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Street name and numbering

Sunderland City Council provides Street Naming and Numbering (SNN) under the Public Health Act 1925 S.17-19.

SNN is essential for the efficient functioning of postal and emergency services as well as for the convenience and safety of the general public. If a property is not allocated an address by the Council it will not appear on the National Address Gazetteer causing the occupier of the property to experience difficulties in obtaining goods and services. This data base is used by the Council, Royal Mail, statutory undertakers, emergency services, credit agencies and many private companies.

Who should apply?

Individuals or developers constructing a new property, undertaking a conversion resulting in the creation of new property or reconsolidation of multiple properties into one property.

When should you apply?

You should allow one month for completion of the SNN process. Please note that if objections to the use of a particular street name are received or the proposals involve the renaming of an existing street the process will take longer. It is advisable to submit your request for postal addressing at the early stages of any new build development as utility companies are reluctant to install a service where an official postal address has not been allocated. However, please note that if you subsequently request an amendment to an existing SNN request, further charges will be incurred.

Apply for renaming and renumbering

Apply for street naming and numbering

You should return any completed forms to:

Building Control Service, PO Box 102, Civic Centre, Sunderland, SR2 7DN

Find further information on street naming and numbering policy - April 2017

If you have submitted a Street Naming and Numbering application you may want to track this. You will need your unique reference number.

Track your application

Should you require further assistance, please control the Street Naming and Number Team, by email at or by telephone on number 0191 561 1550


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