The three key purposes of the policy are:
- Identity - recognising and enhancing our city's history and culture and identifying features in Palmerston that are important.
- Utility - or usefulness of street names. It is important that new names are distinguishable from existing ones, are easy to recognise and pronounce, and assist in the location of addresses.
- Consistency - maintaining existing themes and the transparency of the street naming and numbering process
When the development of an area of land will result in a new street the developer is given the opportunity to submit names for approval.
Each application is to include three choices along with the meaning or reason for the name.
The public may also choose to submit suggestions for street names. City Archives currently holds a register of approved names.