CCTV cameras on private dwelling houses

Wendy Wilson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Southampton City Council

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Dear Southampton City Council,

Please will you confirm the position with regard to a homeowner erecting CCTV on their private dwelling?

For example:-

(1) Are all erections of CCTV cameras on private dwellings considered under Schedule 2, Part 2, Class F of the * Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order and therefore subject to the 10 metre rule?

(2) Is there ever a situation when CCTV erected on a private dwelling would be subject to Schedule 2, Part 1, Class A (of the same * 2015 Order mentioned above) instead of Schedule 2, Part 2, Class F?

(3) Is it ever the case whereby a CCTV camera erected on a private dwelling would not be subject of Schedule 2, Part 2, Class F if it were not a particular size? When I mean is, is there a rule stating that a CCTV Camera (or cameras) must be of a certain size (and not smaller) for them to be considered under Schedule 2, Part 2, Class F of the * 2015 Order mentioned in paragraph (1) above?

Thanking you in anticipation of your kind replies.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs W Wilson

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Dear Mrs Wilson,

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

I am sorry to inform you that this request does not fall within the scope
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as it does not request specific
and/or recorded information.

 

In the interest of assisting you with your line of enquiry, we will pass
this on to the Council’s Planning department who should be able to offer
guidance and assistance with these enquiries.

 

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Fanning, John, Southampton City Council

Dear Ms Wilson,

 

1)    Typically speaking, yes I would expect CCTV on domestic dwellings to
either fall within the remit of Class F in Part 2 or to require planning
permission.

2)    There may be cases where security camera equipment may not fall
within Class F of Part 2. As an example, it is likely that a buzzer with a
video feed to access a secure block of flats would be considered ‘de
minimis’ (which is to say, sufficiently minor in scale that the local
planning authority do not consider that permission is needed) and as such
would not trigger the various conditions and requirements under Class F.
Such issues would require an individual assessment on a case by case basis
to clarify the Local Planning Authorities stance.

3)    There is no minimum size outlined in the regulations (a maximum size
of 0.75mx0.25mx0.25m is outlined in criteria F.1(b) however). As above, if
there is any uncertainty on a specific case then the LPA would need to
make a specific assessment based on the individual circumstances.

 

It is not clear from your email below if you are considering the
installation of CCTV or are concerned about a potential breach of the
regulations.

 

If you are concerned about a breach then I am happy to refer the case to
our enforcement team – to do so I would need your address, the address of
the site you are concerned about and the specific details to enable our
enforcement team to investigate in more detail.

 

If you would like clarity on if a specific proposal would be permitted
development then you may wish to consider a formal lawful development
certificate application (you provide the details of what you are proposing
to do and the council will then issue a formal legal certificate advising
if we consider the proposal to be permitted development). In this case the
fee for submitting a lawful development certificate would be £195 if the
structure is existing or £97.50 if it is a proposed structure.
Alternatively we also offer a somewhat more informal pre-application
service with a fee of £42 where a planning officer will give you a written
assessment advising if they believe the works to require permission.

 

There are some issues relating to the installation of CCTV which fall
outside the remit of the planning process. You can some more guidance from
central government here:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Regards,

 

Johnathan Fanning

Planning Officer

Southampton City Council

 

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