Private hire operators' licence
A private hire operator's licence allows the holder to
receive bookings (by telephone or other means) and to send
private hire vehicles for pre-arranged hire. Both the vehicle and
driver sent to complete the booking must also be licensed
by Scarborough Borough Council.
In order to be a lawful private hire
operator, you must have the following licences in
- Private hire operator's licence
- Private hire vehicle licence for all vehicles involved in
private hire work
- Dual driver's licence for all persons driving any licensed
private hire vehicles
A summary of the regulation relating to this licence can be
Application Evaluation Process
An Operator’s Licence is required for
the purpose of making provision for the invitation or acceptance of
bookings for a private hire vehicle. The Licensing Authority
may impose any conditions to the grant of an Operator’s Licence as
it considers reasonably necessary. The Operator’s Licence
will remain in force for a period of one year unless the Licensing
Authority specifies a lesser period, revokes or suspends the
licence. The licence is not transferable.
There shall be sufficient off-street
parking made available for the number of vehicles to which the
application relates. The operator shall provide details upon
request of the location of all such off-street parking.
Where an Operator uses a second
‘satellite’ base as an Operator’s office (whether it is a business
or residential address) within the same controlled district they
shall inform the LA so that the addresses may be stated on the
Licence. The Licensing Authority reserve the right to charge
for every additional office.
With the application you will need to include:
- Appropriate fee
- Details of off street parking
Please note it is the applicant’s
responsibility to contact the Planning Department regarding
- The Operator must inform the
Licensing Authority of any change of vehicle details that is
different to those stated on the current Operator’s Licence.
- The Operator must inform the
Licensing Authority in writing of any change of drivers within 48
- The Operator shall notify the
Licensing Authority in writing within 7 days of any change of home
address whether permanent or temporary.
- The Licensing Authority must be
informed in writing of any intended change of business premises and
approval obtained before any such change.
Renewal applications are sent out by Licensing
Services 8-10 weeks before licence expiry. If you do not
receive your renewal application 6 weeks before expiry, please
contact Licensing Services on 01723 232323 or email
to request a replacement to be sent to you.
Will Tacit Consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the
authority must process your application before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable
period, please contact the council.
Apply for a Dual Drivers Licence
If you wish to apply for private hire vehicle
licence, change the name or address on an existing licence or
request a replacement licence, please download the relevant form
below and complete in full.
Once completed, applications should be sent to the
Licensing Authority, accompanied by the relevant fee and any
required documentation at the following address:
The Licensing Authority, Scarborough
Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough,
North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG.
If you have any questions relating to the
application process or how to complete the forms please contact the
Licensing Service on 01723 232323 or email email@example.com.
A public register is available online.
If you wish to view the Council's online register please click
You can also view a copy of the register at the Council's Offices
during normal office hours. To make an appointment to view
the registers please contact the Licensing Service on 01723
232323 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Failed Application redress
Please contact the Local Authority in the first
An appeal against a decision may be made by the applicant
within 21 days from the date of receipt of the notification of the
Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, The Law
Courts, Northway, Scarborough, YO12 7AE
The Council operates a complaints procedure. To view the
complaints procedure or to make a complaint relating to the service
you have received please click here
Should any person have a complaint relating to a licensed
premises or suspect a premises is operating without the required
licence, please contact Licensing Services on 01723
232323 or email email@example.com