Application for Access to CCTV Footage


Please read before completing application

Before completing this application form, please refer to the guidance on this page and the information provided on the Peterborough City Council CCTV information page (www.peterborough.gov.uk/cctv). 

Please be advised of the following: 

You have the right to request CCTV footage of yourself under Article 15 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You have a right to be provided with images of yourself, if we hold them, but not of any third parties. 

There is no charge for processing a subject access request application. However, where the request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, we may charge a reasonable fee for the administrative costs of complying with your request. If a fee is applicable you will be advised accordingly. 

CCTV footage is held by the council for a period of 30 days only. Any footage requested beyond this time limit will not be available. 

Please be aware that Peterborough City may refuse to provide footage to you whereby doing so would be likely to prejudice: 

  • Prevention and detection of crime 
  • Apprehension and prosecution of offenders 

If no data is held with regard to your request, or the data falls into a category exempted from disclosure, you will be notified in writing of this. 

The council must normally respond to your request within one month unless the request is complex for example, then we are able to extend the time for a response by a further two months. If this is the case then we will inform you of this. 

Please note: the period does not start until the council is satisfied about your identity and has enough details to locate the information you are seeking.
Please ensure you complete ALL sections of the application form, as incomplete forms may cause a delay with your application. 

Section 1: Asks you to give information about yourself that will help the Council to confirm your identity. The Council has a duty to ensure that information it holds is secure and it must be satisfied that you are who you say you are and that you are entitled to have the requested information. 

Section 2: Asks you to provide photographic evidence of your identity. This can be in the form in the form of a current passport, driving licence, student card or similar. This is required so that we can identify you in any footage. If you are unable to provide photographic evidence, please contact the Access to Records Officer by telephone on 01733 864668 or email foi@peterborough.gov.uk. 

Section 3: Asks you to provide details of the precise location, date and time of the footage you wish to be viewed, together with a description of what you were wearing. We will use your photographic evidence to assist us in identifying you during the search of the CCTV footage. 

Section 4: The declaration must be confirmed by you.

Section 1: Applicant details








Please complete this section if you are authorised to act on behalf of the applicant:

I have been authorised to act on behalf of the applicant named above. I declare that I will not disclose the information I receive other than to the person I am acting on behalf of; unless they give me their express permission:






Declaration: I, as the named applicant below, authorise the named agent below, to seek access to my personal information held by Peterborough City Council. 



Section 2: Proof of identity

Please provide photographic evidence of your identity; this could be in the form of a current passport, driving licence, student card or similar. This is required so that we can identify you in any footage. 

If you are unable to provide photographic evidence, please contact the Access to Records Officer:

Sadaf Abdullah
Legal & Governance
Sand Martin House
Bittern Way
Fletton Quays
Peterborough
PE2 8TY

or by telephone on 01733 864668 or email foi@peterborough.gov.uk. We are unable to process your application without proof of your identity.


Section 3: Search information

Assistance for completing below fields

Precise Location


In order to assist a search for footage, the precise location should be provided. It is not sufficient to simply state ‘High Street Peterborough’.


A location could be as below:


  • High Street Peterborough, at its junction with Station Road
  • High Street Peterborough, 20 yards North / Lincoln Side of its junction with Station Road.
  • These locations could be supplemented with a secondary location i.e. outside Smiths Fish and Chip shop. This should be a secondary location and not a primary location.
  • In the case of a dual carriageway, which carriageway was being used, ie Lincoln Bound carriageway.


Description of Incident


Remember to include make, model, colour and registration numbers of all vehicles involved. The more information you are able to provide, will assist in securing footage if available.


For example:


It is alleged that Red Ford Escort index ABC123 turned right from High Street into Station Rd across path of White Datsun Sunny index XYZ456 and a collision occurred.



Description of person/s relevant to the application


Details should include:


  • Gender
  • Hair – state whether short, long, colour, bald, shaven head
  • Clothing – for example: coat, jumper, shirt, blouse, t- shirt, hoodie, hat. Remember to include colour of clothing and any distinctive markings such as logos
  • Further factors – state if carrying a bag, holdall, rucksack, handbag, shopping bags. Remember to include colour and any distinctive markings such as logos


(CCTV footage is held by the council for a period of 30 days only. Any footage requested beyond this time limit will not be available.)

(A period of one hour only will be checked. If no end time given then 30 mins before and 30 mins after will be checked.)

(Please provide diagrams/maps/drawings if you feel this will assist)


(what was the applicant wearing at the time of incident to assist us in locating you in any footage)

Section 4: Declaration