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FindFullAddress

Finds addresses using a fuzzy free-text search and retrieves all the details.

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To connect to this service you'll need to use one of these endpoints:

WSDL
https://webservices.data-8.co.uk/addresscapture.asmx
JSON
https://webservices.data-8.co.uk/AddressCapture/FindFullAddress.json

Description

Finds details of an address matching the search criteria. The search is performed using the town, street and building parameters. The town parameter is required, and at least one of the street and building parameters must also be specified.

The search is performed using fuzzy matching, so some amount of misspelling is allowed, although exact matches will be preferred.

Parameters

The following parameters can be supplied to this method

username

username

See the available authentication methods. If you are using username & password authentication, specify the username to authenticate as. If you are using API Key authentication and you are not using the JSON, Javascript or ADO APIs, use your API Key here with the prefix apikey-, e.g. apikey-ABCD-1234-EFGH-5678
password

password

If you are using username & password authentication, specify the password to use for authentication. Otherwise leave this blank.
licence

licence

As the Royal Mail PAF database can be licensed in multiple ways, this parameter indicates under which license you are accessing the data. This must match the variant you have a license or credits for - if you are unsure which option to choose, please contact your account manager

town

town

The name of the town to search in.

street

street

The name of the street to find in the town

building

building

The name of the building or organisation to find in the town or street

options

options

An array of options that control further details of how this method operates. See the Advanced Options section below for more information.

Advanced Options

The following options can be specified as part of the option parameter. Each option is specified as a key/value pair. The list of available names is shown below, along with a description of the allowable values for that name.

Formatter

Formatter

Pick from one of the available formatters to control how the raw address is converted into a human-readable address:

  • DefaultFormatter
  • PafStandardFormatter
  • NoOrganizationFormatter
FixTownCounty

FixTownCounty

true to ensure the town and county are returned in the last two address lines, or false if they should appear in the first available line.

MaxLines

MaxLines

The number of lines to format the address over. An additional line will be included in the result for the postcode.

MaxLineLength

MaxLineLength

The maximum number of characters that can appear in each address line.

NormalizeCase

NormalizeCase

Converts all text in the address except the town name to proper case.

NormalizeTownCase

NormalizeTownCase

Converts the town name to proper case

ExcludeCounty

ExcludeCounty

Excludes the county, if any, from the formatted address

UseAnyAvailableCounty

UseAnyAvailableCounty

Uses any available county to populate the formatted address, not just the postal county

UnwantedPunctuation

UnwantedPunctuation

A string containing any punctuation characters to be removed from the formatted address

FixBuilding

FixBuilding

Ensures the building name/number is always placed in the first line

IncludeUDPRN

IncludeUDPRN

Set to true to have the UniqueReference field of each returned address populated with the UDPRN

IncludeLocation

IncludeLocation

Set to true to have the Location field of each returned address populated with the geocoding details for the address

ReturnResultCount

ReturnResultCount

Indicates if the ResultCount field in the result should be populated with the total number of addresses returned.

Results

This method returns an object containing the following fields:

Status

Status

Indicates whether the method call was successful, or if some error occurred. If the Success field is true, the other results described below can be used to get the results of the method. If Success is false, some error occurred in calling the method, such as the authentication failed or the account is out of credits. The details of the error can be obtained from the ErrorMessage field, and any other results should be ignored
ResultCount

ResultCount

Contains the number of addresses in the Results field. This field is only populated if the ReturnResultCount option is set to True

Results

Results

Contains an array of addresses that match the query. A formatted version of each address in the array is available in the Address field, and a structured version of the address is available in the RawAddress field.

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