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DataShare and viewing Council information

Datashare holds a range of council databases and information - all in one place.


  • DataShare – Council databases and information
  • Reuse of Council information
  • Exemptions to reuse
  • DataShare is being replaced, and you can now see the following items by clicking the link shown below.

    Council data is published in CSV file format in line with the Local Authorities (Data Transparency) Code 2015.

    National Domestic Rates (NDR) credit – from January 2021
    Business (Non-Domestic) Rates (NDR) accounts – from January 2021
    Council spending over £500 - November 2020
    Council spending over £500 - December 2020
    Invoices Paid within 30 Days - from October 2020
    Brownfield Land Register – from December 2020
    Public Land and Building Assets - from December 2020
    Gender Pay Gap – from March 2020
    Public Health Funeral details – from August 2020
    Procurement information - from December 2020



    The DataShare tool allows you access to view and download a range of historic council databases and information in accordance with the Local Government Transparency Code and other publication requirements.


    Use the 'View' option in DataShare to see the range of information available by category. You can download data as a CSV file (green ‘Download’ button) or use the ‘click link below’ option to take you to the relevant webpage.

    Planning applications database


    We publish Colchester Borough Council's database of planning applications as a CSV file. This is published under the UK Open Government Licence.

    Database of planning applications (CSV, 4.89MB)

    Help with finding data


    If you are unable to find necessary data and still have a query contact

    Reuse of Council information


    The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulation 2015 came into force in July 2015. Almost all information held by the Council is now available for use by anyone, subject to the terms of Open Government Licence.

    Exemptions to reuse


    Some information on our website is not available for reuse. For example where copyright does not belong to the Council any re-use will require the specific consent of the copyright owner.

    Logos belonging to the Council and any personal information must not be re-used.



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