Title: Themes: Scale: Coverage: Availability:
BGS Geology Geology NA
BGS Geology 10K Geology 1:10 000 Partial Great Britain coverage Licensed
BGS Geology 250K Geology 1:250 000 Great Britain Licensed
BGS Geology 50K Geology 1:50 000 Most of Great Britain Free / Licensed
BGS Geology 625K Geology 1:625 000 Great Britain and Northern Ireland Free
BGS LithoFrame Geology Varied Great Britain (partial coverage) Licensed
BGS Seabed Geology Geology 1:10 000 – 1:50 000 Regional Free
Offshore bedrock 250K Marine geoscience 1:250 000 UK and adjacent European waters Free / Licensed
Permeability Hydrogeology 1:50 000 Great Britain Licensed
Seabed sediments 250K Marine geoscience 1:250 000 UK and adjacent European waters Free / Licensed
Single Onshore Borehole Index (SOBI) Geology N/A Great Britain Free
Soil Parent Material Model Geology 1:50 000 Great Britain Licensed
Superficial thickness 1 km hex grid Geology 1 km hex grid (approx. 1:1 000 000) Great Britain Free
Superficial thickness model Geology 1:50 000 Great Britain Licensed
UK3D Geology 1:625 000 UK Free

From 1 April 2024, BGS will apply a 5 per cent increase to its direct licence fees for all data products. This means that any direct licence issued or renewed on or after 1 April 2024 will reflect this increased price. Existing data licensees will not be affected until such time as their licence is next due for renewal, after 1 April 2024..

BGS has not increased its data product licence fees for many years: this 2024 increase takes into account inflationary and cost pressures faced by BGS, including increased staff costs, and follows a review of Office for National Statistics guidance with regard to inflation and price indices. Going forwards, BGS will undertake annual price reviews and will communicate any future licence fee changes (from 2025) as appropriate.

If you have any queries regarding this matter, please contact the IPR digital team (

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