Street Naming and Numbering

The Council is responsible for street naming and numbering, providing addresses to developers and individuals for new properties and for renumbering streets when need arises.

Why is Street Naming and Numbering (SNN) Important?

If a property is not 'registered' through the street naming and numbering process the address will not appear on the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) or the Royal Mail Postal Address File (PAF) and the owner/occupier may have difficulties with services such as;

  • utilities
  • applying for credit cards 
  • mobile phone contracts
  • obtaining mail order goods 
  • critically being located by the emergency services in emergencies

Milton Keynes Council has a statutory power to name and number streets as well as to approve and officially register property addresses within the Borough.

Royal Mail will not allocate a postcode until they receive official notification of new or amended addresses from the Council.

Who should apply ?

  • Individuals or developers building new houses, flats, commercial or industrial premises
  • Individuals or developers undertaking conversions of residential, commercial or industrial premises which will result in the creation of new properties or premises
  • Any person who wishes to change their existing address 

When should you apply?

For any new build or conversion of a property you should apply to us for address allocation once you have received planning and building regulation approvals. We will then produce a street naming and numbering scheme for your development and contact the Royal Mail who will allocate the postcode to the approved address. Utility companies are reluctant to install services without an official address and postcode. If your request involves the naming of new streets please allow sufficient time due to the consultation process with local ward Councillors and Parish Councils. We would not normally officially register an address until a site commences (i.e. footings being laid).

How to apply?

 Apply Online for Street Naming & Numbering 

Applications will not be processed until the full fee has been paid by the applicant.  When applying online payment may be made by debit or credit card or by BACS transfer. 

What needs to be included in an application?

  • If you are not the owner of the property you need a letter proving that you are acting on the owners behalf
  • A clear map showing the site boundary, with a north arrow, showing access roads and the position of door access to the street
  • In larger development schemes it is important to show the type of property to be addresses particularly if any flats or commercial buildings are included. In flatted developments please provide detailed floor plans together with all access points
  • If the development includes blocks of flats or large commercial buildings the developer may wish to suggest building names 

Is there a charge?

Charges for Street Naming and Numbering Services are applicable for most services other than changing or adding a house name. If at the end of the process you have been over charged or additional services need to be paid for, you will be contacted by our administration team who can take payment or issue a refund over the telephone to your debit or credit card.

Last Updated: 3 September 2020