Fair Use Policy

Content is made available to you provided that you make fair use of it. In order to maintain optimal service provision to all users, the Met Offices envisages that it is necessary to restrict the amount of Content that you download. The Met Office DataPoint service is made available to you, free of charge, provided that you do not exceed the Fair Use Limits when requesting data through it. Your registration for and/or usage of the Met Office DataPoint service constitutes your acceptance of this DataPoint Fair Use Policy.

For the purposes of this DataPoint Fair Use Policy, the Fair Use Limits shall be defined as follows:

  • You may make no more than 5000 data requests per day; and
  • You may make no more than 100 data requests per minute.

Usage above this limit is available by purchasing a Paid Data Plan. You may purchase a Paid Data Plan by contacting: enquiries@metoffice.gov.uk. The current price for the Paid Data Plan is £1,500 per annum, exclusive of Value Added Tax. The Met Office reserves the right to adjust the price of the Paid Data Plan.

Should you exceed one or more of the Fair Use Limits without having a Paid Data Plan in place, you agree that the Met Office shall be entitled to take either of the following measures:

  • Contact you to discuss how you might reduce your data usage; or
  • Invoice you for a Paid Data Plan.

If you have taken out a Paid Data Plan, you shall be subject to the Higher Use Limits. For the purposes of this DataPoint Fair Use Policy, the Higher Use Limits shall be defined as follows:

  • You may make no more than 100,000 data requests per day; and
  • You may make no more than 1,000 data requests per minute.

Should you exceed one or more of the Higher Use Limits, you agree that the Met Office shall be entitled to contact you to discuss how you might reduce your data usage, or how you might make payment for usage above the Higher Use Limits.

Failure to reduce your usage in line with our requests, or to pay any invoice, may result in the Met Office restricting, suspending or terminating you access to DataPoint.

The Met Office shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify this DataPoint Fair Use Policy. Such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to the Met Office Website. You are responsible for regularly reviewing this DataPoint Fair Use Policy to obtain timely notice of any such changes, as they are binding on you. The Met Office will post a last amended date at the bottom of this page to assist such review. Your continued use of the Met Office DataPoint service after such posting shall constitute your acceptance of this Fair Use Policy as modified. Some of the provisions in this Fair Use Policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on the Met Office Website.

Last updated: 18 July 2012