Apply for a data licence

You can apply for a BGS digital data licence by downloading the digital data licence application form 181KB doc. Please email the completed form to our licensing team at

Alternatively, if you know what data you want you can get a quote and apply for a licence online.

The key areas addressed by the form are:

  • Which geographical area(s) of which BGS dataset(s) are required, and in which format do you want to receive them (e.g. ESRI, or MapInfo)?
  • What will you be using the data for?
  • How long do you want the licence to run? (Please note that our minimum standard licence term is 12 months.)
  • Will any third parties need to have access to the BGS data — e.g. contractors (we have a 'complementary licence' system to cater for use of data by a licensee's contractors).


If you have any queries about the application form, please contact our licensing team.