I want to apply for or renew a taxi (hackney carriage) vehicle licence
A licence is required to use a vehicle as a taxi (hackney carriage). The licence is valid for one year and the vehicle must comply with Hastings Borough Council's conditions.
To apply for a taxi vehicle licence you will need to fill out the online form below:
You will also need to provide us with the following documents:
- Vehicle registration document
- Current certificate of insurance (specifically for the 'carriage of passengers' or for hire and reward)
- Current MOT certificate.
If your application is successful you will be issued with a licence place which must be affixed to the rear of the vehicle on the outside.
Not all vehicles are suitable for use as a taxi. You should ask our licensing team for advice before purchasing a vehicle. Please note that applications will only be considered on vehicles that are blue in colour.
All vehicles that are granted a taxi licence need to be well maintained. Every vehicle will be given an annual inspections to ensure that it is roadworthy.
A full list of the licence conditions can be found in the document below:
We have also put together a helpful document about in-cab surveillance:
- In-cab surveillance systems guidance (.pdf 28KB)
The cost of a taxi vehicle licence is £229.
The taxi vehicle licence plate transfer fee is £68.
The cost of a temporary licence plate transfer is £98.
The cost of a plate holder (refunded on return of plate holder) is £36.
To loan a plate (refunded on return of plate) is £36.
A meter test: £35.
View on our full list of fees.
To renew your taxi vehicle licence you will need to fill out the online form below:
If you need to transfer your taxi vehicle licence or ownership of the vehicle, you will you to fill out the online form below:
Change of address
If you need to change your address you will need to fill out the form below:
- Change of Address Form (.pdf 30KB)
Once you have completed the form you will need to send it to us at:
Hastings Borough Council
Muriel Matters House
Taxi and private hire licences