Delegations of authority are granted from the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) to government departments, to enable them to license the re-use of Crown copyright material which they produce.

Anyone wishing to re-use information produced by a department with a delegation of authority should contact the organisation directly for advice and guidance.

Most of the organisations with a delegation of authority have their activities regulated by the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) .

There are certain non-Crown bodies which have been granted a licence from the Controller to sub-license the Crown copyright material which they hold. These bodies can be identified by an asterisk (*).

  • Organisation Date of delegation Material covered under delegation
  • Central Office of Information 24 May 2002 All
  • Companies House 4 August 2009 All
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 20 December 2005 Information, databases, logos and visual images
  • Driving Standards Agency 14 January 2002 All
  • Duchy of Lancaster 11 June 2003 Licensing and assignment of rights acquired by the Crown as Duke of Lancaster as bona vacantia
  • Fire Service College 6 April 2001 All
  • Food and Environment Research Agency 18 August 2006 Photographs and digital images
  • Forest Research Photo Library 29 October 2001 Photographs, films and all visual material
  • Government Art Collection 21 September 2001 Photographic and digital archives of the Government Art Collection
  • Government Communication Headquarters 7 February 2002 Information and databases created by GCHQ
  • Health and Safety Laboratory 26 June 2008 Software, photographs and images, film and video, survey and training material
  • Highways Agency 22 November 2007 Images from the Highways Agency CCTV traffic management cameras
  • Historic Scotland 4 December 2001 Historic Scotland's Photographic Library
  • HM Land Registry 31 May 2002 All
  • Intellectual Property Office 24 November 2009

    Reports of Patent, Design and Trade Mark Cases series of Law Reports

  • Land and Property Services, Northern Ireland 1 April 2008 All
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency 4 October 2002 All
  • Met Office 25 January 2002 All
  • Ministry of Defence (Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights) 28 June 2006 Military insignia, medals, photographs, technical material, illustrations and graphic works, film and video clips, musical recordings
  • Ministry of Defence (Defence Geospatial Intelligence) 8 April 2003 Geospatial information and intelligence and aerial photography and imagery
  • National Archives of Scotland 14 December 2006 Photographs and images created and held by the NAS Image Library. Commissioned photographs and digital images where the copyright has been assigned to the NAS on behalf of the Crown
  • National Army Museum* 29 April 2010 Photographs, video and digital recordings, posters, maps, pamphlets, recruiting material, archival literary works, regimental magazines, instruction manuals, dress regulation and orders, Army Lists
  • Office of Government Commerce 1 June 2009 Crown copyright and Crown-owned copyrights and database rights that OGC has produced or commissioned
  • Ordnance Survey 6 June 2002 All
  • Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre 13 March 2002 Information, databases, logos and visual images
  • Registers of Scotland 15 August 2001 All
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland 18 June 2001 Photos, manuscripts, documents and drawings originated by or for RCAHMS, RCAHMS databases
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales 2 October 2008 RCAHMW Collections and individual items which are Crown copyright or where the copyright has been assigned to the Crown
  • Royal Mint 31 December 2004 Photographs and coin designs
  • Transport Scotland 28 July 2008 Traffic Scotland still images of Scottish roads and traffic
  • Treasury Solicitor, Bona Vacantia Division 2 February 2000 Licensing and assignment of rights acquired by the Crown as bona vacantia
  • UK Hydrographic Office 10 October 2001 All
  • Welsh Government 19 January 2007 Photographs and images held by the Visit Wales Image Centre