The address type indicator gives an indication of the type of property level data you will need to capture to have the full delivery address for properties on the selected postcode. It can be helpful in determining the necessary additional property information you will need to capture to complete the full deliverable address. You should note that there is always the possibility of an address not being present on PAF, or an incorrect postcode being given. This means that you may be given property details which contradict this field, so it should be used as a guide as to what to expect rather than being treated as authoritative. The types returned are as follows:
This indicates that all addresses on this postcode consist purely of a number. So the only information that needs to be captured for a complete address (in addition to the street address returned by Postcode), is the house number. It should be noted that some people may give out and wish to use a house name instead, despite that not being their official address as held by Royal Mail.
- B6 5BL Contains numbered houses only on Clifton Road in Aston, Birmingham.
B11 3QL Also contains numbered houses only in Sunningdale Road, Birmingham
Numbered and Named
This indicates that a mixture of addresses exist on this postcode, some needing a house number and some needing a property name. There can also be those that require both or include alphanumeric numbering such as 16b. More care therefore has to be taken in capturing the property details than with a purely numbered or named postcode.
- B3 1BA Contains three addresses with one address with both the Property as well as the number.
B3 1EU Contains some addresses with a house number only, some with both a house number and property name, and one with a property name only.
Numbered and Named, Likelihood of Multiple Occupancy
This category is the same as that above (Numbered and Named), except that the address details indicate that it is likely that some or all of the addresses on this postcode are multiple occupancy (such as a flat).
- B1 1LR Contains flats on 20 Marshall Street in Birmingham.
B20 3PR Consists mainly of numbered properties, however some flats are also present.
All the properties on this postcode have a house or building name, not a number. You are therefore normally expecting to capture a name rather than a number when capturing addresses on this postcode.
- B6 4AA Birmingham Mail Centre.
B26 3QN Contains nine addresses each with a property name and no house number present.
Non-Standard Address Format
This refers to postcodes where one or more addresses is not in a common address format. It is therefore important with this address type to carefully check and enter the property details. This includes addresses which do not have a street field at all, or have multiple street names on the same postcode. It also includes addresses with numbered localities (no street but a house number which goes in with the locality field).
B13 9JD Some properties on this postcode have a dependant street in the street field giving, ‘Fernside Gardens, Yardley Wood Road’, while others only have ‘Yardley Wood Road’. You therefore need to check you have selected the appropriate street level record in Postcode before adding property information.
No Property Information
When this indicator is present, the address or addresses on this postcode do not have any property information present. So in this case you are only required to capture an organisation or resident name to complete a fully deliverable address.
- B1 1HH This is a ‘Holiday Inn’ on Holiday Street in Birmingham. No other property information is present in the fully deliverable address.
- B29 5AA This contains addresses for ‘Lodge Hill Cemetery’ and ‘Lodge Hill Cemetery, The Caretaker’, both on Weoley Park Road in Birmingham. Again no other property information is present.