When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone.

These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you eg:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information during one task
  • recognising that you have already given a username and password so you don’t need to enter it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about cookies from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

You can allow, block, delete and manage cookies, and you can also read your browser's built-in or online help for more information.

Our use of cookies

The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by this website and the third-party services we use.

If you have any queries about these cookies or would like more information about them, please contact us.

Cookies for measuring use of services

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the website is available when you want it and to help us understand what you want to use.

Google Analytics cookies

Name Typical Content Expires
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (eg direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Google Translate cookies

Name Typical content Expires
ASPSESSIONIDCQDBSADB randomly generated numbers when you close your browser

Other cookies served under the sheffield.gov.uk domain

We have a number of services being delivered through the sheffield.gov.uk domain that use other cookies. These include the following:

Libraries catalogue cookies - library.sheffield.gov.uk

Name Typical content Expires
session_number randomly generated numbers when you close your browser

Council Tax accounts cookies - revenuesbenefits.sheffield.gov.uk

Name Typical content Expires
JSESSIONID randomly generated numbers (this allows the service to remember your selections or preferences that you’ve already made). when you close your browser
UNIQUEREQID randomly generated numbers when you close your browser

Parking fine and bus lane penalties cookies - parkingin.sheffield.gov.uk

Name Typical content Expires
ASPSESSIONIDCQDBSADB randomly generated numbers when you close your browser

Picture Sheffield image archive cookies - picturesheffield.com

Name Typical content Expires
BIGipServerISA-CAP-VIP-8080 randomly generated numbers when you close your browser
ss randomly generated numbers 8 years

Index of births, marriages and deaths cookies - libplugins.sheffield.gov.uk/bmd/home.aspx

Name Typical content Expires
ASP.NET_SessionId randomly generated numbers when you close your browser
ASPSESSIONIDQSRRBBQQ randomly generated numbers when you close your browser

Payments cookies - www.santanderbillpayment.co.uk/sheffieldcc/scripts/nr_billpay.asp

Name Typical content Expires
ASPSESSIONIDAGTASQCD randomly generated numbers when you close your browser
BIGipServerwww .santanderbillpayment.co.uk randomly generated numbers when you close your browser

School Point (school's extranet) cookies - schoolpoint.sheffield.gov.uk

Name Typical content Expires
nmstat randomly generated numbers 3 years
WSS_KeepSessionAuthenticated randomly generated numbers when you close your browser

SCC Email alerts cookies (Granicus - formerly Govdelivery)

Name Typical content Expires
_trunk_session randomly generated numbers when you close your browser

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