PSL  Services

Maximising the benefits of PAF® under the Royal Mail Public Sector Licence

PSL  Services

Maximising the benefits of PAF® under the Royal Mail Public Sector Licence

Europa Technologies offers a variety of services which help maximise the benefits of the Postcode Address File (PAF®) under the Royal Mail Public Sector Licence (PSL). Our PSL services include enriched data, open identifiers and enterprise-grade API access. Let us help you optimise the use of PAF within your public sector organisation.

PSL – Quick facts

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PSL Services, powered by PAF

From April 2023, the UK Government and Royal Mail extended the terms for the public sector use of the Postcode Address File (PAF). Under a five-year agreement, the Public Sector Licence (PSL) provides eligible public sector bodies in England, Wales and Scotland access to PAF in order to deliver public services.

The PSL provides simplified data licensing and removes some of the barriers that previously prevented organisations from maximising use of this valuable resource.

As a Royal Mail PAF solution provider, Europa Technologies is ideally positioned to offer PSL services which stimulate innovation and help you discover new applications using PAF.

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AddressHub – More than just addresses

PAF enriched with UPRN & more

AddressHub is built upon the most prominent source of addresses in Great Britain, the Royal Mail PAF. By including the Multiple Residences (MR) and Not-Yet-Built (NYB) data extensions, this comprehensive product contains over 32 million records. In addition to standard PAF fields, AddressHub has been significantly enhanced with additional attributes.

AddressHub enhances PAF by adding rich attributes which give depth and context to searches. This makes it ideal for property intelligence applications. The product includes UPRN, coordinates, plot size, plot multiplicity, residential property type, ONS administrative regions, Welsh names and a registered business indicator. Our viaEuropa platform can deliver AddressHub as a high-performance API.

Use AddressHub to streamline data capture, cleanse and enrich your data holdings and deliver better public services.

Enterprise-grade PAF API

Our viaEuropa service provides access to PAF-based data products as a high-performance, reliable and secure Application Programming Interface (API). In addition to PAF, extension products are now provided including Multiple Residence (MR) and Not-Yet-Built (NYB). These combine to form an authoritative database of over 32 million address records which can be used for interactive search and data cleansing.

Our PSL services allow software to retrieve PAF data using a well-defined, consistent and programmatic method for performing queries. Public Sector organisations of all sizes can use APIs to transform and streamline their business processes.

viaEuropa services are lightning fast and support concurrent requests. This makes the API suitable for real-time applications where response time is critical.

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Legacy Software

Supporting legacy systems

In a time of budget constraints in the UK public sector, many applications are expected to operate with an extended lifetime. Where those legacy systems are unable to accept API services, bespoke extractions of data in GIS formats must be prepared. This can be a time-consuming challenge to departments with limited resources.

Europa Data Vault ensures that legacy systems get regular PAF updates. It is a cost-effective alternative to expensive data translation tools and an arduous DIY approach. In addition to taking the pressure off PAF updates, it also provides access to a useful archive of data deliveries.

PSL Services

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AddressHub is an address product for Great Britain built upon definitive Royal Mail Postcode Address File (PAF®) data, enhanced with UPRN (Unique Property Reference Number), coordinates and other valuable attributes. Designed to deliver a cost-effective addressing capability to organisations of any size, AddressHub opens the door to connect databases from multiple sources. Search, locate and identify addresses with ease and precision.



viaEuropa is the award-winning hosted map and API platform from Europa Technologies. It delivers high quality, fully maintained, digital maps and geodata directly to your web applications, desktop GIS and mobile apps. Use viaEuropa to drive location intelligent solutions quickly, easily and efficiently.

viaEuropa supports a variety of high-quality content from Ordnance Survey, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland, Bluesky International, Government of Jersey, JBA Risk Management, British Geological Survey, MB International and OceanWise.

Europa Data Vault

Europa Data Vault

Europa Data Vault is a managed data delivery platform supporting OS data products, including OS MasterMap, VectorMap Local and AddressBase. The service delivers the latest version of all key products included in the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA). Data is available in a range of spatial data formats and delivered by secure download.

Services supporting other public sector contracts

PSGA Services

Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) Services

Europa Technologies delivers a variety of PSGA services which can help you take advantage of the rich data and new freedoms provided under the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement. With new data products, open identifiers and reduced Ordnance Survey royalties, let us help you maximise the benefits of the PSGA within your public sector organisation.

APGB Services

Aerial Photography Great Britain (APGB) Services

APGB services are available through our award-winning viaEuropa platform. The services include enterprise-grade access to all Aerial Photography Great Britain content, including 12.5cm aerial photography, colour infrared imagery and Digital Terrain Model (DTM) / Digital Surface Model (DSM) layers. viaEuropa provides easy, reliable and improved access to this portfolio of key geospatial products.

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Do get in touch if you would like more details about PSL Services (technical, licensing, pricing, etc.) or would like to arrange a personalised demo. Our product specialists will be happy to provide you with a free consultation.