Privacy Policy


Privacy policy

This privacy policy tells you what to expect when Arun District Council collects personal information.  It is important that you read this privacy policy together with any other privacy notice we may give you when we are collecting or processing personal information about you.  In doing so you can be fully aware of how and why we are using your personal information.


How we look after your personal information
What information we collect and how we use it
Who we share your information with
National Fraud Initiative
Your Rights
Visitors to Arun District Council’s website
Using Social Media
Using our contact centre
Departmental Privacy Notices


How we look after your personal information

The Council tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information in accordance with data protection law.  We have put measures in place to prevent your personal data from being lost, destroyed, used or accessed in an unauthorised way or from being disclosed inappropriately..  We also limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a need to know in order for our services to be provided.

We have procedures to deal with any suspected breach of data protection law and will notify you and the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) of a breach where we are required to do so.

The Council does not capture and store any personal information about individuals who access this web site, except where you voluntarily choose to give us your personal details via online forms, email, or by enquiring about any of our services. In the latter case, the personal information you give us will be used exclusively for providing you with the service you have requested.

Arun District Council is registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (Ref: Z5626915).

For further information contact Arun’s Data Protection Officer:


What information we collect and how we use it

Arun District Council will collect information about you in order to provide you with its services.  We will keep this information for as long as it is needed for the service you have requested and destroy it when that purpose has been met.

We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to.  Most commonly, this will be in the following circumstances:

  • a legal obligation – to comply with the law
  • a public task – to perform a task in the public interest or for an official function
  • a contract – that we have entered into with you
  • vital interests – to protect someone’s life
  • legitimate interests – to protect the interests of Arun District Council or someone else
  • consent – because you have specifically agreed to our use of your personal information and we have no other legal basis for processing it.


Who we share your information with

Your personal information may be shared with internal departments of Arun District Council or external organisations and agencies involved in delivering services on our behalf.  Where we have these arrangements, there is a contract or information sharing agreement in place to ensure that the Council complies with data protection law.

For legal reasons we may have to share personal information with organisations or individuals outside of the Council if that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

  • meet any applicable law, regulation, court order, legal process or enforceable governmental request, or
  • for the detection and prevention of crime/fraudulent activity, or
  • if there are serious risks to the public, our staff or to other professionals, or
  • to protect a child or to protect adults who are thought to be at risk

We do not pass any personal data to third parties for marketing, sales or any other commercial purposes without your prior explicit consent.


National Fraud Initiative

The National Fraud Initiative is an exercise that takes place every two years to match electronic data within and between public sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud.  It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned.

Arun District Council has a legal obligation to take part in the exercise, which also includes police authorities, local probation boards, fire and rescue authorities and other local councils.

You can find out more from


Your rights

Under data protection law, you have rights as an individual which you can exercise in relation to the information we hold about you. You can read more about these rights here:

Access to personal information

The Council tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information about them by making a 'subject access request' under data protection law. See:


Visitors to Arun District Council’s website

Use of Cookies and other Tracking Technologies

Please read our Cookie Policy for more information.


Using Social Media

We use a range of social media services to publicise Council news, stories, offers and events and to receive comments and feedback from residents including through direct messages, which are private, and through posts which are public to other social media users.

The information you provide via social media is subject to the social media service providers' privacy notices and policies. Any information you post on the Council's social media platforms is also subject to the council's social media policy.


Using our contact centre

When you telephone the Council, including when you call the Council's Contact Centre, your call may be recorded. The reasons for this include to help with staff training, to maintain records of conversations, to help with the detection, investigation and prevention of crime. Internal and external calls from Contact Centre staff are recorded. We will tell you if your call is being recorded.

During a call where an advisor seeks advice from the back office whilst the customer is on the line, that interaction would also be recorded. This will provide a fuller picture of the call including the advice given in the event there was a query or complaint at a later stage. Any call (internal and external) made from an Arun Direct extension with call recording attached to that particular extension would also be recorded.

Please note that during calls where you give your credit/debit card details, the call recording is stopped automatically as soon as the screen reaches the point where card details are requested.

Recordings are retained in line with the requirements of each of the Council's service areas.

To make a request for a call recording, you will need to make a Subject Access Request. Please follow the guidance offered on our Data Protection page.


Departmental Privacy Notices

Planning Applications

Privacy Notice Comments on planning applications
Privacy Notice Pre application advice
Privacy Notice Planning application
Privacy Notice Preliminary Enquiries
Privacy Notice Tree Preservation Orders

Planning Policy

Privacy Notice Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment and Brownfield Land Register and Self Build
Privacy Notice Planning Policy Consultations
Privacy Notice Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Planning Compliance

Privacy Notice Compliance

Building Control

Privacy Notice Building Control


Privacy Notice Fraud
Privacy Notice Arrears
Privacy Notice Homelessness and Housing Options
Privacy Notice Housing Register
Privacy Notice Planned Maintenance
Privacy Notice Leaseholders
Privacy Notice Repairs
Privacy Notice Neighbourhood Services
Privacy Notice data provided to the Ministry of Housing.docx [docx] 24KB 
Privacy notice from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for Social Housing tenants.pdf [pdf] 188KB 
Privacy Notice – Community Land Trust Expression Interest

Council Tax and Benefits

Privacy Notice Council Tax
Privacy Notice Housing Benefits


Electoral Services Privacy Notice

Committee Services

Privacy Notice Public Question Time
Privacy Notice Arun District Councillors

Land Charges

Privacy Notice Assets of Community Value


Privacy Statement Licensing
Privacy Notice dog warden service


Privacy Notice Arun Lifeline Privacy Notice

Information Management

Privacy Notice Subject Access Requests
Privacy Notice Road Closure Orders


Privacy Notice events -what's on events
Privacy Notice events e forms
Privacy Notice- Key allocation form

Street Naming & Numbering

Privacy Notice Street Naming Numbering


Privacy Notice Civil Parking Enforcement (WSCC)

Parks & Outdoor Spaces

Privacy Notice Cemeteries

Private Sector Housing & Pest Control

Privacy Notice Private Sector Housing & Public Health Team Service Requests
Privacy Notice Disabled Facility Grant
Privacy Notice Houses in Multiple Occupation License
Privacy Notice Safe and Warm Homes Grant
Privacy Notice Customer Feedback

Environmental Health

Privacy Notice Environmental Health

Community Safety

Privacy Notice Community Safety

Property and Estates

Privacy Notice Property and Estates


Privacy Notice Housing Benefits
Privacy Notice Discretionary Business Support Grants

Human Resources

Privacy Notice for employees.doc [doc] 258KB
Privacy Notice for job applicants.pdf [pdf] 110KB