You need to submit an online application form and pay the correct fee.
Once submitted and fee paid, we will check your new house name proposal against other properties around you. We check for:
- No duplication of another property in a 1.5 m radius and/or within same postcode locality (up to the 4th postcode digit or 5th for GU10 postcodes).
- No similar named properties i.e. Church Hill would be considered too similar to Birch Hill - the sounding of the word is taken into consideration.
- No duplication of a road name.
- No offensive, misleading names or names which are difficult to pronounce and spell.
To change a property name can take up to four weeks to complete.
We make our own checks and consult with the Royal Mail. Once accepted through us, the Royal Mail will then put your amended address details onto their database. It can take up to six months for other companies' databases to be updated.
You may have a name in addition to an existing number (unless you are a flat/part of a collective house name). However, the owner of the property is obliged to use the allocated number in their postal address and to display the number in a prominent position on the property so it is clearly visible from the road.
Please do not make any changes to the address of your property until you have the address confirmed in writing by Waverley Borough Council.
If the start date of the name change is altered or cancelled, please inform us immediately.