Street Naming and Numbering for homeowners

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Properties on a street with a numbering scheme

Most streets within Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council have a numbering scheme; this means that the properties on the street have a number associated with them (for instance "10 High Street").

When a property has a number associated with it, this should always be displayed so that the property can be identified from the street. This ensures visitors, the postman, and emergency services are able to find the property quickly.

Removing the number from an address

It is not possible to remove the number from an address. We have an official Street Naming and Numbering (SNN) policy which expressly disallows the removal of a property number from a property on a street with a numbering scheme as doing so could cause confusion with locating a property, particularly for the emergency services.

Adding, removing or changing the name of a property with a number

A property can have both a name and a number associated with it (for instance "The White House, 10 High Street"). It is possible to add, remove or change the name but this can only be requested by someone registered with the Land Registry as the freehold owner of the property or someone acting on their behalf.

To request that a property name is added, removed, or changed please apply online to formally register the change with Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Royal Mail and various council services. Please note that an alias name will only be allowed where there is no potential for confusion with other existing addresses.

Properties on a street with no numbering scheme

Some streets do not have a numbering scheme; this is common with some of the more rural streets within Tonbridge and Malling Borough. Each property will have a name instead of a number (for instance "The White House, High Street..."). If you wish to change the name of your house SNN will check that the new house name is suitable and is not duplicated elsewhere in the road/parish. SNN will apply to Royal Mail for their approval of the new house name and confirmation of postcodes. Royal Mail will confirm the new postal address within two or three weeks.

New property on a numbered street

If your new property is on a numbered road, SNN will advise you on how your property will be numbered within an existing numbering scheme. SNN will apply to Royal Mail for their approval of the new address and confirmation of the postcode. Royal Mail will confirm the new postal address within two or three weeks.

Proceeding with your application

When you decide to proceed, or as soon as planning permission is granted, please apply online to formally register the property/ies. You should include a site plan showing the location of all the plots/units. Payment is also made online. If you have any problems please contact Street Naming and Numbering section.

If you do not have a suitable plan to send with your application, Ordnance Survey maps can be ordered via Getmapping.

Once Royal Mail confirms any new address or update, SNN will issue you with a Street Naming & Numbering Notice confirming your new postal address. Copies of this notice will also be sent internally to other Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council services and (except for name changes to a numbered property) to various external statutory bodies, including Emergency Services and Land Registry.