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AddressBase UPRN use

The Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) acts as a 'golden thread', enabling the linking of multiple information sets about each spatial address in Great Britain.

Please note:

  • The structure is based around the viewer being a member and wanting to know more about what the public sector licences allow. If you are not a member, please start from 'Accessing information from members'.
  • This guidance only applies to our intellectual property rights and interests and does not relate to or supercede any third party Intellectual Property(IP) rights (e.g. Royal Mail's, etc.). If the derived data includes the IP of third parties, you are strongly advised to obtain the necessary permission(s) from them.

Answer: The AddressBase UPRN is a unique identifier for every spatial address in Great Britain.

It provides a comprehensive, complete, consistent identifier throughout a property’s life cycle – from planning permission through to demolition.

In the same way that every citizen has a National Insurance number, every Internet-enabled device has an IP address and every book features an ISBN number – the AddressBase UPRN uniquely and definitively identifies every addressable location in Great Britain.

In England and Wales the UPRNs are centrally allocated and managed by GeoPlace and for Scotland by the Improvement Service.

Local authorities’ statutory responsibilities mean that they are the source of information within a property’s lifecycle and are responsible for assigning UPRNs for each address record.

The UPRN is used to link multiple disparate datasets together both internally or when sharing information with other organisations who use the UPRN; for example, local and central government bodies, emergency services, insurance and utility companies.

The UPRN is an underpinning linking mechanism that removes error in data exchange and communication, and delivers efficiency gains in operational processes.

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Answer: The UPRN can be found within the AddressBase® products from OS and our partners.

For more information see the AddressBase products page.

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Answer: OS, GeoPlace and the Improvement Service are committed to enabling the widest possible sharing and use of UPRNs.

To support this statement, we are allowing AddressBase licensees who are using that data for their own internal business use,provided only that such licensees have not extracted UPRNs by using or making reference to the co-ordinates within AddressBase data, the ability to use the UPRN elsewhere themselves royalty-free.

In addition, those internal business use licensees can also sub-license, provided only that such licensees have not extracted UPRNs by using or making reference to the co-ordinates within AddressBase data,their UPRNs on the same terms in perpetuity to third parties, making them free of any licensing restrictions, provided only that such licensees have not extracted UPRNs by using or making reference to the co-ordinates within AddressBase data.

Please note:

  • PSMA and OSMA members can use the data sharing provisions of their Member Licences to share the UPRN with other Licensed Data. For more information see the data sharing with others section.
  • In other circumstances, other than the UPRN, the inclusion of other OS data attributes from Licensed Data (including Derived Data), will usually require licensing. Where any doubt exists, users should contact Customer Services at OS.
  • Similarly, if your derived data includes other third party IPR (e.g. Royal Mail), then other licencing considerations may apply.

To see the UPRN Policy statement

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Answer: The x,y co-ordinates, addresses, postcodes and all other elements (excluding the UPRN) of AddressBase products will remain subject to licensing.

UPRNs cannot be used or shared royalty-free unless they have been extracted without using or making reference to the co-ordinates within AddressBase data.

Under our 'presumption to publish' arrangements for the public sector, we are also permitting the release of the x,y co-ordinates specifically for your public sector assets, so that they can be released together with the associated UPRN. This also explicitly enables local government members in England to release the address data with associated co-ordinates and UPRNs, for any of their public asset derived datasets that are created to meet the requirements of the Local Government Transparency Code.

Important note: This is subject to the member having permission from Royal Mail in relation to the release of any data derived from PAF.

For public sector agreement members, there may be other occasions where more of the AddressBase data content can be shared with others. For more information see the data sharing with others and sharing derived data sections.

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Answer: The x,y co-ordinates are not open data.

The inclusion of x,y co-ordinates are still subject to licencing - the level of which is dependent upon the product(s) you are using to derive your data.

As part of our 'presumption to publish' arrangements for the public sector, we will permit the release of the OS x,y co-ordinates specifically for their public sector assets, together with the associated UPRN. This also explicitly enables local government members in England to release the address data with associated co-ordinates and UPRNs, for any of their public asset derived datasets that are created to meet the requirements of the Local Government Transparency Code.

Important note: This is subject to the member having permission from Royal Mail in relation to the release of any data derived from PAF.

For more information see the sharing derived data section of this guidance.

