Re-use of Public Sector Information

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 applies to all documents held by public sector bodies unless stated as specifically excluded:

Southampton City Council will endeavour to make information contained in the Publication Scheme available for re-use, where possible. However, decisions relating to reuse will be made on a case by-case basis.

How to reuse public sector information

If you wish to reuse the information and you are not sure if it is available for re-use then please complete our Public Sector information request form:


Before you fill in this form

You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself 5 minutes to fill in the form.

Public sector information request form

Please note, information will generally be released under an Open Government Licence, or a Non-Commercial Government Licence where appropriate.

Southampton City Council has 20 days to respond to your request, but there are limited circumstances when the timeframe for the response will be extended.

What happens next?

A letter will be sent to you detailing our decision. If re-use is allowed, the letter will also have details of any proposed fee and licence issued. You will be asked to sign the licence and return it, together with the fee.

The fee will be established on a case by case basis, but the costs in most cases will be marginal.

If you are unhappy with the decision, you can ask for an Internal Review, and the council will aim to respond within 20 working days. If you are still unhappy after the complaints procedure, you can refer your complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office.

If you use the information without a licence, you will be breaking the law and Southampton City Council may take action against you. Violation of Copyright law is a very serious matter and in doing so you could be held liable in both in both a Civil and Criminal Court.