PMCL and other licensing
A PMCL will enable your business to make unlimited copies of Ordnance Survey mapping either in paper or electronic form such as a PDF or raster format (not a vector data file such as DXF, or any file that is geo-referenced). It is purchased on a per office basis and covers all copying of OS maps by that office irrespective of the number of copies or where you purchased your mapping.
OS Mapping can support the internal administration and operation of your business as well as limited external use such as display on web pages. Make sure you can legally copy and share data. Applying is easy just click on the link.
APPLY FOR YOUR LICENCE HERE
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How much is an PMCL?
The PMCL is £54.75 + VAT (for one office), irrespective of where purchased. It is an OS fixed price.
2. What constitutes 'use' of the data?
Basically after the licence has expired, you can ‘view’ the data, but not take additional prints, include it in any literature, planning applications etc.
3. Normally when I purchase the licence to use data I incorporate the data into a planning application within weeks of purchase, and that is the last time it is 'used'. It is printed at that time, do I still need a PMCL?
That’s fine, as long as it’s within the original year from the date of purchase of the licence.
4. If the data is called up later purely as a read only file that does not constitute use? It is no different to reading a paper plan, which could happen years later.
Any archived data still can be read, but you can’t make further copies or include the mapping in other documents.
5. If I use a portion of the data and incorporate that into another drawing, am I still using that original data?
Yes you are, and if you are doing this since the licence expired on that original data, you strictly should buy (re-license) that data again.
6. Is a pdf version of an OS map treated as being in raster format?
Although PDF is not strictly a raster format you can’t actually amend it, so it would be treated as the same.
7. I buy pdf copies of maps which are attached to survey drawings. These are used throughout the build, which may extend beyond the year, is this okay?
The PMCL covers you for the usage described whether the build is finished with within the year or goes beyond.
8. What if a client supplies their own OS map and I transfer that information onto a titled drawing sheet?
If your client has purchased the data, it should/will have a one year licence. You can use your client’s information, as long as it is within the year that it is purchased.
9. Does the PMCL cover all maps I purchase from the OS, or does this apply to each individual purchase?
The PMCL covers any and all OS paper maps that your office may have bought (regardless of where you purchased your mapping from); just one licence covers the office, it isn’t done on a map by map basis.
10. Wouldn’t it just be cheaper to repurchase a map?
It could work out cheaper to re-licence just one or two maps that you have purchased in any one year, but the PMCL would extend to all maps purchased by the office and should be a more cost effective method for most people.
11. What happens when the plans are being used by a ‘third party’?
If for example, an architect has produced hard copy plans for use by a builder whilst in licence, the builder can use originals for as long as they wish (beyond the one year). However, if the builder wishes to produce photocopies of the originals they will need a PMCL themselves also.