The address of a property is a very important issue. A growing number of organisations such as public utilities, postal and emergency services, along with the general public need an efficient means of locating and referencing properties.
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 of fees can be made online. You will need your building warrant number or address and a valid debit/credit card.
The timescales 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.
West Dunbartonshire Council, under Section 97 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, has the responsibility for:
- naming and numbering new streets within West Dunbartonshire (including the area within Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park)
- numbering new buildings erected on an existing street
- naming buildings which are located on a street but where neighbouring properties do not have a street number
- naming buildings which are not located on a street.
Planning and Building Standards undertake this responsibility on behalf of the Council. Further information is available within the policy below. This policy was updated in May 2015.
In selecting a new street name, consideration is given to the previous history and use of the site. Local Elected Members and Community Councils are consulted on any proposed street names, prior to the proposal being submitted to the appropriate Council Committee for approval.
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. 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, West Dunbartonshire Council will then notify the applicant of the full postal address.
Corporate Address Gazetteer (CAG)
West Dunbartonshire Council, in common with all local authorities in Scotland, now maintains a definitive Corporate Address Gazetteer, which contains addresses for all properties within West Dunbartonshire Council. All addresses are created in accordance with the national standard for addressing and can be searched at One Scotland Gazetteer.
Charges for this service
Dealing with the various requests covering all aspects of addressing can involve a significant amount of staff time, and the charge is intended to go some way to recovering these costs. The current 'banded' price list (see application form), relates to requests for the naming or numbering of new properties (including sub-divisions) or a change of name of an existing property where there is no number and creation of a new street.
Any subsequent re-numbering of a previously addressed scheme/development will be charged using the same banded rates.
To enquire about any aspect of Street Naming and Numbering not covered in the above, please check the WD Street Naming, Property Numbering and Naming policy. Alternatively please contact us.