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PAF (Postcode Address File)

PAF

Royal Mail's Postcode Address File (PAF) gives you EVERY UK address (28 million addresses!) and is updated by the Royal Mail.

You have several product options:

Every Address in the UK
Every Address in a single postcode area (UB, B etc.)
Every Business Address in the UK
As above, excluding property number or house name details

The Postcode Address File (PAF) is without any contention the definitive most up-to-date and complete address database in the UK. There are two product options: the UK file which has every address and postcode in the UK (28 million addresses both business and residential) OR just the addresses in your postcode area, which is the cheaper more address specific / smaller file.

The Royal Mail's PAF data is often used to capture, create and or maintain your in-house address lists.  This includes web site registrations, forms and customer databases to reduce the number of returned or undelivered items from mailing programs.  Obviously there are many more applications that you can use the Postcode Address File (PAF)  for including mailing, planning leaflet distribution, door dropping logistics and navigation to name just a few of the applications! 

Fees Sample Specs

Applications

The Royal Mail PAF data is often used to capture, create and or maintain your in-house address lists or planning leaflet door drops, but also in website registrations, forms and customer databases to reduce the number of returned or undelivered items from mailing programs.  Obviously there are many more applications that you can use the PAF data for including mailing, planning leaflet distribution, logistics, navigation to name just a few! 

  • Reduce postage costs through Mailsort, Presstream and Cleanmail
  • Reduce the amount of undelivered mail
  • Preservation of brand image
  • Improved accuracy of customer and prospect analysis
  • Door Drop Planning
  • Distribution Analysis
  • Mailings
  • Address Validation & Correction

PAF Fields

  • Organisation Name (if a business, blank if residential)
  • Department Name (if a business, blank if residential)
  • PO Box
  • Building Name
  • Sub Building Name
  • Building Number
  • Thoroughfare
  • Street
  • Double Dependent Locality
  • Dependent Locality
  • Post Town
  • Postcode
  • Postcode Type
  • Mailsort SSC
  • Grid Reference (optional)

Grid references can be appended to the PAF data for the appropriate licence fee or licenced separately for mapping and GIS applications.

PAF Coverage

The PAF data covers every known address in the UK and extracts can be taken either by postcode area or as a full UK supply (28 million address locations across the UK).  A sample of the PAF data can be found above, this will also provide you with the data fields that are provided for each record.

PAF Licensing

The PAF data is licenced by the year.  Various options are available including single, corporate, multi user and internet licences. 

PAF Updates

PAF file is the most up-to-date and complete address database available for UK addresses, containing a mixture of business and residential sites and over 28 million addresses.   For your licence fee you will receive the very latest file which will be valid for 12 months use and this includes quarterly updates to ensure it stays up to date.