re-numbering existing properties/ buildings or re-naming streets may cause costs and or disruption to individual occupiers and wherever possible should be avoided.
Consultation is carried out with Parish Councils, Ward Members and Royal Mail. If any representations to re-naming or re-numbering are received from residents the Ward Member may request the matter be brought before the appropriate committee for its views. The Corporate Geographical Information Manager will make the final decision as to whether the revised scheme is necessary.
Please refer to the Council's policy procedure document for full details of criteria for re-numbering, re-naming of existing properties (11.1 - 11.6).
If you think you have a street naming issue, please contact us at the address above.
Allocation of Numbers to Properties with Names Only
Stafford Borough Council will consider requests from emergency services, Parish Councils, Ward members or members of the general public to allocate numbers to properties, which only have names. Numbering is carried out on receipt of such a representation for public safety reasons (12.1).
Changing an Existing Name to Properties Not Part of a Numbering Scheme
Whilst the Council will always seek to number properties, there are properties in the Borough that have not been numbered and are known officially by their property name Stafford Borough Council will allow occupiers to change the property name provided in that there is no conflict with any other address (13.1).