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Road Naming and Property Numbering
Birmingham City Council has a legal duty to address all new developments in the area. Addressing Services are provided by the Highways Information Section in Economy.
Developers are encouraged to suggest new road names which reflect the cultural, historical or geographical nature of the site or area. Usually we do not accept roads named after people, although we will give due consideration to any application commemorating someone no longer living which details the reasons in full. Where properties are to be addressed from existing streets, numbers should also be allocated by the Highways Information Section.
Suggestions for new road names are considered by Local Ward Members and subject to their agreement, postcodes are then obtained from Royal Mail.
Developers should contact Highways Information at an early stage of development to ensure that postcodes are available for utility connections and addresses are allocated prior to properties being occupied.
Note: Postcodes are issued by Royal Mail only on receipt of details of allocated property addresses by Birmingham City Council. Further information on postcodes can be found on the post office website.
The Addressing Services staff can also help if your address is not shown on Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF) and so is not displayed on its address search web page. Send details of the address to the Team on the form below, completing Section 4.
Generally changes to existing road names are discouraged as this may mean a number of properties having to be re-addressed and difficulties may occur in relation to informing banks, building societies, utility companies etc.
|Number of properties||Fee|
|Five properties or less in an existing road||£130.00|
|Between 6 and 25 properties in an existing road||£330.00|
|Between 26 and 75 properties in an existing road||£525.00|
|76 properties or more in an existing road||£790.00|
|Naming of new road(s) and allocation of up to 25 numbers||£460.00|
Renumbering due to a change of layout is charged at the same rates as above.
The above fees are not subject to VAT and include notification of addresses to the emergency services, Birmingham City Council Departments and the Land Registry.
Please note that the supply of an official address does not imply that planning permission has been granted. Your development may still require planning permission and / or building regulations approval. Please consult our Planning Guidance if in doubt.
To apply for naming or numbering of a new development please use this Online application form and supply the requested documentation with it. Or you can download the form below, fill it out and post it back to us.
- Application Form - Addressing for Building Conversions
- Application Form - Change of Name or Registering an Address
- Application Form - New Street Naming and Numbering
- Introduction to Street Naming and Numbering
- Importance of Street Naming and Numbering
- Who Should Apply
- When to Apply
- How to Apply
- How long it will take
- Proposals to name a new road
- Naming a House
- Renaming or numbering of an existing Street
- Street Nameplates