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Applying for a Private Hire Operator Licence

All new applicants must have a base within the administrative area of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough in order to ensure that the Council can inspect the base and associated operator records to check compliance with the licence conditions.  Private Hire Operators that hold a licence with the Council and operate their businesses from premises located outside of the borough before 1 November 2019  will continue to be licensed from that premises providing that they renew their licence prior to it expiring.

An application appointment can be booked on 01782 717717.  You will need to provide the following original application documentation:

  • A completed Private Hire Operator application form.  The continuation sheets for Section B - Applicant Details and Section C - Staff Details must be completed and provided if the information will not fit on the application form
  • the licence application fee which is scaled depending how many vehicles you wish to operate (ONLY cheques and card payments will be accepted)
  • A Basic Disclosure certificate issued within the last 12 months or a DBS certificate registered on the Update Service for ALL directors, partners and company secretaries.  Checks will be made on Companies House
  • A valid Safeguarding Training certificate for each director, company secretary and employees that are not NULBC licensed drivers
  • Any fleet insurance held must be provided with an accompanying schedule of the vehicles and named drivers disclosed to the insurance company
  • Any premises that provide access to members of the public must provide an insurance certificate for public liability to a minimum value of £5million
  • A list of current vehicles detailing the registration, make and model
  • A list of current drivers detailing their full name, badge number and date of birth

Last updated 13 November 2019

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