Data licensing

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 licensing 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 licensing policy in a fair, open and transparent way, in line with the policy referred to above and also in line with the Information Fair Trader Scheme, to which the BGS is accredited.

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 OpenGeoscience. OpenGeoscience provides a wide range of freely available geoscience information, including data, and is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Our data products pages provide a listing of 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 licensing process (and licence applications) please email the digital licensing team.

For more general enquiries please email Enquiries.

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