EISCD Sort Code Data

EISCD - Extended Industry Sorting Code Directory

File Specification - tab delimited text format

GRP Field Field Description Size Data type
GENERAL   1 Sort Code   6 Int
    2 BIC - bank   8 Char
    3 BIC -   branch   3 Char
    4 Sub branch suffix   2 Int
    5 Short Branch title  27 Char
    6 Short name of owning bank  20 Char
    7 Full name of owning bank - line 1  35 Char
    8 Full name of owning bank - line 2  35 Char
    9 Bank Code of Owning bank   4 Int
   10 National Central Bank Country Code   2 Char
   11 Supervisory Body   1 Char
   12 Deleted Date  10 Char
   13 Date of last change  20 Char
   14 Print Indicator   1 Int
BACS  15 Status   1 Char
   16 Date of last change  10 Char
   17 Date Closed in BACS clearing  10 Char
   18 Redirection from flag   1 Char
   19 Redirected to Sort Code   6 Int
   20 BACS Settlement Bank   4 Int
   21 Settlement section   2 Int
   22 Settlement Sub- section   2 Int
   23 Handling bank   4 Int
   24 Handling Bank stream   2 Int
   25 Account numbered flag   1 Char
   26 DDI Voucher flag   1 Char
   27 Transactions disallowed - DR   2 Char
   28 Transactions disallowed - CR   2 Char
   29 Transactions disallowed - CU   2 Char
   30 Transactions disallowed - PR   2 Char
   31 Transactions disallowed - BS   2 Char
   32 Transactions disallowed - DV   2 Char
   33 Transactions disallowed - AU   2 Char
   34 Transactions disallowed - Spare N/A N/A
   35 Transactions disallowed - Spare N/A N/A
   36 Transactions disallowed - Spare N/A N/A
   37 Spare field N/A N/A
CHAPS £  38 Return Indicator   1 Char
   39 Status   1 Char
   40 Effective date of last change  10 Char
   41 Date closed in CHAPS £ clearing  10 Char
   42 CHAPS £ settlement member   3 Int
   43 CHAPS £ routing BIC – bank   8 Char
   44 CHAPS £ routing BIC – branch   3 Char
CHAPS E  45 Status   1 Char
   46 Effective date of last change  10 Char
   47 Date closed in CHAPS Euro clearing  10 Char
   48 CHAPS Euro routing BIC - bank   8 Char
   49 CHAPS Euro routing BIC - branch   3 Char
   50 CHAPS Euro settlement member   3 Int
   51 Return indicator   1 Char
   52 SWIFT data   5 Char
   53 Spare field N/A N/A
C&CCC  54 Status   1 Char
   55 Effective date of last change  10 Char
   56 Date closed in C&CCC clearing  10 Char
   57 C&CCC Settlement bank   4 Int
   58 Debit agency sort code   6 Int
   59 Return indicator   1 Char
   60 GB/Northern Ireland Indicator   20 Char
Faster
Payments
 61 Status   1 Char
   62 Effective date of last change   10 Char
   63 Date closed in Faster Payments clearing   10 Char
   64 Redirection from flag   1 Char
   65 Redirection to sorting code   6 Char
   66 FPS settlement bank – connection type   2 Char
   67 Padding   2 Char
   68 FPS settlement bank – bank code   4 Char
   69 Handling bank – connection type   2 Char
   70 Padding   2 Char
   71 Handling bank – bank code   4 Char
   72 Accounts numbered flag   1 Char
   73 Agency type   1 Char
   74 Spare field   n/a NULL
PRINT  75 Branch type indicator   1 Char
   76 Sort Code of main branch   6 Int
   77 Major Location Name  30 Char
   78 Minor Location Name  30 Char
   79 Branch Name or Place  35 Char
   80 Second entry indicator   1 Char
   81 Branch name for second entry  35 Char
   82 Full Branch title ­- part 1  35 Char
   83 Full Branch title ­- part 2  35 Char
   84 Full Branch title ­- part 3  35 Char
   85 Address - line 1  35 Char
   86 Address - line 2  35 Char
   87 Address - line 3  35 Char
   88 Address - line 4  35 Char
   89 Address - Town  30 Char
   90 Address - County  30 Char
   91 Post Code - major part   4 Char
   92 Post Code - minor part   4 Char
   93 Telephone 1, area  10 Char
   94 Telephone 1, number  10 Char
   95 Telephone 2, area  10 Char
   96 Telephone 2, number  10 Char

Further information

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Notes (referenced by field number)

Some field names are self explanatory and have been omitted from these notes.

1: Sort codes are allocated to every branch involved in CHAPS Sterling, Bacs and Cheque and Credit clearings.

