OS VectorMap District

OS VectorMap District is a contextual or backdrop map data product that that provides a district resolution view of the landscape.

  • It can be customised by selecting and styling geographic features to deliver the best presentation for your own data and location information
  • Shows enough detail to provide geographical context, yet avoids the visual clutter that could obscure your data overlay
  • Available as both pre-styled static images (raster data) and points, lines and polygons (vector data) that you can customise
  • Free to use for commercial, educational and personal purposes


  • Provides a clear visual backdrop map that can be easily styled to meet specific needs
  • Offers flexibility to user through ease of use to control content display
  • Analyse data in relation to important public buildings, roads, railways, lines and more
  • Compatible with other open datasets available from data.gov.uk and many other sources
  • Enables you to present town-level development proposals, such as the route of a new road or footprint of a housing estate, clearly to the public and other stakeholders
  • Now includes the addition of functional sites (such as education facilities, medical care and airports), improved road styling as well as more flexible and improved styling capability


  • Coverage: Great Britain
  • Scale: 1:15 000 to 1:30 000
  • Update Frequency: Twice a year, in March and September
  • Formats: Raster (JPEG/ECW/TIFF) or Vector (GML, ESRI Shape, MicroStation® DGN or AutoCAD® DWG and DXF) 
  • Supply: Email Download, FTP, DVD, Data Streaming (WMS, WMTS, WFS)
  • Licensing Options: Open Data

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