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Private hire operators

Applying for a licence

Applicants must submit the following documents to the licensing department:

  • the completed application form
  • proof that they have the right to work in the UK
  • any Director who is not already a licensed driver must submit a basic DBS certificate every three years 
  • proof of an appropriate public liability insurance policy (if a public booking office is provided)
  • proof of an appropriate employers liability insurance policy (if they employ anyone, in any capacity)
  • proof of their right to occupy the premises to be licensed
  • the appropriate fee

Apply for a private hire operator licence

We aim to process completed applications that meet all the council's criteria within 10 working days. Applications that fall outside the criteria will be referred to the next available licensing committee for determination.