Rules and processes for naming places in Tasmania

​​​​​The Nomenclature Board has adopted Rules for Place Names in Tasmania for the guidance of all naming authorities and the general public.

These rules apply to all names proposed by consideration by the Board, including names assigned by local government authorities to streets within the boundaries of proclaimed cities and towns. While the duplication of place names is undesirable, it may at times be unavoidable, particularly if names have had long-standing public use and acceptance.
Where no previous name exists, the Board gives primary consideration to names that are:
  • in keeping with the character and tradition of the area
  • with historical or local significance
  • suggestive of any peculiarity of a topographical feature, or
  • a name of Aboriginal derivation that has an appropriate meaning.
The Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy provides further information about the naming of areas that have significance to Tasmania's history.

Download the Placename Proposal Guidelines to submit proposals for Tasmanian place names.​​

Assignment of official place names

1. Street names within proclaimed town and city boundaries

    • The assignment of a name to a street within a proclaimed town or city boundary is the sole responsibility of the relevant council.
    • There is no appeal mechanism for council decisions regarding the assignment of street names.
    • The relevant council must advise the Nomenclature Board of street name assignments within 40 days of making the assignment.
    • The Board's preference is that notices received from councils include reference to the council decision (eg. a copy of the relevant meeting minutes) and that each notice is accompanied by a diagram, plan or clear description of the spatial extent of the named feature.
2. All other place names (not including statutory exceptions*)
    • A naming proposal (application) may be submitted by a relevant government authority or by a member of the general public with the written support of the relevant authority. This should include advice of support for the proposal by the community and/or affected landowners, the history or background for selection of the proposed name, and clearly defined extents for the place or feature to be named.
    • The application is received and processed by the Nomenclature Office and presented to the Board for determination.
    • The Board may deny the application. There is no appeal mechanism against a Board decision to deny.
    • The Board may approve an application and make a decision to assign the name.
    • The Board's intention to assign a name is advertised and objections are invited, for receipt within 30 days.
    • If no objections are received within 30 days, the name becomes official and confirmation of the name is advertised.
    • If an objection/objections are received, the Board reconsiders its decision in the light of the objections and forwards its final decision about the name to the Minister for final determination.
    • The Minister may confirm, modify or reverse the decision of the Board. The Minister's decision is final and is then implemented by the Office, including advertising of the final determination.
* Statutory exceptions refer to legislation other than the Survey Co-ordination Act 1944 that provides for the assignment of names in particular instances. For example, official names can be assigned to Reserves proclaimed under the Nature Conservation Act 2002.

Contact

Nomenclature Board (Secretary)
134 Macquarie Street
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4444
Email: nomenclature.office@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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