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Street Naming and Numbering

Ensuring that streets are named and properties are numbered

Naming streets and numbering properties is important. It allows for:

  • 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 permission and building regulation approvals have been obtained, and development has started.

The developer is invited to apply using our online form with 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 (Statutory Undertakers are the various companies and agencies with legal rights to carry out certain development and highways works). This process can take some time, so developers need to allow sufficient time to make sure they have approval before they can begin to use the finalised addresses.


All postcodes are provided by the Royal Mail to the local authority and are issued with final street naming and numbering notifications. West Berkshire Council has no control over postcodes. Developers will need to activate the new postcodes once the properties are ready to receive post. Details of how to do this will be detailed in final notifications.


Street Nameplates

You can report damaged, defaced or missing street nameplates using our online map.

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


To apply to name a street, building or house please use our online application form.

You can find more information about street naming and numbering in our Icon for pdf Street Naming and Numbering Policy [368KB] .

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