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 essentials about publishing information in support of your public sector activities.

Sharing derived data
Find out what we mean by derived data and how to extend the sharing of your derived data beyond the Member Licence.

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

AddressBase UPRN use
Find out the policy on who can make this information available to others and how.

Publishing to meet INSPIRE obligations
Understand how the licence can support you in meeting your obligations under that EU directive.

Standard requirements
When making our information available to others, there are a number of requirements that you need to apply. Find out more about them here.

Working with contractors
Learn more about how you can share data with your contractors (and their sub-contractors) that are helping you with your public sector business.

Licensing jargon
Understand some of the terms used in the licences, such as Crown copyright, competing activity and presumption to publish.

Sharing data with others
What you need to do when sharing your data with others, such as utilities, businesses and citizens.

Copyright acknowledgements
When displaying or printing our mapping, you'll need to add a copyright acknowledgement. Find out which one to use, and when.

Answering enquiries
Here is some help on how you can answer differnt types of enquiry, including planning, statutory requests and helping community groups.

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

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.