County Of Kent Act 1981




See the notes above on Local Acts.



Section 2: “the county” means the county of Kent;

“the county council” means the Kent County Council;

“district” means a district in the county;

“district council” means the council of a district;

“street” has the meaning given by section 329 of the [Highways Act 1980];”

Section 10: “(1) A District Council may allocate to the buildings in a street in their district such numbers as they think fit.

(2) Where a number has, or numbers have, been allocated to a building under this section or under section 64 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847, the District Council may serve on the owner or occupier of the building a notice requiring him within such period, not being less than three weeks, as may be specified in the notice, to mark the building with that number, or those numbers, in such a way as to make the mark legible from the street.

(3) The owner or occupier of a building shall –

(a) maintain the mark in such a way that it remains legible from the street; and

(b) keep the view of the mark from the street unobstructed to such extent as it practicable.

(4) A District Council may alter the number or numbers allocated to a building, and where they do so subsections (2) and (3) above shall apply to the altered number or numbers.

(5) A District Council may, instead of requiring a building or premises within the curtilage of a building to be marked with a number of numbers under this section, require it to be marked with such other means of identification as they may, at the request of the owner or occupier, allow; and Subsections (2) and (3) above shall have effect accordingly.

(6) An owner or occupier of a building who without reasonable excuse –

(a) fails to comply with a notice served on him under subsection (2) above; or

(b) contravenes subsection (3) above;

shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a find not exceeding £50.

(7) The following provisions of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847 shall cease to have effect in the County –

(a) in the words introducing sections 64 and 65, the words “and numbering the houses”;

(b) in section 64 the words from “shall from time to time” to “think fit, and” the words “number or” wherever occurring;

(c) section 65.”

Section 10 introduces a new legislative scheme for street numbering in the administrative county of Kent. 

We note there are several drafting errors in the version of Act we have located – e.g. subsection (6) – a “find” rather than a fine.