Who can apply for the PSL?

We have worked with BIS and Scottish Government to define the eligibility criteria. Public sector organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply to benefit from the PSL Use TermsIf 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.

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
    • Tribunals

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)