Re-Use of Public Sector Information    

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 are designed to allow re-use of public sector information for commercial purposes.

They provide a statutory framework through which you can apply for a licence to re-use public sector information. "Re-use" means that the information is used for a purpose other than that for which it was originally produced.

The Regulations do not require the Council to permit re-use of its documents. However, where it does permit a re-use to one party it must consider requests from others in a fair and transparent manner.

The Regulations impose the following main obligations upon a public sector body:

  1. To publish a list of its documents which are available for re-use.  This list is referred to as an Information Asset Register.   
  2. To provide a clear statement of the arrangements for re-use of its information
  3. To clearly explain any applicable charges for re-use and any licence terms and conditions
  4. To process applications for re-use in a timely, open and transparent manner and through fair, consistent and non-discriminatory processes
  5. To establish a quick and easily accessible complaints system.

Here is our policy on the Commercial Re-Use of Information.

You can also find further guidance about the Regulations here on the website of the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI).