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Return the type of building/address

It would be very useful for address scrubbing/verification applications if the placefinder results included the type of building with each match. This would allow an application to request an apartment number if the address is for a multi-dwelling unit but the user hasn't supplied a unit. For applications that end with physical shipment of a product, validating addresses to this level is very helpful. (In the sense that it helps avoid paying lots of money in redelivery fees.)

Other address scrubber/validator products I've used included a type code with each match, categorizing each as a street address, po box, rural route, multi-dwelling unit, business or general delivery. It would be great to see a similar feature in placefinder.

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  • QUOTE (lfodomains @ Aug 2 2010, 12:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    It would be very useful for address scrubbing/verification applications if the placefinder results included the type of building with each match. This would allow an application to request an apartment number if the address is for a multi-dwelling unit but the user hasn't supplied a unit. For applications that end with physical shipment of a product, validating addresses to this level is very helpful. (In the sense that it helps avoid paying lots of money in redelivery fees.)

    Other address scrubber/validator products I've used included a type code with each match, categorizing each as a street address, po box, rural route, multi-dwelling unit, business or general delivery. It would be great to see a similar feature in placefinder.


    PlaceFinder is not a substitute for an official address validator. It is not certified by the USPS, and does not use USPS files for geocoding. The USPS Zip-4 data files contain information about building type (Firm, Highrise, PO Box, General Delivery). PlaceFinder currently uses these data files to determine the Zip-4 code for addresses, but not the building type. I'll add this to our enhancement list, but I can't give you any promises for when you might see this feature in PlaceFinder. Thanks for your suggestion?

    Eddie Babcock
    Yahoo! Geo Technologies
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