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Copyright - reusing public sector information

If you wish to reproduce or re-use information we publish, you may have to apply for a licence.

Some information is available free-of-charge for certain uses.

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Reproducing and re-using our information

You can reproduce or re-use brief extracts of up to 500 words of our information published on this website or in other council publications without our permission if you are using the information for:
  • non-commercial research
  • private study
  • criticism
  • review
  • news reporting
and if you acknowledge Newham Council as the copyright owner.
Your right to reproduce information under these conditions is set out under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Licence to reproduce or re-use information

You will need to apply for a licence under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005, if you wish to re-use or reproduce:
  • our published information for commercial gain and/or
  • more than 500 words for our information.
The licence will last for five years.

Included information

Most of the information we hold is included under these regulations.
The types of information you can apply to reproduce or re-use includes:
  • environmental information
  • geographical information
  • tourist information
  • statistics
  • census data
  • all significant documents listed in our Publication Scheme.

Excluded information

The types of information which we do not license for re-use includes:
  • information and/or documents held by schools and colleges
  • information and/or documents held by museums and libraries and other cultural institutions in Newham
  • information which is exempt under the Freedom of Information Act or Environmental Information Regulations
  • documents that are not directly related to our core responsibilities such as documents of a commercial nature
  • information for which the copyright or intellectual property rights are owned by someone else.

Apply to re-use Newham Council’s information

You can apply to re-use our information by contacting the Information Governance team at:
Information Governance
Newham Dockside
4th Floor West
1000 Dockside Road
E16 2QU

You must include:
  • your name and return address
  • the document you wish to reuse
  • the purpose for which you want to use it.
Once we have received your request, we have 20 working days to respond.

We will:
  • tell you of any fees you may incur
  • issue you with a licence, valid for five years, which will set out the conditions for re-use
  • arrange access to the requested information.
Should we refuse you re-use of any documents we will write to you to tell you the reasons for our decision. If we are refusing your request because someone else owns the copyright or intellectual property rights to a document, we will tell you who that person or organisation is.


We may charge you for re-use of any material that is not already published.

We charge for the staff time in making the information available to you.

The rates are:
  • £15 per hour for non-supervisory staff
  • £20 per hour for supervisory staff
  • £30 per hour for senior staff.
We charge for photocopying and printing at the following rates:
  • black and white A4 at £0.10 per sheet
  • black and white A3 at £0.70 per sheet
  • colour A4 at £0.70 per sheet
  • colour A3 at £1.40 per sheet.


If you are unhappy with how we have managed your request you should contact the Information Governance team at:
Information Governance
Newham Dockside
4th Floor West
1000 Dockside Road
E16 2QU
If you are not satisfied with the response from the Information Governance team, you can complain to the council using our complaints procedure.
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