CCTV: monitoring codes of practice

Each council service which manages and monitors CCTV must do so in line with legislation and codes of practice, including the Surveillance camera code of practice.

As a city we have also completed a privacy impact assessment:

If you’d like to request CCTV images from us please see our CCTV in public spaces page.

The service areas which manage and monitor CCTV

The nine service areas are listed below with an explanation of how and why they use CCTV, and where available a ‘self-assessment’ document also gives you more insight into how each service measures their compliance with the 12 principles of the Surveillance camera code of practice.

Some service areas have also carried out their own privacy impact assessments.

City Watch

Using 288 cameras City Watch aims to prevent, deter and detect crimes, and improve public safety. Cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days per year by fully trained council staff and police officers who work in a partnership established under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. All officers are trained to Security Industry Authority Standards.

City Watch also monitors:

  • 55 traffic cameras – from 19.00 to 07.00 Monday to Friday, and 24 hours a day on Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays.
  • 34 bus lane enforcement cameras – from 00:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 (or 18:00) to 23:59 Monday to Saturday, and 24 hours on Sunday and statutory holidays, dependent on where the camera is and how it’s operated. 

In addition, City Watch Patrol and Response officers respond to incidents and patrol the city using body worn CCTV and CCTV enabled vehicles.

You can write to: City Watch, PO Box 1070, Liverpool, L69 3RT or phone 0151 233 6482.

Cruise Liverpool

Cruise Liverpool uses CCTV to prevent, deter and detect crimes and improve public safety and reassurance.

Highways and transportation

Highways uses CCTV to monitor traffic.

City Safe

City Safe use CCTV to prevent criminal activity, protect property and help victims of crime.

Parking Services

Parking Services use CCTV to help ensure parking and bus lane laws are enforced.

Premises Management

Premises Management use CCTV to secure council buildings.


Localities use CCTV to help detect environmental offences


Regeneration uses CCTV to monitor public spaces and provide security.

St George’s Hall

St George’s Hall uses CCTV to secure buildings.