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Street naming and numbering

Creating an address

Creating an address

We must create new addresses and road names to comply with national standards. Wherever possible new addresses will always be given a number in the existing street sequence to allow emergency services to easily locate the property.

New address

When we create new property numbers and road names we will issue official documents to confirm the new addresses, along with an allocated postcode provided by Royal Mail.


Postcodes are owned and created by Royal Mail. Royal Mail will only allocate a postcode once they have been notified by the council of a new postal address.

Copies of your new address documents are also sent to Royal Mail's Address Management Unit who then allocate the postcodes.

If you are experiencing problems with the delivery of your mail, you should contact Royal Mail Customer Services or Royal Mail Address Management Team:

Royal Mail Address Management Team
Admiral Way
Doxford International Business Park
Telephone: 08456 011 110 and press option 3 and then option 1 to speak to an advisor.

National Address Gazetteer

Every new address and road name we create goes into our master address database, the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG). Every night our LLPG updates the National Address Gazetteer to help fire, police and other government departments work together to provide efficient services.

Display your property number

When we allocate your new address you are legally required to mark your property with the allocated number in such a way as to make the mark legible from the street. If you do not do this organisations will find it difficult to find your property and you may experience delivery problems.