BS 7958:2015 Closed circuit television (CCTV) Management and operation - Code of practice

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BS 7958:2015

Closed circuit television (CCTV). Management and operation. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : August 2015



BS 7958:2015 Closed circuit television (CCTV) Management and operation - Code of practice

BS 7958:2015 provides recommendations for the management and operation of CCTV within controlled environments where data – which might later be offered as evidence – is received, stored, reviewed or analysed. 

The 2015 revision takes the latest legislation into account and has been expanded to include Automatic Number Plate Recognition and body worn cameras.

Who is the standard for?

This standard will be extremely useful to anybody who is responsible for the operation and management of a CCTV system because it provides best practice advice. In particular it will be relevant to:


  • Security trade association members
  • Those with responsibility for town centre management
  • In-house companies which have their own CCTV control rooms
  • Local authorities
  • Sporting associations
  • Education and hospital establishments


What does the standard cover?

 BS 7958 covers CCTV schemes used in areas where the public has a ‘right to visit’. That includes, but isn’t limited to: 


  • A place that is privately owned, but where the public perceive no boundary
  • A place where a public services is offered
  • Public footpaths, roads, bridleways, etc
  • Educational establishments and hospitals
  • Sports grounds where access is unrestricted, supermarkets and housing areas
  • Public arenas such as sports stadiums and public places where events are held as an alternative to regular activities in those locations


The standard gives recommendations on best practice that will help owners to obtain reliable information that can be used as evidence. It applies to the monitoring and management of public spaces and includes automatic number plate recognition and traffic enforcement cameras. 

BS 7958 also provides good practice for all other CCTV schemes and also takes due regard of the 12 principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and the Information Commissioner’s CCTV Code of Practice. 

The standard is part of the best practice guidance for all local authority monitoring centres, police CCTV control rooms and all private industry CCTV control rooms.

How has the standard changed since the previous edition?

 The 2015 revision of the standard reflects the introduction of the CCTV Code of Practice issues by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The revision comprises a set of 12 principles that are applicable to public space CCTV systems.

The scope of the standard has also been expanded to include the operation and management of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and body worn cameras. 

Standard NumberBS 7958:2015
TitleClosed circuit television (CCTV). Management and operation. Code of practice
Publication Date31 August 2015
Cross ReferencesBS 5979, BS 7499, BS 7858, BS 8591, BS EN 15713, BIP 0008-1, BIP 0008-2, BIP 0008-3, BS EN ISO 11064-1, BS EN ISO 11064-2, BS EN ISO 11064-3, BS ISO 10002, BS ISO 27001, Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000, Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, Private Security Industry Act 2001, Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2002, Criminal Procedure and Investigation Act 1996, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment), Regulations 1992, Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Traffic Management Act 2004
ReplacesBS 7958:2009
Draft Superseded By15/30299657 DC
DescriptorsErgonomics, Quality assurance, Records (documents), Legislation, Television systems, Buildings open to the public, Safety devices, Regulations, Video tape recordings, Security systems in buildings, Closed-circuit television, Technical documents, Training, Urban areas, Data storage protection, Conformity, Anti-burglar measures, Policy formation, Data media, Personnel, Cameras, Reports, Data security, Environment (working), Marking, Occupational safety, Management operations, Data handling
ISBN978 0 580 86308 0
File Size146 KB

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