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Frequently Asked Questions - Postcodes

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These Frequently Asked Questions provide information about us and our work. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the sections above, contact us using the details at the bottom left of each page.

Can I find out what ward a postcode is in?
The Maps section on this website allows you to find out what council area and ward corresponds to a postcode using a webmap.

How can I find out all the postcodes that are in a ward?
The National Records of Scotland (formerly the General Register Office for Scotland) creates and maintains products which tabulate postcodes against other geographic areas, including wards. You can contact them to ask about obtaining these products at geographycustomerservices@nrscotland.gov.uk, or through their website at www.nrscotland.gov.uk.

Do local authorities or wards contain whole postcodes?
Not always. Postcodes are designed by Royal Mail for the delivery of mail. As a result, their boundaries are not generally suitable as ward boundaries, and are ill-defined in areas with sparse postal delivery points. Postcodes are not a factor which we take into account when making recommendations for boundaries.

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Phone: 0131 244 2001
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