Numbering of streets

Read our guidance on street numbering before you make your application.


What to consider

A new street is usually numbered with even numbers on one side (normally the right approaching from the town centre) and odd numbers on the other, except for a cul-de-sac where numbering is usually consecutive in a clockwise direction.

Private garages and similar buildings used only for housing cars etc. are not usually numbered.

All numbers, including 13 must be used in the proper sequence. Applications to omit any number from a numbering sequence for whatever reason will be refused.

A named building may not carry more than one street number.


New build

Expected numbering example: Flat 1 (ground floor), Flat 2 (1st floor), Flat 3 (3rd floor), 25 The High Street

In residential dwellings (for example, blocks of flats) it is usual to give a street number to each dwelling where the block is up to six storeys in height (including the floors on which they are located).

When the block exceeds this height or there are not sufficient numbers available because of existing development, it should be given a name and number in the street.

The numbering of flats within a named or numbered building is outside the scope of this Council’s powers but developers may be advised that on each floor the numbering should be in a clockwise direction, where this is possible, or alternatively to consult the local District Postmaster.

When flats are numbered internally, they should be numbered not lettered (for example: Flat 2, 21 Smith Street not Flat A, 21 Smith Street nor 21A Smith Street, which might already be used by an adjoining infill building).


Expected numbering example: Flat 1, Flat 2, Flat 3, 25 The High Street

Updated: 19 May 2017