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:

The fees charged in relation to applying for a licence can be found on our Licensing Fees and Charges page.