The council is the data controller for purposes of the Data Protection Act (2018) and EU General Data Protection Regulation as of May 2018, and is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Brighton & Hove City Council are committed to protecting your personal information. As a data controller we have a responsibility to make sure you know why and how your personal information is being collected, in accordance with relevant data protection law.

Purposes and lawful basis of processing

We are collecting your data for the purpose of responding to your animal related complaint or query. If necessary, your information may be used to support any investigations, and may result in being used in legal action. Contact details may also be used for communication purposes in relation to the matter.

Our lawful basis for processing personal data is either due to a legal obligation, or for performance of a task carried out in the public interest, or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Council, specifically working within one of the following acts:

  • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Dangerous and Wild Animal Act 1972
  • The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018
  • Zoo Licensing Act 1981
  • Dogs Act 1871

Sometimes it is necessary to process special category data, and our lawful basis for doing so is Substantial Public Interest, specifically working within the Data Protection Act (2018), Schedule 1, Part 2, Paragraph 6 ‘Statutory etc. and government purposes’.

Who we will share your data with

Your data may be shared internally with Housing, Adult Social Care, City Clean, City Parks, Planning and Legal Services. We may also share your information externally with the Police, the National Health Service and the courts. Data may be shared with our contractor when dealing with stray dogs outside of normal office hours.

How long we will hold your data (retention)

We will hold your data for six years from close of case.

Transferring data outside the European Economic Area

Your information is not processed outside of the European Economic Area.

Your information rights

Under GDPR you have certain rights concerning your information. For further information on your rights visit our website.

Further information

If you would like to discuss this further please phone our Information Governance Team on 01273 295959 or send an email to

The council also has a Data Protection Officer, who can be contacted via the Council website data protection officer page.

You can also contact the ICO for further information or to make a complaint:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Phone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (national rate).

You can also send an email or report a concern on the ICO website.