Vehicle Licensing

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:

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Policy

Private Hire Vehicle Policy

Private Hire vehicles may be exempted from displaying an external licence plate in certain circumstances. The Council's policy for permitting exemptions is here:

Plate Exemption Policy for licensed Private Hire Vehicles

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.

The application forms for vehicle licences can be downloaded here:

Hackney Carriage vehicle application form

Private Hire vehicle application form

Vehicle Licence Transfer application form (new owner)

The fees charged in relation to applying for a licence can be found on our licensing fees and charges page.