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Understand our licensing

We want you to get the most from our maps and data. Our licences and agreements let you use or make money from them in the way that best suits your needs and budget.

You can work with us and our products in many different ways. We regularly update our licences and agreements to cover new ways of using geographic data, and to make your relationship with us as simple and rewarding as possible.

Work with our premium data products

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See if our products meet your needs. Our Data Exploration Licence gives you access to premium data for evaluation, research and development.

Buy our data for your business. You'll need to sign up to our Framework Contract (Direct Customers).

Resell our products, or adapt them in some way. You can profit from our data in many different ways under our Framework Contract (Partners).

Use them in the public sector. Sign up to either the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (for England and Wales) or the One Scotland Mapping Agreement.

Share data with a contractor. Your contractor must sign up to our Contractor Licence (PDF).

Work with OS OpenData

You can use a range of OS data products and APIs for free. They're covered by the Open Government Licence.

Other ways to work with our products

Printed maps

Copying paper maps. Sign your office up for the Paper Map Copying Licence.

Publishing maps in books or magazines. You need our Publishing licence, which covers both print and digital.

Wholesale paper map distribution. Sign up to our Framework Trade Agreement.

Publishing our maps in the media. Our Media Licence lets you use our data in broadcasts and news stories free of charge.

APIs (online mapping data feeds)

You can sign up to use and supply our APIs in different ways:

  • without additional licensing
  • as a reseller
  • as an existing data customer who also gets our data by download, FTP or hard media
  • under a free trial

They're covered by the OS API Framework Agreement (PDF).

Education

We encourage the use of our maps in schools, colleges and universities, but don't offer an education licence. Instead, you'll be covered by the terms set out by your data or service provider, such as Edina Digimap or your local authority (PSMA or OSMA). Learn more

Find the right licence for you

Are you interested in using our royalty free "OS OpenData" Products

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Are you interested in using our royalty free "OS OpenData" Products

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Are you interested in using our royalty free "OS OpenData" Products

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Are you interested in using our royalty free "OS OpenData" Products

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Is your company a licensed partner of Ordnance Survey?

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Are you an Ordnance Survey licensed partner?

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Do you want to offer your own service that will enable developers to create web-based applications through your website?

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Do you intend publishing maps on a regular basis?

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Is your publication a newspaper or magazine?

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Is your publication a newspaper or magazine?

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Are you a member of our Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) or One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA)?

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Are you interested in becoming a PSMA/OSMA member?

Membership of these agreements gives public sector organisations access to the majority of Ordnance Survey products. This helps organisations to deal with a wide range of challenges and make use of geographic and location data across a range of applications, saving money, taking better decisions and delivering public services more efficiently.

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Do you want to offer your own service that will enable developers to create web-based applications through your website?

This might be our OS OpenSpace API or your own.

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Answer: To help run my business

If you want to use our products for your business use, we provide two options:

  1. You can licence data directly from us under the terms of our Framework Contract (Direct Customers) (FCDC). You can sign-up to our contract/s and order your data through our How to buy page; or
  2. You can licence data through one of our partners.

Both the above licensing options provide specific Licensed Use terms to cover the use of our data by Private Sector Companies, Public Sector Bodies and Infrastructure Bodies.

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Answer: Include in my product or service

If you want to use our data commercially in your product or service or wish to resell/distribute our data you will need to be a licensed partner. As a partner, we offer contracts that enable you to both test/evaluate/demonstrate our data during the development of your product/service and to include our data in the product/service that you sell. You will also receive account management support. Our partner contracts are underpinned by our Framework Contract (Partners) (FCP) which defines the overarching terms and conditions of the commercial relationship that you have with us.

To become a partner you will need to contact partnership enquiries in the first instance; you will then be able to sign up to our contracts and order data through our online ordering service.

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Answer: Website

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Answer: Test, evaluate and demonstrate as part of the product or service developpment process.

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Answer: For educational purposes

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Answer: Sell your products

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Answer: I'd like to publish eBooks on my website.

