Chelmsford City Council

Private hire vehicles

Due to coronavirus, we have made some changes to the application processes for licences. We are also now only accepting payments for licences over the phone. You can read more about the changes we have made.

You will need a private hire vehicle licence if you own or drive a private hire vehicle (minicab).

Customers must book private hire vehicles (minicabs) in advance, and can't hail them on the street.

You also need a driver licence, and the person taking your bookings needs an operator licence.

The same authority needs to issue the private hire vehicle licence, the driver licence and the operator licence.

To operate in Chelmsford, all three of the licences need to be from us.Therefore, if you have a private hire vehicle licence from us, you will also need a driver licence from us. You can only accept work from an operator with an operator licence from us.

When you licence your vehicle for the first time, it must be less than four years old. When you renew your licence, your vehicle must not be more than twelve years old.   

To apply for a private hire licence, you need to contact us.

We will provide an application form, which you need to complete and return to us with the fee of £317 and the supporting documents.

For this licence, the supporting documents you will need are:

  • a completed proprietorship requisition form

  • the original certificate of your insurance cover, which much include cover for public hire

  • a mechanical inspection certificate

  • your log book or bill of sale for the vehicle

Once we receive your application, we will:

  • acknowledge it within three days

  • check that your application and paperwork is correct

  • arrange to view the vehicle

  • issue your licence


Renew your licence

Your private hire vehicle licence will be valid for one year from the date we granted it.

You need to renew your licence every year, before the current licence expires.

The renewal fee is £309.

Once we receive your renewal application, we will arrange to view the vehicle, then notify you of our decision.



We do not regulate the fare you can charge your customers. The fare should be agreed between the operator and the customer when the customer makes the booking.

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    Last updated: 19 March 2020

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