Propose a name for a place

A place name proposal can be submitted by a person, company or an organisation to assign or change the names of places in South Australia.

What is a place

What you'll need

Proposals must follow the naming guidelines if they are for:

  • a place
  • suburb
  • locality or boundary

Naming guidelines for Geographical places

New proposals should include:

  • your name, address, contact number and email
  • a detailed justification for the proposal
  • a map or plan showing the location and extent of the proposal
  • the level of community support and how this was determined. For example, community meeting or petition
  • the views of the council or local authority
  • comments from individuals, agencies or interest groups which would be affected

Submit a proposal

Place or geographical feature – your proposal must be in writing to the Surveyor-General, then lodged with the Geographical Names Unit.

Suburb, locality or boundary – discuss your proposal with the council or local authority. The council will carry out an initial assessment of the application. If the application proceeds, council will submit the proposal to the Surveyor General together with supporting documents.

What happens next

The Surveyor-General investigates naming proposals and considers any comments received. Recommendations are made to the minister.

Emergency services, council and Australia Post are notified once the proposal has been successfully completed.


Geographical Names Unit

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