March 2020 Covid19 update – Licensing

To reduce face to face contact in light of the Government’s latest update on Covid19, the Licensing function at the Council is taking the following steps:

Please only submit licensing applications electronically for the foreseeable future and ensure that they are submitted well in advance of the renewal date. 6 weeks before the expiry of the licence is acceptable. Payments can still be made by calling 01757 705101.

Applications can be scanned or photographed (you need to ensure that they are readable). If you need advice or have a query about an application or licence please email Licensing in the usual way by emailing: licensing@selby.gov.uk

Please do not visit the Civic Centre unannounced, as we cannot guarantee that there will be anybody available to see you. Instead please contact the Licensing section in the first instance by email or telephone.

If you have haven’t already updated the Licensing Team with an email address please do so now, as this may have to be the main way we can communicate with you for the next few months. We also recommend that you check our website daily for updates, to ensure you have not missed any communication by using the following address: https://www.selby.gov.uk/latest-news

The Licensing Team will do all that they can to help you and your business through the next few months and recommend that you email us if you have any concerns at all. However, the onus is on you to ensure that any licence you have remains active and valid, following this advice.


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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.

As of the 22nd November 2017 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 (including DBS) - £273.40 (issued for 5 years)

A fee of £10.80 is payable if an amendment to a licence is requried.

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.