Private hire operator licences

If you currently run, or want to start to running, a taxi business in the Barnsley borough where bookings are taken from customers and recorded by the operator, you'll need a licence to do this.

We'll grant you a licence if:

  • we're satisfied that you're a fit and proper person to hold such a licence; and
  • we're sure that the operation of the business will not cause a nuisance or obstruction problems to neighbouring premises.


A one-year private hire operator licence is £63, and a five-year licence is £127.

The same fee applies regardless of the number of vehicles operating.

Apply for or renew an operator licence

To apply for a new operator licence you need to:

  • pass an enhanced DBS check (see below);
  • provide a photographic proof of identity, such as a valid passport, driving licence or UK residence card;
  • have permission from the landlord if you're going to run the business from a council house or other rented property;
  • provide evidence that planning permission is either not required, or has been granted, for the premises you want to use. Any fees for this are separate to the operator licence fee.

If you already have an operator licence and want to renew it, your existing enhanced DBS check certificate must be valid on the date your current operator licence expires. If not, you must have a new enhanced DBS check completed and upload a copy of your new certificate as part of your renewal application.

Enhanced DBS checks

Before we'll grant you an operator licence you need to pass an enhanced DBS check. Checks must be completed by Barnsley Council's DBS checking service, and there's a fee for the check to be done.

Email to request an appointment to complete your check. At your appointment you'll need to provide proof of your National Insurance number and address, and have your driving licence and a valid passport (if you have one).

When the check's complete you'll receive a certificate through the post. Please note, it can take several weeks for you to receive your certificate. You need to contact the Disclosure and Barring Service if you have any queries or want to track the progress of your DBS check.

If your application's successful we'll email your new licence to you. You'll usually receive this within 10 working daysWe'll email you if we need any more information from you to process your application.

If your application's not successful we'll email you to let you know the reason for our decision.