Road name request

FAQ

Find answers to your frequently asked questions about requesting a new Road name.

What can I use this online form for? 

The Request Road Name form is for requesting approval of proposed new road names, changes to existing road names, or extension of road names in Western Australia. You can also use it to query whether a name you are considering meets the preliminary validation requirements for geographic names.

To request approval of names for geographic features such as parks, hills or rivers, please contact our Geographic Names team on + 61 (0)8 9273 7053 or email geographicnames@landgate.wa.gov.au.

If you would like to reserve a road name for use within your local government area please submit your request via email to geographicnames@landgate.wa.gov.au.

You may wish to refer to the Policies and Standards for the Geographical Naming in Western Australia.

Does this online form confirm approval immediately? 

No. This service will provide you with an indication of whether your proposed name meets preliminary validation rules but it will not confirm if all rules have been met. Your request will be submitted to the Geographic Names team for formal approval. It will then be assessed against all remaining rules and if all rules have been met, an approval will be confirmed via email in due course.

If the Geographic Names team requires further clarification regarding your proposed name they will contact you to confirm those details.

For information on the criteria used to assess road name requests please refer to the Policies and Standards for the Geographical Naming in Western Australia.

What if preliminary validation fails on the name I am querying? Can I still submit my request for road name approval? 

Yes you may still add the road name to your list of proposed road names and submit it to us. However, please attach evidence that substantiates why you believe the name should still be approved even though it doesn't meet the policy. You can attach this evidence via the 'supporting documentation' field at the bottom of the form.

For information on the criteria used to assess road name requests please refer to the Policies and Standards for the Geographical Naming in Western Australia.

How many proposed names can I request per form? 

You may submit up to 20 proposed names for the same development site per form. There are three 'request types' you can choose from: new road name, change road name or extend road name. Once you have added a name to your list of 'proposed road names' go back up to the 'query name' field and enter in a new name to perform another validation query.

To submit more than 20 road names for approval please complete another request form and submit it. You can ensure the requests are reviewed together by including the reference number from your first submission. To do this, answer 'yes' to the question 'Is this request part of a previous submission for the same development site?' A text box will then appear for you to enter the relevant reference number.

If you would like to request approval for road names at another development site then you will need to submit a new request.

What type of road name approvals can I request with this service? 

There are three 'request types' you can submit using this form: new road name, change road name or extend road name.

If you would like to reserve a road name for use within your local government area please submit your request via email to geographicnames@landgate.wa.gov.au. You may wish to refer to the Policies and Standards for the Geographical Naming in Western Australia for information on the criteria used to assess requests for approval.

Can I request a new road name, a change of road name and an extension to a road name on the same form? 

Yes. You can submit different request types in each form however they must relate to the same development site.

Can I request road names for more than one development site on the one form? 

No. For each new development site you must submit a new request form.

The form is telling me that there are multiple development sites found – what does this mean? 

This will occur when the lot number you have entered in your development site details is duplicated somewhere else on the same on the road, in the same locality (eg there is more than one 'Lot 100' on Smith Street, Perth). If this occurs, you may still submit your request, however the form will not be able to run any queries regarding the suitability of your proposed road names. Once you have submitted your request, the Geographic Names team will contact you to confirm which address you were referring to. A manual query will then be undertaken.

If you know the street address (eg house number) for the development site then please enter this number as it will be unique for that road name in most instances. This will allow the form to run a query and provide you with an initial indication of the suitability of your proposed name.

What if I cannot provide a road name for the development site? Can I enter lot on plan number instead? 

The current form requires a road name for the development site. In due course, we hope to enhance the form to allow customers to enter a lot on plan number for the development site.

If you do not know the road name then you have a couple of options. You can enter a lot number on a road closest to the development site, or the house number and road name of an adjacent property. Please also attach a plan that clearly identifies the correct development site (include the lot on plan number details). This would still allow you to query the name online and get an indication of whether the names you are considering meet the preliminary rules for approval.

Alternatively, you could email your request to the Geographic Names team on geographicnames@landgate.wa.gov.au.

Do I have to get local government approval before I submit a request online? 

Local government endorsement of all naming proposals is required. It is recommended that you obtain confirmation of local government approval before submitting your request online to avoid delays in processing your application. Your application will not be approved by the Geographic Names team without that confirmation.

However, you may submit your request online and forward the local government approval separately to the Geographic Names team via email: geographicnames@landgate.wa.gov.au. Please include the application reference number in any correspondence.

Do I need to provide a reason for proposing a particular road name?

Yes. It is recommended that you attach evidence showing the origin details of the name(s) you have suggested. Please also provide the source of the name (ie book reference, website address etc). If your name fails the preliminary validation then it is important that you substantiate why that name should be approved. You can attach documents containing such evidence at the end of the form.

Do I need to provide a plan showing the proposed road naming (new/change/extension)? 

Yes. Please attach a plan that clearly illustrates the full extent of each road name you are proposing. You can attach documents to your request via the 'supporting documentation' field at the bottom of the form.

What type of attachments can I submit with my request? 

The following document types may be attached to your request in the 'supporting documentation' field at the bottom of the form: JPG, PDF, TXT, CSV, Word, Excel, Access, SHP, SHX and DBF. Please combine your documents into a single file prior to attaching. It is recommended that you combine your documents via a .ZIP file for ease.

Why is the request form only for requesting road name approvals? How do I request a naming approval for a geographic feature? 

The form currently only allows for submission of requests for road name approval. In due course we hope to enhance the form so that it will allow for requests for name approvals of all geographic names for Western Australia.

To request the approval of a name for a geographic feature such as a park, hill or river, please contact our Geographic Names team on +61 (0)8 9273 7053 or email geographicnames@landgate.wa.gov.au.

How long will it take before I receive formal approval from Landgate? 

The turnaround time for approving road names varies depending on the name proposed and the evidence that is provided to support that request. For simple requests consisting of just a couple of road names the turnaround time is usually between 10 and 20 working days. However, for larger requests or where more information is required, the turnaround time can be longer.

If you would like to query the status of your application please contact the Geographic Names team on +61 (0)8 9273 7053 or geographicnames@landgate.wa.gov.au. Please include the application reference number in any correspondence.

Will my request work if I open the form in multiple tabs at the same time? 

No. It is important that you only use a single window or tab to enter details into your form. Opening the form in more than one tab or window will cause an error in your submission.

My development site doesn't have a road 'type' such as street or lane (eg The Esplanade). Can I still use this form to submit my request? 

No. The form can only query and submit requests for development sites with an existing road 'type'. If your development site does not have a road type please submit your naming request via email to geographicnames@landgate.wa.gov.au or call +61 (0)8 9273 7053 for more information.

This page was last updated on: 26 Jul 2018