Why licence the NLPG
Everything happens somewhere. The NLPG will benefit anyone who needs to identify or deliver a service to somewhere, or needs to track their assets or manage information tied to a location, particularly:
- Local and central government
- Emergency services
- Utilities, energy telecommunications suppliers
- Banking and Insurance and other property
- Health authorities and Primary Care Trusts
- Satellite navigation and Logistics
The NLPG is a comprehensive and continually updated database. It is created by those with local knowledge in each local authority, the body with legal responsibility for street naming and numbering of property. As local authorities are the originators of addressing information an address dataset, developed and maintained at source by users of the data, has the very highest level of currency and completeness.
Local government is the key agency at the start of the property lifecycle for every property. Authorities are made aware of potential future developments through planning applications, and from that point forward each property is recorded within the NLPG via the authority's own gazetteer.
Throughout its lifecycle, information on an address of a property can change. This may be due to a change of name or number, a sub-division or aggregation of an address within a building, changes of use, for example from single occupancy to multiple occupancy, both for domestic and business properties or the eventual demolition of the property. Information on the timing and nature of the change will be known first by the local authority as part of their normal processes before being passed onto a third party such as Royal Mail, which will add a postcode if it delivers mail to the address.
Having access to the most up-to-date information on every property type, including multi-occupied premises is not only vital to the Council itself for services such as community safety, local taxation and voting, but also for its partners such as the emergency services.
Local authorities have many statutory duties that involve managing property addresses. The NLPG process underpins this by linking key datasets such as council tax, NNDR, planning and electoral roll to the NLPG data. Information is sourced from other operational data, the best source for reference data. Multiple cross-reference sources help to ensure completeness