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Private Hire Vehicle Licence Grant/Transfer/Change/Renewal

Summary (optional)
A private hire vehicle is any vehicle capable of carrying up to eight passengers used for the carriage of passengers for reward / benefit, which was be pre booked or under a contract agreement.
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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. 

Fees as of 1st May 2019

Private Hire Vehicle Licence          Fee
Grant £294.00
Grant renewal £223.00
Change of Proprietor £93.00
Transfer of Private Hire Vehicle £203.00
Replacement Plate x1 £28.00
Internal Plate £18.00
Replacement Door Signs x1 £28.00
Replacement Door Signs x2 £45.00


All vehicles must:

  • Comply with the Private Hire Licensing Conditions (PDF)
  • Have the correct insurance, and the insurance certificate must accompany the application
  • Be examined by a Council Approved Testing Station, for what is called a Certificate of Compliance (COC) Test
  • Supply an original copy of the Vehicle(s) V5 certificate

Please contact the Licensing Office if you are at all unsure whether your vehicle would be licensed. 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

For a vehicle of a higher specification than a standard model an exemption can be sort. An executive hire vehicle would be except of displaying the door signs and have a smaller more discrete front and rear plates. See Executive Hire Conditions.

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 take up to 28 days to be produced.

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


  • By Phone: 01492 576626
    Monday to Friday 10.00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4.00pm
  • By post:
Licensing Section
PO Box 1
LL30 9GN


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