Licencing Fee Review

The Council is responsible for the compliance and administration of a wide range of licensing functions. It is legally permitted to recover the cost of providing this service, from the licence fees charged. Following a review the Licensing & Environmental Regulation Committee approved the new fees set by the Council for functions carried out by the Licensing Team. This includes fees for licences issued to private hire, hackney carriage, sex shops and street trading consents, but excludes any fees set by Government.


For further information on this review please see the report of the Licensing & Environmental Regulation Committee – 'Licence Fee Review' and the Executive Cabinet Member Environmental Services report – 'Amendments to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy following the Deregulation Act 2015'.

Due to recent changes in legislation, policies and procedures the pages relating to private hire and hackney carriage are currently being updated. We apologise for any inconvenience and hopefully the new pages will be up and running soon. In the meantime if you have any questions or queries please email the licensing team.

How much will it cost?

The fee is detailed in the document Licensing Fees and Charges.

The Licensing Team will not process an application unless the necessary fee is paid in advance. Please send a cheque (made payable to Bolton Council) or postal order for the payment to the Licensing Team - the postal address and telephone number to pay by credit/debit card can be found on the Contacts tab. Credit cards are subject to a 1.463% surcharge, this reflects the banks charges to the Council for accepting credit card payments.

I want to compliment, complain or comment on a private hire vehicle.

If you wish to compliment, complain or comment on a private hire vehicle please contact the Licensing Team.

Please also see the Guidance to prevent illegal taxi and private hire working (626KB).

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