Private hire operators licence

COVID-19: Changes to Licensing services

Support and guidance for taxi and private hire vehicle businesses

We are asking customers to only submit essential applications. You should expect most applications to take longer than normal to process. See our Taxi Guidance Covid-19 (PDF, 153KB) for more information on how to apply for a licence.

A private hire operators licence is required in order to be able to accept bookings for private hire vehicles. If you are a vehicle proprietor you may work for any existing operator. However, if you wish to apply for your own licence to operate from premises which will be used as a booking office, you need to contact the Council's Planning Department.

Individual applicants only - Right to work in the UK (Changes to the Immigration Act 2016) - From 1 December 2016 we must comply with the Immigration Act 2016. The Act places a duty on the council to only issue licences to individuals who can demonstrate that they have the ‘Right to work in the UK within the taxi trade’. Please provide Document(s) from either List A or List B (PDF, 281KB), which demonstrates that you have the right to work in the UK within the taxi licensing trade.

Application form and conditions


  • Private Hire Operators Licence - £360.00 (5 years)

Page last reviewed: 22 September 2021