Pointer is the address database for Northern Ireland and is maintained by Land & Property Services (LPS), with input from Local Councils and Royal Mail (RM). This is now the common standard address for every property in Northern Ireland. It is important to note that Pointer is a dataset for addressable buildings in Northern Ireland. Each building has a UNIQUE_BUILDING_ID, which uniquely identifies a Primary Addressable Object (PAO). A PAO is defined as the ‘physical footprint’, i.e. the building shell. Each property has a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN). The UPRN represents the Secondary Addressable Object (SAO) e.g. a residence or business within a building.
Pointer has been allocated a set of UPRNs from the national hub, which are allocated to all addresses within the dataset. This will ensure consistency of UPRNs across Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Each building will be assigned a geographic position (X_COR and Y_COR) and a postal address.
- The leading address database for Northern Ireland.
- Full Northern Ireland coverage.
- Available in BS7666 format.
- Maintained by Local Authority staff.
- Locations assigned to the Irish Grid.
- The only NI spatial address database.
- Contains information on multiple occupancy, building use and organisation type.
- Full incorpoation of Townland names.
- Extension file containing Ward names and Parliamentary Constituency information.
Pointer will be the key to accessing property related data held by multiple organisations from a single point. For detailed information about this product please click on the links below:
Pointer Sample Data
Please note the Pointer Extension File is now available. Information fields include Ward and Parliamentary Constituency. These can be linked to the main Pointer Dataset using UPRN. For information on how to join the two datasets please click on the links below
Pointer Extension Sample Data
Pointer Extension User Guide
For information about pricing and registering for Pointer data please contact the Product Management Team on 02890 255793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For existing customers please click on the Pointer logo below to download your data.
LPS create three gazetteers: the Place Names gazetteer, 1:50,000 gazetteer and 1:250,000 gazetteer.
The Place Names Gazetteer is available as a free download and contains a list of 336 Towns and villages across Northern Ireland. Please select the link below for your free download.
Free Town Names Gazetteer
Alternatively the 1: 50 000 and 1: 250 000 Gazetteers (derived from the 1:50 000 and 1:250 000 Raster Datasets respectively) offer geo-referenced information on cities, towns, villages, main roads, townlands and places of interest, and are available under licence. Please note that the coordinates represent the position of the text on the map, as opposed to the true ground location.
For more information about the gazetteer products please click on the link below.
1:250 000 Gazetteer
1:50 000 Gazetteer