Public sector licensing guide

Public sector licensing arrangements supports the core business needs of members. Learn how you can share geographic data with other members, other organisations and citizens.

This guidance is primarily for PSMA and OSMA members.

If this isn't you, here's how you ask for information from a member.

If you are not sure whether you are or can be a member, learn more about the agreements and who's eligible to sign up.

Publishing information
Learn the licensing essentials about publishing information using mapping data from our public sector mapping agreements.

Publishing to meet INSPIRE obligations
The INSPIRE Directive establishes a European spatial information infrastructure to support EU environmental policies. Find out how it affects you.

Sharing derived data
Get up to speed with derived data exemptions using mapping data from our public sector mapping agreements.

Sharing data with others
Find out how you can share mapping data under the PSMA or OSMA with MPs and councillors, schools, community groups and more.

AddressBase UPRN use
AddressBase (internal business use) customers can release Unique Property Reference Numbers on a royalty free and open basis.

Standard requirements
The PSMA and OSMA licences include a number of requirements that apply when you share data and and print mapping. Find out more about them.

Licensing jargon
Understand exactly what's meant by terms like competing activity, derived data, financial gain and presumption to publish.

Copyright acknowledgements
You'll need to add a copyright acknowledgement when displaying or printing our mapping. This varies according to the mapping you're using.

Public sector licences
View and download copies all the public sector agreements, end user licences and Royal Mail PAF licensing terms.

Working with contractors
Learn how you can share data with your contractors – and their sub-contractors – under the PSMA and OSMA.

Discover the truth behind some misconceptions about publishing maps in the press, charging to cover your costs and more.

Answering enquiries
Here are our do's and don'ts when answering Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations requests; planning queries, other statutory requests for information, helping community groups, other general enquiries, etc.

Please note:

  • This guidance only applies to the use of Licensed Data under the Member Licence, our intellectual property rights and interests and does not supersede any third party IPR (such as yours or Royal Mail's).
  • This guidance doesn't apply to OS OpenData products and OpenData licence terms as, although they are available to Members, the Member Licences are not applicable.