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To be a street trader in Preston you have to apply to us for a street trading pitch.
Street trading pitches allow you to operate on streets that allow street trading to take place.
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.
Unfortunately, there are currently no street trading pitches available in Preston (including the Flag Market). This is also the case for roaming traders such as ice cream vans.
However, pitches may be available from neighbouring local authorities such as:
There two types of street traders:
*Please note: it is also possible to trade as a pedlar (i.e. someone who trades on foot). For more information and how to apply see GOV.UK – how to apply for a pedlar’s certificate.
Certain types of trading may be granted exemption. When deciding whether or not an activity is considered to be street trading the proposed location is not the only consideration. Each application will be judged on its merits.
When we receive an application for street trading, we ask Lancashire County Council (as the Highways Authority) and Lancashire Constabulary for their views on the suitability of any proposed location.
We may, from time to time, also seek the views of others likely to be affected should consent be granted.
If your application is successful and involves the sale of food, you will also need to register your food business before you can trade.
If your application is refused, you may wish to seek permission from other Councils.
You could also consider alternative ways of trading. Currently, if you are able to agree with a private land owner, you may be able to operate from their land. You should also talk to the planning department to find out whether additional land use is needed.
The most common reasons for refusal are:
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.