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26/11/2015

Number of UK addresses held within Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF®) database – November 2015

We’re regularly asked for information on the number of UK delivery addresses (delivery points) contained within PAF and for details on the number of updates we make to the file, they’re important indicators as to the completeness of PAF and our ability to maintain its accuracy.  Last month we published our first article of this kind, containing the latest PAF statistics and we will continue to do this from now on. There has been almost 19,500 additional delivery points added to PAF this month and this figure will vary from one month to the next.  We work closely with every Local Authority in the UK in creating new addresses, Royal Mail assign the Postcodes and input all of the information into PAF.

Whilst there have been this number of additions, there will also be a considerable number of amendments to existing delivery points, such as a change of business name, whilst other delivery points may be identified as being vacant or even demolished. In many cases, this information is collected by our postmen and women. They are constantly verifying address details and reporting address changes. They walk every street in the UK, six days a week, and are in a unique position to inform us of address related changes they see on their walks. This is why we always recommend PAF users access updates at least on a monthly basis and many more now take daily PAF updates.


Total number of actual Delivery Points on PAF:               29,670,112


Total number of Postcodes on PAF:                                 1,747,691


 Total number of Post Towns on PAF:                                     1,500


Total number of business names held on PAF:                  1,367,323


We’ve produced a range of different monthly reports – see below – each of which open as a PDF. Simply read the short description and select the report(s) you’re most interested in.

PAF Statistics

Business and Vacant Org Counts

Delivery Point Change Statistics

New Sectors and Localities

Activity Reports

We’ll update the information next month and publish again here on our website. If you have any further questions, we’re happy to help, click on Contact Us for ways to get in touch.

Scott Childes

Data Supply Manager

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