You can apply online or via post. Online applications are recommended, though in some cases you may have to email your local authority instead. There will be a fee for applying.
Your application must contain electronic or print copies of:
- A plan of your site’s location, particularly how it interfaces with existing streets.
- A plan of your site’s layout, with each plot clearly numbered and its primary access point shown.
- Geo-reference CAD drawings, if new streets are being requested.
In addition, you may need to include proof of your planning permission and drawings that show the extent of your premises.
If you’re applying to name a building or street, then they recommend that you include at least 3 name suggestions. This makes it more likely that at least one idea you like will be accepted.
Once your application is submitted, they will give you an estimate of how long the process should take. Straightforward applications for new addresses or changes to existing ones should usually take around 5 to 6 weeks.
There are several factors that could make the process much longer, including the complexity of your site and the possibility of having to do a local consultation about the proposed changes. The process is likely to be delayed where new streets are being proposed or where there has been an objection.
The local authority will check for any similar addresses nearby or in a neighbouring postcode. They will also liaise with the Highways department.
Once your application has been approved, you’ll receive a decision notice with your new official address and a drawing showing any new streets and/or new property numbers. The local authority will also alert the statutory authorities, Royal Mail (who provide postcodes) and the emergency services.
An address for a self-build might feel quite personal but try to be objective about your application, as there are many factors that might influence the outcome. Remember that your local authority’s decision is final when it comes to naming, renaming and numbering streets/buildings. Any change is at the Head of Development Management’s discretion.