Taxi and private hire licensing

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy consultation now live

Changes are being made to structure of local government in North Yorkshire.

From 1 April 2023, a single unitary authority will replace the seven district and borough councils (us included) and the county council.

Work has already begun to bring the councils together and the local services they provide that we know you value and appreciate.

The existing seven borough and district councils currently have their own hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies.

A consultation is underway on a future single Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy for the unitary council.

A comprehensive review of the seven existing policies has been undertaken.  While they have several factors in common, there are differences in terms of applicant criteria, vehicle specification and procedures. 

The new policy is designed to ensure passengers continue to be provided with safe and accessible hackney carriages and private hire vehicles and to put in place a consistent regulatory framework for the trade across the county.

You can find out more, read the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy and take part in the consultation (open until 19 January) at:


Operators and vehicle licensing.