Street naming & numbering
We are responsible for street naming and numbering and addressing new and existing properties. This is to make sure that any new streets or properties are addressed logically so that:
- your post and parcels are delivered efficiently
- emergency service vehicles can quickly find your address.
Please see below for more information on the following:
- Name and number new developments
- Change your address
- Address enquiries
- Street nameplates
Royal Mail requires all new properties and amended addresses to be approved by the Local Authority before allocating a postcode and adding the addresses to their Postal Address File (PAF). When your property is on the address database it will appear in the 'find your address' listings online for shopping and applying for services such as gas and electricity.
Name and number new developments
Where developments take place which include the building of new access roads, including private streets, the road names must be approved. The selection of new street names requires careful consideration to check that they are suitable for the area and will not conflict with or duplicate any existing names in the same locality.
If you are responsible for a new development, property or business unit which requires a new naming and/or numbering scheme, please contact us as soon as building work starts to ensure a suitable address is allocated before the building is occupied:
Notify us of a new development
If you are creating a single new property which requires an address the request and payment can be made using our:
This information is then sent to Royal Mail, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant council services including council tax and elections.
Guidelines for addressing a new development and a list of the fees are in our:
Change your address
If your property has a name and not a postal number you will need the Council's approval to make any changes to the name. New property names must be different to existing names in the same area. There is a charge of £59 to rename a property officially.
We can’t remove or change a property’s number unless there are exceptional circumstances so please contact us to check before paying to request a house number change.
To pay for an address change, please use one of the following:
Pay for an address change
- Download an Application form to amend your property name and post it with a cheque made payable to West Oxfordshire District Council to the address below or
- Fill in the Address enquiry online form and ring our Address Management Officer on 01993 861000 to pay by card.
If you have a postal number for your property and wish to add a name you can unofficially do this and display the name on your property next to your postal number. However, your property will always be known just by the number in all official postal address databases.
If you would like to report a problem with an address or confirm your official address please contact us:
Make an address enquiry
- By emailing the addressing team
- By telephone - please ring 01993 861000
- By post - please write to the Address Management Officer at the address below.
Postcodes are issued by the Royal Mail. They will only issue a postcode for a new street when requested by the District Council.
For questions about existing postcodes and postal towns please contact Royal Mail on 08457 111 222.
New street nameplates
For new developments our engineers team provide a service advising on the number of new street nameplates needed. This includes a detailed location map and one site visit. For more details please:
- see charges for the street nameplates service
- see the specification for street nameplates
- email the Property maintenance team
For recommendations on the installation of street name plates from the Department of Transport please:
- view Appendix A: recommendations for the installation of street name plates from the Department of Transport circular 3/93
Report missing or damaged street nameplates
We maintain street nameplates once a street has been adopted. Signs on private roads are the responsibility of the residents or management company. To report missing or damaged street nameplates please:
- contact your Parish or town council who will consider your request and contact us
We will fit new street signs within eight weeks of the request from the Parish or Town Council.
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