Street Naming and Numbering


Introduction

We are responsible for allocating house names or numbers and street naming within Tunbridge Wells for new developments or property conversions. We also maintain the record of street names and property addresses within the borough which is used by the Royal Mail and the emergency services.


Application Types


You can change the name of your property. The new name must not duplicate a property name in the vicinity or postcode sector (e.g. TN17 3). To check the Royal Mail PAF database for potential duplicates, please visit www.royalmail.com.


There is a £50 charge for this service.


The new property/conversion must have a granted planning permission before applying to register the address.


If the new property/conversion is in a numbered street, it must be incorporated into the existing numbering sequence, this can include numbers followed by suffixes A, B etc... The Council will advise on numbers and suffixes during the application process. A name can be added to a numbered property.


If the property/conversion is in a street of named properties only, the requested name must not duplicate an existing property name in the vicinity or postcode sector (TN17 3) To check the Royal Mail PAF database for duplicates, please visit www.royalmail.com.


There is a £50 charge for this service.


New developments including conversions must have been granted planning permission before applying. Plans showing plot numbers and floor plans of flats will be required.


If the new properties/conversions are in a numbered street, they must be incorporated into the existing numbering sequence, this can include numbers followed by suffixes A, B etc... The Council will advise on numbers and suffixes during the application process. Names can be added to numbered properties.


If the properties/conversions are in a street of named properties only, the requested names must not duplicate existing property names in the vicinity or postcode sector (TN17 3) To check the Royal Mail PAF database for duplicates, please visit www.royalmail.com.


There is a £50 charge per plot/unit for this service


Correcting spelling mistakes and postcode errors – Does your address appear incorrectly (e.g. on your council tax bill or on the Royal Mail database)?

There is no charge for this service.

The developer will be requested to submit new street names, these will go to Ward Councillors and Parish Councils (if applicable) for consultation. Plans showing plot numbers and floor plans will be required. House numbers will be allocated by the authority following Street Naming & Numbering Policy and Government guidelines.


A house number with a letter after it may come before the original number in a sequence (14 A, 14, 15), or after it (14, 14 A, 15). The house name must be unique within the road that it is on.


There is a £50 charge per unit and a £150 charge per street for this service.



You can add a house name to a numbered property. The property will keep the number and the new name will be added. This name is known by Royal Mail as an Alias Identifier.


There is a charge of £25 for this service.




What happens once the application has been received?


  1. Applications are checked
  2. The Council consults with Ward Councillors & the Parish Council (where applicable). The consultation period is 14 working days
  3. Once the new street name or names have been confirmed, the Council applies to Royal Mail for their comments. (5 – 15 working days)
  4. The official Street Naming & Numbering notice is issued and sent to the applicant/developer and statutory bodies
  5. Timescale – Approx. 6-8 weeks. Please note applications may involve research or consultation between the Street Naming and Numbering team, and applicants which may therefore extend timescales.

Conditions

In order to apply for the service of street naming and numbering:


  • You must be the owner of the property or land you are applying for
  • New developments including conversions must have been granted planning permission before applying
  • We will require detailed plans indicating the plot numbers and floor plans you require us to change, correct or register
  • Applications may be rejected if the correct information is not supplied
  • We are unable to address plots of land.


Damaged or Missing Street Signs

For damaged or missing street nameplates please email depot@tunbridgewells.gov.uk or call The Streetscene Team on 01892 554426.

For any enquires regarding road signs please contact Kent County Council Highways.


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