Property name changes

To add/remove or to change the name of a property, you must be the owner of the property (i.e. NOT the tenant). This means you must own the freehold, not the leasehold.

A property name will not be formally changed where the property is in the process of being purchased. Only when contracts are exchanged can a name change request be accepted.

You must state the full current address of the property including the postcode and the proposed new name. Please note there is no guarantee that your proposed property name will be accepted because the name has to comply with certain criteria, for instance, we need to ensure that there are no similar names within that geographic area. For more information, see Rother District Council’s Street Naming and Numbering Policy.

You can use the FindMyAddress service to check if your proposed new property name is already in use within the district or if a similar name is in use in the locality.

Confirmation of address

If you need proof of address to allow companies to update their records then you can apply for a Confirmation of Postal Address. This may be required by banks or insurance companies.

Postcode allocation

The purpose of a postcode is to assist Royal Mail in their own working processes. Rother District Council have a good working relationship with Royal Mail but are not responsible for postcode allocations, this is the responsibility of Royal Mail.  Royal Mail do not issue a postcode for a new street unless requested to do so by the Council.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact your local Royal Mail office.


The fees applicable for existing properties are as follows;

Existing PropertiesFee
Renaming existing properties£75 per unit
Confirmation of official address£35 per unit
Changing a street name (residents’ request) – see Street Naming and Numbering Policy         On application
Street numbering where no numbering scheme exists (residents’ request)On application

Please note:

Fees are non-refundable.

There is no receipt mechanism for this process.

The email you receive from our payment provider is your receipt.

This email confirms that payment has been received by us.


If you have any questions relating to this service please contact our Street Naming and Numbering team by completing our online Contact Us Form.

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