Vehicles to be used for public or private hire purposes must be licensed by the local authority and can only be driven by licensed hackney carriage or private hire drivers.
A private hire business must also have an operator licence. Vehicles are required to meet certain standards e.g. colour, emissions, seating capacities etc., for further information see our Licensing Policy in the guidance notes section below.
Copies of the relevant legislation can be found at the following links:
Applications will be accepted at the Customer Service Centre by appointment only. To arrange an appointment please telephone 01642 528560. If more than one application is to be submitted please inform the Customer Services Officer when arranging your appointment, so that sufficient time can be allocated.
Applications must be submitted with an Insurance Certificate, an MOT Certificate (if applicable), the DVLA Registration Document (V5) showing the applicants correct name and address and the appropriate fee.
Vehicles that have been deemed to be an insurance “write off” (i.e. in accident damage category A, B, C, D, N or S) and/or endorsed as being “accident damaged” on their V5 document will not be licensed.
Vehicles must be appropriate for use as a licensed vehicle. Please note Hackney Carriage Vehicles must be black. Private Hire Vehicles may be any colour other than black, and not of such design and appearance to lead any person to believe that the vehicle is a Hackney Carriage. If the vehicle you wish to licence is not of a type already licensed by this Authority you must inform this office so that arrangements can be made to check the suitability of the proposed vehicle.
Your vehicle will require testing and must have valid road tax before a licence can be issued.
On receipt of your application we will check the details on the form and process it in a timely manner.
Vehicle licences are required to be renewed annually.
To apply for a licence, or notify us of any changes to your licence, please download and complete the appropriate forms below.
To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below: