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OS VectorMap District

OS VectorMap® District is an open basemap to overlay and visualise your own information on.


Style your map to highlight what matters to you. OS VectorMap District is great if your map needs a custom look. Or use our free stylesheets if you prefer consistency.

Show enough detail to give the lie of the land while avoiding overwhelming detail. OS VectorMap District lets you display just the map layers you need.

Save money and benefit from simple licensing terms. OS VectorMap District is free to view, download and use for commercial, education and personal purposes.

Raster also available

Raster also available

OS VectorMap District comes in two raster (flat image) versions: full-colour – good for print-outs; and backdrop – better as a backdrop for your analysis. They’re a quick way to get started with OS VectorMap District.

Need more detail?

Need more detail?

If you need individual building outlines and fences on the map, we recommend OS VectorMap Local.

How to get this product

Our open data products are covered by the Open Government Licence (OGL), which allows you to:

  • copy, distribute and transmit the data;
  • adapt the data; and
  • exploit the data commercially, whether by sub-licensing it, combining it with other data, or including it in your own product or application.

We simply ask that you acknowledge the copyright and the source of the data by including the following attribution statement:

  • Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2022
  • Where you use Code-Point Open data, you must also use the following attribution statements:
  • Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and Database right 2022
  • Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2022

Case studies

Using GIS to plan for housing growth

Using GIS to plan for housing growth

OS mapping enabled a local council to build an accurate picture of sites, which could be redeveloped for housing.

Read the full case study

OS helps introduce 20mph speed limit in Edinburgh

OS helps introduce 20mph speed limit in Edinburgh

Cutting speed limits in urban areas reduces the risk of road deaths. It also improves pedestrian safety and encourages drivers to choose other travel options.

Read the full case study

Technical specification

Key FeaturesWhat this product offers

ESRI Shapefile and GML 3.2 Simple Features (vector); GeoTIFF with LZW compression (raster – backdrop colour and full-colour options available)

Shape tile size

100km x 100km

GML tile size

20km x 20km

GeoTIFF tile size

10km x 10km


Thematic layers, including settlements, named places, roads, woodland and administrative boundaries (vector); pre-defined output (raster)


1:15 000 to 1:30 000

Update frequency

Six Monthly (May and November)


Online download


Great Britain