Street Naming & Numbering

It is the Council's statutory responsibility to allocate official addresses in the Worcester City area. 

If you want to obtain addresses for a new development, redevelopment, conversion you can use the on-line form to apply.

Changes to existing addresses

It is not possible to name a property where it is numbered in an urban (city) environment, exceptions being commercial properties, property blocks and listed buildings. The Council can accept a change in the name of an existing house if it is not previously numbered.

New Streets

If you are a developer you should notify us of new roads and register new addresses with 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. An application should be submitted to the Street Naming and Numbering service, where appropriate this should include planning application and building control references.

New street names are normally supplied by the Council based on a list compiled by the Worcester City Historical Environment Records (HER) Archaeology service. It is not necessary therefore, to submit a name, but if one is proposed it will be considered against the Council's policy.

New street names must also comply with the following criteria which are based upon national standards.  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.  

The Criteria

  • 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). 

The Process

  • We are notified of the new street(s) by the developer.

  • The Historical Environment Records (HER) Archaeology service is contacted to supply name(s) for new streets.

  • We carry out checks on the names to confirm suitability and negotiate an appropriate choice from the selection with the developer.

  • We may consult with others such as the Royal Mail to confirm its acceptability.

  • 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 of the address(es).

The process may take up to 8 weeks to complete depending on the circumstances and the necessity of further investigation in relation to particular name selections.

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.

Street Naming and Numbering for Worcester is provided by a shared service for Worcester and Malvern Hills councils and based in Malvern.

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 01684 862151.

Worcester City Council formally adopted the Town Improvement Clauses Act, Section 64 and 65 to name and number streets in 2009. The council's policy is also advised by other legislation concerning street naming and numbering and is based upon the data entry conventions and best practice for the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG).  The NLPG is owned and licensed by the Local Government Information House and is an implementation of the British Standard, BS 7666:2006 Parts 1 and 2.