All Private Hire drivers must work for a Licensed Operator.
To apply for a Private Hire Operator’s Licence, you must complete an application form and submit it with the appropriate fee (see Taxi Licence Fees for details of the current charges).
If you are applying with someone else then you both need to fill in an application form. If you are applying as a Limited Company you will need to provide the names and addresses of all the Directors.
If you are operating more than one vehicle from a domestic property, you may require planning permission, contact our Planning Team for more information (details below).
If you rent a council owned property from Rykneld Homes you will also need written permission to be able to use the property for business purposes. Contact Rykneld Homes for more details.
A criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is also required for each applicant or Director to make sure that you are a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Operator’s Licence.
If you are granted a licence it will be subject to Conditions, these are shown in the Private Hire Operator’s Licence Conditions document which is available to download below. If you breach any of these conditions the Council could suspend or revoke your licence.
The Licence is renewed every five years. You will be sent a reminder to renew this about three weeks before it expires.
If you have any queries about Private Hire Operator's Licences please contact the Licensing Team or complete our online Enquiry Form