Is data provided under the OCS

Hi, could you confirm if the data made available over the API may be used under the terms of the Open Government Licence?

Many thanks

Companies House collects data and makes it publicly available under the Companies Act 2006, as the registrar has a legal obligation to make information available. With the exception of a small category of material which is exempt from statutory disclosure requirements, Companies House is required by law to make the information comprised in documents sent to us, available for public inspection. Information on the public register is made available by virtue of approvals issued by us in accordance with section 47 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and Schedule 1 of the Database Regulations (SI 1997/3032). This means that the database right of the Registrar is not infringed by the extraction or utilisation of the contents of the database (the register). Companies House imposes no rules or requirements on how the information on the public register is used.

Companies House is not responsible for your use of the company data. You are responsible for complying with any applicable data protection, copyright and other legislation and regulations. We would advise you, as we do all our customers, to satisfy yourself that you have met all the necessary legal requirements before you publish any information.

You may wish to read the attached linked document which appears on our website and provides more background information.

Hope that’s helpful,


Robert McNeil
Service Owner for Get Company Information
Companies House

Thank you - that is very helpful.