The Street Naming and Numbering function is delivered under statute by local authorities in England and Wales. All local authorities should have a policy for approving and recording decisions about street names and property numbering in line with the local authority’s constitution. Decisions may require a committee or cabinet to formally approve all street name decisions or the decision may be delegated to an officer of the local authority.
The Street Naming and Numbering function forms part of a much wider function both within the local authority and also as part of a long established national data infrastructure project. This involves every local authority in England and Wales, GeoPlace, Ordnance Survey, Local Government Association and other public sector bodies. The property lifecycle is of vital interest to all these bodies for a variety of reasons including service delivery; emergency services provision; planning and service projections.
To support this function and to share best practice, GeoPlace and the Street Naming and Numbering working group have produced a Code of Practice. Several sections are of particular interest to Managers of this service area and signposted below.