Who Can Apply for a PSL?

We have worked with the Geospatial Commision and Scottish Government to define the eligibility criteria. Public sector organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply to benefit from the PSL Use Terms. If you are a public sector organisation which falls within the definition of ‘contracting authority’ in Regulation 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, then it is likely that you are eligible.

Are you one of the following?

For general guidance, it is intended that the following types of organisations will be eligible to apply for the PSL Use Terms. This list will be regularly reviewed to ensure any changes in public sector structures are taken into account.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact us.

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Central government

A body operating under the directions of an Officer of the House of Commons and reporting directly to Parliament.

A body operating under the directions of the Scottish Parliament Public corporations listed in the Cabinet Office’s ‘Public Bodies Database’

Ministerial departments

Non-ministerial departments

Executive agencies National or regional administrations

Non-departmental public bodies (executive and advisory)

Welsh Assembly Sponsored Public Bodies


Local government and emergency services

English county, city, district, borough, town, community and parish councils

English unitary (metropolitan, borough, city and district councils)

English unitary London boroughs, Greater London Authority and functional bodies (Transport for London , London Development Agency, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and Metropolitan Police Authority)

English unitary authorities

English and metropolitan police authorities

English metropolitan fire and civil defence authorities

English fire authorities and services

English National Park authorities

English town and parish councils

English Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) conservation boards Passenger transport executives

Welsh unitary authorities

Welsh police authorities

Welsh fire authorities

Welsh National Park authorities

Welsh town and community councils

Scottish Local authorities

Scottish community councils Passenger transport executives

Scottish fire service

Scottish police service

Scottish ambulance services


Any NHS trust Any NHS foundation trust

Any strategic health authority

Any primary care trust Any special health authority

Cancer Registrees

All Regional and Special Health Boards and any other NHS organisation in Scotland

Search and rescue organisations

Mountain Rescue England and Wales

British Cave Rescue Council

The Association of Lowland Search and Rescue

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Search and Rescue organisations in Scotland (such as RNLI & Mountain Rescue)