Our Publishing Licence allows you to publish an electronic equivalent of a printed publication which can be downloaded and printed off by your customers. Publications are defined as, but not limited to, books, newsletters, leaflets, brochures, catalogues, journals, etc.

This licence is best suited to those customers only wishing to produce occasional, one-off publications in small quantities.

If you are a Commercial Publisher publishing our maps on a regular basis you may find our Printed Products Contract under our Framework Contract (Partners) more suitable.

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Answer: Use on behalf of a customer

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Answer: Yes, my company is a Licensed Partner

The Framework Contract (Partners) allows you to develop, evaluate and test our data as part of your product/service. It also allows you to demonstrate our data and pass to your customers for trial and testing purposes.

Developer Contract
If you have a longer term or ongoing requirement to test our data, for example you are a system developer/supplier, you may like to consider this contract which offers access to all our products and provides account management support. This licence is available under our Framework Contract (Partners).

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Answer: No, my company isn't a Licensed Partner.

Our Data Exploration Licence enables you to test, evaluate and demonstrate our Data:

With this licence you can:

  • Evaluate Exploration Data to see if what we’re offering is what you need.
  • Use Exploration Data to research and develop your ideas and propositions.
  • Display Exploration Data or create working prototypes using Exploration Data to demonstrate and promote how your ideas or propositions would work.
  • Use Exploration Data (excluding AddressBase® Islands) in live trials or tests within your business or organisation for up to 3 months to determine whether you wish to license it for your internal business use.
  • Use in time-bound events that promote collaboration and innovation. For example, as part of competitions, hackathons and mash-ups.
  • Publish small extracts of OS Data to promote your use of OS Data in articles and at events that intend to share or widen knowledge (such as academic papers, trade journals or industry conferences).

If you require just a small area of Data to test, you can download a sample area of Exeter, here.

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Answer: I want to display a location map of my office(s) and/or the physical location of my assets.

The following licences provide internal business use terms for the use of our mapping/data. As part of these terms we include limited external use rights that cover this use:

If you don’t need to use our mapping/data for your internal business use you may find our Publishing Licence website terms more suitable. If you are licensed through one of our Partners for your internal business use, they will provide the same Licensed Use terms as our Framework Contract (Direct Customers).

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Answer: I want to display a map of the area in which my company operates.

The following licences provide internal business use terms for the use of our mapping/data. As part of these terms we include limited external use rights that cover this use:

If you don’t need to use our mapping/data for your internal business use you may find our Publishing Licence website terms more suitable. If you are licensed through one of our partners for your internal business use, they will provide the same Licensed Use terms as our Framework Contract (Direct Customers).

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Answer: I want to provide directions.

The following licences provide internal business use terms for the use of our mapping/data. As part of these terms we include limited external use rights that cover this use:

If you don’t need to use our mapping/data for your internal business use you may find our Publishing Licence website terms more suitable. If you are licensed through one of our partners for your internal business use, they will provide the same Licensed Use terms as our Framework Contract (Direct Customers).

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Answer: Our collective agreements permit the use of our products in any way that supports your public task.

If you're in the public sector, the PSMA (for England and Wales) and the OSMA (for Scotland) enable you to order and use a number of our premium datasets free of charge.

Learn more about the agreements

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Answer: I want to promote a one-off event that my company has organised.

The following licences provide internal business use terms for the use of our mapping/data. As part of these terms we include limited external use rights that cover this use:

If you don’t need to use our mapping/data for your internal business use you may find our Publishing Licence website terms more suitable.

If you are licensed through one of our partners for your internal business use, they will provide the same Licensed Use terms as our Framework Contract (Direct Customers).

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Answer: I would like to use your maps for Study or teaching.

If you are a student, school, college or higher education establishment you can licence our mapping for educational purposes through EDINA Digimap Services or our partners. Please see our education page for further licensing information.

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Answer: I publish an online newspaper.

Our Media Licence enables you to include our maps on your website as part of either your Online Publication, or Web Version Publication. An Online Publication is where there is no corresponding printed version of your newspaper. A Web Version Publication is the online version of a corresponding printed newspaper.

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Answer: I publish an online magazine.

