Avoiding duplications and similarities
Harrow Council is responsible for the naming and numbering of new or existing streets and buildings within the borough boundaries. The council carries out these functions under the London Government Act 1963 and the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939.
If you wish to name or number a new development, sub divide an existing property, or change the name or numbers of an existing property or development, then you will need to apply to us.
There are procedures for naming and numbering new buildings and streets so as to ensure there are no duplications or similarities in the local area, including neighbouring boroughs, which could lead to confusion for the emergency, postal or other services.
We consult with the emergency services and the Royal Mail. The Royal Mail adds the address/es to their Property Address File (PAF) and produces a postcode. This does not happen until the process is complete and we have provided them with the required information. Please bear in mind that the Royal Mail will add the address as ‘Not Yet Built’ if the property is vacant. You will need to contact us once the property becomes occupied so that we can arrange for the Royal Mail to make the address visible on PAF.
Please note that utility companies will not generally provide their services until the address has been formally registered with the Post Office. We therefore advise that you contact us and make your application at the earliest possible stage of development and before any names are marketed.
Please note that we have introduced new fees and charges from April 2016.