Cookies and data storage are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit.

They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

How to accept, reject or customise cookies on this website

The first time you visit the Oxford City Council website you will be asked if you want to accept different types of non-essential cookies.

You can accept all, reject all or choose non-essential cookies to reject or accept. You can also close the options box without setting any cookie preference but you may see the banner again until you make a choice.

You can change or withdraw your consent to cookies at any time. Do this from the 'set my cookie preferences' button (you'll also find this at the footer of every page).

Rejecting non-essential cookies will not stop you using Oxford City Council's website, but it may have an impact on available functionality such as ability to watch youtube videos, view location maps and view data in embeds such as Power BI.

How we use cookies on our websites

We want to provide online services that are easy to use, useful and reliable and this can involve placing cookies on your computer or other device. Our cookies cannot identify you personally. The cookies we set are used to provide information or improve services such as:

  • recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • measuring how people are using services and website so we can make improvements
  • remembering your username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested

The types of cookies we may set

  • Session cookies - these only lasts for the duration of the user session/visit - these are deleted at the end of the session when you close the page or tab in your browser.
  • Persistent cookies (tracking cookies) - do not expire at the end of your visit and last as long as the cookie policy states.
  • 1st party cookies - set by the same domain as the website (or subdomain).
  • 3rd party cookies - set by a different domain than the website you are using, by 3rd party apps and embeds such as YouTube or Google Maps.

Cookies set by the main council website ( and our 3rd party tools

Cookies set by sub sites and sub domains

Some council services operate sub sites which may be on a sub domain or a different domain entirely. These sites may also set cookies but usually they'll have their own cookie control banner and cookie policy linked in the footer.

Privacy information for 3rd party tools

More information

Learn about the different cookies set by websites and applications at All About Cookies website.

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