Street Naming and Numbering
Hart District Council has the statutory responsibility for the Naming and Numbering of streets within the authorities boundary. The Legislation relating to street naming and numbering is in accordance with The Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847 and Public Health Act 1907.
If you are a developer, have received approval for your development and /or are about to start work on the development, you should now contact the Street Naming and Numbering Officer (SN&N) at the District Council, Parish or Town Council or Ward members of the un-parished areas, in writing (by post or via email) to commence the process. Preferably before buyers legal documentation is drafted.
Parish or Town Council and Civic Societies are ideally placed to advise on matters of local significance and historical links. Their advice should be sought prior to submitting an application. Some Parish or Town Council and Ward members of un-parished areas may already have a list of street names that they would consider appropriate.
The house numbers are allocated once the road name is agreed, usually by following the route a post person would be most likely to follow. Properties are numbered to the road that the front door has access to. When allocating numbers the Council also has to consider the ease of access to ensure the property can be easily and quickly located, especially by the emergency services.
Where properties are sold 'off plan' or prior to a name or numbering scheme being approved, it is important to stress that the plot number for planning purposes, is not necessarily going to be the house number, in exactly the same way that the marketing name may not become the street name.
Confirmation of the approved addresses, together with layout plans are finally returned to the developers and copies sent to Royal Mail, emergency services and the authorities' internal departments.
It is essential that the developer provides nameplates that are sufficient in numbers and adequate to lead a visitor to the correct location, with any locational ambiguity kept to a minimum. Apartment blocks should have adequate and conspicicuous signage at the main entrance(s) to indicate where within the block each apartment is located.
Single new dwellings and property conversions
If you are a developer or resident who has recently commenced work on either building a new dwelling or converting a property into flats, you will also need to contact the SN&N Officer in writing together with a location plan of the property and its access points to register the property It is also helpful to have the planning application number to enable us to view the plans from the Council's records. For a single development or conversion consultation with the Parish or Town Council or the ward member of the un-parished areas is not required and can be approved within a matter of days. On receipt of the written request we will then be able to allocate an official address.
Once the address has been confirmed we will then advise the official address and the location of the new development to Royal Mail, emergency services and the authorities' internal departments.