The naming and numbering of streets and buildings in East Devon, is controlled by East Devon District Council under the Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847. The purpose of this control is to make sure that any new street names and building names and numbers are allocated logically with a view to ensuring, amongst other things, the effective delivery of mail and that emergency service vehicles are able to locate any address to which they may be summoned.
Anyone wishing to change the name or number of their property or seeking an address for a new property should apply in writing to us following the procedures detailed in this policy.
As far as street naming proposals are concerned, we are happy for developers or owners to propose their own preferred names for consideration. However it is recommended that more than one suggestion for a new name should be put forward just in case one fails to meet the criteria outlined in this guidance. It is desirable that any suggested road name should have some connection with the area.
If proposals comply with our Policy on Street Naming and Numbering and, for street names, do not meet with an objection from the Town/Parish Councils or the Royal Mail Address Development Centre, the new address will be formally allocated and all relevant bodies will be notified. See Appendix A for a list of those informed by us.
Where street names or previous numbers have been established without reference to us, we have the authority to issue Renaming or Renumbering Orders, under section 64 of the Town Improvement Clauses Act.
To aid the emergency services, we will endeavour to ensure that where appropriate, if a street has a name and has street signs relating to that name, all properties accessed off of it will be officially addressed to include that street name and also where appropriate, all new properties are numbered.
All addresses are stored in our Local and Land Property Gazetteer which is used as the master database for all council address systems.