Street naming and numbering

Street Naming and Numbering

How to get an address

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is responsible for allocating house numbers, road names and numbering property conversions. Individuals and developers must not allocate their own house numbers, building or street names, but seek approval from the council.

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames also maintains the definitive record of all street names and property addresses (called the Local Land and Property Gazetteer).

Why is street naming and numbering important?

The address of a property is important since many organisations, postal, 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 (e.g. applying for a credit card, or purchasing goods by mail order).

Address data is used by the council, Royal Mail, all statutory undertakers, emergency services, credit agencies, financial institutions, sat navigation system suppliers and many private companies.

Apply for a street name or postal number

  • Please read the guidance notes for postal addresses and street names before submitting your application. These can be downloaded as a PDF form or viewed on a web page.

You should apply if you are building new houses, commercial or industrial premises or undertaking conversions of residential, commercial or industrial premises, which will result in the creation of new properties or premises.

You should apply once you have started building work, or conversion has started. Utility companies will not install services without an official postal address and postcode.

We require an email with the following when applying:

  • planning application number
  • site location plan
  • plans highlighting the entrance of each unit clearly marked
  • details of freeholder
  • invoice details including
    • company name
    • registered address
    • email
    • daytime contact number

These details need to be emailed to or posted to:
Street Naming and Numbering Team
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames 
Guildhall 1
High Street
Kingston upon Thames



Cost per Unit

Property naming and numbering


Naming a building


Naming a new road



Miscellaneous Charges


Amendment to approved schedule or plan

£25 per amendment per property impacted

Copy of confirmation of postal address


Copy of plot to postal list or postal plan


Archive search (providing historic property information)


We accept the following payment methods:

  • card payments
  • Post Office
  • telephone/Internet banking
  • Payzone
  • bank credit transfer
  • by cheque

Full details can be found on the invoice. An invoice will be raised upon an application being received and reviewed. Work on the application will commence following receipt of payment.

How long will it take?

If your request relates to a new address on an existing street, under normal circumstances we will allocate a postal address within 10 working days of payment.

If your request involves the naming of new streets, under normal circumstances we will allocate a postal address within 5 months from receipt of payment. This extended period is due to the consultation process with local ward councillors and approval being required from the appropriate Neighbourhood Committee that the development falls under.

If your application relates to a large and/or complex development please contact us first as this may take several months to complete.