Birmingham City Council is providing the last piece in the UK's national property ID scheme jigsaw.
The scheme is now a reality after Birmingham City Council became the last local authority to sign up to a process initiated in 1999.
Since that time, the UK government's Improvement and Development Agency, the firm Intelligent Addressing, and local government address managers have been working in partnership to produce a definitive index of all land parcels and buildings, including those in multiple occupation, with a nationally Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN).
The dataset supports various local authority departments including revenue collection, environmental health, social security, the electoral roll and education.
Fraud prevention, tax collection and disaster planning all benefit from the fact that each property is given a unique reference that transcends numbers, names, descriptions and postcodes. UPRNs are assigned for the full life of the plot or building.
With Birmingham now on board, all councils with a statutory responsibility for street naming and numbering are now submitting updates to the NLPG central hub.
With more than 29 million unique addresses, the NLPG is now billed as the de facto addressing standard for England and Wales, with linkage to the National Gazetteer for Scotland.