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Closed circuit television (CCTV) in Hull

CCTV is one of the tools we use to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Hull.

CCTV helps us monitor streets and public spaces and can also be used as part of wider operations by the council, the police and other organisations.

Hull City Council’s CCTV control room monitors cameras around the city, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


The use of CCTV is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has also issued a CCTV Code of Practice which can be accessed below.

Access the CCTV Code of Practice (link opens in a new window)

Storage of CCTV images

Recordings are kept for 31 days for street cameras and 7-14 days for cameras used for the security of Council buildings

Storage and retrieval of CCTV images allows analysis of evidence after an event has occurred. The Council is only permitted to store images recorded from CCTV cameras for 31 days unless the police request images for evidence in an investigation.

After 31 days, all images that have not been formally requested for evidence are destroyed.

Accessing CCTV images


Under Section seven of the Data Protection Act, individuals can access CCTV images that we hold of them by submitting a Subject Access Request.

Only images of the person requesting the information can be supplied unless all other individuals who may be identified from the CCTV images have consented to the disclosure. All other personal data which may identify any third party will be concealed or erased.

The fee to make a subject access request is £10.

Further details on how to submit a Subject Access Request can be found below.

Access information about how to submit a Subject Access Request

Section 29 requests for CCTV recordings

Organisations that have a crime prevention, law enforcement or tax collection function may require CCTV footage held by Hull City Council to prevent or detect a crime, apprehend or prosecute an offender, or for taxation/ benefit purposes.

The following organisations can submit Section 29 requests:

  • Police
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Child Support Agency
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Official Receiver
  • Solicitors or another acting on your client's behalf
  • Solicitor acting on your client behalf, but asking for another’s data
  • Other Local Authorities or Public Bodies, acting under statutory powers

The fee for providing copies of CCTV images for section 29 requests is £180 - this covers the cost of the system, staff administration, materials and VAT. We do not charge organisations to review images under supervision, nor do we charge organisations for us to review images on their behalf.

All requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information and to make a section 29 request, please access our guidance page below.

Access information about how to make a section 29 request

Section 35 requests for CCTV recordings

Where organisations require CCTV footage in connection with legal proceedings, or where disclosure of CCTV footage is required by law, a request under Section 35 of the Data Protection Act should be made.

The fee for providing copies of CCTV images for section 35 requests is £180. All requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

To make a Section 35 request for CCTV footage, please email the Information Governance Team at with details of what information you would like and why it is necessary for the purpose of legal proceedings or confirm the disclosure is required by law.

If you would like to complain about the operation of the system or you feel that we have not complied with the CCTV code of practice, please call us on 01482 300 300 or contact us via email at

Access the CCTV Code of Practice  (link opens in a new window)

For independent advice and guidance on CCTV you can contact The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Further details can be found at (link opens in a new window)

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