Research related to Helsinki City Executive Office

This page gives you instructions for how to apply for a research permit from the City Executive Office.

Applying for a research permit with the City Executive Office

The City Executive Office comprises six divisions: Economic Development, Administration, Human Resources, Strategy, Economy and Planning, and Communications. If your research is related to these divisions, please send your research permit application to the City Executive Office. Similarly, if your research is related to any two or more departments of the City of Helsinki, please address your application to the Executive Office.

If your research concerns the City’s operations or staff, and there is no openly accessible research material for this purpose, or it requires collection of data (including through interviews), a research permit stating conditions for the work is required. Within Helsinki City Executive Office, a separate research permit is required for every such research project or thesis.

No research permit is required in the case of outsourced or commissioned studies, for which the conditions for the collection and use of the research material are specified in a cooperation contract. The same applies when the material needed for the research is publicly and openly accessible, and its collection requires no work from City staff.


Before applying for the research permit, contact the division of the City Executive Office within which you want to conduct your research, or send an email to opens default mail program). This is to ensure you find the appropriate contact person right from the start to negotiate with you about your work.

Please apply for the research permit using the following form:  

Research permit application form(Link leads to external service)

Instructions for how to fill it in(Link leads to external service)

Be sure to include all the data/information/material required with complete appendices and attachments when submitting the application.

Be sure to include all the data/information/material required with complete appendices and attachments when submitting the application.

Submit your application in due time. Research permit applications are processed in the order they arrive, and permits will typically be issued within 4–6 weeks. If your research involves the handling of special categories of personal data (see Data Protection Act 1050/2018, 31 §), processing of the application may take longer. Incomplete applications or missing appendices/attachments will delay the process. 

Please keep in mind that in signing the application, research permit applicants undertake to acquaint themselves with 1) the requirements on the processing of personal data set by current legislation, especially the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the Finnish Data Protection Act, and 2) their own responsibility for the lawful processing/handling of the data.

Submit the research permit application, duly filled in and signed and with complete appendices/attachments, to Helsinki Registry on: opens default mail program)


Protected email can be sent to Helsinki Registry from the address to(Link leads to external service) the address opens default mail program). Use your online banking ID to log into Securemail.

or to

City of Helsinki Registry

Helsinki City Executive Office

PB 10, 00099 City of Helsinki

Visiting address: Kaupungintalo, Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13, 00170 Helsinki