Private hire operators

Private hire operators

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All private hire vehicles must be pre-booked with a private hire operator.  The contract for the hire of the vehicle is between the customer and the operator.  No person or company may accept private hire bookings without first obtaining a private hire operator licence.

How much will it cost to apply?

New application (5 years) - £435 (minimum £50 to be paid at time of application)

New application (1 year) - £140 (minimum £50 to be paid at time of application)

Renewal application (5 years) - £415

Renewal application (1 year) - £120

How do I apply?

New application

Renewal application

Amendment (no charge)

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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

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