Renfrewshire Council

What street name and numbering involves

Our street naming and numbering service involves:

  • choosing street names in Renfrewshire

  • allocating numbers to properties

  • notifying people and organisations of all new or changed property addresses, such as the emergency services, and

  • in exceptional circumstances, renaming streets and renumbering properties.

A street can be renamed for various reasons, but usually it is to make addressing clearer. When it happens, the Council will  put an advert in the local press explaining the proposals, contact all affected property owners and ask for responses within 28 days of the advert appearing. When that period ends we consider all the responses and make a decision. If the street name then changes, the Council will confirm this to all affected property owners and third parties such as the utility companies, emergency services, Royal Mail and the Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board who handle Council Tax Bandings.

Naming new streets

Contact is made with the developer for information on the development layout when development work starts on a site so that we can start the street naming process.

Information required to allocate street names and numbers
Drawings showing the layout of the development is required, so individual properties and roads can be identified. For flats or sub-divided properties, floor layouts may be required in cases to provide a separate address to each unit.

Drawings in electronic format and preferably AutoCAD files. The drawings should show only the site layout (and floor plans for sub-divided or flatted properties) together with roads and footways. The drawings should identify individual properties.

Your Naming suggestions
The Council welcome suggestions for new street names.  Local councillors are asked for their suggestions where the development is being built in their ward.

Our street naming standards:

  • It is preferable that the first part of the street name should not already appear in a Renfrewshire street name (for example 'Cotton' as in 'Cotton Street'). If it does, the street where it is used must be in the immediate vicinity of the new development. This is to help people to find the street more easily.

  • The second part of the street name (for example 'Street' as in 'Cotton Street') should reflect the nature of the development. For example, a broad, tree-lined street could have the name 'Avenue'.

  • Where possible, historical names, which were previously used in, or around, the development site are used.

Property numbering
The Council also numbers properties using the same system as Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Joint Valuation Board. This is described in detail in the Property Numbering Conventions Guide which can be viewed under the Related Documents Section on this page. 

What happens next?
The Council send details of all new addresses to people and organisations who need to keep up-to-date records, for example, the emergency services, public utility companies and the Royal Mail.