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Public Sector Licences

On this page you will find both the PSMA and OSMA agreement documents, along with the Member Licences and the other associated Licences

Answer: This is the PSMA Agreement document

The PSMA agreement document contains the full terms of the agreement between Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ordnance Survey concerning the provision of mapping data to the public sector in England and Wales. It is published here to help you understand the fundamentals of the PSMA and the PSMA Member Licence.

PSMA agreement (Sept 2014)

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Answer: This is the PSMA member licence

This document sets out the terms of what you can and cannot do with the data you can get access and licence through the PSMA. If you wish to become a PSMA member, you should check that you meet the eligibility criteria and read the licence, before submitting your member licence application. Please note that the PSMA member Licence does not apply to OS OpenData products.

PSMA Member Licence (.pdf April 2015)

PSMA Member Licence (.docx April 2015)*

* Although you cannot amend this document directly, you are able to copy some / all the text into a new document.

The PSMA Member Licence is a non-commercial licence that allows members to use Ordnance Survey digital map products for a specific purpose. This purpose is known as their 'core business'. For public sector organisations, this typically means the provision of their public sector services.

Under this definition, PSMA members are entitled to use data provided through the agreement for any purposes they consider they have to undertake to meet their public service delivery obligations. For example, this includes:

  • Creating and monitoring policy
  • Operational management of government
  • Delivering government business and public services
  • Making information available to the public
  • Performing any other function required by statute
  • Passing /sharing derived information and/or data to third parties (see below)

Please note:

  • The variations have the effective date of 15 September 2014, but please also see the other licences notes below regarding the amendments to the Royal Mail terms.
  • The Principal Contacts for all PSMA Members were informed of this update via an email and members should regard that email date as the incorporation date of the amendments into the PSMA Member Licence.
  • Apart from the changes made to reflect the new status of OS, there have been no other changes made to any of the Member Licence, the End User Licences or the Contractor Licence previously made available.

If you are not a member and would like to join, please follow the online joining process to submit your membership application.

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Answer: This is the PSMA contractor licence

Where you have a formal agreement with a third party to provide you with services, the PSMA Member Licence allows you share your data with your contractors.

You should note that the extent of use enabled by that licence also apply to the Contractor, so they need to be made aware. This can be achieved by either issuing them with one of the Standard Form Contractor Licences provided by us, or by incorporating all the relevant clauses from that Standard Form Contractor Licence into your own bespoke version.

Please note: Apart from the changes made to reflect the new status of OS, there have been no other changes made to the Contractor Licence previously made available.

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PSMA Contractor Licence (form field)

The ‘form field’ version of the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence is intended for use where you want to use 'inked' signatures. Please note: this version only allows you to complete information within the relevant fields of the document for saving, but the rest of the document cannot be altered. You will then need to print it out in order to add the inked signatures. The use of electronic signatures is not possible with this version.

PSMA Contractor Licence (read only)

This is a 'template' document for use if you are using an electronic records management system and or using electronic signatures as it provides all the required terms and conditions for you to meet your obligations under the Member Licence. Although you cannot use this version directly, you are able to copy all the text into a new document. This can either be 'as is' or incorporated into your own documentation. Please note that, in doing so, you must ensure that all of the relevant member licence obligations (the terms and conditions) are maintained in your version of the Licence.

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Answer: This is the PSMA End User Licence (INSPIRE)

This EUL allows PSMA members to release data in order to meet their INSPIRE obligations, including through the provision of Web Mapping Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS). This licence is drafted on the basis of click or deemed acceptance and does not require the PSMA member to retain details of the end user. The licence:

  • permits the recipient use of the data for any for personal, non-commercial use, and
  • places the responsibility for the appropriate use of the data on to the End User rather than the PSMA member.

Please note: Apart from the changes made to reflect the new status of OS, there have been no other changes made to the End User Licence - INSPIRE as previously made available.

End User Licence - INSPIRE (read only)

The ‘read-only’ version is the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence that allows you to save as a file for you to incorporate as ‘read-me’ file when supplying data.

