Apply for a private hire operator licence

What you need to set up as a private hire operator and how to apply

A private hire operator dispatches a private hire vehicle to a customer as a result of a pre-arranged booking. You will need a private hire operator licence to do this.

One person can be licensed and employ or sub-contract an unlimited number of licensed vehicles. However, a licensed private hire driver can not accept any bookings unless they either hold or work for a licensed private hire operator.

If you wish to apply for an operator's licence, please complete our application form.

Download a private hire operator licence application form

You will also need to:

Further advice and guidance on Private Hire Operators please refer to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy . (Section 7 and Appendix P). You should ensure you have read and understood these, as failure to comply with certain conditions may result in enforcement action being taken.

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