Street Naming & Numbering

Residents can apply to change the name of their home and developers can alter the name of a street or new development.

Property name changes are permitted where the proposed name is not used in the local area and will not cause confusion when attempting to identify the property.

If your property has been allocated a number, you can still request to have a property name allocated to the address. A name will not replace the number and should be considered only as an addition.

If your property has been allocated a number, it must be displayed so that it is easily visible from the street.

Please note that Royal Mail uses the property number, rather than a property name, to perform their postal duties. They will not recognise property names added to addresses that have been allocated a property number.

Apply for a Property Name Change ›

A charge applies for this service. Please see below for details.

New developments

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) will name and number properties in a manner to easily identify a single building among others in the local area.

New properties will be numbered to reflect the existing official numbering scheme for that street. Numbers such as '1A' will be used in cases where a property has been developed between two existing properties.

Where an official numbering scheme is not in place, then a name will be allocated to the property. If this is the case, all such names should be proposed by the developer and will be approved by MVDC.

Property Registration Form ›

Charges relating to new developments can be found below.

Why is it important?

Street naming and numbering is important for:

  • making sure that post is delivered efficiently
  • emergency services to find a property quickly
  • visitors to find where they want to go
  • reliable delivery of products and services
  • records of service providers to be kept in an efficient manner


The council is not responsible for the allocation of postcodes in the district. When a new development has been completed, MVDC will request a postcode from the Royal Mail.

Charges from 1 April 2020

Please note: These charges are not subject to VAT.

  • House name change: £55
  • Changing the name of a block of flats: £105 for the first property, then £30 per additional flat
  • Changing a street name: £775 for a street plus £55 per property
  • Property Registration: £315 for the first plot plus £55 per additional plot
  • Administrative Charge: £105, the cost for performing cases where substantial investigative work is required prior to committing to a specific SNN request. This charge will be waived where that work results in an official SNN case.

For more information, please call 01306 885001 or email