Street Naming and Numbering

What is Street Naming and Numbering?

The Street Naming and Numbering (SNN) department of the London Borough of Redbridge has sole responsibility for the addressing, naming or numbering of new or existing streets, buildings and dwellings within Redbridge. This function, and the requirement to maintain a register of addresses, is carried out under the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939.

If there has been a new development, redevelopment, conversion or subdivision and this has changed the number of units for residential, retail, industrial or leisure purposes, or how properties are accessed (either by creating a new road, new access points or through reconfiguration), these will need to be given their own official postal address.

If you want to change the name/number of an existing property you must also make an application to us.

For more information and requirements please carefully read the Street Naming and Numbering Guidelines (PDF 4.2MB)


Suggesting proposed addressing/names

We are happy for developers and residents to make their own name suggestions. Amongst other requirements, you cannot choose a name already in use in the borough, so we recommend you submit at least two suggestions in your application. 

We will then consult with the Emergency Services on the suggestions provided, this can take several weeks, and suggestions may not be approved.

Try to choose an address that is:

  • unique
  • unambiguous
  • not difficult to pronounce, offensive or awkward to spell
  • cannot be construed as advertising
  • has a connection with the local area

Please contact us as early as possible to discuss your application, preferably before building works start and before a development name has been marketed and/or publicised to avoid any future issues.


How to apply

For us to process your application we need you to: 

  1. Complete the Street Naming and Numbering application form (PDF 798KB)
  2. Provide any supporting information that will assist us to identify the units e.g. floor plans and site location plan
  3. Pay the correct fee (you will be contacted once the application has been logged for payment by debit/credit card over the telephone)

We aim to acknowledge your application within 10 days, but we will be in contact if we need any extra information.

If we have everything we need, we will then carry out consultations with the Emergency Services, Royal Mail and internal departments.

Once completed we will:

  • Allocate official addressing to the development and enter the addresses into the Council’s address database (Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG))
  • Notify you of the official addresses and provide a copy of the assigning order
  • Inform Royal Mail, Emergency Services and relevant internal/external bodies


Our fees and charges from 1 April 2024 are as follows:

Function Fee
New street/road/footpath name £670 each
Building/Block name (e.g. Redbridge House) £384 each

First/One new dwelling house

Additional dwelling houses 2-49

Additional dwelling houses 50-100

Additional dwelling houses 100+

£183 each

£121 each

£86 each

£29 each

House name (addition of a house name to a residential dwelling)


New non-residential unit or flat, office, other units within a building (i.e. flats/rooms/offices) 1-10

Additional flats/offices/non-residential/other units within a building 11-49

Additional flats/offices/non-residential/other units within a building 50+

£132 each

£57 each

£29 each

Regularise/re-number an existing property


Providing written confirmation of current/historical addressing information (each address)


In the unlikely event of the necessity of renaming and/or re-numbering

an existing road/property we reserve the right to charge for the costs/time

incurred carrying out statutory consultation and issuing new addresses/streets

Cost will be calculated

on a case by case basis

Example 1

If an existing addressed property (1 Redbridge Street) is converted into three flats this would be three new addressable units (3 x £132 = £396):

  • Flat 1, 1 Redbridge Street
  • Flat 2, 1 Redbridge Street
  • Flat 3, 1 Redbridge Street

Example 2

If a new building is built that contains three separate units this would be three new units (3 x £132 = £396) and introducing a new building/block name (1 x £384) which would total £780.

One new building name and three new addressable units within the building:

  • Flat 1, Redbridge House
  • Flat 2, Redbridge House
  • Flat 3, Redbridge House

Example 3

A new dwelling is built for single occupation. This would be £183 for one new dwelling house:

  • 1A Redbridge Street

Example 4

Redevelopment of a site that includes a new road (1 x £670), five new dwelling houses (1 x £183 and 4 x £121 which totals £667), a new building/block with a name (1 x £384 with 4 new units within the building (4 x £132 totalling £528):

  • New Redbridge Street
  • 1 - 5, New Redbridge Street
  • Flat 1 - 4, Redbridge House

The total cost for this redevelopment would be £2,249


What is the LLPG and LSG?

The LLPG is a corporate address database which includes information on land and property and holds all official addresses and any alternate address information. This is known as the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and is the register and definitive source of address information within the Council.

The LSG is the council’s corporate street database which includes all official streets, paths and footpaths, as well as any informal or unofficially named in the borough. This combined with Highways Associated Street Data (ASD) information, forms the comprehensive register of borough streets.

You can access this information by using the following services


At the heart of these datasets are unique reference numbers; Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and Unique Street Reference Number (USRN), which are given to every property, street and parcel of land. For more information you can visit the Government's Property and Street Information webpage


All local authorities in England and Wales are obliged to maintain an LLPG and LSG for their area and submit information from it to a central repository governed by GeoPlace. 

We are continually updating the LLPG and LSG to ensure its accurate and supply daily updates to GeoPlace as part of the DCA Agreement. GeoPlace combine this information with other national data sources to produce the National Land and Property Gazetteer and National Street Gazetteer infrastructure

This data is then used by Ordnance Survey, combined with additional information, to form the AddressBase® range of products. These products are used by important services such as police and ambulance to locate properties in an emergency, but also by delivery companies, online service providers and other companies to provide online address services.


Whilst we want to avoid any disputes, if we discover improper addressing or unofficial addressing which could cause problems in matters of emergency, we have powers to enforce addressing or to take corrective measures.

Failure to undertake the following could lead to enforcement action being taken or fines issued:

  • Failure to put appropriate signage up
  • Erecting incorrect signage
  • Defacing or pulling down signage


When the development or building works are complete and the building is ready for occupation you can email us at to let us know. 

We will then notify Royal Mail who will make the address "live" in their PAF® database. Only a local authority can instruct Royal Mail to do this so please ensure you let us know.

We will then ensure the addresses are live in our address database so you can use Council services as well as other external services such as utilities and delivery services.



Contact details



Phone: 020 8708 2913

Address: Street Naming and Numbering, Lynton House - 5th Floor Front, 255-259 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1NY