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Street naming and numbering

Street naming and numbering is a statutory service undertaken by the Council to issue and officially register postal addresses in the borough under the Public Health Act 1925.

The address of a property is an increasingly important issue. It is vital that the emergency services can locate a property quickly and efficiently. We have the responsibility to maintain a Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG), which is a database of property addresses within Swale.

The purpose of this control is to make sure that any new street names and building names and numbers are allocated logically. In an increasingly digital age, failure to officially register an address will make it extremely difficult to apply for utility services, receive deliveries and apply for mortgages. When a new or amended address has been approved we will inform the following:

How do I apply?

To apply, you need to download and complete our Street Naming and Numbering application form (PDF 120kb). You can also download the guidance notes to help you complete the this form.

Send the completed application form to the below postal address with payment or scan it back to us via email.

You can use the street naming and numbering application form to register the following:

We are only able to accept applications from the legal owner.

If you are a tenant please ask the owner to complete the form.

If you are in the process of purchasing a property please wait until completion of the sale before applying to change a property name.

New address or amending an address £64.80
New road name £108
New street developments (4 or more properties/units) £44.20 each per property (with a minimum charge of £180.00)
Changing a street name £664.50
Provision of historical information relating to street naming & numbering


*Note: Individual flats are charged as one new property/unit

View our Street name and numbering Policy.


Royal Mail is responsible for issuing new postcodes. However, Royal Mail will not issue a postcode for a new street or property until requested to do so by the council. Swale Borough Council requires planning permission to be granted before we can process the naming of streets or private dwellings.

Contact us

Street Naming and Numbering
IT Department
Swale Borough Council
Swale House
East Street
ME10 3HT

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