We have a statutory duty under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to provide street names and property numbers where appropriate for any new development. We are also responsible for providing the official address for each property. Each address includes information determined by us (for example house number, street, locality and town) and Royal Mail (post town and postcode).

Applications for naming individual houses, streets and developments should be sought at the earliest possible stage.

What information we require:

  • Requests should include a site plan (no larger than A4) clearly showing background mapping
  • Local ward Councillors and relevant Community Councils are consulted on street names
  • The final decision is made by East Lothian Council
  • We advise the developer of the development name
  • We contact Royal Mail who issue relevant postcodes
  • The postcode and street name are then linked and added to the Royal Mail national database

Addresses and postcodes are then registered with all relevant agencies:

  • Police
  • Fire
  • Ambulance
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Telephone/Broadband providers

The property will appear on Royal Mail's Address website with the postcode on their NYB database.

Royal Mail has two databases:

  • one for properties under construction - Not Yet Built File (NYB)
  • one for properties which are completed - the Postal Address File (PAF)

Once a property becomes occupied and needs transferred from Not Yet Built File to Postal Address File the owner/developer/tenant can telephone Royal Mail on 08456 045 060 and follow the relevant options from the prompt.