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Governance

Learn about our responsibilities and how we work.

Ordnance Survey Limited (company number 9121572) is a limited company incorporated in England and Wales. Our shares are 100% owned by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

We are a public corporation, as defined in Managing Public Money as “a trading body controlled by central government... that has substantial day to day operating independence.”

We are a public corporation. All references to ‘OS’ and ‘Ordnance Survey’ throughout the website relate to Ordnance Survey Limited, unless otherwise stated or unless references relate to events prior to 1 April 2015.

Information about our governance

Our Public Task

See our Public Task, which sets out what we exist to do.

Our policies

We follow a number of policies to make sure we operate to a high standard.

Our Directors

Find out about members of the Board and our senior management team.

Copyright and database rights

See how OS mapping and geospatial data, our brand and trademarks are protected by copyright laws.

Request information

Find information about us, including guidance on Freedom of Information requests, Environmental Information Regulations and Subject Access Requests.

Product names and trademarks

Find an extensive list of product names and trademarked brands registered to Ordnance Survey.

Documents and reports

Crown Rights Agreement (PDF)

Crown Rights Ordnance Survey Limited has a Crown Rights Agreement, which is a licence granted by The Keeper of Public Records, to make provision for the ownership and licensing of the copyright and database rights which subsist in OS mapping and geospatial data.

Shareholder Framework document (PDF)

Our shareholder framework document defines our role and objectives, and outlines the governance and accountability framework between us and our shareholder.

Annual report

See our latest and previous annual reports and accounts.