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Google Places API Web Service

Requesting more quota

It is important to Google that developers building great apps using the Places API have access to as much capacity as they need to be successful. However we must also ensure that aggressive use of the service by some developers does not unfairly limit access by others, and that the service is used as intended. To balance these requirements we’ve put in place a daily limit of 150 000 requests per day, and a simple review process for developers that need more.

Optimising your usage of the Places API service

If you are concerned that your application requires more than 150 000 requests per day, or you are receiving quota exceeded errors from your app, please follow these steps:

  • Make sure you are using the right service for your application.
  • Receive a complimentary quota increase by validating your identity.

Choose the right service for your application

If you are developing a web based application that only needs to search for places, and does not submit new places, you should use the Places library of the Google Maps Javascript API rather than the Places API web service. The Places library assigns a quota to each end user rather than to each key. This means that your available quota increases with your user base rather than being capped at a fixed amount.

Receive a complimentary quota increase by validating your identity

You can increase your available quota to 150 000 requests per day by validating your identity. To validate your identity you must first enable billing on your Places API project. You will be asked to enter your credit card details, but you will not be charged when you enable billing or when using the API. We ask for your credit card purely to validate your identity. Once your identity has been validated your quota will be increased to 150 000 requests per day at no charge.

Requesting additional quota

If you wish to ask for more than 150 000 requests per day, please follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that your application complies with the API Terms of Service.
  2. Help us improve our places data.
  3. Complete a form requesting additional quota.

Ensure that your application complies with the API Terms of Service

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Google Maps/Google Earth API Terms of Service and the Developer Policies, and ensure that your app complies with them. Some key requirements we will check for include:

  • Make sure your application shows the Powered by Google logo above or below Places API search and details results if they are displayed on a screen without a corresponding Google map.
  • Make sure your application shows any data provider attributions returned with search results. Note that attributions are not required in all countries so this can be easy to miss. Try searches in the U.K., Canada, or Australia for examples of countries where attribution is required.
  • Your application must be available to the general public for download, use, or purchase. If you wish to use the Places API in an app that is only offered to a limited audience (eg. an intranet application) you will need a Google Maps API for Work license.
  • Your application should trigger a call to the Places API whenever it needs to execute a place search in response to user activity. If you need offline access to places data, or to pre-cache places data, you must first obtain permission from Google.
  • Make sure you regularly refresh any places data that you cache on your server or in your app. Store a timestamp with your cached data, and update your cached copy whenever you access that copy more than 30 days since it was last updated.
  • 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 responses.
  • Make sure that any maps used by your application to show the location of places retrieved from the Places API are Google Maps
  • Make sure your application has a published Privacy Policy which:
    • describes your use and retention of privacy sensitive information such as user names and user location
    • notifies users that you are using the Google Maps API and incorporates by reference the Google privacy policy by including a link to

Help us improve our places data

A great way to ensure that we are excited about your application is to use the Places API in a manner that helps us to improve our places data. More specifically, we look for applications that allow users to add new places that they find are missing from results and that send those added places to Google via the Add Places service. This allows us to add the place to our places database so that everybody can benefit.

Complete a form requesting additional quota

Once you have completed the above steps you are ready to request more quota. To do so, fill in the Quota Uplift Form (requires a Google login).

One of our Places API support staff will contact you once we receive your review request. They may request additional information, or confirm that your request has been approved. Once approved you will see your available quota increase in the Places API Console.