Taxis and private hire vehicles

Private Hire Operator's Licence

An individual, company or similar, who in the course of their business allows and accepts bookings for a private hire vehicle must hold a private hire operator's licence. 

A private hire operator licensed by us may only operate a private hire vehicle which has been licensed by us. Likewise, the private hire vehicle may only be driven by a South Somerset District Council licensed private hire driver. All three licences (operator, vehicle and driver) must be issued by the same authority. 

  1. Duration of licence

    When it has been issued, the private hire operator's licence will be valid for 5 years. 

  2. How do I apply for an operator's licence?

    To apply for a private hire operator's licence you will need to:

    Complete the application form

    Complete the supplementary questionnaire

    Submit relevant documentation

    • Right to work in the UK documentation
    • DBS certificate. If one or more of the applicants aren't South Somerset District Council licensed hackney carriage/private hire drivers, they will need to submit a basic disclosure with their application.

    Pay the application fee.

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