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Council’s Policy on Addressing

Consultation is now closed.

This consultation ran from 30 March to 11 May 2016.


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According to the NSW Office of Local Government:

Incorrect, ambiguous and missing address information is delaying mail, deliveries and other services, including assistance during emergencies. The NSW State Coroner has also recognised that this is a public safety issue.

(Circular to Councils, 26 June 2014)

It is therefore important that logical, accurate and consistent addresses are used. This becomes particularly important in the case of several blocks of multi-level apartment buildings, where the opportunities for confusion are compounded.  Council is currently consulting with the community on a draft Policy on Addressing.


Street addressing is officially the responsibility of Council under the Local Government Act.  Recently, throughout the local area, we have seen developers of multi-level residential flat buildings numbering apartment blocks and individual apartments in a manner inconsistent with Australian Standards & NSW policy guidelines.

It is therefore recommended that Council adopt a Building Addressing Policy. In particular, this would ensure that the numbering of apartments is consistent with the Australian Standards and NSW policy guidelines. It would also provide controls for other types of building, as required.        

To find out more, you can view the draft policy, background report and Council resolution below.  These documents are also on public exhibition at the Civic Centre (48 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove), Lane Cove Library (Library Walk, Lane Cove) and Greenwich Library (48 Greenwich Road, Greenwich).

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What's Next

At the Ordinary Council Meeting of 20 June 2016, Council resolved to adopt its Policy on Addressing. In particular, the numbering of multi-level residential flat buildings by developers must be consistent with the NSW Addressing User Manual. This policy will ensure consistency with these standards and provide controls for other types of buildings. Compliance with the policy has now been added to Council's Standard Conditions of Consent.