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Private Hire Operator Licence

A private hire operator’s licence is required to enable a person to accept/invite bookings for private hire vehicles.  Applications will only be accepted if the applicant intends to carry out his/her business at an address or addresses which are within the borough or within one mile of the boundary of the borough.

Appointments can be booked on 01782 717717 - please note that the department is very busy and it is the applicant's responsibility to make the appointment in good time to prevent any gap in the licence.

Appointments are required for all applications and must be accompanied by the following (original) documentation: 

  • A completed Operator application
  • The fee is based on the number of vehicles to be operated  – only credit/debit card payments and cheques will be accepted.
  • In the circumstances where the applicant is purchasing an existing company or business, a letter from an agent, vendor or solicitor confirming the sale of the business will be required.
  • A disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service at a basic level for all owners and managers. This can be done through Basic Checks (external link).  Any costs incurred by the check will be met by the applicant(s).

Please note:-

Although planning permission is not required as part of your application for an Operator’s Licence, you should satisfy yourself that when operating Private Hire and Hackney Carriage vehicles that the address that you operate from does not contravene any planning regulations.

Last updated 18 January 2019

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