The Met Office is proud of its international reputation for scientific integrity and this ethic pervades all of its activities including its commercial operations. In support of its commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards of business practice the Met Office stance on bribery is one of 'zero-tolerance'. Bribery is illegal and as such has no place in our organisation.
All information originating from the Met Office is subject to Crown Copyright. The Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) has authorised the Met Office to license the use and reuse of its own information, subject to certain conditions. The Met Office issues such licences under terms and conditions which may include the payment of a fee.
Open Data Policy
The Met Office categorises its data into three groups:
Different licence arrangements may apply for each category of data. The Met Office Open Data Policy provides further information on the categorisation of our data.
Open Government Licence
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The Met Office offers a number of products and services for which a chargeable licence fee will apply. Please see the 'Services' tab on this website for details of some of the services offered. To discuss access to information under these licences please contact the Contact us.
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The Met Office aims to allow reuse of such material for no cost or as little cost as possible. The possibility of a licence fee being charged is assessed once the licence application has been received.
In order to request access to information, photographs, graphs, slides and similar material that is not displayed on this website, please complete our Application for Public Sector Information. Your request will be assessed and answered within twenty working days, in accordance with The Re-use of Public Information Regulations 2005.
The Met Office's Pricing policy defines the overall framework from which the detailed prices are set.
The Met Office supports HMSO's Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) and Information fair trader statement. Licensing is carried out in accordance with the Delegation of Authority from HMSO, Competition Act 1998, European Union Law, and World Meteorological Organization Resolution 40. All Met Office licences are non-exclusive and conform to The Re-use of Public Information Regulations 2005.
For more information on Crown Copyright policy and licensing arrangements please visit the Office of Public Sector Information website.
Freedom of Information
The Met Office is committed to openness and transparency in the conduct of its operations and to the sharing of information. This page sets out our commitments.