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Licensed Use of Ordnance Survey data

Licensed Use is the term we use to describe your business use as set out in Appendix 1 of the Framework Contract (Direct Customers) (PDF).

In summary, Licensed Use Terms:

  • Permit unrestricted Internal Use of our data; and
  • Permit External Use of our data for the purposes of:
    • promoting your business;
    • directing customer to your premises; and
    • publishing your annual reports and reports for regulators.

Our Terms also allow you to:

  • Promote the location of a bespoke Event that you have organised (up to and for the duration of the event).
  • Use Contractors under our Contractor Licence terms. The Contractor Licence permits sharing of licensed data amongst Contractors participating in a common project on your behalf. It also permits you to share paper copies of our licensed data with Contractors without the need for a formal written agreement.
  • Archive the licensed data.
  • Receive licensed data from Public Bodies where you are both licensed for the same data footprint. I.e. same product and same area coverage.

Three variants of Licensed Use:

We have introduced three variants of “licensed use” which provide licence terms appropriate to the requirements of particular customer groups:

  1. Standard are the rights that are available to customers who are not an Infrastructure Body or Public Sector Body.
  2. Infrastructure Body (Utility).
  3. Public Sector Body (Local and Central Government).

Additional rights for Infrastructure Bodies include Statutory Use rights and Public Body & Infrastructure Body data sharing rights.

Additional rights for Public Sector Bodies include Core Business Use (any public sector activity excluding Commercial Activities and/or Competing Activities), data sharing rights within the public sector and the ability to licence end users.

Public Sector End User Licensing

End User Licensing is the supply of Licensed Data (excluding Royal Mail Data) by the public sector body to an End User who has entered into the terms of an End User Licence (PDF) to support and deliver a specific project or activity to the public sector body as part of their Core Business.

Overview of rights available under each variant of licensed use (PDF)

Please see the table below to determine which licence is appropriate for you:

Licensed UseDefinitionEligibility criteria
Standard Any standard commercial customer will be offered Standard Licensed Use terms
Infrastructure BodyThis Licensed use is available to:

(a) a body which falls within the definition of “utility” in Regulation 2 of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 or Regulation 2 of the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006; or

(b) a body which is a provider of a “Public Electronic Communications Network” as defined in the General Conditions of Entitlement set by the Office of Communications under section 45 of the Communication Act 2003; or

(c) any other entity identified by us from time to time as being an infrastructure body, as published on our Website.

Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006

Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006

Communications Act 2003

Public BodyThis Licensed Use is available to:

(a) a body which falls within the definition of “contracting authority” in Regulation 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 or Regulation 3 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, excluding any Infrastructure Body; and/or

(b) any other entity identified by us from time to time as being a public body, as published on our Website.

Public Contracts Regulations 2006

Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006

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