Access to Information

Re-Use of Public Sector Information (RPSI)

What are the RPSI Regulations?

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulation 2015 (RPSI) requires Hartlepool Borough Council to make information   that is accessible and produced as part of our public task available for re-use unless restricted or excluded.  'Public task' means our core responsibilities and functions.

In general, any information that is accessible, either because it has been published or because it has been released under Freedom of Information legislation or other access legislation will be made available for re-use.

Any information we supply to you under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should be for your personal use.  We retain copyright to all information we disclose.

Do I need to make a request for re-use?

You do not need to ask permission to re-use any accessible information for which Hartlepool Borough Council holds the copyright, but you must agree and comply with the terms of the Open Government Licence (OGL).

This includes content published on the Hartlepool Borough Council website (not including logos), unless otherwise stated.  Further guidance about copyright can be found below in the Copyright section.

It would be helpful if you could tell us if you plan to re-use or publish the information we give you when you first make a request, and your reason for requesting the information.

This will help us make sure you get exactly what you want, and will also help us consider what needs to be done regarding any permission you may need to obtain.

Where information is not released under the OGL, you will need to request permission for re-use under the RPSI regulations.

Making a request for re-use

If you wish to submit a request to re-use information you should write to us at  Please include:-

- Your name and address

- What information you would like to re-use

- The purpose you intend to use the information for

When we receive your request, we will deal with it within 20 working days, unless your request is complicated.

Our response will tell you about any conditions for re-use, and if you will be charged a fee to re-use the information.  In most cases information will be available to re-use free of charge.  If the information is available electronically and you are happy to receive it by email there will be no charge.  There may be a charge if you require paper copies of documents.

What if I'm not happy with the Council's decision?

If you have made a request and are unhappy with our decision, you can write to us at    Your request will be examined again by a senior officer who has had no part in dealing with your initial request.  This will be done within 20 working days of your initial response.

If, following the review you are still not satisfied, you can make an appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and request that they review the decision.  Contact details can be found on the Information Commissioner's Website.


Unless otherwise stated, the design and layout of this website and any material published (including text, graphics, logos, images and attached documents) is the property of Hartlepool Borough Council.

We authorise users to view and download material from this site only for your personal, non-commercial use.  You must keep the Copyright or other notices contained in the original material on anything that you download.

All photographic images, icons, artworks and other graphical images within the  domain are © Copyright 2006 Hartlepool Borough Council unless otherwise explicitly stated under section 17 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.  Copyright in all photographs, logotypes, coat of arms and all other promotional logos displayed in this site is owned by Hartlepool Borough Council and/or the photographer and so photographs may not be used unless a licence is obtained from Hartlepool Borough Council.

Unauthorised use of these by others is prohibited.  Any unauthorised publication, copying, hiring, lending or reproduction is strictly prohibited and constitutes a breach of copyright.