Government Property Unit: Electronic Property Information Mapping Service

An introduction to the Electronic Property Information Mapping Service (e-PIMS™) for Government Property Professionals.


The Electronic Property Information Mapping Service (e-PIMS™) is the central database of Government Central Civil Estate properties and land.

It records the precise location of property, along with information such as landlord details, lease data and usage.

Users are able to find properties on an electronic map, amend their own property details, and use the system to search for vacant space.

Updating property information is mandatory for all:

  • government departments
  • non-ministerial departments and their executive agencies
  • arms length bodies
  • non-departmental public bodies
  • special health authorities

The system is also used by the 3 devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The following bodies do not have to update their information:

  • the NHS (except for special health authorities)
  • public corporations
  • privatised railways
  • Crown Estate
  • Defence Estate (subject to some exceptions)

Use of e-PIMS™ data

Government Property Unit (GPU) releases data from e-PIMS onto each quarter.

Details of government property and land to rent or buy are available on the Government Property application.

Information on school locations for those interested in setting up a free school is also available.


GPU runs e-PIMS™ training courses throughout the year. These courses are essential for all new users and cover the following areas:

  • an overview of the tool
  • logging on and security
  • searching
  • viewing property information
  • using address wizards
  • maintaining property information
  • map display
  • vacant space searching
  • high level property data

The course usually takes place in London, although they can also take place in Leeds. To reserve a place email


The e-PIMS™ service desk is available from 9am to 5pm.

Telephone 0113 203 3818/3809 or email

Published 5 January 2009