Street Naming and Numbering

Under the Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847 we are responsible for the naming and numbering of streets and properties in the Epping Forest District.

Street Naming and Numbering is a statutory function of a council to allocate property numbers or names and street/road names to new developments and property conversions.  Individuals and developers must not allocate their own house numbers, building or street names.

We are responsible for:

  • assigning official street names to new and existing streets 
  • assigning official property numbers to all new and existing properties 
  • changes to and allocation of property names 
  • renaming of streets and renumbering of properties 
  • the erection of replacement and maintenance of street nameplates 
  • ensuring that the Royal Mail are notified of new or amended property addresses to enable them to assign postcodes 
  • ensuring that the emergency and essential services are notified of all new properties and streets

The property owner is responsible for:

  • clearly displaying their property number 
  • using the correct official address, including property number

Large, Individual or Small Developments:

If you are developing a new street or estate, building a new property or properties, or replacing / redeveloping an existing property into multiple dwellings, you should apply to the council as soon as possible, after receiving planning permission, to arrange for the allocation of addresses.  Please refer to the street naming and numbering policy before making your application. 

Naming your property:

You are allowed to name your property. However, if your property has an official number the name can only be used in conjunction with the number and cannot replace it.

When choosing a property name, it should not be the same as, or similar to, another house name in the area.  Please refer to the criteria for addressing of new properties in the street naming and numbering policy before making your application.



Street Nameplates:

To request a street nameplate, or report a missing or damaged street nameplate contact the Customer Contact Centre on 01992 564608.


For all queries regarding postcodes contact Royal Mail via their postcode enquiry line on 08456 045060 or you can check online using the Royal Mail postcode finder.


House name change / addition - £52.50 per property.

Development of 1+ properties - £52.50 for first property plus £18.00 per additional property.

Changes in initial development after initial notification - £52.50 for first property affected plus £18.00 per additional property affected.

Renaming of street at residents' request - £52.50 for first property plus £18.00 per additional property involved to be split evenly with all residents affected.

Please note the above charges are not subject to VAT.

How long does it take to register a property:

Once your application has been validated and payment received the process is usually completed within 3 - 4 weeks for single or small developments up to 6 properties.  For developments of 7 properties or more this will take longer as we are required to consult with the local Town/Parish Council.

The postal address for a new build will be registered on Royal Mail's 'reserved' postal address 'Not Yet Built' database.  Once you have received confirmation of your official address from us please contact Royal Mail on 08456 045060, and ask them to transfer your address from the 'Not Yet Built' file onto the live version of PAF (Postcode Address Finder).


To apply for Street Naming and Numbering please click here:

Apply for Street Naming and Numbering




Council Tenants 

The Housing Service manages around 6,500 council properties in towns and villages throughout the district. Chigwell, Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Epping and Ongar have some larger estates. The Council Tenants pages cover: repairs and improvements to council properties, housing management, buying your home from the council and tenant involvement. 

Housing Advice 

We offer advice on a wide range of housing issues. You may be looking for accommodation in the district, or you may be looking for assistance to help you stay in the home where you live now. The Housing Advice pages cover: applying to the council for housing and homelessness prevention, housing associations, housing services for older people, advice for owner occupiers, private tenants, landlords and residents of caravan or park home sites.




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Name:Private Sector Housing
Telephone: 01992 564348

Or you can write to us at:
Private Sector Housing (Technical) Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices, High Street,  Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