Addressing standards and guidelines

Guidance and requirements for creating property addresses.

The Addressing Standard

The Standard (AS/NZS 4819:2011) is made for use by territorial authorities and can be bought from Standards New Zealand. It covers:

  • assigning addresses
  • naming roads and localities
  • recording and mapping information
  • signage.

The Standard is to keep addresses as simple as possible so that they can be easily understood by members of the public who are trying to find a property.

The current Standard replaced a 2003 Standard. We were involved in creating it as part of a working group for the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM).

Buy the Standard for rural and Urban Addressing (AS/NZS 4819:2011).

Addressing requirements

The sections below are a basic overview of the main addressing requirements. Detailed requirements are in the AS/NZS4811:2011 Standard for rural and urban addressing.

Last Updated: 6 July 2016