Postcode Address File (PAF) – Royal Mail
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.
- 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
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
- 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)
- 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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