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Data licence


The Met Office grants you a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use, copy and adapt the data provided through the Met Office DataPoint Service (the "Data") under the terms of the Open Government Licence (OGL) for Public Sector Information.

This licence is provided free of charge.

Unless we advise you in writing that a different attribution statement should be used you must use the following attribution statement when using the Data in your applications, as required by the Open Government Licence:

"Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence"

Save as expressly provided by this licence and, if applicable, any additional licences granted to you by the Met Office, no Data may be copied, reproduced, adapted, publicly displayed, used to create derivative works, distributed or otherwise used in any way.

Your obligations

You must not use any Data in a way that suggests any official status or that the Met Office endorses you or your use of the Data (including any product or application that incorporates the Data).

You must not mislead others or misrepresent the Data or its source; for example you must not give the impression that your application or its output is produced by the Met Office. Specifically, you must not use the Met Office's logos, emblems or trademarks to endorse or promote your products and/or services without the express prior written agreement of the Met Office.

The Met Office has obligations under law, including under the Civil Contingencies Act, 2004, to provide warnings for the Emergency Services and other members of the Emergency Response Community ("Emergency Responders"). You must not use the Data to provide warnings for Emergency Responders, develop services for Emergency Responders, or for any other activity which is reserved to the Met Office by law.

Terms of service


The DataPoint service and APIs ("the Service") is provided to you without any guarantee of continued availability. In the event of disruption or degradation of the service for any reason, the Met Office shall use reasonable endeavours to return the service to operation.

Access to Data

You may only use the APIs that we provide or expressly authorise you to use with the Service. You may not use any other automated device or technique to monitor or copy any Data provided through the Service.

We may add, change, or remove any Data made available through the Service or any API provided as part of the Service at any time. Where possible, the Met Office will give you advance notice of such changes however, the Met Office reserves the right to make such changes immediately where, in its sole opinion, it is necessary to do so.


The Met Office shall endeavour to provide notification of major incidents, including service interruption, or changes by publishing a notice on the DataPoint notifications.

In the case of an especially significant incident or change, the Met Office may send an email alert to users who have indicated that they are happy to receive DataPoint-related communications.


The Service is made available to you on a "Self Service" basis. No provision is made for individual technical support in the use of the Service or any data or API provided as a part of the Service. DataPoint users are encouraged to support each other through use of the User Community Forum.

No Liability

The Service is provided to you "as is".

Your use of this Service and the Data provided through it is entirely at your own risk. The Met Office makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee that the Service or Data is, or will be, error free.

The Met Office does not warrant that the Service or Data will be fit for your intended use and you are responsible for undertaking your own evaluation exercise before choosing to rely upon the Service or any Data.

The Met Office shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by you as a result of the unavailability of the Service, any changes to or removal of the Data or APIs provided through it, or any failure to provide notification of any incident or change. This exclusion shall not apply in the case of any death or personal injury resulting from the Met Office's negligence, any damage or liability incurred by you as a result of fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation by the Met Office, or any other matter for which it would be illegal or unlawful for the Met Office to exclude or attempt to exclude its liability.

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: [email protected]. 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 your 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.

Showcase terms and conditions

In order to evaluate your application for inclusion in the DataPoint Showcase, the Met Office requires the right to use, copy, and adapt your application. By submitting your application to the Met Office, you therefore agree to grant us such a licence on a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free basis. This licence does not give the Met Office the right to use your application for any other purpose, or to pass it on to anyone outside of the Met Office. Nothing in this licence affects the ownership of your application or transfers any Intellectual Property Rights in your application to the Met Office. Ownership remains with you (or your licensors).

You warrant that, to the best of your knowledge and belief, you are the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights in your application or that you are otherwise duly authorised to grant this licence to the Met Office. You agree to fully indemnify the Met Office against any claims that your application infringes the Intellectual Property Rights of any third party.

The words "Met Office" and the Met Office device and logos are registered trade marks in the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States of America and other countries. These trade marks are the property of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Acceptance of your application for inclusion in the Showcase does not entitle you to use any trade mark, service mark, logo, corporate or business name of the Met Office without the Met Office's prior consent in writing. Nor does it imply any official approval or endorsement of your application. You may not claim or suggest that the Met Office supports or endorses your application in any way, or suggest any sort of association with the Met Office, without the Met Office's prior consent in writing.


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