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Apply for street names and property numbers for residential or commercial properties.

You must apply for new property addresses if you:

  • build new houses or block of flats
  • build new commercial properties
  • create streets as part of a new development
  • convert an existing property into flats
  • merge existing flats back into one property

New addresses must conform to our pdf street naming and property numbering policy (312 KB) .

To apply you'll need to submit:

  • a planning application or building control number
  • a location plan
  • a development plan
  • CAD files (for large developments)
  • invoice details

If your development includes a block of flats, fill in a spreadsheet plot to postal schedule (12 KB) .


Fees for new addresses:

  • street name: £247
  • block of flats or a conversion to flats: £62 per individual address
  • house or housing development: £62 per individual address
  • non-residential property: £77

We charge £62 per hour to answer official enquiries or letters relating to property, land and the highway from solicitors, building societies, or search agents.

Apply for a new property address

After you apply


  • respond to your application within 15 working days
  • confirm if we agree with the address applied for, propose any changes needed, or, if we can't register an address, explain why
  • confirm the cost

We might also ask you for more information.

When we've agreed the new address, we'll give the details to Royal Mail. They will add it to their database and issue a postcode.

When Royal Mail have issued the postcode, we'll email you:

  • to confirm the new address
  • an invoice with details of how to pay

We'll also give the new address to:

  • other council departments, including Electoral Services, Waste Services, and Council Tax
  • emergency services
  • HM Land Registry
  • Valuation Office Agency
  • Ordnance Survey
  • National Land and Property Gazetteer
  • Bristol Water
  • BT Openreach

Setting up services to the new address

If an address is registered for a property that is still under construction, it'll be added to Royal Mail's Not Yet Built (NYB) file. 

Utility and service companies should still be able to see addresses on this database. If you're having issues, contact  Royal Mail.

When the property is ready to receive post, fill in Royal Mail's activate a new property form.

Queries about a new postcode or mail delivery

If you have any queries about a new postcode or mail delivery, contact Royal Mail.

Contact us about street naming and numbering

Email: street.namingnumbering@bristol.gov.uk

Street Naming and Numbering
Bristol City Council
100 Temple Street
PO Box 3399
Bristol BS1 9NE