User terms of use

User terms and conditions

Please read these terms and conditions (“terms”) carefully before using this website. These terms (together with the documents referred to in it) tell you the conditions on which you may make use of our website (“website”).

Please read these terms carefully before you start to use our website, as these will apply to your use of our website. We recommend that you print a copy of this for future reference.

By using our website, you confirm that you accept these terms and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our website.


Information about us and the website

The Website is operated and maintained by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (“Us”, “Our”, “We”). Our office is at Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EU.

The Website provides maps of the Greater Manchester area (“Map”) with the ability to overlay additional layers of datasets (“Data”), creating interactive local and critical infrastructure mapping tools of the Greater Manchester area (together the “Service”). The Greater Manchester area is made up of 10 local authorities comprising Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.


Use of ordnance survey products

The maps on MappingGM utilise Ordnance Survey Premium data products. In relation to your viewing, use or interaction with Ordnance Survey Premium data, namely OS VectorMap Local, OS MasterMap Topography Layer, 1:25 000 Scale Colour Raster and 1:50 000 Scale Colour Raster, the provisions of the Ordnance Survey Public Sector End User Licence (which is available here) apply, rather than these terms and conditions. Please be aware that there are some important differences in the rights granted in these terms and conditions, and the rights granted in the Ordnance Survey Public Sector End User Licence.

The maps on MappingGM utilise Ordnance Survey Premium data products namely OS VectorMap Local, OS MasterMap Topography Layer, 1:25 000 Scale Colour Raster and 1:50 000 Scale Colour Raster which is Ordnance Survey © Crown copyright and database rights OS 100037229, and is subject to the following terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions

  1. You are granted a non-exclusive, royalty free revocable licence solely to view the licensed data for non-commercial purposes for the period during which we make it available;
  2. You are not permitted to copy, sub-license, distribute, sell or otherwise make available such data to third parties in any form; and
  3. Third party rights to enforce the terms of this licence shall be reserved to OS.


Changes to these terms

We may revise these Terms, including specific terms relating to use of Ordnance Survey products at any time by amending this page.

Please check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we made, as they are binding on you.


Changes to the service

We may update our Service and/or the Website from time to time, and may make changes or remove Data at any time. However, please note that any of the Data provided through our Service may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update it.

We do not guarantee that the Service or the Website will be free from errors or omissions.


Accessing our service

Our Service is made available free of charge.

We do not guarantee that our Service or the Website (or any part thereof) will always be available or be uninterrupted. Access to our Service is permitted on a temporary basis. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our Service without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason our Service (or part thereof) is unavailable at any time or for any period.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our Service.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our Service through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.


Intellectual property rights

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in the Service and the Website. All right, title and interest in the Service and the Website will remain exclusively with us and/or our licensors.

The Map forming part of the Service is provided and may be used by you in accordance with the terms and conditions of the specific licence under which the Map is distributed, but is provided “as is” and expressly subject to the disclaimer appearing under “LIMITATION OF OUR LIABILITY”. Details of the relevant licence terms of the Maps are provided in the metadata.

We grant to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable and revocable licence (without a right to sub-licence) to use the Data forming part of the Service for personal or commercial research purposes and in accordance with these Terms. For the avoidance of doubt, if you are a business, your use of the Data is strictly limited to internal business use only.

Except as expressly permitted in these Terms, You shall not, and shall not permit others to (i) modify, translate, create derivative copies of or copy the Data in whole or in part; (ii) distribute, sub-licence, assign, share, timeshare, sell, rent, lease, grant a security interest in, use for service bureau purposes, or otherwise transfer the Data or your right to use the Data; (iv) remove or modify any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices belonging to us or our licensors contained within the Data; or (v) use the Data in any manner not expressly authorised by this Agreement. You further acknowledge that you must not use the Data with any other services, products or other applications, including but not limited to navigation or route guidance services.

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any Data you have printed off or downloaded from the Website in any way, and you must not use any images, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of the Service and the Website must always be acknowledged.


No reliance on service

The Service is provided for general research information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely (including but not limited to reliance for the purpose of making planning applications). You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the Service.

We make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the Service is accurate, complete or up-to-date. You should exercise judgment in your use of the Service.

We recommend that you perform your own checks and verifications of the Data at its original source to ensure its accuracy and completeness.


Term and termination

Your contract for use of the Service, which incorporates these Terms (“Contract”) will commence upon your visit to the Website and continue for the duration of your visit to the Website.


Limitation of our liability

Nothing in these Terms excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law.

To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, guarantees, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our Service or Website, whether express or implied by statute, including any implied warranties of satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose or arising under common law, course of dealing or trade usage or otherwise.

We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

We have no liability to you for any:

Whether or not caused by or resulting from our negligence or a breach of our statutory duties or a breach of our obligations hereunder, howsoever caused even if we are advised of the possibility of such loss.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.

We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our Website. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.



We do not guarantee that our Service or Website will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.

You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform in order to access our Service. You should use your own virus protection software.

You must not misuse our Service by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our Service, the server on which our Service is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our Service. You must not attack our Service via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.


Linking to our website

You are permitted to link to any part of our Website without our prior written consent. Any link must be fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

Any link must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. Any link should acknowledge Greater Manchester Combined Authority as the creator of

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.


Privacy and cookies

We comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (“Act”) and all other successor legislation and regulations in the performance of its obligations under this Agreement. The terms of our Privacy Policy form part of these Terms and you agree to be bound by them.


Third party links and resources in our website

Where our Website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only.

We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

Third party websites operate under their own terms and conditions, and you are advised to read such terms and conditions prior to making use of such third party websites. Further, where you access any third party website through a link on our Website, you acknowledge and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of such third party website


Applicable law

These Terms, its subject matter and its formation, are governed by English law. You and we both agree to that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction. However, if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland, you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.


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