Frequently Asked Questions - Data for GIS
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Can I get data of current boundaries to use in a geographical information system (GIS)?
Yes, current ward and local authority boundaries are available in Ordnance Survey's Boundary-Line™ product, which is available as part of the OS OpenData™ portfolio of products. OS OpenData™ products are made available by Ordnance Survey through the OS OpenData website under a licence agreement with the Department for Communities and Local Government. OS OpenData™ products are available:
- to all users;
- free of charge; and
- for free re-use, including commercial re-use.
Full details of the licence terms for OS OpenData™ are available on the OS OpenData website.
Can I get data of past council area and electoral boundaries to use in a geographical information system (GIS)?
Can I get data of boundaries before they come into force?
In some cases. When a major new set of boundaries is going to come into force, Ordnance Survey may produce a supplementary release of its Boundary-Line™ product in advance of the new boundaries coming into force. In these cases, the boundaries will be available as part of the next appropriate Boundary-Line™ product release to the full Ordnance Survey product specification.