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Answer: Yes - local authorities can publish their UPRNs ...

including on their websites, as part of their core business. They can also make the UPRN available for reuse on royalty-free terms, provided only that such licensees have not extracted UPRNs by using or making reference to the co-ordinates within AddressBase data; but the remainder of the AddressBase products data content remains subject to licensing.

This also includes UPRNs extracted from the Local Land and Property Gazetteers (LLPGs) held by the 'naming and numbering' authorities. The licence for use of OS/GeoPlace IP in LLPGs is provided in the PSMA AddressBase licence so therefore these authorities will be able to release UPRNs from their LLPGs. Similar arrangements apply to OSMA members for the use of OS/Improvement Service IP in their gazetteer.

As part of our 'presumption to publish' arrangements for the public sector, we will permit the release of the OS x,y co-ordinates specifically for their public sector assets, together with the associated UPRN. This also explicitly enables local government members in England to release the address data with associated co-ordinates and UPRNs, for any of their public asset derived datasets that are created to meet the requirements of the Local Government Transparency Code.

There may be other occasions where addressing data can be shared by public sector agreement members. For more information see the data sharing with others and sharing derived data sections.

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Answer: No - the UPRNs are not open data ...

because we are allowing AddressBase Internal Business Use licensees (or were at the time the UPRNs were are copied from their database) the ability to share the UPRNs on a royalty-free basis, including sub-licensing, in perpetuity to third parties, provided only that such licensees have not extracted UPRNs by using or making reference to the co-ordinates within AddressBase data.

This is similar to the arrangements that are in place for the OS MasterMap Topographic Identifier (TOID).

To see the UPRN policy and OS MasterMap TOID policy statements

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Answer: If you are not an AddressBase internal business use licensee, you can still utilise UPRNs ....

if you are able to source the UPRNs for your addresses from a third party who itself is licensed for internal business use for an AddressBase product (this will, of course, be at the discretion of that third party).

In addition to AddressBase internal business use licensees, third parties who have received UPRNs from licensees will also be free to use and share the UPRNs without licensing restrictions.

Alternatively, you can either licence an AddressBase product for internal business use direct from OS or via one of our partners.

Notes:

  • The UPRNs will only be useful to you if you know what they refer to, as no other element of the address will be passed on royalty-free terms. This is because the rest of the address is still subject to licensing.
  • The public sector agreements have 2 definitions in their licences (see Licensing Jargon).
    • Business Use - is the use of licenced data solely for the internal administration and operation of the licensees business (otherwise known as Internal Business Use).
    • Public Sector Use - is the use of licenced data to support delivery of, or to deliver to licensee’s core business. This includes the provision of licenced data to third parties.

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Answer: Yes, as an AddressBase internal business use licensee, provided UPRNs have not been extracted by using or making reference to the co-ordinates within AddressBase data...

or if you are a recipient of UPRNs sourced from an AddressBase internal business use licensee, you can include those UPRNs to your derived data.

In both cases, you still need to consider the rest of the content and or intended use to determine whether any other licensing requirements are necessary.

For example, if the UPRNs being appended to data derived from, or to, an OS Open Data product) such as Boundary-Line, then the Open Government Licence can be used. But, if the UPRN is being appended to data derived from OS MasterMap Topography Layer, then the sharing of that data will require the appropriate licensing terms to be applied.

Note:

  • The public sector agreements have 2 definitions in their licences (see Licensing Jargon).
    • Business Use - is the use of licenced data solely for the internal administration and operation of the licensees business (otherwise known as Internal Business Use).
    • Public Sector Use - is the use of licenced data to support delivery of, or to deliver to licensee’s core business. This includes the provision of licenced data to third parties.

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Answer: Yes - you can use your addressing data for mailings ...

provided that this activity is part of your core business. This includes activities being carried out on your behalf by a contractor of yours.

An important point to note is that this use is subject to the provisions of both your Member Licence and Royal Mail's PAF PSL.

Note:

  • You cannot provide your address list(s) for others to use for their activities. The exception to this are the statutory requirements in respect of the provision of the Electoral Register to third parties.

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Answer: Yes - you can use your addressing data on your website to allow ...

third parties to find their address as part of their interaction with you. This includes activities being carried out on your behalf by a contractor of yours.

An important point to note is that this use is subject to the provisions of both your Member Licence and Royal Mail's PAF PSL.

Under those provisions, you cannot allow others to have access to your addressing data for them to use for their own business purposes. They will need to get their own addressing solution to support this.

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