You must register your food business with us at least 28 days before opening.
It is a legal requirement to register a food business in Preston, so we can target inspection and education programmes effectively.
If you run a food business, you must tell us about any premises you use for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food for human consumption.
Food businesses include:
Please note: If you use vehicles for your food business in connection with a permanent premises (e.g. a shop or warehouse), you only need to tell us how many vehicles you have.
To become a street trader in Preston you need to apply for a street trading pitch
Unfortunately all the street trading pitches in Preston are currently allocated. This is also the case for roaming traders such as ice cream vans.
Please note: Street trading at events where the public have paid to access the site do not need to apply for a street trading pitch.
To register for this free service please complete the online form:
Once you have registered, to make sure you have all other requirements in place for starting your food business see starting a food business
Once you have registered, you only need to notify us of a change of food business operator if you stop operating or the nature of your business changes.
We carry out food inspections to ensure local food businesses are compliant with food hygiene laws and producing food that is safe to eat.
Following an inspection, you will receive a food hygiene rating scheme. To be awarded a 4 or 5 star rating you must be able to demonstrate a high level of compliance with food hygiene law.
The level of compliance will be assessed by one of our food safety officers when your business is inspected.
To find out how to achieve a high food hygiene rating score see achieving a high food hygiene rating score.
Scoring highly can improve reputation, increase customer confidence and attract a higher amount of custom. Businesses with a rating of 3 or above will also be promoted on Preston's official visit Preston eat and drink website.
You may need to apply for food business approval instead of registering a food business if you both produce and supply certain foods of animal origin to other food businesses (not directly to the public).