Data Licencing


The BGS is committed to making its vast collections of environmental data and information products publicly available, where possible. Please refer to the NERC policy on Licencing and charging for information for further information, including an explanation of the difference between 'environmental data' and 'information products'.

Wherever possible we supply our environmental data at no cost under the Open Government Licence.

Our information products are usually made available under the terms of a BGS digital data licence and may be subject to payment of a licence fee. Where we charge a licence fee for our information products, we operate our pricing and Licencing policy in a fair, open and transparent way in line with the NERC policy on Licencing and charging for information referred to above.

What data are available?

Please use the data search service to search our full catalogue of datasets, including open data and licensed data products.

For more information about our open data please see the Datasets page. It provides a wide range of freely available geoscience information, including data, and is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

The datasets page also provides all BGS data that are approved for license to external parties.

Which BGS license do you need?

If you are interested in an information product and the Open Government Licence is not applicable, we encourage the use and exploitation of our information products by providing a wide range of licences, including:


For direct enquiries about the data products please email the digital data team.

For direct enquiries about the Licencing process (and licence applications) please email the digital Licencing team.

For more general enquiries please email Enquiries.

Customer feedback and complaints

Customer feedback and complaints procedures

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