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Street Naming and Numbering


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The address of a property is increasingly becoming a very important issue. More organisations, postal and emergency services, and the general public need an efficient means of locating and referencing properties. The address data held in the councils Local Land and Property Gazetteer and the National Land and Property Gazetteer, which are both continually maintained and updated in accordance with the requirements of BS7666. Further information on the NLPG can be found by visiting

The Building Control Partnership provides the Street Naming and Numbering service on behalf of Fareham and Gosport Borough Councils.

Please note as from 1st June 2012, Fareham Borough Council began charging for administering the provision of Street Naming & Numbering. These charges are not subject to VAT.

Gosport Borough Council have since applied the same charges for this service from 1st January 2013.

Please contact The Building Control Partnership if you need:

Streets that are named and numbered range from new large developments consisting of many roads and properties to smaller developments of just a few houses.

House numbers are allocated once the road name is agreed. Post Codes are allocated by Royal Mail and confirmation of the correct postal addresses, together with layout plans are sent to the developers, the Royal Mail, HM Land Registry, Emergency services, utility companies and other locally interested parties.

To name or rename your property you will need to complete an application and charges form which should be accompanied by a location plan and relevant charge. Records are checked to establish that there is no duplication with the preferred house name. The Authority will confirm the amended address and notify all parties listed above

It should be noted that if you wish to name a property, which has already been allocated a postal number, that postal number must remain part of the official property address and cannot be dropped in favor of using the house name alone.

House names alone are not favoured by the Council or the emergency services as a number readily identifies the location of a property in a road. The only exception to this will be on the occasions, particularly in rural areas, where a street numbering sequence does not exist. When this does occur, we will accept the use of a building name to identify the property.

Street numbers and building names should always be prominently displayed where they can be easily read from the public highway.

Please remember if the name or number is not clearly displayed the emergency services may not be able to locate your property.


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