Ryedale District Council

Taxi and private hire operators licence

A private hire operator's licence allows the holder to receive bookings (by telephone or other means) and to send private hire vehicles for pre-arranged hire.

Both the vehicle and driver sent to complete the booking must also be licensed by us.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be a lawful private hire operator, you must have the following licences in place:

  • Private hire operator's licence
  • Private hire vehicle licence for all vehicles involved in private hire work
  • Dual driver's licence for all persons driving any licensed private hire vehicles

Application evaluation process

The operator’s licence will remain in force for a period of five years unless we specify a lesser period, revoke or suspend the licence. The licence is not transferable.

There shall be sufficient off-street parking made available for the number of vehicles to which the application relates.

If you have a second ‘satellite’ base as an operator’s office (whether it is a business or residential address) within the same controlled district, let us know and it will be added to your licence. We reserve the right to charge for every additional office.

With the application form you will need to include:

  • Appropriate fee (£1,100 five years licence, £270 one year licence)
  • Details of off street parking
  • Copy of basic DBS disclosure (less than 3 months old)

Please note: it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the planning department regarding planning permission.

Please note:

  • You must tell us of any change of vehicle details that is different to those stated on the current licence
  • You must tell us in writing about any change of drivers within 48 hours
  • You must tell us within 7 days about any change of home address whether permanent or temporary
  • You must tell us in writing about any intended change of business premises

Renewal applications

Renewal applications are sent out 4 weeks before licence expiry.


Attachments (downloads)
FileNo of pagesFile sizeCreated
Download this file (Operator_App_updated_Nov2016.pdf)a. Operator application form 684 kB06-2017
Download this file (Taxi_Private_Hire_Licensing_Policy_May_2017.pdf)b. Taxi and private hire licensing policy 201756612 kB06-2017

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