The PSL Essentials

Licensed public sector organisations can now access PAF® for free at the point of use and benefit from use of highly accurate address and postcode information.

The PSL Use Terms can benefit public sector organisations by:

  • simplifying licensing arrangements and reducing the administration associated with licensing and fee payment make it easier for public sector organisations to use PAF data more widely
  • encouraging new ways of working whereby organisations can share data and work collaboratively
  • provide a simple application process

This page contains useful information to help you understand whether you are eligible and, if so, what to do next.

You may also find it helpful to read our fact sheets and information packs in the useful information section below.

Key features of the PSL Use Terms

 

Since 1 April 2015, licensed public sector organisations have been able to take advantage of the PSL Use Terms.

The key features of the PSL Use Terms can be found below:

  • Eligible public sector organisations can use PAF throughout their organisation as well as on external websites for displaying or confirming address details
  • The PSL Use Terms permit data sharing between PAF Public Sector Licensees; will cover sub-contractors and working with third parties, as well as emergency use situations
  • The PSL Use Terms will not permit profit-making or commercial activity. Any public sector organisation wishing to use PAF for commercial purposes must use the standard PAF licence terms for this purpose
  • Data supply arrangements are not affected by the implementation of the PSL Use Terms

Who will be eligible to join?

 

Public sector organisations which fall within the definition of 'contracting authority' in Regulation 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, are likely to be eligible. To assist you in checking your eligibility to sign up, we have included general guidance within the ' Who can apply?' section of this Licensing Centre.

We anticipate thousands of public sector organisations will qualify and therefore have the opportunity to benefit from using the accurate postal address and postcode information held within PAF. Some types of organisations, housing associations, social enterprises, infrastructure bodies, community interest companies, charities and charitable trusts are likely to fall outside of the eligibility criteria. 

How will a public sector organisation be able to apply?

 

Before completing the application form, organisations should check to see if they are eligible and whether their organisation has already applied. The application process is quick and simple, and please familiarise yourself with the PSL Use Terms before applying. 

If you have any questions about eligibility or registration then you can call our dedicated PSL helpline on 0845 606 6854 and selecting option 2. Alternatively you can email publicsectorlicensing@royalmail.com.

Our team is available during normal business hours.

Useful Information