[Talk-GB] Valuation Office Agency council tax data (was postcode mapping (was Re: Automated Code-Point Open postcode editing (simple cases only))

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Tue Jul 30 14:12:37 UTC 2019

What about the Valuation Office Agency council tax data?

I found this recently, and it allows you to lookup from a postcode to
the individual addresses (presumably in their standard recognised
form). I've not used the data, although I'd love to because it is so

Is it open data? Well, it has "Crown Copyright" at the bottom, so
maybe? I'd love to know if this dataset has been considered before, as
it can turn a postcode into something wereally need.

If I've understood the rules, the data could be used in reverse ie. to
use as clues to try and confirm when surveying, so long as only the
things you see on the ground are added?


On Tue, 30 Jul 2019 at 14:54, David Woolley <forums at david-woolley.me.uk> wrote:
> On 30/07/2019 14:19, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
> > Is it typical for post codes to be posted like housenumbers? Either on
> > buildings or postboxes?
> Postcodes almost never.  The only time you would normally find them is
> where the building is a company's registered office.
> Housenumbers seem to be only on (gut feeling) about 30% of houses these
> days, and maybe 5% of commercial premises.  (When they are on houses,
> they are typically unreadable after dark.  Almost no-one has front gates
> any longer, which might have carried them in the past.)
> What appears on street signs and post boxes is the outbound postcode (up
> to the end of the first number).
> Businesses are required to provide an address for service in
> advertising, including web sites.  This may well be their accountant's.
> Electronically, they need to provide a geographic address, but, on
> paper, I think a PO Box number is acceptable.  Non-compliance is
> endemic, e.g. businesses only contactable over mobile phone numbers.
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