Royal Mail introduces new simplified postcode address file licensing arrangements

01/04/2015
  • Royal Mail is introducing its simplified Postcode Address File (PAF) licence arrangements on 1 April 2015
  • The new licence was announced in April last year following extensive consultation and engagement with the market. It is designed to widen take-up of PAF, encourage its greater use and meet the current and future needs of users, solutions providers and developers of PAF-based products in today’s diverse marketplace
  • In addition, from 1 April, licensed public sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland, will be able to take advantage of a new Public Sector Licence covering the use of PAF
  • Since its introduction, the way in which the postcode and postal address data is used has diversified and grown. PAF is now at the core of a wide range of systems and solutions which support many businesses and industries

Royal Mail is introducing its simplified Postcode Address File (PAF) licence arrangements on 1 April 2015.

The new licence was announced in April last year following extensive consultation and engagement with the market. It is designed to widen take-up of PAF, encourage its greater use and meet the current and future needs of users, solutions providers and developers of PAF-based products in today’s diverse marketplace.

Key features of the new licence include:

  • An updated and simplified pricing structure with fewer pricing points and clear licensing to help users decide which pricing options best suit their use of PAF
  • A familiar licensing model where Solutions Providers continue to license their customers
  • Wider scope for innovation with fewer restrictions on the use of PAF
  • A reduction in the Full UK, Full PAF “per user” price
  • Retention of the current Bureau arrangements
  • A shorter, clearer, and easier to read set of licensing terms

This is the first time prices have changed since the terms of the previous licence were implemented in April 2010.

The PAF Public Sector Licence

In addition, from 1 April, licensed public sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland, will be able to take advantage of the Public Sector Licence (PSL) covering the use of PAF.

To enable a smooth transition to the PSL, from 1 April last year, members of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) and One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA), who signed-up to the PSL Use Terms, were able to access PAF data within addressing products supplied directly to them by Ordnance Survey. All licensed public sector organisation can now access PAF without having to return licence fees to Royal Mail for their use of the data.

Since its introduction, the way in which the postcode and postal address data is used has diversified and grown. PAF is now at the core of a wide range of systems and solutions which support many businesses and industries. The postcode is now used by tens of thousands of businesses every day for address look-up, to confirm identities, reduce fraud and aid navigation.

Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, said: “We’re very pleased to be rolling out our new simplified Postcode Address File Licence and Public Sector Licence. This is a result of months of consultation with the market and its representatives to develop a framework that offers users a shorter, clearer, simpler licence with a wider scope for innovation and fewer restrictions on the use of PAF. We’re confident that the new licence offers the continuity and flexibility that we know the market as a whole wants.”

For further information contact:
Royal Mail press office on 0203 338 1007 press.office@royalmail.com

Notes to editors:
To find out more about a the Postcode Address File licensing arrangements please visit www.poweredbypaf.com/licensing-centre

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