I want to apply for or renew a private hire operator's licence
Information for drivers and operators
The Brexit transition period ended on the 31 December 2020. This means that from 1 January 2021, the UK will have a new points-based immigration system that will impact how we are able to grant licenses.
If you are an EU citizen you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), before 30 June 2021. Hastings Borough Council value all our licenced drivers and we want our EU drivers, to remain working in our borough.
New Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards
These new standards mean that changes will need to be made to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy soon and we will being going out to Public consultation with a new Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy in the near future.
Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards[PDF 456Kb]
A licence is required to accept bookings for private hire vehicles. If you intend to operate from a premises which will be used as a booking office, planning permission will also be needed.
To apply for a private hire operator's licence you will need to fill out the online form below:
You will also need to provide us with:
- your certificate of public liability insurance
- a copy of your planning permission
- payment for the licence fee.
Applications will not be accepted without the above.
All private hire operator's licences are subject to conditions. A full list of these conditions can be found in the document below:
If these conditions are broken you risk losing your licence.
If you are working on a school contract for East Sussex County Council you are required to hold an operator's licence or work for someone who does hold such a licence.
View on our full list of fees.
To renew your private hire operator's licence you will need to fill out the online form below:
Taxi and private hire licences
- View the taxi and private hire handbook
- Hackney carriage and private hire driver's licence application form
- Hackney carriage and private hire driver's licence renewal form
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