Who can use this data?

Using our information

The information we publish on our 'open data' web pages is governed by the Open Government Licence. This has been developed to enable bodies like Coventry City Council ("The Council") to license the use and re-use of their Information by the public under a common open licence. There is also a Code of Conduct which we encourage people to follow.

A few useful definitions

The terms you will see below have the following meanings:


This means information protected by copyright or by database right (for example, literary and artistic works, content, data and source code) offered for use by the Council under the terms of this licence.

'Commercial exploitation'

This could mean for example, combining it with other information, or by including it in your own publication or IT application.

'The Council'

That would be us. We are the organisation providing the information under this licence.


This means any other information provider which has the authority to offer information under the terms of this licence.

This could include for example the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office, who has the authority to offer information subject to Crown copyright.


This means doing any act which is restricted by copyright.


This means the person, or organisation that acquires rights under this licence.

What does this all mean?

This means you are encouraged to use and re-use the information that is available under this licence both freely and flexibly. We do recommend that you use our information in a way that means you can update it easily. For example, you could use the same column headings in your own application, as this will enable you to use our up-to-date data and information when it is made available. We also appreciate you telling us if you think anything we have published is incorrect.  Please point out any inconsistencies you find in the information. Please also make suggestions about how we could improve what we offer. We cannot guarantee that we will start producing new data sets, but please do suggest any new information sources that could be added and we will certainly have a look.

There are also a few conditions for use, which put simply mean that by using our information (the 'Information') you accept the terms and conditions below.

Terms and Conditions and guidance for use

Our full terms and conditions are contained in the Open Government Licence and the Code of Conduct, but in general Coventry City Council ("The Council") grants you a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use the Information subject to the conditions below.

Things you are free to do:

  • Copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Information
  • Adapt the information
  • Exploit the information commercially.

Things you must do, where you do any of the above:

  • Acknowledge the Council as the source of the information by including the attribution "Coventry City Council" and where possible, provide a link to this and the Open Government licence.
  • If you are using information from several providers, you may consider using the following wording:
    "Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0"

Things you must not do:

  • Breach the Data Protection Act 2018 or the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.
  • Use the Information in a way that pretends to be an official Council service; and 
  • Suggest that the Council officially endorses you or your use of the Information
  • Use  the Information in a misleading or incorrect manner; or to
  • Misrepresent the Council or change the Information to do so;
  • Use the Information or to support a criminal or illicit activity;
  • Use the Information to inflame or make comments that are racist, sexist or homophobic, or which promote or incite violence or illegal activity.

These are important conditions and if you fail to comply, the rights granted to you, or any similar rights granted by the licensor, will end automatically.


This licence does not cover the use of:

  • Information that has not been released or published under the Freedom of Information Act, or with the consent of the Council.
  • Any logos or crests except where they form an integral part of a document or dataset.
  • Third party rights the Council cannot license. This would mean information owned by other people, including patents, trademarks, and design rights; and
  • Official identity documents, such as the British passport for example.

No warranty

The information is licensed 'as is'.

This means the Council is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information and shall not be liable for any loss, injury or damage of any kind caused by its use.

The Council also does not guarantee a continued supply of information. It may choose to stop producing it and may remove it from the Open Data pages.

Governing Law

Licences are governed by the laws of the United Kingdom, where the Council has its place of business, unless otherwise specified by the Council.

Information Governance

Address: PO Box 15
Council House
Earl Street

Telephone: 024 7697 5408