Name or rename a property
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Name or rename a property which does not have a street number
If the properties in your street are numbered, you do not have to get our permission to add a name to your property.
You will need to let us know using the form below:
Or in writing by email to:
or by letter to:
New Forest District Council
Reasons why we may reject a property name
A proposed property name will be rejected if it is:
- duplicate (or very similar to) another property within the same town
- a variation in the end word, (such as Cottage, Court, House or Lodge will not be accepted as sufficient reason to accept a name. If there is already a property named Oak Court, Oak Lodge would not be considered suitable.)
- controversial / offensive (which could include political or religious names)
- confusing (such as a property name that is the same as the town/village or another unrelated area).
In addition, we do not accept names with apostrophes.
Duplicate names will be rejected by Royal Mail, but we will reject a duplicate name without the need for consultation as there would be clear problems for the emergency services where duplicate property names exist.
Upon agreement of a new property name wet will notify Council Tax and Electoral Services, Royal Mail, Ordnance Survey and Emergency Services.
The property owner is responsible for notifying Land Registry.
Where a property has been officially named that name must be displayed in a conspicuous place at the property.
Naming of numbered properties
This section applies to properties which have a street number and the owner wishes to add a property name.
In this situation permission is not required to add a property name. However, we encourage property owners to make contact in advance so that we can advise accordingly of a duplication.
Where a property has a registered street number, the property name is only an addition to this address. The number must be displayed, and it may be a criminal offence for the owner/occupier not to do so.
Where we are notified of the addition of a property name we will inform Council Tax and Electoral Services, Royal Mail, Ordnance Survey and Emergency Services.
The property owner is responsible for notifying the Land Registry.