Private hire operators

Private hire operators

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*

New application (1 year) - £140*

*Minimum £50 to be paid on initial application. The remainder of the fee must be paid prior to the grant of the licence)


Renewal application (5 years) - £415

Renewal application (1 year) - £120

How do I apply?

New application

Renewal application

Amendment (no charge)

Further information


Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy (Jan 2019)

Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy (Sep 2019)*

*not yet in effect (subject to consultation/approval)



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