Information on the criteria that must be met by any vehicle to be used as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle is contained in our vehicle licensing policies. The policies are available here:
Private Hire vehicles may be exempted from displaying an external licence plate in certain circumstances. The Council's policy for permitting exemptions is here:
Applying for a licence
Applications must be submitted alongside all required documents and the required fee.
Your application can be delivered to an officer during a licensing surgery - see more details on our Licensing Surgeries page.
The vehicle will be inspected by an officer before the issue of a licence to ensure that it complies with the licence conditions.
Download the application forms for vehicle licences:
- document Hackney Carriage vehicle application form (118 KB)
- document Private Hire vehicle application form (115 KB)
- document Vehicle Licence Transfer application form (new owner) (191 KB)
The fees charged in relation to applying for a licence can be found on our Licensing Fees and Charges page.