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Hackney Carriage Vehicle (Proprietor's) Licence , Grant & Renewal

Summary (optional)
A Hackney Carriage is any vehicle capable of carrying up to eight passengers used for the carriage of passengers for reward / benefit, either pre-booked or hailed in the street.
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How to Apply

Submit the relevant application form, with the vehicle meeting the vehicle Specification Policy. The correct insurance coverage must be obtained and examined by an authorised testing station.


TypeGrantAnnual Renewal
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence £161.00 £92.00
Change of Hackney Carriage Vehicle £161.00 -
Transfer of Hackney Owner £66.00 -
Replacement Hackney Carriage Plate x1 £20.00 -
Replacement Hackney Carriage Plates x2 £30.00 -
Replacement internal plate £13.00 -


Applicants must:

  • A hackney carriage licence is valid for a period of 12 months.
  • All new vehicles must be fully accessible to wheelchair users and have the appropriate restraints and equipment to assist with entrance and egress.
  • Under 5 years old
  • Fully acquainted with the Council's conditions of licence and conditions relating to Vehicle Specifications.
  • Have the correct insurance and the insurance certificate must accompany the application. 
  • The Vehicle to be examined by a Council Approved Testing Station, for what is called a Certificate of Compliance (COC) Test
  • Supply an original copy of the Vehicles V5 certificate

The Council has the discretion to grant or refuse the licence

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing within 14 days of the decision being taken.

Useful Information:

The Certificate of Compliance (COC) test will be of MOT standard plus additional checks. It must be carried out every six months, and as the Council applied for an exemption from the Ministry Of Transport, there is no need for the holder of a valid Hackney Vehicle Licence and COC, to have the vehicle tested separately for an MOT.

The test report should be completed and signed by the inspecting /mechanic engineer. This should then be returned to the Licensing Office.

Legislation and Conditions

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions Act ) Act 1976

Processing and Timescales

Once fee has been paid and all the associated documentation is submitted to policy, the licence can be granted the same day.

Appeal/Redress mechanisms:

The applicant would be able to appeal any decision by way of complaint to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of being notified of the Council’s decision.

Contact Details:

You may make your application; 

  • In person: By appointment - offices are open 9.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday

By post:

Licensing Section
Civic Offices
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8AR


Application for (grant/transfer/change of) hackney Carriage (Vehicle) Licence

Application for renewal of Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Specification Policy

List of Approved COC Testing Stations

Hackney Carriage fare Card

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