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How to change or add a name to a residential property or business

Includes information on the relevant forms and fees you will need.

How to change your house or business name

What you need to do

When you have chosen a name you would like to use you need to investigate whether the name is already being used by another property in the immediate area.

Please then complete the appropriate Change of Property Name form, and send it to the address on the form. Make sure you give a contact phone number in case we have trouble identifying your property on our street maps or have any queries.

What we will do

Check that the name is appropriate and that a duplicate one does not exist in the immediate area.

When a name has been confirmed, the Street Naming and Numbering team will notify the following on your behalf:

  • Internal departments - Council Tax, Electoral Roll and Environmental Health
  • Statutory organisations - including emergency services, Ordnance Survey
  • Royal Mail
  • National Land and Property Gazetteer.

We will confirm your new address with you or, in the case of duplication or objection, we will contact you to ask you to select another name.

Application form to change your house or business name

How to change the name of an un-numbered house.

Anyone wishing to change the name of their un-numbered house must apply to the Council.

Please bear in mind that objections may be raised if the proposed new name is a duplication of, or similar to a house in the surrounding area, as this could cause confusion and possible delay when attending an emergency incident.

A fee applies to those wishing to change the name of a property.

Application form to change a property name without a number

Adding a name to a numbered house.

If a property has an existing house number, it must be retained. However, a name can be used in conjunction with the original number.

The number should always be displayed at the property and quoted within your address on all correspondence, for example:

Rose Cottage
1 The Street
The Town
Norfolk
NR88 8AA

Please bear in mind that objections may be raised if the proposed new name is a duplication of, or similar to a house in the surrounding area, as this could cause confusion and possible delay when attending an emergency incident.

Application form to add a name to a numbered house

Fees and charges for street names & numbers

Please note, these charges are not subject to VAT.

Item  Cost 
 Change of house name on unnumbered properties  £25.00
 Change of building names/address for commercial units  £25.00
 Naming/renaming a property which has a postal number allocated  Free
 Change to an existing address that is incorrectly held by us  Free