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'.

July 2017 : Due to high volumes of applications. Please note if you are making an application for a new private hire driver licence and your application is referred to the Licensing and Enforcement Regulation Committee there may be a considerable delay in a decision being made on your application.

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.

Online forms for taxi drivers

N.B. These online forms are for private hire and hackney carriage licence holders only.

Accident report

Change of address notification

Declaration of conviction, formal action, intelligence or 'non conviction'


Compliment, complain or comment on a private hire vehicle

Make a licensing enquiry


Licensing Team

Ground Floor

Town Hall

Victoria Square

Bolton

BL1 1RU

Telephone 01204 336584
Fax 01204 336201
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