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Street naming and numbering

Bedford Borough Council is responsible for street naming and numbering for the Borough. The service, provided by the Street Works Team, is essential to provide an efficient means of locating and referencing properties for organisations, postal and emergency services, and the general public.

Who should apply?

  • Individuals or developers building new houses, apartments, commercial or industrial premises.
  • Individuals or developers undertaking conversions of residential, commercial or industrial premises which will result in the creation of new properties or premises.
  • Any person wishing to change their existing address.

How to apply

Anyone wishing to make an application should download our 2019 Street Naming and Numbering Application Form (PDF) in the first instance, then complete the form and return it to Bedford Borough Council's Street Works Team, along with location/site layout plans and a cheque (made payable to Bedford Borough Council).

Street naming and numbering guidance

The purpose of managing street and building names and numbers is to ensure that the address of each property in the borough is unique, unambiguous and logical. This will facilitate the correct delivery of mail and enabling visitors, especially public service personnel, to quickly locate the address they seek and is particularly important for emergency health and fire services where any delay caused by confusion over the address could put lives at risk.

If you are an owner or developer

Proposals to name or rename a new or existing building or access-way should be submitted to the Council for approval at least ten weeks before the premises are due to be occupied. This is to allow for any necessary consultation with the Post Office and Emergency Services.

Approval of proposals is not automatic and the Council may require alternative names or changes to proposed numbering to ensure compliance with policy guidelines. If you wish to use your proposals to market the development, please ensure that purchasers are aware of the approved address before completion. The marketing name or numbers should not be included in any permanent signage or official documentation.

If the proposal complies with this Guidance and there are no objections from any organisations consulted, the new address will be formally assigned and all relevant bodies notified.

Contact Street Naming and Numbering Street Works team

Email: streetworks@bedford.gov.uk  
Tel: 01234 718040 

Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford
MK42 9AP

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