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Water supply issues in the GU1, GU2, GU4 and GU5 areas

Thames Water has reported residents in postcode areas GU1, GU2, GU4 and GU5 could be experiencing water supply issues. This is due to a power outage across the area. All sites are now back online but customers may still temporarily experience no water or low pressure. 

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Apply for a private hire operator licence

You need a private hire operator's licence to take bookings for private hire vehicles. Licences are usually granted for 5 years.

If your vehicle can carry up to eight passengers, you need a private operator's licence.  Anything above eight seats requires the licence to be obtained from Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) (opens new window)

Please read our  updated taxi policy 2021 (PDF) [1MB] before starting your application.

We offer pre-application advice on this licence.

Before you apply

To apply for a private hire operator's licence, you must be able to show:

  • you must also be a 'fit and proper person' - which means your background and character will be checked. We may carry out an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • you have Planning and building control or a certificate of lawful use for your operating base
  • if your operating base is open to the public you must have public liability insurance for the premises
  • the name of your business does not include the word 'taxis' or 'cabs'


Private Hire Operator's Licence (new/renew) - £2,223.10

Apply for a licence

To apply for a private hire operator's licence, follow these steps: