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OS VectorMap Local

OS VectorMap® Local provides the content you need to create customised backdrop map data to maximise the value and presentation of your location data.


  • Large scale - local

Data use

  • Backdrop

Data format

  • Raster
  • Vector

OS VectorMap Local is the most detailed of an emerging family of backdrop map data products. It has been designed to enable the selection and styling of map data features to achieve the best geographic context for your application.

Alternatively, for efficient implementation, a ready-to-use pre-defined raster version of the product is also available. As a highly versatile product, it can be styled in the appropriate way to support a multitude of different geographic applications.

The product includes representations of real-world objects.

These objects include:

  • buildings
  • roads
  • railways
  • hydrology and land areas.

OS VectorMap Local also includes non-topographic features such as administrative and electoral boundaries, cartographic text and symbols.

What format is this available in?

5km x 5km tiles in simple vector GML or raster format covering the whole of Great Britain

The conveniently pre-styled Raster versions of the product include:

  • Colour Raster
  • Black and White Raster
  • Backdrop Colour Raster

Suggested uses

  • Asset management
  • Display information online
  • Land planning and use
  • Public consultation documents

See also

Download samples of OS MasterMap, AddressBase, OS VectorMap Local, Land-Form Profile, Code-Point and popular backdrop maps. Discover Data licence applies.

Get a quote

Get a quote for OS VectorMap Local today. Give us your requirements online and we will come back to you with an estimate.

How to buy Ordnance Survey digital data products. Find the right option for you, whether you're in business, the public sector or an OS Licensed Partner.

Case studies

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the first public sector customer to use OS OnDemand, is using it to plan service delivery and to analyse and report more accurately and efficiently.

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 will give people the right to walk around England’s coast. Natural England has started work on the England Coast Path, a new National Trail that will provide satisfactory, legally- secure access to the coast.

Need more information?

If you want more details, there are a few options for you. You can contact us directly and talk to one of our Sales Advisers, or you can visit our comprehensive product support area that has lots of useful information and details about our products.

Contact us today

For technical support, visit our OS VectorMap Local support page.

Try it now

We distribute free sample data under the terms of our Discover Data Licence to give an indication of what the data will be like.

You may be interested in this licence if you are a private individual, new customer, social entrepreneur, or represent a social group or start up company.

Download it now

Find out how to buy this product – bring your organisation's information to life.

How to use our data

We provide the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data in Great Britain.

Our data will need to be integrated in a Geographic Information System (GIS) to allow you to view, edit, overlay and manage different data formats and sources.

Our products, depending on their formats, will require different software. Some also require translation tools so please check with the system providers for the products you are interested in.

Have a look at our partner pages to learn more about solutions and services offered by our licensed partners.

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