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Operator's licence - private hire vehicles

You will need a private hire operator's licence to take bookings for any vehicle with eight or fewer passenger seats.

We currently offer two types of private hire operator's licence -

  • a mobile licence that allows you to operate a maximum of two vehicles* - usually from your own home
  • a premises licence that allows you to operate any number of vehicles (subject to planning permission)

*Please note the maximum of two vehicles stated is only applicable if the two people concerned are co-habiting. For all other purposes, there can only be one vehicle operating from that address.

Both these licences allow you to take bookings from a location within the city boundary - but the start point and destination can be anywhere. The licence holder can only operate drivers and vehicles that are licenced by Hull City Council.

How to apply for a private hire operator's licence

Complete an application form, available to download below, to apply for a private hire operator's licence -


You will to include the following in your application form -

  • a name, address and telephone number for the new firm
  • details of how many vehicles you want to operate
  • the names of any drivers you know will work for you
  • proof of suitable off-street parking for half of the vehicles you want to operate

You will often need to have planning permission for your named operating location.

The full conditions and procedures are available to download below -


Operators' fees 2015 - 2016

Licence to operate one vehicle £60  
Each additional vehicle thereafter £10 
Licence to operate a vehicle if applied for in the last three months of the licensing year £30 
Each additional vehicle thereafter if applied for in the last three months of the licensing year £5 

Fees will reduce by 50 per cent from 1 April to 30 June each year.

Contact us

Licensing section
Hull City Council
33 Witham
Hull
HU9 1DB

Tel: 01482 300 300
Fax: 01482 615 554
Email: licensing.requests@hullcc.gov.uk

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