We can provide electronic and hard copy map extracts to the public in answer to general enquiries including Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) requests; planning queries; other statutory requests for information; helping community groups. The charges for this service vary depending how much mapping is required and at what scale it is provided.

Map data cannot be supplied to applicants submitting planning applications requiring basic site plans. These can be ordered online.

To use our mapping service, or to check whether you qualify for free mapping under the terms of the council licence, please contact our geographic liaison officer via ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.

A lot of Ordnance survey mapping is also freely available as OS OpenData and can be downloaded from the Ordnance Survey website.

School pupils should ask their teacher to obtain mapping. Other students requiring mapping for a school or university project can get these from their local library. This is usually free. Students can copy a small quantity of any Ordnance Survey mapping less than 50 years old for their private study, research, criticism or review purposes.

Where requests do not qualify, then maps can be purchased from Ordnance Survey outlets or from us. Landranger 1:50000 and Explorer 1:25000 series maps can be purchased from newsagents, bookshops or online from the Ordnance Survey website.

We charge the cost of the mapping plus an admin fee of £10.

For more information visit our terms and conditions page.


We publish a number of environmental datasets which are free to use. These datasets are published under the EU INSPIRE regulations.  These regulations require local government across the EU to make datasets available to improve the sharing of environmental geographical information among public sector organisations and to improve access to spatial information across Europe.

Our data can be found in the Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure portal as well as on the website.  On the websites you will be able to find background information and links to view and download the datasets.

Open datasets published by the council may be found on our open data portal.

Open Source

We use free and open source software to create, manage and deliver geographical datasets.  We support and use PostgreSQL  - an open source object relational database system - together with PostGIS and pgRouting. In addition, We support the QGIS project through the UK QGIS user group and the organisation and running of the Scottish regional group.  By using open source software we can build more flexible, better quality data management processes and deliver results with greater reliability and at lower costs.