The address of a property is important as it allows:
- emergency services to find a property quickly (delays can cost lives and money)
- mail to be delivered efficiently
- visitors to find where they want to go
- reliable delivery of services and products
- records of service providers to be kept in an efficient manner
The council is the street naming and numbering authority local for the area and it carries out these statutory functions under the Public Health Act 1925, the Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847 and the Walsall Corporation Act 1890.
Postcodes, which are an important part of a postal address, are allocated by the Royal Mail not the local authority, however the council liaises closely with them to ensure postcodes are allocated as quickly as possible.
All new addressable properties should be allocated postal numbers wherever possible including residential properties, conversions and sub divisions, commercial and industrial premises.
It is very important that all numbered properties display the number clearly on the property. The council has powers to enforce where numbers are not clearly displayed.
Is there a charge for the street naming and numbering service?
We charge for the street naming and numbering service following a resolution of Walsall Council on 11 July 2011. The charges incurred vary dependent upon both the service required and size of development.
If you are a developer of a new property or a small development you should complete the application form and submit it to us as early as possible, preferably at least three months before the commencement of site works. Send your completed form to us by email or post.
Usually, if a single or small development is situated in a numbered street then it will be subsequently numbered into that street continuing the correct numerical sequence. However, where there are no spare numbers available (which is becoming increasingly frequent) then often suffixes will be used, for example 12A, 12B, 12C…. In certain circumstances if a development incorporates a shared driveway or private drive serving several properties then it may be appropriate to allocate a name to this drive and number the properties into it.
The developer is issued with an official street naming and numbering plan detailing the postal numbers allocated to their development which should be kept with the property Title Deeds. Subsequently the statutory authorities including the emergency services, Ordnance Survey and relevant Council services are informed so that their records can be updated. It is the develoers responsibility to display the numbers clearly on all properties.
Developing a large estate – how do I name new streets and number properties?
If you are a developer of a large estate you should complete the application form and submit it as early as possible after planning approval has been given, preferably at least four months before site works commence. This will allow us sufficient time to process the naming of any new streets and number the new properties without delay. The application form can be returned by email to or the address given at the bottom of this web page. Developers may wish to put forward suggestions for road names, provided that:
- they are not named after any person, living or deceased
- they are not the same or similar to any existing names within the area
- they preferably have relevance to the history or geography of the site or area
- they are not awkward or difficult to spell
We will then consult with the Royal Mail, fire service and local Land and Property Gazetteer custodian for their views on the suggested road names. If the names put forward are considered to be unsuitable we will allocate appropriate names accordingly. Finally the three Ward Councillors for the area are consulted for their comments.
Once the names have been agreed an official street naming and numbering plan will be sent to the developer who will be requested to inform the purchasers of the properties of their official addresses and recommending that a copy of the plan is kept with the title deeds. Subsequently the statutory authorities including the emergency services, Ordnance Survey and relevant council services are informed so that their records can be updated. It will be the developer’s responsibility to display the numbers clearly on the properties and also supply and erect street nameplates to the council’s specification in the appropriate positions.
Can I name my house without contacting the council?
If a property is already numbered, a property owner can additionally name their property without contacting the council as long as it does not conflict with an existing property name in that locality. The council may on request do a simple search of nearby addresses to check for any possible conflict with the new name but it is not obliged to do so. The property name in this case will not officially form part of the property address, and the property number must still be displayed and referred to in any correspondence, for example:
‘My House’ (not part of official address)
1 My Road (official address)
How do I rename my house?
Some streets have named properties only and no numbers allocated. In these cases the name does form part of the official address. In this instance property owners wishing to change the property name should return the attached application form detailing the proposed name. The application form can be returned by email to or the address given at the bottom of this web page.
We will contact Royal Mail and the local Land and Property Gazetteer custodian to see if they have knowledge of a similar named property in the locality. If the name is considered satisfactory then an official renaming plan is issued to the applicant accordingly. Should there be an issue with your preferred name, we will request alternatives.
Subsequently the statutory authorities including the emergency services, Ordnance Survey and relevant council services are informed of the name change so that their records can be updated. It is the responsibility of property owner to inform their own personal contacts such as banks, doctors, etc.
An administration fee will be charged for the renaming of a property at the owner's request.
What happens if a street needs renaming or renumbering?
On rare occasions it becomes necessary to rename or renumber a street or part of a street. This is done only as a last resort when:
- there is confusion over a street’s name and/or numbering
- a significant group of residents are unhappy with their street name
- new development in a street necessitates existing properties to be renumbered to accommodate the new properties
- the number of named-only properties in a street is deemed to be causing confusion for visitors, deliveries or the emergency services
- in the case of number 13, where the owner considers it superstitious
Existing residents will be contacted and their views taken into account and the Royal Mail will be consulted for their position on the issue. To change a street name a residents ballot will be undertaken and a two –thirds majority in favour will be required to make the change. This is a very time consuming process and we are only able to progress one of these issues at a time.
An administration fee may be charged for the renaming or renumbering of a street at the resident's request.