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Use of Ordnance Survey Mapping in Connection with the Submission of Planning Applications


Information about how and where to obtain the correct location and block plans for a planning application.

Cessation of Ordnance Survey's Map Return Scheme

Please note that from 30th September 2007 the Ordnance Survey withdrew the Map Return Scheme. This means you are no longer able to purchase copies of Ordnance Survey Maps from the Council. However, the Ordnance Survey and several private mapping companies offer a comprehensive service where you can purchase OS maps to submit with your application.

Please be advised that the number and type of OS maps required for individual applications is detailed in each application checklist and the related application notes. It is recommended that you check these documents prior to placing any order for maps. The checklists are available using the link on the right.

Please note that if an application is submitted online via the Planning Portal, copies of the relevant mapping can be purchased from the Portal at the time of submission.

OS Agents List

For your convenience we have compled at list of agents and companies that can provide OS mapping suitable for submission with planning applications. This is not an exhaustive list and for other national OS partners and outlets please contact the OS Customer Helpline on 08456 050 050.

The list is in alphabetical order and is not in any order of preference. We do not recommend any particular one of these suppliers and any contractual arrangements, copyright and payment issues are entirely between the applicant and the supplier. Maps may usually be ordered on-line, by phone or in person from the outlet.

Legal Requirements

Please be aware that Ordnance Survey plans are covered by Crown Copyright. This means that you must use the plans for the purpose stated and that you do not make extra copies. If you are found to be in breach of Crown Copyright you are liable to prosecution

If you are unsure about the use of Ordnance Survey plans, please use the following link to the Copyright section of the Ordnance Survey website at Ordnance Survey Copyright.

The Ordinance Survey have confirmed that a new set of maps must be presented with every planning submission, even if you are resubmitting a previous application, e.g. following refusal or withdrawal, limited period renewal, submission of reserved matters and details in discharge of conditions, etc. Also any maps/extracts must have been acquired with the right to be used as part of an application submission.

We will not treat applications as invalid solely because the OS maps appear to be in breach of copyright but, equally, we cannot be seen to ignore such breaches. You and/or your agent are therefore strongly advised to ensure that any applications submitted to tus are accompanied by OS derived mapping which have been legitimately obtained and include any relevant licence numbers.

Please note that since July 2006 application submissions have been randomly checked to ensure accompanying OS maps are legitimately sourced. OS Maps which do not contain an appropriate licence number/copyright disclaimer or have obviously been 'recycled' from earlier submissions or appear to have been based on OS data without proper acknowledgement may be referred to the OS Intellectual Property and Legal Department.

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