End User Licence - INSPIRE (web page)
The ‘web page’ version enables you to use directly via a ‘hyperlink’ or to copy the text, which can then be pasted and saved into a new document/web page that you have created.

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Answer: This is the OSMA End User Licence (INSPIRE)

This EUL allows OSMA members to release data in order to meet their INSPIRE obligations, including through the provision of Web Mapping Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS). This licence is drafted on the basis of click or deemed acceptance and does not require the PSMA member to retain details of the end user. The licence:

  • permits the recipient use of the data for any for personal, non-commercial use, and
  • places the responsibility for the appropriate use of the data on to the End User rather than the PSMA member.

Please note: There have been no changes made to End User Licence - INSPIRE as part of the latest variation of the OSMA Member Licence.

End User Licence - INSPIRE (read only)

The ‘read-only’ version is the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence that allows you to save as a file for you to incorporate as ‘read-me’ file when supplying data.

End User Licence - INSPIRE (web page)
The ‘web page’ version enables you to use directly via a ‘hyperlink’ or to copy the text, which can then be pasted and saved into a new document/web page that you have created.

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Answer: This is the PSMA End User Licence

  • This licence permit you to pass Ordnance Survey data and or derived data to anyone who is supporting you in the delivery of your core business. You do not have to have additional formal arrangements in place with these bodies, so this end user licence helps individuals, voluntary and community groups or other similar bodies who require mapping to deliver and/or support your public task to deliver your core business.

This version of the EUL is for use by PSMA members in all non-INSPIRE related circumstances.

Please note: Apart from the changes made to reflect the new status of OS, there have been no other changes made to the End User Licences previously made available.

This licence is also drafted on the basis of click acceptance however, in addition, the PSMA member will need to retain records of those downloading and or being supplied with the data - but only for those that are not either PSMA or OSMA members. When supplying data to members of either agreement, there is no need to maintain records.

A single form of this End User Licence can be used for all products and purposes that the PSMA member is making the data available for and allows the recipient use of data to respond to, or interact with, the PSMA member to either deliver or support the delivery of the member’s Core Business.

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End User Licence (read only)
The ‘read-only’ version is the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence that allows you to save as a file for you to incorporate as ‘read-me’ file when supplying data.

End User Licence (web page)
The ‘web page’ version enables you to use directly via a ‘hyperlink’ or to copy the text, which can then be pasted and saved into a new document/web page that you have created.

Some members have asked for clarification about how to implement a Public Sector End User Licence - non-INSPIRE in a non-electronic environment, where a ‘click to accept’ method is not appropriate. Notwithstanding the words of paragraph 7.3 of Appendix 1 - Licensed Use, BIS and Ordnance Survey have agreed that this EUL can be entered into in hard copy form, see 'form field' version below.

End User Licence (form field)

The ‘form-field’ version enables you to use in an environment where 'click to accept' the licence is not appropriate.

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Answer: This licence is no longer available

The PSMA AddressBase Migration Licence was introduced to enable members to change from the 'legacy' PSMA addressing products (ADDRESS-POINT, OS MasterMap Address Layers 1 and 2) to one of the AddressBase products, without having to pay additional PAF fees during the period of the migration.

This licence ceased to be available when the 'legacy' addressing products were withdrawn from the public sector agreements on 31 October 2014.

Note: the 'legacy' products are still available from us or our partners, but be aware that product withdrawal notices have been issued as they are being withdrawn from the marketplace as of 31 October 2015.

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Answer: These are the Royal Mail (PAF) terms

Ordnance Survey addressing products contain Royal Mail's Postcode Address File (PAF®). As we are one of their Solutions Providers, we have to pass on their terms of use when we supply any of those addressing products. These terms are set out in Appendix 3 of the Member Licence.

1 April 2014 has seen the introduction of a centrally paid PAF® Public Sector Licence (PAF PSL) to cover use of the Postcode Address File (PAF) in the delivery of public service activity for PSMA/OSMA members.

