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Taxi Operator

You will need a private hire operator's licence if you're looking to carry out pre-booked private hire work, such as airport transfers, giving lifts to hen/stag nights, etc.

You may need to apply for planning permission if you want to run your business from home. Visit our Planning for Business pages for more information about planning.

You must read our Taxi Licensing Policy before applying for a licence.


Our taxi licensing fees can be found on our Taxi Licence Fees page.

Apply for a private hire operator's licence

Before making your application you may need to complete a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) form. If you already hold a current taxi driver licence with us, you can submit your application without the DBS form. The DBS certificate must be dated within one month of the application. 

You'll need to complete an application for a Private Hire Operator's licence [pdf] 262KB. Submit it with the appropriate fee to:

Licensing Department, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PL or email the Licensing team.