Buckinghamshire Council Street Naming and Numbering Policy

1. Statement

1.1 Buckinghamshire Council has the legal responsibility to ensure that streets are named, and properties are numbered. The Authority has the power to approve or reject property addresses submitted by developers or the general public or prescribe its own addressing schemes.

1.2 Buckinghamshire Council uses Sections 17,18 & 19 of the Public Health Act 1925 for the purposes of naming streets and for the purpose of numbering properties.

1.3 Anyone seeking an address change, or the creation of an address for a new property, must apply to Buckinghamshire Council using our application forms following the procedures outlined in this guide.

1.4 Proposals for street names from developers and the public are welcome for consideration. However, it is recommended that more than one suggestion is put forward in case the primary suggestion fails to comply with the guidelines set out in this policy. It is advantageous for all suggestions for street names to reflect the local area or have a connection with the local authority area and must avoid duplication. If suggestions conform to this guide on Street Naming and Numbering and (for street names) have not meet with an objection from the relevant Parish or Town Council and the relevant ward councillors, the new address will be formally allocated, and all relevant bodies will be notified.

1.5 For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that Buckinghamshire Council has the legal responsibility to ensure that streets are named, and properties numbered. The Authority therefore has the power to approve or reject property and street addresses that are submitted by developers. This power extends to commercial property as well as domestic. Legislation to support this statutory power is outlined below.

1.6 In addition to complying with appropriate legislation, this guide is compliant, at the time of implementation, with the latest version of the document “Data Entry Conventions and Best Practice for the National Land and Property Gazetteer”, available from the National Land and Property Gazetteer web site.