Street Naming Guidelines

Unique Street Names
The purpose of unique street names is to assist emergency service agencies, public and private agencies or businesses, the U.S. Postal Service, and the general public in locating a specific dwelling, building, business, or property. On this basis, the site plan will be reviewed to assess the number of street names needed.

Street name assignment must be concluded prior to the approval of the Site Plan, Tentative Subdivision Map, or Private Street (whichever comes first).

The requirements on this sheet are subject to change. For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Similar-sounding names between Fremont, Union City, and Newark must be avoided to prevent confusion for emergency services and the general public. The Street Name List can be used to determine if any proposed street names conflict with any existing or reserved street names. New names should:
  • Be easily recognized; lengthy or difficult to pronounce words should be avoided
  • Avoid duplication with other local street names, including duplicating only part of an existing name (i.e. existing Reed Terrace and new Reed Buck Common)
  • Avoid similar pronunciation with an existing street (such as Cheyenne and Cayenne)
  • Begin with different letters of the alphabet than those in the street's cluster or adjacent streets
  • Reflect the development's theme or concept
Street Suffixes
Public street suffixes include "Street" or "Road" for streets running north and south, "Avenue" or "Way" for streets running east and west, "Drive" or "Lane" for curving roads, and "Court" or "Place" for cul-de-sacs.

Private street suffixes are "Common" for a private street that intersects a public street or a major private street and "Terrace" for interior private streets connected to streets titled "Common."