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Local councils are authorised to name public and private roads and streets. This includes changing a name. Before renaming a road or street, you will need to consider the effect on the community. A proposal should be submitted to the council for that area in the first instance.
Council guidelines for naming roads
Who needs to be notified
The public must be given notice of a new name or a change to an existing name.
Relevant councils must be given 2 months notice of the change if the road runs into their areas.
You must also notify the following offices as soon as the change is finalised:
Assign or rename a road
The council needs to:
- Email LSGRoad_AddressNotification@sa.gov.au to gain access to the forms – password-protected.
- Complete the relevant form:
Send the form to Land Services SA
Land Services SA
GPO Box 543
Adelaide SA 5001
101 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Naming outback roads
Most outback roads have been renamed to assist:
- emergency services – for example, help ambulances find properties
- with service delivery – for example, provide a recognised address that can be understood nationally.
Rural road maps showing proposed names
How names are chosen
Renaming outback roads used these principles:
- remove two directional names – for example, Iron Knob-Puddle Holes Dam Road
- the name of the furthest homestead from the main road can be used to rename the entire road
- the council's road name is used when an outback road continues into a council area – for example, Yednalue Road.
Existing signage to homesteads will remain. New signs for renamed roads are being installed when the existing sign is replaced as part of routine road maintenance.
Roads not named by council
Roads outside council districts are under the care of the Highways Commissioner.
Some private roads still exist but could be declared public under the Local Government Act 1999 .