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Home > Building Control > Street Naming and Numbering > Change the name of a property

Change the name of a property


If a property is named rather than assigned a number, the owner may wish to change the name to something that is more preferable. Many reasons exist as to why a homeowner/property owner may want to alter their name and the council is willing to accommodate reasonable requests.

Property names form part of an official address. It is therefore essential that any changes made are agreed with the local authority to ensure all interested parties can be informed and records updated.

Where the property is already assigned a street number and you wish to add a name to the address, please contact us prior to applying for a property name change.

An application is important to ensure that the official address details are properly updated. If no application is made the local authority may require the registered name held on file to be displayed often leading to disappointment and frustration.

What is required for an application to be made?

A property name change application along with the appropriate fee (see Charges below) must be submitted to the council.

Property Name Change Application

Alternatively, complete a PDF of the above form:

Property Name Change

We request that if possible, alternatives to the preferred new name are requested to aid the application process if your first proposal is unacceptable.

Please note that if an alternative is offered on the form we will continue the process with the alternative should the preferred option not be possible.

When an application is received we will check the proposed property name in the locality and parish/town.

If it is acceptable and not a duplicate we will register the change informing all interested parties as appropriate. If the proposals are unacceptable alternatives will be requested.


Applications are charged at £100.00 per request and are zero VAT rated.

The application charge is to be submitted at the same time as the application. Where the charge is not received the application will not be registered or processed and the form returned to the applicant.

Further Information

For further information please see guidance documents shown below, or email Address Management or phone 01449 724510.

Property Name Change - Guidance Document

A Guide to Street Naming and Numbering

Babergh Street Naming and Numbering

Mid Suffolk Street Naming and Numbering


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