Does anyone know if you need to display a sign by law if you have CCTV at your house for it to be used in evidence by the police?

Posted 2nd May 2015
Does anyone know if you need to display a sign by law if you have CCTV at your house for it to be used in evidence by the police?

Read this on a website, but just wondered if anyone knows for sure or experience in this sort of thing?

From website
For CCTV cameras installed in domestic premises, there is also no requirement in law for CCTV signs.

Video evidence is just as admissible in court, whether you inform the subjects or not.
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Do you have to display signs if you have CCTV?

More and more homes are opting to install video surveillance in the form of smart home cameras or full-fledged CCTV systems. While this can be a great way to deter burglaries, British data protection laws have some requirements that you may need to be aware of depending on the area you’re recording. The law on CCTV signs can be a bit complicated, so we’ve made this short guide that should make it a bit easier to understand.


If you have CCTV do you need a sign?

There are certain circumstances when you need a sign showing that you’re using and CCTV and other in which this isn’t necessary. Let’s look at each case and its requirements:


  • Recording images from private property – If you are only recording footage from around your home (including your garden), then you don’t need to inform people they’re being recorded.
  • Recording public spaces – If you also capture footage from areas outside your home (e.g. other people’s gardens or a public footpath), then you are required to inform people that they’re being monitored. Even if a public area is only partially being captured, then you will need to make a sign informing people that they’re being recorded.

CCTV signs - legal requirements

If you choose to inform people that you’re using CCTV via a sign, then there are some legal requirements that you need to follow. It’s important that you take note of these requirements, as failing to do so could lead to you incurring penalties and fines. As this is an issue partially regulated by the GDPR, it is also something that may change post-Brexit, so use the below guidelines with some caution after the UK has exited the EU.


  • Signs need to be clearly visible and readable. You need to clearly state that people are being recorded, as well giving the reason why they are being recorded (e.g. to prevent a burglary).
  • CCTV signs need to be appropriate in relation to size and context. If you intend to monitor a public street, then this needs to be apparent to both pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Double check what your camera(s) is/are recording before you make a sign. If even a small bit of a public pathway is being recorded, then you will need to have a sign informing the general public that they are being monitored.

There are a host of other legal requirements that you also need to comply with if you intend to monitor a public space. The Information Commissioner’s Office has prepared a webpage listing these that you can use as a reference.
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