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    Please check the metadata for the dataset you are downloading.  This will usually state which licence and permissions you need to check before using the data.

    Open Government Licence

    If the dataset is marked as available to use under an Open Government Licence then you can click on the link within the metadata or check the terms of this licence here: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/

    Environment Agency Conditional Licence

    If the data is available for use under an Environment Agency Conditional Licence, then you will need to check which conditions and warnings apply: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environment-agency-conditional-licence/environment-agency-conditional-licence

    Ordnance Survey licence

    If the data is marked as available for use under an Ordnance Survey licence, see here for the licence details.

    If no specific licence is named in the metadata

    Where no specific licence is named in the metadata, the licence terms can vary as follows:

    Defra staff, and bodies which are part of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA)

    If you are registered on the Defra Data Services Platform as:

    • Defra-body Staff
    • PSMA

    re-use of this dataset is permitted under the Environment Agency Conditional licence:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environment-agency-conditional-licence/environment-agency-conditional-licence

    Environment Agency partners and contractors

    If you are registered on the Defra Data Services Platform as:

    • WFD/CaBA/IDB partner
    • Defra-body contractor

    and you require the downloaded data to fulfil a contract with the Environment Agency, or if your work supports the achievement of the Environment Agency’s statutory functions, re-use of this dataset is permitted under the Environment Agency Conditional Licence:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environment-agency-conditional-licence/environment-agency-conditional-licence

    Partners and contractors of other Defra bodies

    If you are registered on the Defra Data Services Platform as:

    • WFD/CaBA/IDB partner
    • Defra-body contractor

    and you require the downloaded data to fulfil a contract with a Defra body other than the Environment Agency, or if your work supports the achievement of this body’s statutory functions, then you must contact them to acquire a licence before the data can be used.

    If you are unsure which licence applies to you, please contact us for advice via the Forum.

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