FAQ:Royal Mail PAF daily data updates

What makes us different?

Unlike many of our competitors, who apply monthly updates, we update our data daily, direct from the Royal Mail.

The Royal Mail make hundreds, sometimes thousands, of address changes daily to the 33,023,840 million addresses in the PAF (Postcode Address File) database. Every morning, the PAF file is updated with information from council property applications and 70 thousand postmen and women on their beat.

Our servers automatically download the PAF file updates from the Royal Mail every night.  Thus our Postcode Software customers have the latest PAF file data available to them every day.  The PAF file is the most complete and up to date address database in the UK.  Being one of the worlds largest Address Databases, it is also recognised as a world-class address dataset.

The following diagram shows how the updates are passed from the feedback received by 70 thousand Royal postmen, and women, on their beat every morning.

Royal Mail PAF file daily updates

This means that you, the customer, do not have to apply periodic data updates or worry about the management of such royal mail updates, as we do that for you.   Please read some of our customer comments.

Current Status of Royal Mail Daily Updates

The Royal Mail PAF database currently has 33,023,840 Addresses in 1,832,939 Postcodes (updated 24 Jul 2024 01:18)

836 Postcodes were added and 3,620 addresses were added/updated in the last daily update, which takes place after every working day. With 2,036 Postcodes added and 12,347 addresses added/updated in the last week (5 working days)

Better Data Quality:

In addition to the Royal Mail updates, we also added 9,809,887 counties designations to address records in PAF DB.

Royal Mail Additional Data

We also offer additional data provided by the Royal Mail.

Not Yet Built (NYB):

In addition to the Postcode Address File (PAF) data, we can provide “Not Yet Built” data, currently, 749,441 extra addresses, which contain properties under construction and in the planning stage. This type of address can be useful to the construction industry. When such properties can receive mail, they are added to the PAF file by the Royal Mail. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us for a quote.

Multiple Residencies (MR):

The PAF file lists all delivery points, for mail, a letterbox or a group of letter boxes. This was designed to have a maximum of 100 individual addresses within one postcode.

Sometimes when multiple mailboxes exist behind a single delivery point, such as a block of flats, then you may need more detail. The Multiple Residencies database list all specific mailboxes at such addresses. It currently contains 965,972 extra addresses, which expands the Royal Mail PAF file.