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Postcode Address File (PAF) – Royal Mail

GIS

GIS

Geomarketing

Geomarketing

Internet  of Things

Internet of Things

Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Routing Tracking Optimisation

Routing Tracking Optimisation

About Product

The Postcode Address File (PAF) contains over 1.8 million unique postcodes with 29 million delivery points. It includes details of UK residential and business addresses including organisation, sub-building name, building name, building number range, thoroughfare name, locality, post town, county and postcode. Each record is categorised as small user residential, small or large user organisation. Also includes a total of delivery point counts, per postcode, by user type. 

 

What's key?

  • Quarterly or six-monthly updates available
  • Postcode level product is supplied in Microsoft Access format as standard. Other formats are available on request
  • Premise level file is a very large dataset (over 6GB of data) supplied in zipped .csv format.
  • Constantly updated and verified by ninety thousand postmen and women
  • Geocoding is at postcode level (accurate to within 100m), but address information is at premise level

Data Type: Geocoding postcode point file
Resolution: Within 100m of the first house in the postcode

Full Postcode Address File, postcode level, UK

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Variants

UK Full Postcode Address File (PAF), Postcode level

UK Full Postcode Address File (PAF), Premise level (very large dataset of over 6GB of data)

 

GIS

GIS

Geomarketing

Geomarketing

Internet  of Things

Internet of Things

Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Routing Tracking Optimisation

Routing Tracking Optimisation

How is it used?

  • Plot postcodes with addresses and find all those within a specified distance of a point or route
  • Generate mailing lists or addresses for leaflet drops
  • Very detailed gazetteer to locate individual addresses
  • Geocoding has an target accuracy of within 100m of the first house in each postcode

Attributes

  • A unique identifier for each postcode
  • Name of the organisation (where present)
  • Department the record refers to within each record
  • Premise number of the house or flat
  • Building name where the organisation is located
  • Post office box number corresponding to the address
  • Street name where the organisation is located
  • Dependent street name that the address is, e.g terraces or courts
  • The locality or the greater locality the address belongs to.
  • Postcode area in which a town is defined by the Royal Mail
  • County the address belongs to
  • Total number of delivery points for that postcode including user category
  • Category code for a residential, non–residential/small business or a Large User (R, N, L)
  • Postcode of the address (formats in commercial, structured or fixed length)

post box illustrating address base data

 

  • Total number of delivery points for the premise where values greater than 1 indicate multi-occupancy at an address e.g. one front door behind which the building has been sub-divided into flats. Residential (R) properties only
  • A 4 to 6 character code (alphanumeric) representing the Unitary Authority
  • A 3 character code representing the Health Authority or Board responsible for the care of each postcode
  • A 3 character code indicating one of the over-arching Strategic Health Authorities in England
  • x, y, easting and northing  grid co-ordinates in meters
  • Longitude and latitude corresponding easting and northing grid co-ordinates

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