Licensing Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice sets out what you need to know about how Doncaster Council will use your information for the processing of Licensing notices, determination of applications, compliance monitoring and, where required, enforcement action.

The Council is committed to meeting its data protection obligations and handling your information securely.  You should make sure you read and understand this notice before submitting your information to us.

What information about you do we collect?

For the processing to which this notice relates to be carried out we use the following information:

  • personal information (such as: your name, address, telephone number, your nationality and eligibility to work in the UK)
  • special category information (such as: information about your physical health and details of any previous criminal convictions)

How do we collect information about you?

We collect your information from you directly by asking you to complete online forms and providing supporting documentation. We may also contact other agencies/government departments to carry out relevant checks where required (e.g. the police, the Home Office, the DVLA, etc.).

Information required by law

The law means that you have to give us the information we have asked for on this form. If you don’t give us this information then we will be unable to process your application or notice.

How will your information be used?

Your information will be used to maintain a record of your application or notice, i.e. to confirm your identity and assess your eligibility to hold a licence or permit, for one of the types of licences detailed on the Licensing A-Z page of the Council’s website.

The Legal Basis for using your information

Doncaster Council Licensing team uses your information for the determination of applications and/or the handling of notices for various licenses, permits and registrations because to do so is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, or in the exercise of official authority – in the case of Licensing, there is various legislation that covers these activities, such as the Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005.

Who will your information be shared with?

We sometimes need to share your information within the Council or with other organisations. We will only share your information when necessary and when the law allows us to, and we will only share the minimum information we need to. For licensing matters we may need to share your information with:

  • The DVLA
  • Responsible Authorities under The Licensing Act 2003 and/or Gambling Act 2005, such as (depending on the nature and circumstances of your application – this list is not exhaustive):
    • South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
    • various Council departments
    • Home Office (Immigration Enforcement)
    • Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board
    • The Health and Safety Executive
    • The Police
    • National Fraud Initiative

In certain cases we may also share your information with other individuals and organisations. For example, if you make a complaint to your Councillor, or if the sharing would help with a safeguarding issue, or help prevent a crime. Sometimes, we might share your information without your knowledge.

The Council will never sell your information to anyone else.

How long will we keep your information?

We will keep your information for different periods of time, depending on what we are using it for. We only keep your information for as long as we need to, after which we will securely delete the information.

Your rights

The law gives you specific rights over your information.  These rights are:

  • to be informed of our use of information about you;
  • of access to information about you;
  • rectify information about you that is inaccurate;
  • to have your information erased (the ‘right to be forgotten’);
  • to restrict how we use information about you;
  • to move your information to a new service provider;
  • to object to how we use information about you;
  • not to have decisions made about you on the basis of automated decision making;
  • to object to direct marketing; and,
  • to complain about anything the Council does with your information (please see the ‘Complaints’ section below).

Some of the rights listed above apply only in certain situations, and some have a limited effect.  Your rights are explained further in the Subject Rights Procedure on our website, as is how to make a request under one or more of them.

You can request information about yourself by making a subject access request on this page of the Council’s website.

Automatic Processing

The Council uses automatic processing for the above services. This means that some decisions that might affect you are made by a computer. These automatic decisions are to assess your eligibility to apply for a licence or permit, or to submit a notice. 

Decisions made in this way will affect you by preventing you continuing with the process if you are not eligible, for example, a person applying to become a taxi driver who answers ‘no’ to the question ‘do you hold a current driving licence?’ would not meet the basic requirements and would not be allowed to continue with the application. You are entitled to ask for any solely automatic decisions made about you to be reconsidered by one of our staff, to express your point of view about such decisions and contest them – see the ‘Your rights’ section below.

Changes to this privacy notice

This notice is kept under regular review to make sure it is up to date and accurate.

Data Protection Officer (DPO)

The Council is required by law to have a DPO.  The DPO has a number of duties, including:

  • monitoring the Council’s compliance with data protection law;
  • providing expert advice and guidance on data protection;
  • acting as the point of contact for data subjects; and,
  • co-operating and consulting with the Information Commissioner’s Office (see ‘Complaints’ below).

 The Council’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted by email at


If you are unhappy with the way in which your information has been handled you should contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer so that we can try and put things right.

Alternatively, and if we have been unable to resolve your complaint, you can also refer the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  The ICO is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights, and they can investigate and adjudicate on any data protection related concerns you raise with them.  They can be contacted via the methods below:


Telephone:              0303 123 1113

Post:                      Information Commissioner’s Office

                              Wycliffe House

                              Water Lane



                              SK9 5AF



Last updated: 19 May 2020 09:37:31