Prior to applying for a licence, we strongly recommend that all applicants refer to the relevant legislation, conditions and policies adopted by Chichester District Council (the 'council'). Please see  for further details. Some of the key requirements are as follows: 

  • to provide and maintain a fire extinguisher;
  • first aid kit;
  • warning triangle;
  • no smoking signs, and
  • reflective vests for the driver and the maximum number of passengers the vehicle can carry.

In addition, all applicants for a private hire vehicle licence must ensure that the vehicle satisfies the following requirements:

European Emission Standard - EURO 4

If the vehicle was manufactured prior to the 1 September 2007, then the applicant must provide written confirmation from the manufacturer of the vehicle that it is compliant with the EURO 4 standard or higher. If the vehicle is not EURO 4 compliant then it can not be licensed to work in this district. Please see the web page European Emission Standard - EURO 4 for further details.

Certificate of fitness

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then a 'Certificate of Fitness' for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon application. This must be obtained from Chichester Contract Services (CCS) based at the Depot in Westhampnett within 3 working days of the MOT. The Certificate of Fitness is based upon the 'National Inspection Standards' produced by the Public Authority Transport Network.

MOT certificate

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then an MOT Certificate for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon application. As specified above, this must not have been issued more than 3 working days before the Certificate of Fitness. The MOT can be undertaken at any garage. An MOT can also be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett.

Meter test

If the vehicle contains a meter, then it is a requirement that the meter is tested and sealed. This must be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett.

Certificate of insurance

A Certificate of Insurance will need to be obtained and provided upon application evidencing that the vehicle is insured for 'hire and reward'.

V5 registration document or V5C/2 slip 

The Driving & Vehicle Licensing Agency V5 Registration Document. If this is not available due to the vehicle being recently purchased, please provide a copy of the V5C/2 slip that confirms the details of the new registered keeper and date of first registration.

Multiple Person Vehicle (MPV)

If you are proposing to licence a MPV please check the seating layout first, as a licence can only be issued for the number of seats that allow clear access and egress from the side doors without needing to fold or move a seat whilst entering or exiting the vehicle. This means that many 7 seater vehicles will only be licensed for 5 passengers.

Renew a hackney carriage vehicle licence

A Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Vehicle Licence lasts for 1 year. You will receive a reminder letter approx. 6 weeks prior to the date the licence is due to expire. If you wish to renew the licence, then you must do so by the required time, otherwise the licence(s) will lapse and you will immediately have to cease providing the vehicle as a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire vehicle until such time that a new application has been made and a licence granted.

Please remember that with regards to a new application, it would be a requirement that the vehicle meets the Euro 4 or higher emission standard. Therefore if your vehicle does not meet this standard, it would not be re-licensed. Furthermore, if the renewal application is submitted less than 5 working days prior to the date of expiry, then this Licensing Authority (the 'Authority') may not be able to process the application and re-issue the licence(s) and badge(s) before the expiry of the existing badge(s). It is therefore strongly recommended that a renewal application is submitted at the earliest opportunity.

If you do not wish to renew the licence(s), please ensure that the current badge(s) are returned to this Authority within 7 days of the date of expiry.

If you wish to renew your vehicle licence then please complete the appropriate application form, either T10C or T10D having read the renewal letter TX16. 

Certificate of fitness

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then a 'Certificate of Fitness' for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon renewal. This must be obtained from Chichester Contract Services (CCS) based at the Depot in Westhampnett within 3 working days of the MOT. The 'Certificate of Fitness' is based upon the 'National Inspection Standards' produced by the Public Authority Transport Network. For this, and information on Taxi Licensing Fees, please see Related pages.

MOT certificate

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then an MOT Certificate for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon renewal. As specified above, this must not have been issued more than 3 working days before the Certificate of Fitness. The MOT can be undertaken at any garage. An MOT can also be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett:

Name:
Westhampnett Depot (Taxi Services)
Address:
Chichester Contract Services (CCS)
Stane Street
Westhampnett
Chichester
PO18 0NF
United Kingdom
Telephone:
Email:

Meter test

If the vehicle contains a meter, then it is a requirement that the meter is tested and sealed. This must be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett.

Certificate of insurance

A Certificate of Insurance will need to be obtained and provided upon renewal evidencing that the vehicle is insured for 'hire and reward'.

Taxi rank pass for Chichester train station - Hackney Carriage Vehicles only

Every hackney carriage vehicle proprietor that uses the taxi ranks at Chichester train station MUST ensure that they have obtained a rank pass from Meteor (Agents for Southern Rail) prior to using the rank. To obtain a rank pass please contact Meteor direct.