Street Naming & Numbering
It is the council's statutory responsibility
to allocate official addresses in the Malvern Hills area.
If you want to obtain addresses for a new
development, redevelopment, conversion or if you wish to
change your house name, you can use the on-line form to apply.
Changes to existing
If you would like to give your property a name or if you wish to
change its name you can apply to do so using the on-line
form. Please note, if your property uses an existing
number the name will be an addition to the address and the property
number must be retained otherwise this will causes difficulties
with deliveries and for the Emergency Services.
Checks will be made to ensure there is no duplication with a
nearby property before the name is made official.
If you are a developer you should notify us
us as soon as possible and certainly before the properties are
occupied. Failure to do so will mean delays when you register
for council tax or utility services.
New street names must comply with the
following criteria which is based upon national standards. To
ensure your name is approved please consider carefully whether it
meets the requirements otherwise it will be rejected and you will
be asked to provide another. Preference will always be given
to street names that refer to the local character, proven history
and heritage of the local area and to the identified development
site in particular. You must provide evidence of how the name
meets this criterion. If you are having trouble selecting a
name we can help you by providing a list of names compiled by the
County Archaeology Service.
We also encourage you to choose a name which
is locally supported; you may want to consider discussion with the
parish council prior to submitting your name, particularly if there
is strong local feeling regarding a development.
- Names should be historically relevant to the
site; continuity with local history is intrinsically of value.
- Names cannot be explicit or
rude, or cause offence.
- Names cannot be subject to
copyright or promote an existing company. Names associated
with the Crown must have approval from Buckingham Palace.
- Street names may not contain
numbers as words such as ‘Seven Limes Road’.
- Street names which cause
confusion in their spelling should be avoided
- Names commemorating
individuals will not be considered until 10 years post mortem, and
with the full support of their estate. Names of living
individuals are not permitted, family names connected with a site
will be considered subject to various checks.
- Proposed names must not be
similar to existing street names in the same postal town
area. Existing street names which are not in the same postal
town but in close proximity should also be avoided. Street names
cannot have the same name with a different suffix (eg, Birch Road,
Birch Lane, Birch Street). Checking in a local A-Z should
help identify whether there duplications or similar names in the
Please note, this list is not exhaustive and
further checks will be made by Street Naming and Numbering
Officers. You should include supporting evidence for any name
submitted to demonstrate its origin.
To increase the chances that your submission
is acceptable we encourage you to send in more than one choice of
name at a time. They should be ranked in order of
- A name(s) is submitted from the developer
(this is the start of a four week legal process)
- We carry out checks on the
name to confirm its suitability.
If the name does not pass our checks another name is
requested. Up to three separate submissions are possible,
after that the authority reserves the right to select a name of its
- The suitable candidate is
submitted for comment to ward councillors and parish/town
- At the end of the four week
process, unless the name is demonstrated to not meet the criteria
you will be notified that it has been accepted.
- We will notify Royal Mail to
obtain a postcode and notify a number of other bodies such as
Ordnance Survey, the emergency services and utility companies.
The council is not responsible for allocating postal codes, this
is the responsibility of Royal Mail and any queries relating to
this should be directed to their customer
services. The authority must notify new addresses to
Royal Mail before a postcode can be assigned.
Your new address will be entered in the Council address system
which is submitted to the national address database, the National
Land and Property Gazetteer.
The local authority reserves the right to name new streets under
special conditions including: the repeated failure of external
proposers to submit acceptable names, and in large scale
developments with a substantial quantity of new roads, in agreement
with site owners/developers.
Any queries should be sent in writing to Street Naming and
Numbering Officer, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern WR14 3AF
or via e-mail or by contacting the hub on
Malvern Hills District Council formally adopted the street
naming and numbering procedures in the Public Health Act 1925 in
2004. The council’s policy is also advised by the Town
Improvement Clauses Act, Section 64 and 65 and based upon the data
entry conventions and best practice for the National Land and
Property Gazetteer (NLPG). The NLPG is owned and licenced by
the Local Government Information House and is an implementation of
the British Standard, BS 7666:2006 Parts 1 and 2.