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


As of 9 May 2022 our fees and charges will be as follows:

Function Fee
New street/road/footpath name £560 each

First/One new dwelling house

Additional dwelling houses 2-49

Additional dwelling houses 50+


£100 each

£70 each

Building/Block name (e.g. Redbridge House)

£320 each

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


New addressable units within a building (i.e. flats or offices) or

regularise/re-number an existing property

£100 each

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 £100 = £300):

  • 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 £100 = £300) and introducing a new building/block name (1 x £320) which would total £620.

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 £155 for one new dwelling house:

  • 1A Redbridge Street

Example 4

Redevelopment of a site that includes a new road (1 x £560), five new dwelling houses (1 x £155 and 4 x £100 which totals £555), a new building/block with a name (1 x £320 with 4 new units within the building 4 x £100 (totalling £720):

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

The total cost for this redevelopment would be £1,835


How to tell us when works are complete

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.



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


Contact details


Phone: 020 8708 2913

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


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