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What is the Street Naming and Numbering Officer role?

The Street naming and Numbering Officer is responsible for the naming and numbering of new and existing streets and properties within the authority area.

Street naming and numbering is a statutory Council function:

  • The main acts are Sections 64 and 65 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847 (for numbering of properties and Street naming), Section 21 of the Public Health Act Amendment Act 1907 (for alteration of names of Streets), and Sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Public Health Act of 1925. These acts are still in force even though they exceed 150 years and 75 years respectively.

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

  • These acts require the council to prepare street naming and numbering schemes and to maintain a good standard of street nameplates. They are essential for the efficient functioning of postal and emergency services as well as for the convenience and safety of the general public.

  • The Public Health Act 1925, Section 19 gives authorities the power to insist that the name of every street shall be shown in a conspicuous position and, also alter or renew it if it becomes for any reason illegible.

  • This section also makes it illegal to pull down or remove a street name, which has been lawfully set up, or to fix a notice or advertisement within close proximity to the sign. Anyone found guilty of infringing these requirements can be liable to a fine imposed by a Magistrates Court

  • These acts also give the council the ability to produce regulations concerning the erection of signs for the names of public streets and, ensure that the names and numbers of all buildings are displayed by their owners in accordance with these regulations.

The primary purpose is to create addresses, which are logical and consistent and to ensure that properties can be located quickly in all situations. This is important as various organisations, delivery, postal, emergency services and the general public need an efficient way of locating and referencing properties.

Street naming and numbering is an important aspect of modern life that is often taken for granted, but it is sufficiently important to need legislation to enforce the requirements of government and local government in this area.