Re-use of Council Information

This page contains information about re-using council information

Most of the information we are required to provide to you under Access to Information legislation (the Data Protection Act (the DPA), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and the INSPIRE regulations) will be subject to copyright protection. 
In most cases the copyright will be owned by East Hertfordshire District Council (“the Council”). The copyright in other information may be owned by another person or organisation.

You are free to use the information available to you for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use will require the permission of the copyright holder. This is to comply with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. 
You are required not to use personal data for direct or electronic marketing purposes (telesales, fax, email, letters) or third parties. Provision of such personal data under Access to Information legislation does not constitute consent from the individual concerned. You should be aware that selling, giving or sharing of personal data could breach the Data Protection Act. Re-use of information supplied in this way must only be carried out with prior written permission from the Council. 
For information where the copyright is owned by the Council please submit a request in writing with:

  • Your name and address for correspondence; 
  • Full details of the information you are requesting so that we can identify it;
  • Your intended purpose for the re-use of the information. 

For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission.
The Council’s published information is released under the Open Government Licence 3.0 (OGL 3.0). This explains what you can and cannot do with the data.
Some details might be removed (known as ‘redaction’). For example, personal data that could identify an individual, or information that is commercially sensitive. We do this to comply with Access to Information legislation. 

We take care to ensure that the information is accurate. However, you should make your own checks before relying on the information.

File formats

Where possible and applicable, we have made this data available in both a 'human readable 'format (such as PDF and XLS) and in an open, 'machine-readable' format that is not dependent on any specific software (such as CSV or XML). Appropriate formats are chosen for each dataset provided and are made available in the language in which we hold it.