Street Naming and Numbering
Addresses are an important aspect of everyone’s life as they allow the properties in which we live and work to have mail delivered, be identified easily and located quickly by doctors and emergency services. Street names contribute to a sense of place.
Under Section 97 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (as amended), Moray Council are the responsible Authority for the naming of streets and the numbering/naming of properties within the Moray administrative area.
On 30th May 2017 the Planning and Regulatory Services Committee approved the Revised Street Naming and Property Numbering/Naming Policy and Procedure Appendix 1 (pdf)
On 3rd July 2013 the Moray Council (Special) Committee approved a charging regime for the processing of Street Naming and Property Naming/Numbering applications. The fees payable are reviewed annually.
Approved list of charges 2020/21 Valid from the 1st April 2020
Number of Addresses
Fee for 1st Address
Fee for Additional Addresses
|2 - 9||£30.00||£138.00||£348.00|
|10 - 19||£22.00||£370.00||£568.00|
|20 - 49||£16.00||£584.00||£1048.00|
|50 - 99||£13.00||£1061.00||£1698.00|
To calculate the required fee find the band in column A that the number of addresses required falls within. Take the maximum value from column E in the row above from the table and add the additional value for any remaining addresses, multiplying the number of remaining addresses by the value in column C. Calculate the number of remaining addresses by subtracting the total addresses required with the maximum addresses from column A in the row above.
1 Address - £108.00
5 Addresses - £258.00 = £108+(4*£30) (remaining plots = 5-1)
15 Addresses - £480.00 = £348.00+(6*£22) (remaining plots = 15-9)
25 Addresses - £664.00 = £568.00+(6*£16) (remaining plots = 25-19)
Payments must be received in advance of the application being processed.
If you wish to pay the fee by credit/debit card; complete the application form, entering the date and typing your name in the signature field, then call our Customer Services on 0300 1234561 and state that you wish to make a payment for a Street Naming and Numbering application. Enter the payment reference number into the Card Payment Ref. field on the form then email the completed form to the Address Gazetteer Team.
If you wish to pay the fee by cheque; complete, print off and sign the application form, then send it with an enclosed cheque to the address at the top of the form
New-build Property Address
There are two stages to registering a new-build address:
On receipt of a submitted application form, a new address is allocated and we notify Service providers (Royal Mail, Utilities, Emergency services, etc) and the applicant. This first stage is normally sufficient to allow the applicant to update the deeds, arrange insurance, and mortgage paperwork, utility connections, etc. It can take up to 12 weeks for the address to filter through the entire range of service providers, so early application is recommended.
Address Go Live
When the build is within 3 weeks of completion, contact the Corporate Address Gazetteer Team via email, quote the official address and confirm the date of entry so the address can be set to ‘live’ in the Royal Mail database.
Royal Mail has an online 'Postcode finder' system where customers can search for addresses.
Existing Property Name Change
Formal requests to change an existing house (or business) name are processed in much the same way as a new-build property. It can take up to four weeks for the new names to become active. Our Corporate Address Gazetteer Team can provide advice on suitable house names, to help avoid duplication or confusion. Any requests for house names that could be construed as offensive or alarming will be rejected and not added to the official address.
Site Caravan Temporary Address
Royal Mail may issue a free temporary postal address for a permanently occupied on-site residential caravan, for use while the adjacent property is being constructed/renovated, but only if certain requirements are met; permanently occupied, easily accessed or roadside mailbox provided, site nameplate provided. This can be useful when arranging for mail forwarding, deliveries and the provision of services.
A request for a site caravan temporary address may be made at the same time as the property address application. However, if a caravan is to be occupied at a later date the request for the site caravan temporary address should be made via email at that point.