ICO, (Information Commissioner’s Office)

The Information Commissioner’s Office is a non-departmental public body which reports directly to the Parliament of the United Kingdom and is sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

  1. Thinking of installing CCTV, click here 1st
  2. Further information: www.ico.org.uk
  3. Not sure if you need to pay a fee to the ICO?


To download and print your 1st ICO package click here, alternatively use the following sections (None-Recurring or Recurring) to re-print any extra forms required.

It’s a requirement that where CCTV systems fall under the ICO legislation, anyone who is likely to be captured on camera can identify who is operating the scheme, if not obvious.

What is a CCTV System?

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) can have several configurations. It is generally accepted that a ‘CCTV System’ would encompass interconnected cameras, viewing equipment (monitors), a recording device and more commonly now a network connection to allow monitoring from a remote site.

What is a Scheme?

A scheme refers to a CCTV system that is run on one particular site. For example, this may be a single CCTV camera covering the entrance to a shop or a 32 camera system that covers a multi-storey car-park.

Sinage FAQ’s

Q: Do I need signage for a business with CCTV installed?

The simple answer is yes. Although there are exceptions, primarily private households and some organisations, there is a duty by all scheme operators to respect an individual’s privacy and basic human rights. This means ensuring that if individuals are likely to be captured on a CCTV system that they must to be informed of such using appropriate signage.

Q: Do I need signage for my home with CCTV installed?

No, private households are not bound by the Data Protection Act 1998, unless you are capturing footage of individuals outside your property.

If your camera/s covers, even partially, any areas beyond the boundaries of your property, such as neighbouring gardens or the street, then it will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act (DPA) under the domestic purposes exemption. This does not mean that you are breaching the DPA but it does mean that you are subject to it, so you will have to sign it.

Q: How many signs do I need?

There is no specific legislation, which dictates how many signs are required but operators need to remember that they have a duty to inform others of the existence of a CCTV scheme. For example every access point to an area that is covered by CCTV should be signposted.