I am a builder based in the UK and often take photos of my completed work with the intention to post on my website. I have recently had a client complain, do I need permission?

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    I'd suggest that "not annoying your clients" is probably more important than the legal position here.
    – Philip Kendall
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:43
  • I do agree with you Phillip, I am just curious
    – Charlie
    Apr 10, 2019 at 13:03
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    A lawyer will be the best option to answer that, but in general: Either write it clearly in the contract or ask your clients if it is okay - that will make them happy. Law-based: I don't know about the UK, but here in the German-speaking world, the general rule of thumb is that you can make photos of almost anything from public space (e.g. streets), while you need permission if you do so in private space.
    – flolilo
    Apr 10, 2019 at 13:05
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    I totally see this from the client's point of view. I don't want a photo of my toilet on some website for all my neighbours to see. I'd rather use a (potentially more expensive) builder who respects my privacy. Be nice, rather than going down the "I'm legally entitled" path. Essentially, I agree with @Philip - ask, and respect the client's wishes. My opinion.
    – osullic
    Apr 10, 2019 at 13:12
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    @flolilo: you can take pictures, but that doesn't mean you can publish them. In France, you can take pictures of recent monuments, but you cannot publish them without the consent of the architects.
    – xenoid
    Apr 10, 2019 at 14:36

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Yes, you do need permission in the UK to take pictures in private places such as houses. I can't find really definitive evidence to back this up, but Wikipedia is fairly definite about it (but has the dreaded 'citation needed' note), as is this site.

(Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer.)

  • It could make a difference if you are standing on the property or on public land when you take the photo.
    – lijat
    Apr 11, 2019 at 18:31
  • @lijat Yes, it does I think. I was assuming the person was on private property when taking the picture.
    – user82065
    Apr 11, 2019 at 22:42

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