UK Local Authorities Maps (detailed) with towns, roads and postcodes

editable, scalable, royalty free, vector artwork map base
supplied in Illustrator AI · high-res PDFs · SVG · examples ready to use & edit

Zoom preview showing full area of coverage (low-resolution)

UK local authorities and postcodes map preview full extent
UK local authorities and postcodes map preview full extent preview UK local authorities map - full extent preview preview UK Local Authorities Map - poster preview preview

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Examples of styling in the zoom previews are included as ready to use high-resolution PDF files in the download package. You can edit all colours, fonts and other elements using Adobe Illustrator or other SVG editing software.


This exceptional value map package is aimed at professional organisations, graphic designers and data analysts who need detailed visual map reference for the UK’s local authorities shown in context with towns, roads and postcode districts. The package includes multiple downloadable maps and also trial access to our dynamic maps for UK governance and business intelligence.

The package

  • 1 x detailed map of the UK showing all 379 of the UK’s local authorities plus hundreds of towns, all major roads and the boundary lines for more than 2,800 postcode districts. This large PDF can be used for on-screen reference and for editing and high-quality printing. If printed with the smallest labels legible at 100%, this map is more than 3 metres in height.
  • 10 x individual regions of the UK scaled for A-format poster printing. These maps show the regional local authorities, postcodes, towns and major roads. The smallest labels are legible when the maps are printed at A1 or larger. The 10 regions are shown in the preview images below.
  • 1 x map of UK local authorities with towns and roads. This version is for users who need geographical context for the local authorities but not the distraction of postcode districts.
  • 1 x map of the basic UK local authorities (without the context of towns, roads or postcode districts). This basic map is also available as a cheap standalone product here for users who do not need any geographical or postcode context for the local authorities.
  • Single Month trial access to our dynamic maps for UK governance and business intelligence. Access to our dynamic online maps includes the most detailed map available of the UK’s Local Authorities and Postcodes. View 1.7 million postcode points juxtaposed with local authority boundaries and the UK’s entire road network. More info below.
  • 1 x spreadsheet template of the UK’s local authorities in alphabetical order. This planning aid is essential if you want to commission us for a bespoke data-driven online map for local authorities.

Regional maps of local authorities and postcodes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

These low-resolution previews show the ten regional maps supplied as high-resolution layered PDFs in the package. The PDFs are scaled in their opening state for A-format poster printing, with the smallest labels scaled for legibility at A1 size and bigger.

 

Central Scotland Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Central Scotland Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
Greater London Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Great London Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
Northeast England Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Northeast England Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
Northern Ireland Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Northern Ireland Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
Scotland Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Scotland Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
Southeast England Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Southeast England, East Anglia and Lincolnshire Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
Southwest England and South Wales Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Southwest England and South Wales Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
Wirral to the Humber Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Wirral to the Humber Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
West Midlands Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
West Midlands Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview
Wales Local Authorities and Postcodes map poster preview
Wales Local Authorities and Postcodes map preview – includes official Welsh name variants

Notes for graphic designers

The PDF maps are saved with all layers editable using the most recent version of Adobe Illustrator. All elements are live including labels and fonts. The local authority layers are available as both inland boundary lines and polygon fill areas for easy colour editing. The postcode districts are available as inland boundary lines only (not polygon fill areas). Clipping masks have been applied over the boundary lines where text overlaps for the sake of legibility.

DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE LAYERED PDF STRIP

The raw Illustrator files of the whole UK are available in both CC and legacy CS versions without clipping masks.

Coterminous and non-coterminous local authority and postcode boundaries

Local Authority boundaries and postcode districts are often related but not always coterminous – not even at country borders! Use our maps to see the relationship. For the best level of detail, use the online map which lets you zoom into street level.

Non-coterminous local authority and postcode boundaries
This detail from one of the PDFs shows how local authority lines (green) and postcode district lines (red) sometimes run together and sometimes apart. S75, S71 and S72 are mainly in Barnsley Local Authority, but small parts are covered by Wakefield Local Authority.

Online maps of Local Authorities

Posters and PDF maps have their limitations in terms of scaling and file size. However, our online maps can be zoomed in to street level, with a greater and greater level of detail showing up the deeper you zoom.

Local authorities deep zoom online map preview
Local authorities deep zoom online map preview
Local authorities and postcodes deep zoom online map preview
Local authorities and postcodes deep zoom online map preview
non-coterminous local authority and postcode boundaries
The online maps allow you to zoom in deep to street level and see elements such as postcode unit centroid points in relationship to the green local authority boundaries. In this example of postcodes either side of the River Thames, the TW postcodes are on the west bank near Shepperton whilst the KT postcodes are on the east bank near Walton-on-Thames. However, the green boundary line between the local authorities of Spelthorne and Elmbridge jumps the river for Elmbridge to take in a small number of TW postcodes. This super-zoomed level of detail for individual postcode points and local authority boundaries at street level is only available in the online maps.

This package includes Single Month Access to dynamic maps for UK governance and business intelligence. Thereafter, access to the dynamic online maps can be renewed without having to buy the package with downloadable PDF maps again.