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Street Naming and Numbering

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What is it?

The City Council, under Section 97 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, has responsibility for naming and numbering new streets within the city and numbering of new buildings erected on an existing street; Building Standards and Public Safety undertake this responsibility on behalf of the Council.

Information about street naming and numbering

Street naming and numbering is essential for the use of the emergency services, public utilities, postal services and the general public.

In selecting a new street name, consideration will be given to the history of the site. The local councillors, community council and Royal Mail amongst others are consulted on the proposed street name.

How to apply for a new street name or number

All Street naming and Numbering applications must be submitted online using the following application form together with the relevant plans: SNN Application Form.

There is a fee for the service pdf icon SNN Fees [59kb] and the timescales for processing a application varies depending on the need for local consultation:

  • Numbering properties 8 weeks;
  • Naming new streets and numbering properties 14 weeks;
  • Renumbering properties 16 weeks;
  • Renaming existing street and numbering/renumbering properties 24 weeks

Any enquiries regarding street naming and numbering should be directed to the Service.

Street nameplates and commercial signs

The provision of new and/or supplementary street nameplates is the responsibility of the developer.

  • All nameplates should be made in accordance with BS EN 12899:2007 and must be CE marked.
  • Unless otherwise stated:
    • all signs shall be made from one panel of 3mm thick aluminium composite material, consisting of a polyethylene core and 0.3mm aluminium cover sheets;
    • all substrate shall be cut to ensure that signs are supplied to the finished dimensions stated; tTolerance to the overall dimension of each sign shall be up to +/-5mm;
    • the finished sign face shall be flat within a maximum tolerance of up to +/-0.5% in any direction; all sign face material must be UV stable and supported by a Manufacturers Declaration of Performance (MDoP);
    • all retro reflective sheeting, non-reflective film and overlay film must be supplied by the same manufacturer and becompatible with each other, intermixing of different manufacturers products/materials is not permitted;
    • If single-sided, the reverse of each sign shall be non-reflective and show the manufacturer's name, number, date of manufacture and sign reference number in accordance with the appropriate standard and last the life time of the sign.
  • Street nameplates should have a White background.
  • Text must be digitally printed and should be coloured Black
  • The font should be News Gothic Condensed Bold and the 'x-heights' should be as follows:
    • up to 9 characters oer line: 50mm
    • greater than 9 characters per line: 70mm
  • Street name should be on first line and suffix (Street, Avenue etc..) should be on second line; both lines should be aligned to the left.


Postcodes are allocated by:

Royal Mail
Address Management Unit
Admiral House
2 Admiral Way
Doxford International Business Park

Completed Application Map

Please search for any confirmed Street Naming/Numbering by postcode, address or application ref number (e.g. if ref number is SNN15 search type only number 15) you can pan or zoom to the area of interest. 

Click on the SNN application (green point) to enable a pop-up, expand it by clicking or the arrow (on the right) this will bring up a list of all available documents to view.



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