Re-Use of Public Sector Information

Guidance on the re-use of public sector information for purposes other than personal use.

An application may be made to re-use information held by the Council.  'Re-use' means using the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the document was originally produced.  This could include a commercial purpose.

Request to Re-Use Information

Email all requests to

To be valid a request must:

  • be in writing
  • state your name and address
  • specify the document which you want to re-use

We must respond to your request within 20 working days. Sometimes it is necessary to extend the time limit. When this happens we will notify before the deadline, explaining why we're extending and the new deadline date. 

We will either make the requested document available for re-use, offer you the document with certain conditions or re-use or refuse the request.

Mot documents are delivered electronically to allow for re-use. 

The Council do not have to create or adapt a document in order to comply with a request for re-use. It is also not required to provide an extract from a document where it would involve disproportionate effort or produce a certain type of document just so that someone else can re-use it.

Find out more about potential charges.

Refusing Requests

Requests for re-use can be refused if:

  • the document contains information in which intellectual property rights are owned by a third party such as architectural drawings which the Council has commissioned from an architect who retains the copyright;
  • the content of the document is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000;
  • the document falls outside of the Council's statutory functions.

If your request is refused, we will inform you of the reasons, your rights to appeal and the processes you can go through.

Where refusal is based on intellectual property rights, we will tell you who owns the relevant rights, where we know the information from, or the name of the person we obtained the document from.

Freedom of Information
tel: 0115 917 7777