Changing an existing address
Residents can apply to change their property address in certain circumstances.
If you feel you may have a case to change your property's number, it is important you contact our Spatial Services for further advice before applying. House Numbering will not be changed for irrelevant reasons such as superstitions or unlucky numbers.
After discussions with our Spatial Services team, if it is established that your property number may need to be changed, you can submit a request via the online application and a formal review will be undertaken. As part of this process we may also need to contact adjoining property owners, State Government and Australia Post. If objections are received and deemed relevant, it is unlikely your request will be approved.
If your address change is approved, we will notify Australia Post and NSW Spatial Services, however it is your responsibility notify other relevant authorities of your change of address eg, Electricity, Sydney Water, Banks, Insurance, RMS, etc.
New developments can have an impact on the existing property addresses in a street.
All deposited plans and strata plans now require a schedule of addressing (as of 1 March, 2018) as per Surveyor General's Directions No 7.
Contact our Spatial Services team prior to commencing construction on any new developments, including granny flat to confirm the correct address. This is important as utility companies or NBN will need your development's addresses for connections, etc.
You cannot request to change your locality/suburb. All of council’s locality boundaries have been gazetted by the NSW Geographic Names Board and every property is within a designated locality.
How property numbering works
- Numbers must be unambiguous and logical.
- Single numbers only are allocated eg, 1 South Street; number ranges are no longer used (eg, 1-9 South Street).
- If there are no gaps in existing numbers for a new development and additional numbers are required, suffixes can be used (see Scenario 1-6)
- Suffixes start at ‘A’ and should not extend beyond 'E’. They are sequential in the same direction as the numbering of addresses (see Scenario 1-6)
- Strata units are numbered 1, 2, 3 etc in small buildings and floor numbers are used in large buildings eg, 101, 201, 301 etc (first number is the floor, next 2 numbers are unit numbers, like hotel rooms) (see scenario 7-8).