Our Media Licence enables you to include our maps on your website as part of either your Online Publication, or Web Version Publication. An Online Publication is where there is no corresponding printed version of your magazine. A Web Version Publication is the online version of a corresponding printed magazine.

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Answer: You want to offer your own service that will enable developers to create web-based applications through your website.

You will need to become a Licensed Partner by signing our Specific Use Framework Partner Licence (SUFPL) and our Web Developer Services Specific Use Contract. The SUFPL defines the overarching terms and conditions of the commercial relationship that you have with us.

To become a partner you will need to contact partnership enquiries in the first instance.

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Answer: I have a website that provides consumer services.

To offer consumer services via your website, you will need to become a Licensed Partner by signing the Framework Contract (Partners) (FCP) and our Consumer Solutions Contract.

This contract is designed to meet the needs of partners providing comsumers with electronic products and/or services via either Offline Solutions in respect of products/services, including Leisure, Navigation, etc. or Online Solutions being a product/service hosted by you through which a consumer is able to access licensed data remotely.

To become a partner you will need to contact partnership enquiries in the first instance.

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Answer: I want to include static (raster) images on my website

If you are publishing mapping on the internet our Publishing Licence is suited to small website publishers, publishing static images of mapping that cannot be edited, manipulated, interrogated, geo-referenced or customised in any way or used within a geographical information system or other comparable database or software system. Licence fees are payable on an annual basis.

If this licence doesn’t meet your requirements you may wish to consider our Consumer Solutions Contract under our Framework Contract (Partners). Please Contact partnership enquiries for further information.

Alternatively, you may be interested in OS Maps which is an online map application from OS. This enables you to view the full detail of OS Landranger Maps, OS Explorer Maps and Aerial Imagery for Great Britain. You can plot your route, add notes and photos then print and e-mail your route to friends. You can even export routes in GPX format for use in GPS devices such as Garmin.

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Answer: You don't want to offer your own service that will enable developers to create web-based applications through your website.

You will need to become a Licensed Partner by signing our Specific Use Framework Partner Licence (SUFPL) and our Web Developer Services Specific Use Contract. The SUFPL defines the overarching terms and conditions of the commercial relationship that you have with us.

To become a partner you will need to contact partnership enquiries in the first instance.

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Answer: Yes, I'm a Licensed Partner wanting to use your products to provide a service to customers.

Our Distribution Contract enables you to provide a range of services to your customers.

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Answer: Use for work that I am carrying out on behalf of a customer.

We offer the following Licences which will enable you to use our data on behalf of your customer:

STANDARD CONTRACTOR LICENCE
Under this licence, your customer has to be licensed directly to us for the data that they want you to use on their behalf. Once your customer has their licence, they can provide you with a Contractor Licence which will allow you access to their data. Under this licence you are only permitted to use the data for the work that your customer has asked you to do. Once you have completed the work you will have to return the data to your customer; you will not be permitted to use/keep the data for any other purpose.

DISTRIBUTION CONTRACT

As an alternative to our Standard Contractor Licence, you may find our Distribution Contract under Framework Contract (Partners) more suitable if you wish to provide services, requiring the use of our data, to multiple customers on a regular basis. Whilst your customer will still need their own OS Licence, under this contract you will be able to use your own copy of OS Data rather than having to request separate copies from each of your customers. Note there is a fee associated with this licence. Please contact partnership enquiries for further information.

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Answer: Yes I am interested in using your royalty free OS OpenData Products

We offer a range of quality assured, regularly updated OS OpenData Products that enable you to analyse your data, build interactive websites and create stunning visuals, with very few restrictions on their use, which you may find suitable. The data is made available for use and reuse under the terms of the Open Government Licence, all we ask is an acknowledgement.

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Answer: No I don't know which Product I want to license

Please see our Product pages for details of the full range of products we offer.

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Answer: No I am not interested in using your Free to Use products

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Answer: Publishing maps in newspapers or magazines

You can publish up to 1000cm2 of mapping with no individual extract larger than 625cm2 for free under our Media Licence; this licence covers both paper and online publications. If you need to exceed this limit or wish to publish leisure routes using our OS Explorer Series (1;25 000 Colour Raster Data) you will require our Printed Products Contract under the Framework Contract (Partners).

