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Existing legislation

All district and unitary councils have the statutory powers to ensure that all streets are named and properties numbered. This should be in accordance with the council's approved policy.

The council can approve or reject property numbers and street names which are submitted by developers or owners, under the powers and guidance listed below and detailed in Appendix E of the GeoPlace Data Entry Conventions and Best Practice for Addresses DEC-Addresses Version 3.4 September 2016

  • Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847 (sections 64 and 65) (for numbering of properties and Street naming)

  • Section 21 of the Public Health Act Amendment Act 1907 (for alteration of names of Streets)

  • Public Health Act 1925 (sections 17 to 19) (for notification of Street Names and name plates)

  • Or a local Act, for example, the Humberside Act 1982 or the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939 (Part 2)


Unless a local Act endures, each council should refer to the Local Government Act 1972 section 5 schedule 14 paragraphs 24 and 25 to decide which Act to use depending on the circumstances. For further information see

All types of developments should be subject to the formal SNN process even if the statute which the council adopts does not mention a particular type of property, for example internal numbering of a sub divided building. This helps achieve consistent street and numbering records. This applies to all residential, commercial and industrial properties.