Applying for a private hire operator licence
When you think of private hire operators you usually think of minicab offices on the high street. However, there are many different kinds of operator including:
London Private Hire Operator licence
Whatever type of private hire service you intend to provide you will need to be licensed by us before you start operating. Anyone who receives payment for taking bookings or supplying drivers for hire without an operator's licence is breaking the law and may be prosecuted.
There are two types of operator licence that can be applied for:
You can use a maximum of two licensed private hire vehicles to undertake bookings.
There is no restriction on the number of licensed private hire vehicles you can use to undertake bookings.
Before applying for a Private Hire Operator's licence, you should read the operator's licence guidance notes.
Before you apply for a licence, you must have:
- At least one 'operating centre' in London. This is the premises where you will take bookings. Your operating centre could be an office, a unit in the high street or your home address. For addresses outside Greater London, you must obtain a licence from the local council.
- Proof of planning permission or a certificate of lawful use for your proposed premises from your local authority. Where planning permission isn't required, you must provide written confirmation (email or letter) from the local authority. The document must be clearly linked to the address of the proposed premises. Any breach of planning legislation could result in your local council taking enforcement action against you.
- If the operating centre's primary use is for another business, you'll need to provide further information about the operating centre. Please see our guidance notes for further information on this.
- A fixed landline telephone number for bookings. A licence cannot be issued without this.
You will need to pay a fee when you apply for a licence. There are two elements to the total cost of an application.
|Licence application fee (non-refundable)||£838||£838|
|Grant of licence fee (five-year licence)||£650||£1988|
Once you have read the guidance notes and believe that you can meet all of the required criteria, you can make an application to be licensed.