Street naming and numbering

Addresses are important as they give police, emergency services, and the general public a way of locating and referencing properties.

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

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

New addresses for developments:

For 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 contact the council as soon as possible to arrange for the allocation of addresses and refer to the naming and number policy to assist you in making a successful application. 

You will need to submit the following: 

  • a written request advising the council of any intended street names, or house names you wish to use within the development 
  • a location plan which identifies where the development is taking place
  • a site plan which clearly identifies the layout of the site and plot numbers where appropriate for each property involved (if there are any flats or apartments involved you will also need to include floor plans for these) 
  • details of planning permissions obtained 
  • the appropriate fee


Council Tenants 

The Communities Directorate 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 page covers area such as 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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