Private Hire Vehicle Licence


If you wish to use your vehicle for private hire in Bath and North East Somerset you need to obtain a licence from the Council.



  • £71 - Application Fee to be charged at time of application (non refundable)
  • £102 - Maintenance Fee to be charged prior to issue
  • £46 - Roof Sign


  • £71 - Application Fee to be charged at time of application
  • £102 - Maintenance Fee to be charged prior to issue


  • £43 - Vehicle Transfer
  • £76 - Proprietor Transfer


All licences will expire on 31 October.  There is no pro-rata fee structure. 


Payment to be made by card when forms submitted.  

Application Form

Applications must be made on forms provided by the Council.  The following will be required on application: 
  • Application Form (to be completed at time of application).
  • Registration document.
  • Current insurance certificate which must cover the vehicle for hire and reward.  Insurance certificates should only show licensed drivers.  Insurance certificates that include unlicensed spouses or partners will not be accepted.
  • MOT certificate for all vehicles over one year old on date of application.
  • Fee (current fee in force at time of application).
  • Mechanical Inspection Certificate (from nominated Council Garage).
  • Measured mile meter compliance certificate (if vehicle fitted with a taximeter).

Please contact Licensing Services if you would like us to send you an application pack.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All vehicles must be presented for a visual inspection by an Authorised Officer prior to being approved for the purpose of Private Hire licensing.  Vehicles should be less than five years old on the date of the first application for a Private Hire vehicle licence.  It is advisable to consult a Licensing Officer before purchasing a prospective vehicle.  All vehicles must be approved by a Licensing Offcer.  If you purchase a vehicle without consulting a LIcensing Officer you do so at your own risk.

  • The engine size of the vehicle must be at least 1400 cc and shall have three doors which are accessible to fare paying passengers wishing to enter or exit the vehicle.

  • Vehicles shall comply with the European Community M1 type approval for passenger carrying vehicles.  The definition of category M1 type approval is any motor vehicle with at least four wheels designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers.

  • Vehicles that have been originally classified as complying with M1 type approval but have undergone modifications or conversions since original manufacture will be considered suitable provided they are presented with the relevant Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) or Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) certificate issued by the VOSA. 

  • Any vehicle submitted for licensing originally given European Community N type approval will be considered unfit for the purpose and will not be licensable as a Private Hire vehicle.  The definition of category N type approval is any motor vehicle with at least four wheels, designed and constructed for the carriage of goods.  Type approval status can be found on the vehicle registration document (V5C). 


When you are ready to proceed with your application, please telephone us on 01225 477689 to arrange an appointment to have your application checked by a Licensing Officer.  Postal applications are not accepted.


Vehicles which do not comply with the Council's licensing conditions will be referred to the Council’s Licensing Sub Committee for determination.

Right of Appeal 

If you wish to appeal a Council decision to: 

  • refuse to grant an application; or
  • attach any condition to the licence

you can appeal to Bath Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of being notified of the decision.

A decision of the Magistrates’ Court can be appealed to the Crown Court.


  • It is a matter for each individual to ensure that they are familiar with all the relevant legislation including the current conditions of licence.
  • Private Hire vehicles must be pre-booked through a licenced Private Hire Operator adn shall not ply for hire or use the Hackney Carriage stands at any time.
  • Vehicles must comply with the requirements of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and any other Act relating to motor vehicles, or any other subsequent Acts, and of the Orders and Regulations made in pursuance thereof.
  • Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, even after a vehicle has been licenced, if it is found to reveal any defect which, in the opinion of the Authorised Officer or the Police, renders it it unsuitable for public service, the Authorised Officer or the Police may serve a s68 notice on the proprietor not to use such vehicle until the defect has been remedied to the satisfaction of the said Officer or Police.


The period of the licence will normally be 12 months from 1 November to 31 October, but the Council reserves the right to issue licences for a shorter period.

Any application to renew a licence received after the current one has expired will be treated as a new application.  If a higher fee is in force for new applications than for renewals, then that higher fee shall be payable.


Please contact Licensing Services for further guidance.

Relevant Legislation

Part II Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

Customer Complaints 

If you wish to make a complaint about a taxi driver, please use the online complaint form.  If you prefer you may write or email us providing the following information: 

  • Driver's badge number and name
  • Vehicle description including plate number
  • Time and date of incident
  • Location and other details of incident
  • Your name and contact details

Complaints in writing/email should be marked "For the attention of the Taxi Licensing Enforcement Officer".

Further Information 

For further information and guidance please phone Licensing Services on 01225 477689 or email

Additional contact details.


National Fraud Initiative

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form within this authority for the prevention and detection of fraud.  It may also share this information with other bodies administering or in receipt of public funds solely for these purposes.  For further information see the Council website and look for the National Fraud Initiative under the A-Z or contact the Information and Governance Team, Guildhall, High St, Bath BA1 5AW email

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