The Public Sector Mapping Agreement

The Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) is a ten year partnership agreement between Ordnance Survey (OS) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The agreement began on 1 April 2011 and will end on 31 March 2021. Under the agreement the OS will provide core geographic data and a licence to use it to public sector organisations in England and Wales to support the delivery of public services. The PSMA is funded directly by central government so the data and services are free at the point of use to all PSMA members.

Nearly all public sector organisations in England and Wales are eligible to join the PSMA. Hertfordshire County Council and the other ten Local Authorities in the County joined the PSMA on April 1st. By making available the same data to all public sector bodies in England and Wales under the same licensing terms the PSMA aims to deliver efficiency savings and improvements in public service delivery for the benefit of citizens and businesses. This should help the Council meet the challenges we face both now and in the future.

Each PSMA member organisation has a Principal Contact who:

  • acts as the main point of contact between that organisation and Ordnance Survey
  • is the focal point for all general and policy queries relating to the PMSA (including copyright issues)
  • is responsible for placing OS Data orders
  • manages Contractor and End-User Licences

Find out more on the Ordnance Survey website:

Town and Parish Council are eligible to join the PSMA; please see here.

The Public Sector Mapping Agreement Principal Contact for Hertfordshire County Council is Steve Bayley; you can contact him on 01992 555271 (ext 25271) or email steve.bayley@hertfordshire.gov.uk