Street naming and numbering

We are responsible for allocating all street names and property addresses within Selby district, and we maintain a database of all addresses in the district, known as the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. You can check your address online to see whether your property is correctly listed on the database. If you think an address is not listed or is incorrectly listed, please contact us to let us know. You may also wish to check that your address is correct on the Royal Mail Postcode Address File.


Please see our Guidance Notes for details of the Street Naming and Numbering service including fees.

Add or change a house name

Where a property is known by its house number, it is possible to add a house name to the address. For example, if your property is currently known as, '7 Main Street, Selby', and you wish to include the name 'The Cottage' as part of your address, this can be officially registered by the council.

It must be noted however, that the council will not usually allow for the number to be removed from the address. This is because numbers are proven to be much more efficient than house names when used to find properties.

Where an existing property is already known by a name rather than a number, it is possible to apply for that name to be changed.

Please note that the council will decline to allow the inclusion of a house name where we feel that your chosen name is the same as, or too similar to the name of another property within the same town/village/settlement as your property. This is to ensure that there is no confusion (ie post delivered to wrong property, etc) over house names in the area.

Upon successful registration of the new name, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the house name and number is displayed prominently at the address in question. You should also ensure that all parties with whom you have correspondence (utility companies, NHS, DVLA etc) are provided with the new address.

Adding a House Name to an Existing Property - Application form - pdf

Renaming an Existing Property - Application form - pdf

Register a new development

We are the only organisation in the Selby area which can legally and officially register new property addresses within Selby district.

It is vital that developers work with us to arrange for new street names and official numbering schemes to be registered as soon as possible after a scheme is approved. This will ensure that by the time that the properties become occupied, the addresses will be set up and ready for use.

Failure to register with the council for an official address is known to cause a number of problems including missed mail/courier deliveries, failed credit checks, refusal of connections to utilities and incorrect routes using satellite navigation products. Extreme examples include failure of emergency services to find properties or severe delays in doing so.

If your development will require the registering of new streets, please see our guidance notes below for 'Naming new streets'.

How we name new streets

When new developments require street names, developers should consider street names which are sympathetic to the area and allow for local input into the scheme. We maintain a list of potential street names which would be considered suitable for future allocation in each village in the district.

Who does the council inform of new addresses?

Upon completion of an application for an official address, we currently supply a copy to the following organisations:-

  • Land Registry
  • BT Openreach (telephone infrastructure)
  • CE Electric (Yorkshire electricity)
  • Centrica (UK gas infrastructure)
  • Royal Mail (to allow inclusion of new addresses into their address database)