Street names and numbering of properties

Street naming, numbering and addressing.

Applications for a new address, to change an existing address,  to allocate a new street name or addressing in general can only be made by application form together with the correct fee. Payment can be made either by cheque accompanying your application, or by 'phoning (01786) 233660. (NB - payment can only be made by 'phone if the application form has been received and registered by Stirling Council.)

The timescale for processing these applications will vary depending on exactly what has been requested. Property naming and numbering can be processed in a few days, street naming however, depending on the need for local consultation can take up to eight weeks.Name Plates Image

Stirling Council, under Section 97 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act1982, has responsibility for naming and numbering new streets within Stirling Council (including that area within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park), and the naming and numbering of new buildings erected on an existing street. Economy, Planning & Regulation Services undertake this responsibility on behalf of the Council.

This service is essential for the work of the emergency services, public utilities, postal service and the public in general.

Street Names.

In selecting a new street name, consideration is given to the previous history and use of the site. The local elected members and Community Council are consulted on any proposed street names, prior to the proposal being submitted to the appropriate Council committee for approval.

Property names.

If your property has a name but no postal number, and you wish to change the name of the property, you will need the approval of the Council.

If you have a postal number and wish to name your property as well, the name should only be used on an informal basis and will not form part of your postal address as displayed on the Royal Mail Postal Address File. Replacing a postal number with a name is not an option as this could cause problems for deliveries and the emergency services.


Issued by The Royal Mail following notification of any new addresses from ourselves, Stirling Council will then notify the applicant of the full postal address.

Corporate Address Gazetteer (CAG)

Stirling Council, in common with all local authorities in Scotland, now maintains a definitive Corporate Address Gazetteer, which contains addresses for all properties (as well as some land and other assets relating to council business) within Stirling Council.


Stirling Council at its meeting of 1st December 2011 agreed to the introduction of a charge per plot/unit addressed (see application form for current charges). This charge (introduced on the 1st of February 2012) relates to requests for the naming or numbering of a new property (including sub-divisions) or a change of name of an existing property where there is no number.

The Council in carrying out these requests involves a significant amount of staff time, and the charge is intended to go some way to recovering these costs.

Further Information

To enquire about any aspect of Street Naming and Numbering not covered in the above, please  check the

Stirling Council Street Naming, Numbering and Addressing Policy, 'phone (01786) 233669, or e-mail with any questions that you may have.