Street Naming and Numbering

Street naming and numbering in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness

Street naming and numbering is a legal function of the Council to allocate house numbers / names and road names to new developments and property conversions. Individuals and developers should not allocate their own house numbers, building or street names.  We also maintain the definitive record (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) of all street names and property addresses.


Why street naming and numbering is important

The address of a property is increasingly becoming a very important issue.  More organisations, postal and emergency services and the general public need an efficient means of locating and referencing properties.

If a property is not "registered" through the street naming and numbering process it will not appear on the main address database and the owner / occupier will encounter difficulties in obtaining mail, goods and services from a variety of sources, for example applying for a credit card or obtaining goods by mail order.

The main address database is used by the Council, Royal Mail, all statutory undertakers, emergency services, credit agencies, satellite navigation system suppliers and many private companies.

All new addresses are allocated in line with British Standard 7666.

Who should apply

  • Individuals or developers building new houses, commercial or industrial premises.
  • Individuals or developers undertaking conversions of residential, commercial or industrial premises, which will result in the creation of new properties or premises.

When should you apply

You should apply for a postal address in the early stages of any new build or conversion.  Utility companies will be reluctant to install services without an official address and postcode.

How to apply

  • Download the application form (see below)
  • Contact Building Control on (01229) 876356

You will need to provide

  • Your contact name and details.
  • Location and the type of development.
  • Suggested new street names when relevant.
  • A scale plan of the development.

What is the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG)?

The LLPG is a database, which lists property and pieces of land within the Borough.  The LLPG will take the place of departmental address databases, so that everyone in the Council will be using the same source of address information.

All local authorities in England and Wales are obliged to maintain a LLPG for their area and to submit information from it to a central gazetteer, the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG).  The NLPG data will be used by Fire, Police and other Government departments to deliver joined up services.

How can I check a postcode?

By using the postcode / address finder service on Royal Mail website.

How do I get a postcode?

The Council is responsible for creating a new postal address excluding the postcode.  Royal Mail is then responsible for the allocation of a postcode to the address.  Royal Mail will only allocate a postcode once they have been notified by the Council of a new postal address.

Application form and guidance notes