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Postcodes


This information layer displays the three levels of postcode boundaries found in the UK. Individual postcode numbers cover local areas such as individual streets; postcode districts cover larger areas such as parts of cities; and postcode areas cover larger regions such as the cities themselves.

Postcode information is divided into three sub-layers:

  • Postcodes

This layer represents a local area such as neighbouring streets or an apartment building, which can contain up to 100 addresses. This is the smallest and most defined postcode area available. For example SE1 7NQ, the address of our FIND office in London.

  • Postcode districts

This layer divides postcode areas into smaller regions, defined by the locations of Royal Mail delivery offices. For example, EH1 for central Edinburgh and SW19 for the Wimbledon area of London.

  • Postcode areas

This layer divides Great Britain into large regions and can be used to identify city areas. For example, EH represents Edinburgh and BN represents Brighton. Significant regions within a city are also shown, such as SW for South West London.

Data providerOrdnance Survey
Sample of dataSample layered PDF
Coverage areaBritain

Version date of dataset2017
Frequency of update cycleQuarterly

Viewable in map windowYes
Viewable on map backgroundsAll map backgrounds
Viewable between scales1 - 1: 100 000 (Postcode units), 1 - 1: 150 000 (Postcode districts and areas)

PrintableYes
Printable between scales 1 - 1: 100 000 (Postcode units), 1 - 1: 150 000 (Postcode districts and areas)

ExportableYes
Export formatsDWG, DXF, TAB, SHP
Maximum export size via internet10 000 hectares (100 km²)

Viewing£0.03 per postcode
Printing£0.03 per postcode
Exporting£0.10 per postcode

Period layer saved for viewing (without incurring further costs)12 months
Period print saved for (without incurring further costs)12 months

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