Street naming and numbering

Ealing Council is responsible for the naming and numbering of new or existing streets and buildings within the borough boundaries. 

We carry out these functions under the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939-Part II.

Individuals and developers are not allowed to allocate house numbers, building or street names. The council has the sole responsibility to name and number, and ensure the addresses are shared with Royal Mail, emergency services and utility companies.

Whilst postcodes and post towns are allocated by Royal Mail, the council has a statutory function to allocate property numbers or names and street or road names to new developments and property conversions.

No other organisation (such as Land Registry) has the legislative powers to create or allocate property numbers and names or street and road names.

Street names and addresses are data that is compiled locally, with unique identifiers and then sent to a national hub who updates and maintains a definitive national address database, so that all physical addresses are recorded accurately.