2 & 3: BICS are allocated to branches for international payment using SWIFT

4: Sub-branch suffix allows a branch to be identified where it belongs to a cluster of branches.

9: Identification code of owning bank (as opposed to branch).

11: Supervisory body.

  • A = Bank of England
  • B = Building Society Commission,
  • C = Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man authorities,
  • D = Other.

12: Date from which branch will no longer be used in any clearing. From 31.3.2006 this field will no longer be populated.

13: Date on which last change was made to any clearing groups or print information.

14: Print indicator. Not applicable. Production of printed copies of the ISCD is forbidden under the terms and conditions of sale.

15: Bacs clearing status.

  • M = Bacs Member that accepts Bacs payments,
  • A = Agency that accepts Bacs payments,
  • N = does not accept Bacs payments.

16: Date on which Bacs data group was last changed.

18: Banks can ask for payments for a particular sort code to be redirected by Bacs to another sort code. This is usually used in conjunction with the closure flag i.e. the branch stays on the Bacs system with another sort code quoted against it to which payments will be directed. This field, when set, indicates that it has been quoted as the redirection sort code of another branch. In other word, this sort code will receive payments originally destined for one or more other sort codes.

19: This is the other end of the "from" flag. When present it specifies the sort code to which Bacs should redirect payments if addressed to this sort code. This field and the preceding one should never be set together.

20: The Bacs Settlement Bank is the bank that will settle payments for this branch.

21 & 22: Data required for Bacs to perform its settlement.

23: Bacs generated bank code that defines the member that will take the Bacs output for this branch.

24: For internal use by the handling bank.

25: Some (very few) branches do not have numbered accounts. In such cases, this flag is set to 'N', otherwise 'Y'.

26: Some bank branches are unable to accept electronic lodgment of Direct Debit instructions. A value of 'Y' in this field indicates such a branch. A paper voucher is required in this case.

27 - 36: Transactions disallowed. Some branches cannot accept all Bacs transaction types. These flags indicate which transaction types are disallowed, if set. So a branch that can accept all transaction types will have NONE of these flags set.

Code Meaning Transaction types disallowed if set
DR Direct Debits 01, 17, 18, 19
CR BACS Credits 99
BS Building Society Credits Z4
DV Dividend interest payments Z5
AU Direct Debit Instructions 0N, 0C, 0S
CU Claims for Unpaid Cheques 13
PR Will be NULL

38: Every CHAPS GBP member must specify one office to which returned payments should be sent. This office will be identified with an "R" in this field

39: Indicates whether the branch can accept CHAPS sterling payments and whether or not it is a direct office i.e. one of the member BICs which are part of the SWIFT closed user group.

  • 'D' = Direct Office (i.e. CUG member) of a CHAPS GBP member that accepts CHAPS GBP payments
  • 'I' = Indirect Office of a member or agency bank that accepts CHAPS GBP payments
  • 'N' = Does not accept CHAPS GBP payments

40: Date on which CHAPS data group was last changed.

42: CHAPS ID of member that will settle payments for this branch.

43 & 44: SWIFT group to which CHAPS sterling payments to this branch should be routed.

45 - 51: Similar meaning to corresponding fields in CHAPS sterling data group, but applied to CHAPS euro transactions.

52: This field contains two 'sub-fields' separated by a "/" character as follows

RTGS Indicator This indicator will be set to 'Y' if CHAPS Euro is the preferred RTGS system to be used for payments to that office. Otherwise, the indicator will be set to 'N'
Target Status This indicator gives the Target direct / indirect status for an office. If the owning bank of an office is a CHAPS Euro Member bank AND the Country Code part of the BIC is 'GB', then the status will be set to 'CHP'. Otherwise, the status will be set to 'CH+'

If an office is in CHAPS Euro, then this field will always contain data e.g. 'Y/CHP', 'Y/CH+', 'N/CHP', 'N/CH+'

54: Cheque and Credit Clearing Company Status.

  • 'M' = Branch of a CCCC member,
  • 'F' = full agency bank branch,
  • 'D' = debits only,
  • 'N' = not in CCCC clearing.

55 - 59: Similar meaning to corresponding fields in CHAPS sterling data group, but applied to CCCC transactions.

60: Indicates whether office is in mainland Great Britain or Northern Ireland.

61: Indicates status of bank office in the Faster Payments clearing

M Indicates bank office of FPS member, accepts FPS payments
A Indicates bank office of FPS agency bank, accepts FPS payments
N Indicates bank office does not accept FPS payments. See field 63.

75: Branch Type Indicator.

  • 'M' = main branch,
  • 'S' = sub branch, i.e. within a cluster but sort code as main
  • 'L' = linked, i.e. within a cluster but sort code different to main

76: Set for linked branches in a cluster. It identifies the main branch for the cluster.

77-96: Applies to printed directory only.

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