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Private Hire Operator Licence

You need an Operator Licence to run a Private Hire business

Vehicle and drivers each need their own Operators Licence. This includes:

  • Any driver or person receiving bookings
  • Anyone with contracts for hire and reward in a private hire vehicle (licenced by us)

A Private Hire Business must be based in Fenland District Council's area.

If you are operating a Private Hire business from your home, you may require Planning Permission, depending on how the business operates. It is recommended that you contact the Planning Team planning@fenland.gov.uk giving details such as the number of vehicles at the property, number of employees visiting the property and any customers visiting the property. Further information is provided at Private Hire Planning permission.

Private Hire Operator - New

Documents checklist

Before you apply, please ensure you have these documents saved and ready to upload during the online process:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate. (Unless you are already a licensed FDC driver)

Fees

Fees depend on the number of vehicles and length of licence:

 One Year Licence (Grant)Five Year Licence (Grant)
Up to 3 vehicles£92.00£271.00
Up to 10 vehicles£165.00£432.00
Up to 20 vehicles£234.00£588.00
Over 20 vehicles£318.00£760.00

How to Apply

Once you are ready to apply, please click on the relevant link below to submit your new application and pay the fee.

Private Hire Operator - New Application

Licence issued

Following validation of your application and satisfactory results of any checks, we will produce your new Private Hire operator licence and email this to you.

Private Hire Operator - Renewal

Documents checklist

Before you apply, please ensure you have these documents saved and ready to upload during the online process:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate. (Unless you are already a licensed FDC driver)

Fees

Fees depend on the number of vehicles and length of licence:

 One Year Licence (Renewal)Five Year Licence (Renewal)
Up to 3 vehicles£92.00£271.00
Up to 10 vehicles£165.00£432.00
Up to 20 vehicles£234.00£588.00
Over 20 vehicles£318.00£760.00

How to Apply

Once you are ready to apply, please click on the relevant link below to submit your new application and pay the fee.

Private Hire Operator - Renewal Application

Licence issued

Following validation of your application and satisfactory results of any checks, we will produce your new Private Hire operator licence and email this to you.

Reporting convictions

You must tell us within 7 days if you, or the company, receive convictions.  

Changes

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Tax Checks

From 4 April 2022, there will be a small addition to the checks licensing bodies already have in place. You'll need to complete a tax check with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) when you renew your licence in relation to:

  • Licensed Driver for both Hackney Carriage & Private Hire
  • Private Hire Operator
  • Licensed Vehicles for both Hackney Carriage & Private Hire
  • Deal in scrap metal

Changes will only apply in England and Wales. View more information about Tax Check changes.

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