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What Copyright Rules are there?

Plans, drawings and materials submitted to and used by us are protected by Section 47 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Our copyright agreement with Ordnance Survey means that we can only accept and publish plans produced using Ordnance Survey mapping and data which have a valid licence number.

Ordnance Survey has a range of licences that it issues to enable its customers to use their mapping and data. All Ordnance Survey map extracts submitted to Snowdonia National Park Authority must have a valid licence number, identify the Ordnance Survey licensed supplier, and the date the map was produced. Applicants or Agents possessing their own copyright licence should ensure that all map extracts submitted carry the relevant copyright acknowledgement and their licence number. This provides the necessary evidence that Ordnance Survey copyright is not being breached.

Please note that Ordnance Survey mapping and data submitted to us without a valid licence breaches Ordnance Survey copyright and could lead to proceedings being taken by Ordnance Survey against such breaches.

Planning Applications

The most common reason for rejection of planning applications is that plans are not drawn up correctly. The easiest way to make sure they meet requirements is to get them from approved suppliers on the Planning Portal.

Ordnance Survey map extracts submitted with your planning application must be licensed as outlined above. In the event that unlicensed mapping is submitted with your application you will be asked to resubmit the relevant plans. Although we will register any unlicensed mapping, please be warned that you will be in breach of Crown Copyright and we reserve every right to forward your details to Ordnance Survey so that it can investigate any potential infringement. This may result in prosecution and a fine.

The Authority will accept site survey plans drawn by a surveyor but they must carry a statement to that effect and confirm that Ordnance Survey information has not been used.

Please note that Section 47 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 protects plans, drawings and material submitted to the Authority for the purpose of obtaining planning permission. You may only use material that is downloaded and/or printed from this web site for consultation purposes; to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

Using our Maps

The Ordnance Survey mapping and data included within this website is provided by Snowdonia National Park Authority under licence from the Ordnance Survey in order to promote visitor services and to fulfil its function as a planning authority.

Points Worth Noting

It is free

  • For anyone to look at and print out the maps on our website for personal use.
  • For school students aged 16 or under to download, print and use our maps in school work.
  • For teachers at Local Authority funded schools or privately funded schools with students aged 16 or under to download, print and use our maps in lessons and with your students.

A licence is needed

  • For teachers in privately funded school with students aged 16 or over - you will need and OS educational licence Educational use of Ordnance Survey mapping and data is explained here
  • For publishers of commercial books or websites
  • For purposes other than that outlined above such as a map submitted with a planning application

Copyright details

Where to get More Information?

You can get more information with regards to planning application maps or information on applying for a licence to use Ordnance survey mapping and data from Ordnance Survey.

If you have any questions please contact: or call 08456 050505