The PSMA stands for the 'Public Sector Mapping Agreement'. It licences all public bodies to legally use Ordnance Survey maps and address databases for their work.
This includes bodies such as District, Borough and County Councils, the Police, the NHS, and, of course Town and Parish Councils. It was established by Central Government and is funded centrally, removing the need for each public body to pay for the mapping seperately. This means it is 'free at the point of use'.
As a result you will need a PSMA Licence Number if your Town, Community or Parish Council wishes to use Parish Online as it contains the Ordnance Survey Maps and Address Databases provided through the PSMA.
Registering for the PSMA
Registering is easy, simply fill in the form using this link and select the 'I am applying to join the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) and agree to the terms & conditions for both the PSMA and Royal Mail's PSL Use Terms' option in the Application Type Section.
After registering you will be assigned a PSMA license number which will look similar to this: 100012345.
Signing Up with Parish Online
Once you have your licence number you can then sign up to Parish Online and enter the number when prompted in the sign up form.
You will not be able to sign up to Parish Online without a valid PSMA number.
Existing Parish Online Users
It's important to check that your PSMA number is valid within your Parish Online account, especially if you have adopted your account from a previous Clerk. To check:
- Log into Parish Online
- Switch on an OS Maps map layer
- Take a note of the number in the bottom right of the screen
- Check this number against your records
- If it's not right, raise a support ticket and we'll help you fix it.
Here's an example of the text you're looking for. See the number starting '1000' after 'All Rights Reserved.
If your number is something like 9999999999 or 1234567890 or 000000000000 then you know you've got a problem and should get in touch.