Road Addressing and Naming


  • Council is responsible for issuing all official property addresses under the Local Government Act 1993
  • All new addresses are based on Australian Standard ASNZS 4819 and must meet the NSW Addressing Policy and User Manual created by Spatial Services and the Geographical Names Board
  • Address numbering shall be unambiguous and applied in a logical manner for the importance of clearly identifying properties for deliveries and Emergency Services


  • Rural Addressing is a simple method of identifying, locating and addressing properties in Rural areas throughout Australia. It conforms to Australian Standard AS/NZ 4819:2003
  • Rural addressing is a distance based on a measurement system that allocates each rural property a unique address. Based on the distance of the property entrance from the assigned starting (or datum) point of the road.
  • The rural address number is assigned in a logical sequence based on the distance of the access of the property from the start of a road. Each number represents 10 metres in length, with odd numbers assigned on the left and the even numbers allocated on the right from the start of the road.
  • This number will make it easier for any Emergency Services and Australia Post to identify the property. These numbers replace Lot numbers; RMB numbers or any other numbering arrangement that has been used in the past. 
  • Rural addresses should be displayed in the following manner to ensure that your property is easily identifiable to emergency, postal and other service providers in the community: 
    • On the gate to the entrance of your property, or
    • On the fence beside the main entrance to your property, or
    • On the fence beside the main entrance to your property, or
    • On the mailbox at the entrance of your property, or
    • A combination of the above.
    • The rural address number should also be placed in a location that is clear of any shrubs, bushes or plants that may hide the address number.




  • Council is responsible for road naming for all regional, local and private roads located within the Singleton Local Government Area under the Roads Act 1993 and Roads Regulation 2008
  • The naming of a road does not change the ownership, rights, obligation or maintenance of the road
  • Road naming authorities (Council) must adhere to the procedure outlined in the NSW Address Policy and User Manual
  • All road naming proposals must be notified, supported and gazetted by the NSW Geographical Names Board
  • All road naming must be included in a formal report to council where the formal approval of the preferred name usually occurs
  • Uniqueness is the most essential quality when proposing a new road name and duplication of similar or like sounding names should be avoided as these names create confusion and delay emergency response times
  • Naming often commemorates an event, person or place. The names of people who are still alive shall not be used because community attitudes and opinions can change over time