If you want a custom Google Map on your website today, you’ll have to register for a Google Map API key. Once a free and relatively simple process, Google is now making efforts to monetize.

Each Google account has a limited number of APIs you can register, and each Google Map API has a limited number of calls it can make. If you exceed the limit, Google will ask for your billing info.

Google Map Limitations

Every unique Google developer account right now gets up to $200/mo worth of “free” credit to use towards a limited number of API calls. In other words, you can use Google Maps JS API to load a custom Google Map ~28,000 per month. Ie. More than enough times for most businesses. Only loads which exceed this amount will be directly billed by Google.

Anna Gondzik

Web Developer. Digital Enterprise Management, HBA - University of Toronto