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Frequently Asked Questions - Data for GIS

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These Frequently Asked Questions provide information about us and our work. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the sections above, contact us using the details at the bottom left of each page.

Can I get data of current boundaries to use in a geographical information system (GIS)?
Yes, current ward and local authority boundaries are available in Ordnance Survey's Boundary-Line™ product, which is available as part of the OS OpenData™ portfolio of products. OS OpenData™ products are made available by Ordnance Survey through the OS OpenData website under a licence agreement with the Department for Communities and Local Government. OS OpenData™ products are available:

  • to all users;
  • free of charge; and
  • for free re-use, including commercial re-use.

Full details of the licence terms for OS OpenData™ are available on the OS OpenData website.

Can I get data of past council area and electoral boundaries to use in a geographical information system (GIS)?
Yes, past council area and electoral boundaries since our establishment in 1973 are available from the Data files pages in the Maps section of this website. This data is Free to Use Data under the One Scotland Mapping Agreement. There are brief Terms of Use which you can download from the Data files page.

Can I get data of boundaries before they come into force?
In some cases. When a major new set of boundaries is going to come into force, Ordnance Survey may produce a supplementary release of its Boundary-Line™ product in advance of the new boundaries coming into force. In these cases, the boundaries will be available as part of the next appropriate Boundary-Line™ product release to the full Ordnance Survey product specification.

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