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Address register checking

We have developed our address register using Ordnance Survey's Address Base Premium. We will use the register to help us contact:

  • households
  • communal establishment residents
  • groups included in our tailored enumeration approach


Our census address register identifies households that are required to complete a census return.

We have been working with our suppliers to check and quality assure our register to make sure it is as accurate as possible.

We will freeze the register twice before the census, to make sure it is as current as possible, on:

  • 15 January 2022 for the initial print run of contact materials
  • 19 February 2022 for the second print run

Communal establishments

We will check all the communal establishment addresses on our register to help us:

  • promote the census
  • confirm enumeration arrangements
  • verify the address
  • find out usual resident numbers
  • find out the establishment manager's name and contact details
  • check any other delivery information

We delayed our plans to run the address check in late 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When we run the address check, we will send a response form to every address on the register. We will follow up addresses where we do not receive a response.

Read more about how we will contact communal establishments and check their addresses.

Tailored enumeration

We will check addresses we have identified as needing a tailored enumeration approach. These addresses will need an approach that is specific to their circumstances.

We delayed our plans to run the address check in late 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our address check will help us refine our list for tailored enumeration by changing:

  • holiday and leisure park addresses to communal establishments
  • residential caravan park addresses to households

For addresses that remain tailored, the address check will confirm:

  • the number of caravan pitches
  • number of caravans sited
  • estimated number of usual residents