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Places API Policies

This section lists requirements that are specific to all applications developed with the Places API for Web, including the Place Autocomplete service that is part of that API. More general information for Google Maps developers may be found in the Google Maps Platform APIs Terms of Service.

Logo Requirements

If your application displays Places API for Web data on a map, that map must be provided by Google.

If your application displays Places API for Web data on a page or view that does not also display a Google Map, you must show a "Powered by Google" logo with that data. For example, if your application displays a list of places on one tab, and a Google Map with those places on another tab, the first tab must show the "Powered by Google" logo.

For use on a white background For use on any non-white background

The following ZIP file contains the "Powered by Google" logo in the correct sizes for desktop, Android and iOS applications. You may not resize or modify these logos in any way.

Download: powered-by-google.zip

Attribution Requirements

Places API for Web responses may include Listings provider attributions in HTML format that must be displayed to the user as provided. Any links included in the HTML must be preserved. We recommend placing this information below any search results or Place Details information.

Usage Limits

The Places API for Web and Place Autocomplete share a usage quota as described in the Usage Limits documentation. These usage limits also apply when using the Places Library, Maps JavaScript API. The daily usage is calculated as the sum of client-side and server-side queries combined.

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy Requirements

If you develop a Places API for Web application, you must make available a Terms of Use and a Privacy Policy with your application which meets the guidelines outlined in Section 9.3 of the Google Maps Platform APIs Terms of Service:

  • Your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy must be publicly available.
  • You must explicitly state in your applications Terms of Use that by using your application, users are bound by Google’s Terms of Service.
  • You must notify users in your Privacy Policy that you are using the Google Maps API(s) and incorporate by reference the Google Privacy Policy.

The recommended place to make available your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy will depend upon your applications platform. See below for details:

Mobile Applications

If developing a mobile application it is recommended that you provide a link to your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy on your applications download page in the relevant application store and in an application settings menu.

Web Applications

If developing a web application it is recommended that you provide a link to your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy in the footer of your website.

Pre-Fetching, Caching, or Storage of Content

Applications using the Places API for Web are bound by the the Google Maps Platform APIs Terms of Service. Section 10.5.d of the terms states that you must not pre-fetch, cache, index, or store any Content except under the limited conditions stated in the terms.

Note that the place ID, used to uniquely identify a place, is exempt from the caching restriction. You can therefore store place ID values indefinitely. The place ID is returned in the place_id field in Places API for Web responses.

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