Delegations of Authority

Delegations of Authority are granted by The National Archives to enable government departments or agencies to license the re-use of Crown copyright material they produce outside the terms of the Open Government Licence. Delegations of Authority are only granted if there is a valid business case and following an assessment of suitability by the Information Policy (IP) team.

How to apply for a Delegation of Authority

  • Initial submissions should be drafted in accordance with the delegation checklist and sent to the IP team at:
  • Applications will be reviewed by the IP team to ensure the material cannot be re-used under the OGL, and to measure suitability against the appropriate criteria
  • If there is a valid case for a Delegation, a formal submission will be prepared for the review and approval
  • If approved, formal Delegation documentation will be drawn up by The National Archives

Workflow diagram of application process (PDF, 0.19 MB)

The Controller of HMSO has granted a unique and specific delegation to all Crown bodies, government departments and agencies, to enable them to license the re-use of government departmental logos, identifiers and marks.