Street naming and numbering

The appropriate naming and numbering of streets and buildings within the Scarborough borough is a statutory function of Scarborough Borough Council, and is covered by Sections 64 and 65 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847 and Sections 17-19 of the Public Health Acts 1925. The Council is the only organisation with the authority to name and number new streets and properties within our borough.


What we do.

Scarborough Borough Council has a number of responsibilities for street naming and property numbering, including:

  • assigning street names to new and existing streets
  • assigning property numbers to new and existing properties
  • assigning property name to new and existing properties
  • maintaining the definitive record (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) of all street names and property addresses.

The appropriate naming and numbering of streets and buildings is vitally important to ensure that properties can be located quickly and efficiently by emergency and postal services in order to prevent occupiers experiencing problems.

We advise all customers to consult our Naming and Numbering Policy document prior to submission because it sets out the correct procedures and rules for our naming and numbering processes. The Policy document is available to download at the bottom of this page or click here.

Applications for naming and numbering functions should be made by individuals or developers who are:

  • building new houses, commercial or industrial premises,
  • undertaking conversions of existing residential, commercial or industrial premises which will result in the creation of new properties or premises,
  • wishing to add/change a property name or address, or
  • wishing to confirm the correct address of a property.

Applications for new addresses should be submitted as soon as possible after permission for the proposal has been granted. This is important, as utility companies are often reluctant to install services where an official postal address has not been allocated.

Please Note: The Council is the only organisation with the authority to name and number new streets and properties, please be mindful of online providers claiming to offer this service.


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Application type Charge

Developments/new properties

1 property £65;  2 properties £130;  3-10 properties £170;  11 properties £190;
after that an additional £20 per property is payable
Renaming or addition of a name to a property or business
£25 per property
Address confirmation details
£20 per property
Add change to layout
£25 per property
From plot to postal address
£25 per property
Deletion of address
£25 per property

These charges are not subject to VAT. Payment can be made by cheque, cash, debit/credit card or electronic payment. Cheques should be made payable to Scarborough Borough Council and sent with the application form.

Paper applications for naming and numbering can be made by completing the forms below. A site location and a layout plan should be attached with the form. The completed form should be sent  to Planning Services, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG or email to