Customers who wish to include Ordnance Survey maps on a website can do so under a variety of licences. Brief guidance is given here on the main licences that might apply to help you decide which is right for you.
If you are unsure which licence applies you should contact your account manager (if you have one) or our Customer Service Centre. We strongly advise that you seek advice from us before you proceed with your web site development.
Licences that permit Internet use
OS makes a number of raster and vector datasets available free of charge under the terms of the Open Govenment Licence (OGL). The OGL allows you to display the data on the internet, as well as many other uses.
The OS OpenSpace is free of charge and enables web applications to be built using a selection of datasets that are hosted by Ordnance Survey. It is available for use by anyone, including commerical organisations.
Should you wish to display mapping on the internet for the purpose of demonstrating the location of or providing directions to your premises, static assets owned by you, your area of operation and/or a bespoke event organised by you, then you can do so under the terms of our Paper Map Copying Licence.
The Publishing Licence may be suitable if you are publishing mapping on the internet copied from either paper maps or taken from data and you are a small website publisher publishing raster images of mapping which cannot be edited, manipulated, interrogated, geo-referenced or customised in any way or used within geographical information system or other comparable database or software system. You may make Financial Gain through advertising and sponsorship on the website. Licence fees are payable on an annual basis.
If you intend using 1:50 000 Scale Raster Mapping on a website scanned from paper maps you can do this without charge and use up to 100 map extracts (size restrictions apply). Please complete the Publishing request form above and tick the appropriate box.
Should you intend creating a commercial website you may wish to consider applying for a Consumer Solutions Contract under our Framework Contract (Partners).
If you purchase and licence data with us directly, limited external use rights allowing you to display mapping on the internet are provided as part of your Licensed Use.
This Contract enables partners to provide digital Products/Services supplied as online viewing solutions enabling Viewing of Data by End Users for their business use.