Register a new address
We're responsible for all property numbering and street naming within Bristol.
Apply for a new property number and address
You'll need to apply for a property number and address if you:
- have built a new house or converted an existing property into flats.
- are a developer building new houses and/or flats.
- have a development site which has properties on a new build street. The street will also need to be named in accordance with our Street Naming and property numbering policy (pdf, 73k) (opens new window)
To apply for a street name or property number, you'll need to:
- complete and submit a street naming and number application (SNN) form (word doc, 93k) (opens new window) which should include the planning application number;
- enclose a location plan
- enclose an as built development plan
Amend a property address
- If your property has a number but you would like to add a house name, just complete the relevant sections of the SNN application form above, but please note the property number cannot be removed, as this is the primary address, and the house name will be listed as an alias for the number.
- If your property only has a house name, and you wish to change the name, then just complete the relevant sections of SNN application form above. A property number can be allocated in most cases in addition to the name or instead of a house name, if wished.
Once we receive your application
- we'll contact you to advise you of any fee payable, and to advise when your address registration will be complete
- we'll give you a reference number so you can pay using our online system
Although we have powers to name streets and number properties, the postcode is the responsibility of Royal Mail. We will notify Royal Mail of all new or amended addresses and request the postcode.
Royal Mail only show “live” addresses in their Postcode Address File (PAF) on their website. New builds are held on a Not Yet Built file (NYB) until occupied.
Any queries regarding postcodes or mail delivery must be directed to Royal Mail website or Royal Mail customer services.
An adopted road is maintained at public expense. In normal circumstances, the city council will adopt new carriageway areas that serve five or more properties and remote footways/cycleways connecting one highway to another.
If you are a developer interested in dedicating a new road to the city council for adoption, please visit our Road Adoption page.
- creation of a new street name: £200 per street name
- creation of an address for a new block of flats or a conversion to flats: £25 per address
- creation of an address for a new built house or housing development: £40 per address
- creation of a new address for a non-residential property: £40 per address
- to make an amendment to a registered address: £20
- for official enquiries from solicitors or search agents that require official letters, or official letters confirming an address: £50
The charges above are applied on a not for profit basis, and in line with other local authorities. We don't charge for basic enquiries.