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What is a Private Hire Operator licence?

A Private Hire Operator (PHO) licence is required to enable a person to accept or invite bookings for Private Hire Vehicles.

Private Hire Operator Licence applicants are required to operate from a base. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that relevant planning permission is in place for their premises.

Licences are issued to an individual/individuals or companies and relate specifically to an address of the licensed private hire office. The licences are not transferable.

All bookings for Private Hire journeys carried out by Private Hire vehicles must be taken through the licensed PHO booking office, known as the Operating base.

It is the responsibility of Operator to ensure that all vehicles and drivers working from their office are licensed by Selby District Council.

The Private Hire Operator must keep a record of each booking, the name of the passenger, the destination, the name of the driver, the number of the vehicle and any fare quoted at the time of booking, including where the booking has been received or passed to another operator. This information will enable the passenger to be traced if this becomes necessary and should improve driver security and facilitate enforcement. Records are to be held for at least twelve months and be available for inspection upon request.


The applicant will be checked to ensure that the applicant is a 'fit and proper person' to hold an Operator Licence. The operating premises to be licensed must be situated with the Selby District Council.

All new applicants will need to meet with a member of the Licensing Team at the Civic Centre, where an application will be issued and the procedure discussed. A Right to Work check will be carried out at this time. A range of documents can be used to evidence your right to live and work in the UK, as detailed below:



Licence - £278.90 (issued for 5 years)

A fee of £11.00 is payable if an amendment to a licence is required.

Tacit consent

A tacit consent does not apply to a private hire operator application, meaning that your application will not be automatically granted after a specified period of time. Each application must be considered on its own merits to ensure that all safeguarding checks are completed.