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Adding or changing the name of an existing house or property

North Dorset

Add or change the name of an existing house or property

When you apply to change or add a name to your property, please provide 3 alternative suggestions. We will check that your preferred option is acceptable, if not we will check the other suggestions and contact you to confirm an alternative. If the preferred name is acceptable we will begin the registration process and let you know once it is complete. You will need to provide an electronic copy of your plan to identify the exact location of the property outlined in red. There is also a fee that you will need to pay once the application is submitted.

Approved changes are sent to:

  • internal council departments
  • Royal Mail
  • certain statutory bodies
  • the Emergency Services

If your property already has a number you have a legal obligation to continue to show and use this number.

Where a name has been added to a numbered address the Royal Mail will hold the name as an 'alias'. This means the name will not always appear on the Royal Mail website.

Not including the property number in your address will lead to difficulties with deliveries. 


From 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

Property renumbering/renaming £70
Confirmation of address No charge

Make a payment

Call us to pay by credit or debit card.

BACs details:
Sort Code: 40 12 18
Account No. 11207709
Bank: HSBC

Please quote the Reference number (XXXXXX) on your BACS payment and email us to confirm your payment submission.

Cheques should be made payable to North Dorset District Council and posted to us. Please ensure you write the application address on the reverse of the cheque.

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