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Private hire operators

How to apply

A private hire operator may only use drivers and vehicles that are licensed by the same local authority.

If you want to operate a vehicle as a private hire vehicle, that is, to invite or accept bookings for the vehicle in the course of business, this requires an operator's licence.

It is an offence to operate a private hire vehicle without this licence.

How to apply

In order to apply for a private hire operator's licence, you will need to complete the online application form and upload the following documentation as PDFs at the end of the process:

  • The design of your private hire door signs (full colour), which must comply with the below conditions:

The signs are to be displayed in the format specified below and in letters not more than 4 inches in height and not less than 2 inches in height:

PRIVATE HIRE ONLY (this must come first)

BROWN'S CARS

01744 123456

  • A basic disclosure from the GOV.UK website if you do not hold a hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence with us. The basic disclosure cannot be any more than one month old.
  • A list of all drivers and vehicles that will operate under your licence.
  • HMRC tax check code (from 4 April 2022 if applicable).
  • You will need to have received confirmation from the Planning Section with regards to planning permission for your operator's base.

Once we have received your application and have checked it, we will contact you to make payment for your application.

Please ensure that you check your application and supporting documents before you submit it, as any incorrect submissions will result in the application being rejected and a new application will then have to be submitted.

Operator fees (5-year licence)
DescriptionFeeVAT
Licence for 1 vehicle£600N/A
Vehicles (2-5)£925N/A
Vehicles (6-15)£1,399N/A
Vehicles (16-30)£1,820N/A
Vehicles (31-60)£2,247N/A
Vehicles (61-100)£2,730N/A
Vehicles (101+)£3,570N/A
Additional premises£550N/A
Additional name to operator's licence£40N/A

 

Operator fees (1-year licence)
DescriptionFeeVAT
Licence for 1 vehicle£135N/A
Vehicles (2-5)£195N/A
Vehicles (6-15)£295N/A
Vehicles (16-30)£375N/A
Vehicles (31-60)£460N/A
Vehicles (61-100)£570N/A
Vehicles (101+)£730N/A
Additional premises£550N/A
Additional name to operator's licence£40N/A