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I am a DCA contributing authority – what is involved in adopting AddressBase®?

Please contact your Ordnance Survey account manager because local situations vary widely and they will be best placed to advise you, based on your own situation and arrangements.

Ordnance Survey AddressBase® FAQs also contain further information.


We manage the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure which is the data storage and set of processes bringing together the existing local authority sourced addressing datasets together with Ordnance Survey, Valuation Office Agency and Royal Mail data. Through agreement between Ordnance Survey and Scotland's Improvement Service, working on behalf of Scottish Local Government, the National Address Gazetteer includes Scottish address data.

Local authorities provide their address update records to us on a continuous basis for inclusion in the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure. The National Address Gazetteer infrastructure contains over 40 million addresses. In every six weekly cycle we synchronise 2,599,000 changes and carries out a total of 3,440 data validation checks.

From NAG to AddressBase

The National Address Gazetteer infrastructure is the single source from which AddressBase products are developed and made available by Ordnance Survey. 

AddressBase® Premium, available from Ordnance Survey, is the most comprehensive and accurate geographic dataset of 40 million addresses, properties and land areas where services are provided. 

Thanks to the relationship with local authorities, users of AddressBase benefit from the most in-depth view of addresses throughout the property lifecycle – from planning permission, through construction, occupation and change of use to demolition and beyond.