Foursquare has long partnered with the developer community, providing access to our API since 2009. In order for us to continue to serve more than 125,0000 developers and companies, we ask that you help us maintain our platform, and follow the rules listed below.

Please note: We reserve the right to terminate access to the Places API if you violate these rules or any of the terms listed in our Platform Policy, Data Licence Agreement, and Privacy Policy.

Data Retention

We understand that caching Foursquare may increase the speed of your application; however, we ask that you abide by the following rules around retaining Foursquare data:

  • You may cache the Foursquare VenueId
  • All other Foursquare data may be kept for a maximum of 24 hours without being refreshed
  • The data of users who haven’t authed your app may only be stored for up to three hours

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Commercial Use

We define commercial apps as apps that:

  • Are paid or freemium (including in-app purchases)
  • Require a paid subscription or have in-app ads
  • Are not publicly accessible and available to all users

If any of the above statements are true for your app, you must have a commercial license, which comes with a Start-Up or Enterprise Tier Account.

Sandbox and Personal Tier Accounts may not be used for commercial purposes.


If your application accesses Foursquare user data, we ask that you provide a privacy policy. Please be explicit in your privacy policy on how you use, store, and disclose user information.

For instance, if your app will display your users’ current location or contact information on a public page, they should know this before they authenticate and agree to use your app.

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If your application uses our platform, you must attribute Foursquare as the source of your data through either general attribution (ie. buttons, our developer logo, etc.) or contextual attribution (ie. woven into copy, etc.).

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Additional Notes

Credit Card Validation

If you decide to verify your Foursquare Developer account, you will need to provide us with a major credit card, which we will only use to validate that it is a legitimate credit card. We use a third-party processor to validate your card. Foursquare does not view, process or store your credit card information.

Rate Limits

Usage of the API is subject to an a) hourly rate limit and a b) daily call quota, whichever occurs first.

The hourly rate limits are based on a moving window that tracks the number of requests you send per hour. The default hourly limit is 500 requests per hour per set of endpoints per authenticated user. We also allow 5,000 requests per hour to the venues/* endpoints when making userless requests.

The call quota is the maximum number of API calls that can be made in a 24 hour period resetting each day at midnight UTC. Sandbox Tier Accounts can make 950 Regular API Calls and 50 Premium API Calls per day. This quota can be increased to 99,500 Regular API Calls and 500 Premium API Calls per day by verifying a credit card and upgrading to a Personal Tier Account.

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See Also

Platform Policy

Privacy Policy

Data Licence Agreement

Data Processing Agreement (“DPA”)

Trademark Guidelines