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Environmental Health Privacy Notice

Your Personal Data - Who we are

We are Preston City Council and your privacy is important to us. We aim for full transparency on how we gather, use, and share your personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

If you have any concerns about how the Council is handling your personal data, these can be raised with the Council's Data Protection Officer:

Preston City Council

Lancaster Road




We keep our privacy notice under regular review and we will place an updated version on this page.

This will help ensure that you are always aware of what information we collect and how we use it.

What we need

We will only collect basic personal data about you which includes your name, address, telephone number, email etc. together with information you have given us and information that we receive from third parties e.g. landlords.

Why we need it

For some of our services, we need to use your personal data so we can get in touch, or provide the service.

We can also use your personal data under many different laws. The main ones for the Council are the Local Government Acts and the Localism Act 2011, but there are many more. You can see all the laws here in Appendix 1.

In many cases there is a law that says we must or we can process your data and we can do so without your consent or permission. For some services we process your data under a contract e.g. a commercial pest control contract or a Cemetery/Crematorium Service contract Where we do not directly provide the service, we may need to pass your personal data onto the organisations that do.

These providers are under contract and have to keep your details safe and secure, and use them only to provide the service.

What we do with it

Your personal information will be treated as confidential but it may be shared with other Council services in order to ensure our records are accurate and up-to-date, and to improve the standard of the services we deliver.

We will only use your information in ways which are permitted by the General Data Protection Regulation and the current UK Data Protection law.

We have Data protection and freedom of information in place to oversee the effective and secure processing of your personal data. 

This authority has a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and may use information held about you for all lawful purposes, including but not limited to the prevention and detection of crime including fraud and money laundering.

The Council may also use your information for the purpose of performing any of its statutory enforcement duties. It will make any disclosures required by law and may also share your information with other bodies responsible for detecting/preventing crime including fraud or auditing/administering public funds.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Preston City Council. This information can include:

  • your IP address
  • browser type
  • domain names
  • access times
  • referring Web site addresses.

This information is used by Preston City Council for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Preston City Council Web site.

We will not disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.

What are your rights

You have the right to:

  • request a copy of your information (known as a subject access request)
  • request rectification or erasure of your information,
  • request a restriction on the processing of your information, and,
  • object to processing of your information,
  • complain to the Information Commissioner's Office about the way the Council processes your information.
  • set your browser to remove or reject cookies before using Preston City Council website 

If you require further information about the use of your data or would like to exercise any of the above rights, please contact:

Data Protection Officer
Preston City Council
Town Hall
Lancaster Road

Transferring information overseas

In certain circumstances we may transfer your information to organisations in other countries on the basis that anyone to whom we pass it protects it in the same way we would and in accordance with applicable laws.

How long we keep your information

We will keep you information for as long as it is required by us or other regulatory bodies in order to comply with legal and regulatory requirements or for other operational reasons. In most cases this will be a minimum of six years.

More information on our retention schedule can be found online.

Website information

We encourage you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from our website so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information.

We are not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Preston City Council family of Web sites.

Use of Cookies

Our website use "cookies" to help you personalise your online experience.

A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Website via your web browser. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

For more information please refer to our Cookies page.

Appendix 1 - relevant legislation

Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963The Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 (as amended)
Animal Health Act 1981Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
Animal Welfare Act 2006Dangerous Wild Animals 1970 and 1991
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014Environment Act 1995
Breeding of Dogs Act 1973Environmental Protection Act 1990
Building Act 1984Food and Environment Protection Act 1985
Caravan Sites Act 1968Food Safety Act 1990 • Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regs 2013 (as amended)
Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960Gambling Act 2005
Clean Air Act 1993Health Act 2006 (Part 1) and any regulations thereunder
Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Control of Dogs Order 1992Health Protection (Part 2A Orders) Regs 2010
Control of Pollution Act 1974Housing Act 1985
County of Lancashire Act 1984Housing Act 2004
Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996Licensing Act 2003
Local Government and Housing Act 1989Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Acts 1976 and 1982
National Assistance Act 1948Pet Animals Act 1951 as amended 1983
Noise Act 1996Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949
Official Feeds Food Controls (England) Regs 2009Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) Regs 1996 (as amended)
Products of Animal Origin (3rd Country imports) (England) (amendment) Regs 2010Public Health Act 1936
Public Health Act 1961Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984
Redress Schemes for Letting Agency Work and Property Management Work (requirement to belong to a scheme etc.)(England) Order 2014Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002
Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010Sunday Trading Act 1994

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022

Town and Police Clauses Act 1847
Water Industry Act 1991Zoo Licensing Act 1981

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