Private hire operators licence

Who To Contact

Licensing Section
2nd Floor, Yorkon Building
Archway Road
Huyton
L36 9FB

Telephone: 0151 443 2300

Email: licensing@knowsley.gov.uk

 

Alert!

As of 5 April 2022 it is a legal requirement that all renewal applicants for:
 
  • Scrap Metal Licences
  • Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers
  • Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle owners
  • Private Hire Operators
 
MUST provide a tax check code to Licensing before renewal if;
 
They are renewing a current or licence that expired more than one year ago.
If a renewal applicant does not have a Government Gateway Account they must go online and create a Government Gateway account. Further guidance can be found on the Gov.uk website.
 
If applying for a new licence or for one held which expired more than one year ago applicants need to follow the HMRC Guidance. Visit the Gov.uk website
 
Please note that any check code is valid for 120 days only and even if applicants have a code as a driver, if they wish to be an owner or operator they need to provide a further code before being licensed.

In order for anyone to invite OR accept bookings for private hire within the Knowsley borough, it is necessary to first obtain a Private Hire Operator licence issued by Knowsley Council in respect of a premise wholly located within the Knowsley borough.

Please note that due to the current situation with the Covid-19 virus there is currently no counter service available.
Applications can be made by downloading the form from the link below and submitting the application by post or by leaving the application and supporting documents at the Huyton One Stop Shop main building external post slot (situated to the right of the main entrance).The form will be
processed and you will be contacted by telephone to make a card payment. You will also be told where and when you will be able to  collect your licence once issued

In order for anyone to invite OR accept bookings for private hire within the Knowsley borough, it is necessary to first obtain a Private Hire Operator licence issued by Knowsley Council in respect of a premise wholly located within the Knowsley borough.

Before you apply for a licence, you will need to find premises with planning permission or obtain planning consent for a Certificate of Lawful usage for the premises which you intend to use. To apply for a Proposed Use approval, please use this form.

There is an application fee payable to planning for such approval which is, as of 1 April 2019, £231.

If you only require a one vehicle licence from a premises at which you are resident, planning consent may not be necessary if certain licence conditions are imposed. To enquire about this possibility please email taxi.licensing@knowsley.gov.uk

Currently, Knowsley sets fees to recover costs of issue and compliance in respect of Operator fees. Therefore, fees will depend on how many vehicles you would wish to operate. Each licence can be issued for a one year or a five year period.

The 2020-21 Fees as from the 1 April 2020 are:

Number of vehicles 1 Year New 1 Year Renewal 5 Year New 5 Year renewal
1 Car £220 £210 £770 £730
2-10 Cars £280 £270 £980 £945
11-50 Cars £425 £400 £1,480 £1,405
51+ Cars £500 £480 £1,745 £1,670

The Deregulation Act 2015 made changes to the way in which a Knowsley Licensed Operator can legally work. Since October 2015, a Knowsley licensed operator can now subcontract bookings to an operator licensed by another council.

It is still the case that a Knowsley Operator can only use drivers and vehicles licensed by Knowsley and it is still the case that if an operator subcontracts to a licensed operator in another controlled district then that subcontractor operator may only use cars and drivers licensed by that other district.

It is also still the case that a council cannot issue a licence to an applicant who is based in another district. That would be 'ultra vires' of the council’s powers. Each council is responsible under Part II of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act of 1976 for licensing and supervising operators based within its own district.

Please call the contact centre on 0151 443 2300 for further assistance

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