OS VectorMap District

OS VectorMap District is a simple vector dataset with a nominal scale of 1:25000 covering the whole of Great Britain that has been designed for creating graphical mapping. The product can be used as mapping in its own right or can be used to provide a flexible geographic context reference for customers’ overlay information.

  • Contextual or derived mapping
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  • OS OpenData Plan (FREE)
  • Public Sector Plan
  • Premium Plan
  • Energy & Infrastructure Plan

This product is updated every six months

Representation of data provided
Representation of data provided

What OS VectorMap District provides you with

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.

Display the map layers you need

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.

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.

OS VectorMap District

Technical information


Use cases

The purpose of OS VectorMap District data is to support a wide range of customer applications that utilise geographic information. These may include:

  • Backdrop mapping on your website
  • Interactive web application development
  • Displaying your business location
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Data theme
  • Contextual
Data structure
Vector (Points, Lines, Polygons, Text)
Great Britain
1:15 000 to 1:30 000
  • ESRI Shapefile
  • GML 3.2 Simple Features
  • GeoTIFF with LZW compression
Ordering area
  • All of Great Britain or customisable area (100km2 tiles)
Publication months
  • May
  • November
OS Data Hub plan
  • OS OpenData Plan (FREE)
  • Public Sector Plan
  • Premium Plan
  • Energy & Infrastructure Plan

Documents and Support

Getting started guides

  • OS VectorMap District - Getting started guide
    The getting started guide provides instructions for using the product in different software applications. Users with limited technical knowledge will be able to follow this guide.
    15.60 mb
    March 25, 2019

Technical specification

Supporting documents

Release notes

Additional information

Tile locator


When you order OS VectorMap District and OS Street View, you will be asked to order by 100km area.

When you receive the data, you will notice that it is broken down into 10km tiles for OS VectorMap District and 5km tiles for OS Street View*. It can therefore be difficult to establish exactly what tile(s) you need to access to look at your area of interest.

To help you know which tiles you will need to access, we have created a PDF document for each 100km tile of data in the National Grid showing the 10km tile grids on top. This will help you to quickly establish the tile(s) of data relevant to you. Simply click on a tile reference above to open the PDF.

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What you get

Key features
  • Style your map to highlight what matters to you
  • Display the map layers you need
  • Raster also available
Contextual or derived mapping
  • Download
Data structure
Vector (Points, Lines, Polygons, Text)
Update frequency
Every six months

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