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Private Hire Operator Licence

Licence Summary

Any person who operates Private Hire Vehicles must apply to the Local Authority for a Private Hire Operators Licence.

A Private Hire Vehicle may only be despatched to a customer by a private hire operator who holds an operator's licence. Such a licence permits the operator to make provision for the invitation or acceptance of bookings for a Private Hire Vehicle.

A Private Hire Operator must ensure that every Private Hire Vehicle despatched by him is licensed and driven by a person who holds a Private Hire Drivers Licence issued by the Local Authority.

It is a criminal offence to operate Private Hire Vehicles without an Operator's Licence.

Private Hire Operators licences are issued for a maximum period of one year and are renewed annually on 1st December. i.e. if you apply in June your licence will expire on 30 November of the same year.


Policy and Regulation Summary

Copies of the relevant legislation can be found at the following links:

Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

The Town Police Clause Act 1847


Application Process

See our Licensing Fees and Charges webpage for a full list of application fees.

The following documents are to be submitted in person or by post for a new or renewal application:

  • Application Form
  • A Basic Disclosure Certificate (if not currently licensed as a driver) which has been issued no earlier than one calendar month before making the application
  • Licence fee appropriate to the number of vehicles to be operated

Applicants are required to obtain planning consent, where necessary, for the premises they intend to operate from. A copy of the planning consent should be submitted with your application.

Officers may require a site visit prior to the determination of the licence application.


How To Apply

Private Hire Certification Form

If you would like to:

  • Apply for a private hire operator’s licence
  • Increase the number of vehicles licensed

Complete our Contact us form.

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