This follows Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit's announcement that they had reached agreement with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Scottish Government for its introduction.

To facilitate a smooth transition to the PSL Use Terms from 1 April 2014, all existing members have been contacted by their respective agreement managers as to whether they wish to either ‘Opt in’ to the PAF PSL or ‘Opt out’.

This will mean some changes to the Member Licence that have been set out in a formal variation communication to existing members. The changes also depend on whether a member has 'Opted in' to the PAF PSL or not.

Those members that have ‘Opted in’ to the PAF PSL will have received their PAF PSL Licence number from Royal Mail and are now able to access PAF® data within all addressing products supplied to them directly by Ordnance Survey (through the public sector online portal) without paying any additional fees.

Here are the Royal Mail PAF PSL Use Terms

For those members that have 'Opted out' of the PAF PSL, the existing terms and licence fees contained in Appendix 3 of the their Member Licence (standard commercial terms) will continue to apply (this means that that member's use is not covered by the central arrangements. Instead, they will be responsible for paying the relevant PAF fees).

Please note:

  • for this first year (2014/15), if you take an addressing product from a third party Solutions Provider of Ordnance Survey, that Solutions Provider will need to continue to collect and return PAF licence fees to us, as we have to then return these fees to Royal Mail.
  • your Solutions Provider will be obliged to pass on Royal Mail terms which are equivalent to those currently set out in Appendix 3 of the Member Licence.
  • from 1 April 2015, all eligible public sector organisations in England, Scotland and Wales will be able to take advantage of the terms for use of PAF under the PSL from all Solutions Providers. The starting point for existing PAF licensees would be from the anniversary date of their 2014/15 licence from their Solutions Provider.

For more information on the two arrangements, you can also go to Royal Mail's PAF Licensing Centre for guidance, contact them via email or call their dedicated PSL helpline: 0845 6066854 (option 2). They are available Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00.

* where addressing data is being supplied by you to your Contractors, the Royal Mail terms you have accepted also apply to them and must be passed on in full to them by the member

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Answer: Welsh Language Act obligations

As a public body, under the Welsh Language Act 1993, Ordnance Survey have to provide a scheme setting out how we will provide services in Welsh. Our scheme can be found here.

Although the licences themselves are not in Welsh,to support your use of the required acknowledgements we have provided the appropriate translation where necessary.

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Answer: This is the OSMA Agreement Document

The OSMA agreement document contains the full terms of the agreement between Scottish Government and Ordnance Survey concerning the provision of mapping data to the public sector in Scotland. It is published here to help you understand the fundamentals of the OSMA and the OSMA Member Licence.

OSMA agreement (Aug 2014)

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Answer: This is the OSMA member licence

This document sets out the terms of what you can and cannot do with the data you can get access and licence through the OSMA. If you wish to become a OSMA member, you should check that you meet the eligibility criteria and read the licence, before submitting your member licence application. Please note that the OSMA member Licence does not apply to OS OpenData products.

OSMA Member Licence (April 2015)

The OSMA Member Licence is a non-commercial licence that allows members to use Ordnance Survey digital map products for a specific purpose. This purpose is known as their 'core business'. For public sector organisations, this typically means the provision of their public sector services.

Under this definition, OSMA members are entitled to use data provided through the agreement for any purposes they consider they have to undertake to meet their public service delivery obligations. For example, this includes:

  • Creating and monitoring policy
  • Operational management of government
  • Delivering government business and public services
  • Making information available to the public
  • Performing any other function required by statute
  • Passing /sharing derived information and/or data to third parties (see below)

Please note:

  • The Geographic Liaison Officers for all OSMA Members were informed via an email sent the week beginning 15 September by Scottish Government
  • Members should regard that email date as the incorporation date of the amendments into the OSMA Member Licence.
  • Most of the variations have the effective date of 12 August 2013, but please also see the other licences notes below regarding the amendments to the Royal Mail terms.

If you are not a member and would like to join, please follow the online joining process to submit your membership application.

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Answer: This is the OSMA contractor Licence

Where you have a formal agreement with a third party to provide you with services, the OSMA Member Licence allows you share your data with your contractors.

You should note that the extent of use enabled by that licence also apply to the Contractor, so they need to be made aware. This can be achieved by either issuing them with one of the Standard Form Contractor Licences provided by us, or by incorporating all the relevant clauses from that Standard Form Contractor Licence into your own bespoke version.

Please note: There have been no changes made to the Contractor Licence as part of the latest variation of the OSMA Member Licence.

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OSMA Contractor Licence (form field)

The ‘form field’ version of the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence is intended for use where you want to use 'inked' signatures. Please note: this version only allows you to complete information within the relevant fields of the document for saving, but the rest of the document cannot be altered. You will then need to print it out in order to add the inked signatures. The use of electronic signatures is not possible with this version.

OSMA Contractor Licence (read only)

This is a 'template' document for use if you are using an electronic records management system and or using electronic signatures as it provides all the required terms and conditions for you to meet your obligations under the Member Licence. Although you cannot use this version directly, you are able to copy all the text into a new document. This can either be 'as is' or incorporated into your own documentation. Please note that, in doing so, you must ensure that all of the relevant member licence obligations (the terms and conditions) are maintained in your version of the Licence.

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Answer: This is the OSMA End User Licence

This licence permit you to pass Ordnance Survey data and or derived data to anyone who is supporting you in the delivery of your core business. You do not have to have additional formal arrangements in place with these bodies, so this end user licence helps individuals, voluntary and community groups or other similar bodies who require mapping to deliver and/or support your public task to deliver your core business.

This version of the EUL is for use by OSMA members in all non-INSPIRE related circumstances.

Please note: There have been no changes made to the End User Licence as part of the latest variation of the OSMA Member Licence.

This licence is also drafted on the basis of click acceptance however, in addition, the OSMA member will need to retain records of those downloading and or being supplied with the data - but only for those that are not either OSMA or PSMA members. When supplying data to members of either agreement, there is no need to maintain records.

A single form of this End User Licence can be used for all products and purposes that the OSMA member are making the data available for and allows the recipient use of data to respond to, or interact with, the OSMA member to either deliver or support the delivery of the member’s Core Business.

End User Licence (read only)
The ‘read-only’ version is the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence that allows you to save as a file for you to incorporate as ‘read-me’ file when supplying data.

End User Licence (web page)
The ‘web page’ version enables you to use directly via a ‘hyperlink’ or to copy the text, which can then be pasted and saved into a new document/web page that you have created.

Some members have asked for clarification about how to implement a Public Sector End User Licence - non-INSPIRE in a non-electronic environment, where a ‘click to accept’ method is not appropriate. Notwithstanding the words of paragraph 7.3 of Appendix 1 - Licensed Use, Scottish Government and Ordnance Survey have agreed that this EUL can be entered into in hard copy form, see 'form field' version below.

End User Licence (form field)
The ‘form-field’ version enables you to use in an environment where 'click to accept' the licence is not appropriate

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Answer: For more information on the OS OpenData licence ...

and OS OpenData see this page

Although OS OpenData products are available to order through the members area, the Member Licence does not apply to their use, as they are not defined as Licensed Data.

We are now using Version 3 of the Open Government Licence that was launched on 31st October 2014.

The Open Government Licence (OGL) is part of the UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF) which was launched in 2010. The OGL permits the use and re-use of a wide range of government and other public sector information. This supports the government's policy on transparency and open data.
It continues to:

  • permit use and re-use of information in any format for both commercial and non-commercial purposes without charge
  • require re-users to publish an acknowledgment of the source of the information, which for us is "Contains OS data © Crown Copyright [and database right] [year]".
  • exclude personal information from the licence
  • be compatible with other licensing models, such as Creative Commons, and is Open Definition conformant

Download the Licence here

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