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Frequently Asked Questions - Maps

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These Frequently Asked Questions provide information about us and our work. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the sections above, contact us using the details at the bottom left of each page.

Can I buy a map of a local authority area?
Not from us. Ordnance Survey publishes paper maps showing local authority boundaries. The Landranger (1:50,000 scale) and Explorer (1:25,000 scale) series of maps show local authority boundaries, and are available through a wide variety of shops.

Have you got maps of current local authorities and wards?
You can use our Map Browser to look at both current and past boundaries against a map background. The map background can be made very detailed, showing individual street names.

What about printable maps?
You can print from our Map Browser. Alternatively, there are PDF maps of all current local authority areas and all current wards available from the Maps section of this website - those wards resulted from our Fourth Statutory Reviews of Electoral Arrangements. Some of the PDF files are large, so have a look at the questions in the Technical section of these Frequently Asked Questions for advice on how to download and view them.

Are there other online sources of maps?
Another source on the Web of maps showing wards and local authority areas is Ordnance Survey's Election Maps website (www.election-maps.co.uk) which is designed to help the understanding of the electoral geography of the United Kingdom. Users can select from a variety of administrative and electoral boundaries that can be overlaid on a mapping background. The mapping background can be made very detailed, showing individual street names.

Have you got maps of wards from the past?
There are PDF files of maps of previous wards for Scotland's current 32 unitary authorities available from the Maps section of this website. Those wards were used for local authority elections in 1995 to 2003. We do not have maps available of earlier wards, but there is a lot of textual information available for those wards in the Past Reviews section of this website.

Can I republish or reuse one of the maps on your website?
The maps on our website are joint copyright between us and Ordnance Survey. Our content can be re-used under the Open Government Licence, as detailed in our copyright page. Before doing so, you will also need to get agreement from Ordnance Survey for the use of its material. Ordnance Survey has a helpline on 08456 05 05 05 and customerservices@ordnancesurvey.co.uk who will be able to advise on how to do this.

Can you print a large map for me?
We make PDF files of our maps available so anyone can print their own copy. If you want a larger map than you can print yourself, we suggest you take the PDF file to a printer for them to do the work. Before doing so, you will also need to get agreement from Ordnance Survey for the use of its material. Ordnance Survey has a helpline on 08456 05 05 05 and customerservices@ordnancesurvey.co.uk who will be able to advise on how to do this.

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