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Street naming and numbering

Street name plates

The council is responsible for ensuring that street name plates are sited in a suitable location, and maintained if damaged, for each road in Middlesbrough. In the case of new developments, the developer is responsible for the erection of a nameplate to the council's specification.

To report any problems with street name plates please contact the Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

Street naming and numbering

Who should apply?

  • individuals or developers building new houses, commercial, and/or industrial premises.
  • individuals or developers undertaking conversions of residential, commercial, or industrial premises which will result in the creation of new properties, or changes to the existing numbering of properties. This includes the reconsolidation of flats and sub dwellings into one property.
  • individuals who wish to have their property officially registered with the council.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form, and return it to street naming and numbering at the address or email given on the form, together with your plans. On receipt of your application, we'll contact you to confirm which fees are required in order for the application to be processed.

For street naming and numbering enquiries, and for help with your application, call 01642 728155

Why is it important?

We keep an official register of all properties within Middlesbrough in a database known as the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. We also keep an official list of all street names in the Local Street Gazetteer. The data in these two databases is fed once a month into a national hub. Utility companies and other statutory services apply to the hub for the information and they use it to maintain their own databases.

Failure to have a property or street on the official gazetteers can result in difficulty getting connected to utility services, or receiving services from the council, such as household waste collection. In addition, emergency services can have difficulty in locating the property if it is not registered.

As part of the street naming and numbering process, the council applies to Royal Mail for the issue of a postcode for the property. You'll receive notification of the postcode details once the application is completed.