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Answer: Maps published commerically on a regular basis

If you wish to publish our maps, or maps based on ours, whether a book or merchandising product on a regular basis or in large quantities, you will need to become a licensed Partner by signing our Framework Contract (Partners) and our Printed Products Contract.

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Answer: Maps published on an infrequent basis

If you only produce occasional, one-off publications in small quantities and would like to publish our maps in paper or electronic form, you will need our Publishing Licence. This covers publications which are either for sale or distributed free of charge. Publications are defined as, but not limited to, books, merchandising products, newsletters, leaflets, brochures, catalogues, journals, etc.

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Answer: Yes I am a PSMA / OSMA Member

You can find details on both PSMA/OSMA licensing in our Public Sector Licensing Guide.

If you want to licence products not included in the PSMA/OSMA for your business use, we provide two options:

  1. You can licence data directly from us under the terms of our Framework Contract (Direct Customers) (FCDC); or
  2. You can licence data through one of our partners. If you licence data through one of our partners they will provide you with our licensed use terms for the use of our data.

If you want to use our data commerically in your product or service you will need to become a licensed partner under the Framework Contract (Partners).

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Answer: I want to use your products for study, teaching or private research.

If you are studying for educational purposes or wish to use our products for teaching purposes as part of the national curriculum, please speak to your educational establishment as they may already have a licence to use our products through either EDINA Digimap Services or one of our partners. Please see our education page for further licensing information.

If you wish to use our products for private research, you may be able to make copies of Ordnance Survey mapping in accordance with the principles of fair dealing as set out in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This entitles you to make copies of our mapping for the purpose of criticism, review and research for a non-commercial purpose. If you make a copy for any of these purposes you must, where possible, provide an acknowledgement in the following form:

© Crown copyright (insert year) OS.

It is your responsibility to ensure your activities comply with the relevant statutory provisions. If you need to make further copies that fall outside these provisions, you must first seek permission from us. We will make a charge when we grant such permission if your copying activity falls under the terms of one of our fee-based licences.

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Answer: I want to test/evaluate your data

Our Data Exploration Licence enables you to test, evaluate and demonstrate our Data:

With this licence you can:

  • Evaluate Exploration Data to see if what we’re offering is what you need.
  • Use Exploration Data to research and develop your ideas and propositions.
  • Display Exploration Data or create working prototypes using Exploration Data to demonstrate and promote how your ideas or propositions would work.
  • Use Exploration Data (excluding AddressBase® Islands) in live trials or tests within your business or organisation for up to 3 months to determine whether you wish to license it for your internal business use.
  • Use in time-bound events that promote collaboration and innovation. For example, as part of competitions, hackathons and mash-ups.
  • Publish small extracts of OS Data to promote your use of OS Data in articles and at events that intend to share or widen knowledge (such as academic papers, trade journals or industry conferences).

If you require just a small area of Data to test, you can download a sample area of Exeter, here.

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Answer: I want to offer my own web development service

You need to become a Licensed Partner by signing our Framework Contract (Partners) and our Web Developer Services Specific Use Contract.

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Answer: Use our OS OpenSpace API

Our OS OpenSpace API supports the creation of dynamic map applications that can be embedded on your website. It's free but there is a limit on the number of map images that you can access in any given period.

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Answer: Derive my own Dataset/s from your products

Our 'Using and creating data with our products' page explains what legally you can and cannot do when creating new data, and using third-party data, with our licensed data.

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Answer: Yes I am interesred in becoming a PSMA/OSMA member

If you would like further information about the benefits of our Public Sector Mapping Agreements and how to join, please click here

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Useful links

We are committed to licensing our products in a fair, open and transparent way. We encourage the use and exploitation of mapping and data through a wide range of licences that focus on how you want to use our data. Some of them include "free to use" terms.

Understand what legally you can and can't do when creating new data, and using third-party data, with our licensed data.

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