INSPIRE Index Polygons service terms

OS clarifies the conditions of use of the INSPIRE Index Polygons service.

Since 2013, Land Registry has provided the INSPIRE Index Polygons service on the gov.uk website.

As stated on Land Registry’s website, Land Registry uses Ordnance Survey data in the preparation of the polygons and you will need to comply with Ordnance Survey licensing terms for use of the polygons (including the associated geometry, namely x,y co-ordinates).

Note that the Ordnance Survey conditions of use below were previously contained on this gov.uk web page. As a result of a dispute with a third party in relation to the meaning of the conditions of use, Ordnance Survey has clarified the conditions below.

Ordnance Survey licensing terms

You will need to contact Ordnance Survey on customerservices@os.uk for the relevant licence conditions if you need to:

1. Use the polygons (including the associated geometry, namely x,y co-ordinates) for a purpose other than personal, non-commercial use or commercial or non-commercial use within your organisation; or
2. Sub-license, distribute, sell or make available the polygons (including the associated geometry, namely x,y co-ordinates) to third parties.

By way of clarification of the preceding paragraphs numbered 1 and 2, the “purpose.. (of)… commercial use within your organisation”:

  • permits using the polygons (including the associated geometry, namely x,y co-ordinates) solely for the internal administration and operation of your business (referred to as “Business Use” (and formerly “Internal Business Use”) in OS standard licence terms); and
  • does not permit using the polygons (including the associated geometry, namely x,y co-ordinates) for the purpose of creating or developing any product or service intended for sub-licensing, distribution or sale to third parties (notwithstanding that the polygons themselves or their associated attribution or geometry may not actually be supplied as part of such product or service).
    Therefore if you create any data which has benefited from, relied on or made use of the polygons (and /or the associated geometry, namely x, y co-ordinates) you are not permitted to sub-license, distribute or sell such data to third parties under the above terms.   

Separate licence conditions are required for activities described under the second of the above bullet points. For Ordnance Survey’s licence conditions, contact Ordnance Survey on the email given above.

If you use the polygons (including the associated geometry, namely x,y co-ordinates) outside the scope of the above terms (as clarified) whether before or after January 2017 (being the date of this clarification) you will be infringing copyright and/or database rights and in breach of the above terms.