You will need a licence from us if you want to be able to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicles.

We have adopted policies and procedures for the licensing of hackney carriage and private hire drivers. It is very important that you read these before making an application for a driver's licence. They are included in the Council's Taxi Policy which can be downloaded here:

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

We have to be satisfied that an applicant for a licence to drive either hackney carriage or private hire vehicles is a fit and proper person to hold such a licence. In order to help assess the fitness of an applicant we have adopted a policy on the relevance of convictions held by applicants for licences.You should read this policy before making an application. The policy can be downloaded here:

pdf Convictions Policy (3.48 MB)

Applying for a licence

Applications must be submitted with all required documents as described in the Council’s Taxi Policy and proof that the fee has been paid. You can submit your application by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Application forms can be downloaded below:

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