Taxi operator licence

Operators are the people or companies who take the bookings. Operators sometimes have offices where a customer can go to book a journey, or they can be contacted by phone, email, website or through an app. A private hire vehicle can only be dispatched to a customer by a licensed private hire operator.

Operators are regulated under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

To operate a Private Hire taxi company you may need to apply for planning permission to make sure that, if your business is run from home, it will not cause nuisance or obstruction to your neighbours.


Please download the list of fees below.


How to apply

Download and complete the forms below. To apply for an operator licence you will need to:

  • Undertake an basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check 
  • Provide professional character references
  • Provide proof of Planning Permission (if applicable)

We recommend that you read the guidance notes before you start your application.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us.

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Eastbourne Borough Council's Licensing Committee have adopted new Guidance (see below).  This Guidance comes into effect from 4 April 2022.  This Guidance will have a phased implemented over a six month period from April 2022.


Please download the list of fees below.

How to apply

Apply online

You can apply and pay for a taxi operator licence in the Eastbourne borough online: 

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