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Apply for an operator licence

Apply for an operator licence

You need an operators licence if you want to operate licensed private hire vehicles driven by licensed private hire drivers.

How to apply

You can either drop off the following items at the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street or post the following to Licensing team (Temple Street) Bristol City Council PO Box 3176 Bristol BS3 9FS:

Please note applications take at least 10 working days to be processed.

If you want someone else to discuss your application or licence with us on your behalf, you’ll need to give us written permission.

How much it costs

A private hire operator licence may be granted for up to five years and costs:

1 Year: £165.00
2 Years: £330.00
3 Years: £495.00
4 Years: £660.00
5 Years: £825.00

You should read the operator conditions (pdf, 305KB) (opens new window) before submitting your application.

Contact information

Licensing Team

100 Temple Street

Bristol City Council

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

Drop in hours at Citizen Service Point, 100 Temple Street:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 5pm

We will close at 1pm on 24 December.

Office address

Citizen Service Point
100 Temple Street
Bristol
BS1 6AG

Email: licensing@bristol.gov.uk