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Taxi Licensing Information

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Taxi Licensing Information

We are currently processing applications received on:

New badge applications: 16/11/2015
Renewal badges:  18/11/2015

New plates:  01/11/2015
Renewal plates:  13/11/2015
Transfers (Vehicle detail changes): 05/11
Changes of Ownership:  05

Please do not ring us to enquire about your application if your full, complete and final submission was submitted after this date.

Please note your vehicle application will not be processed until your driver licence has been issued.

Please note any new driver application forms pre-dated November 2014 will not be accepted.

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Important changes which came into effect on 1st August 2013:

  1. New applications (first time applications) for a Hackney carriage/private hire driver licence (badge) will be issued for a period of 3 years.
  2. Renewal applications for hackney carriage/private hire driver licences (badges) which require another DBS/CRB check will be issued for a period of 3 years.
  3. Renewal applications for hackney carriage/private hire driver licences (badges) which do not yet require a further DBS/CRB check will be issued for a period of 1 year.  The licence will be issued for 3 years when the next DBS/CRB check is due.
  4. The fee for a new badge will be £185.00 (from 4th May 2015). 
  5. The fee for a renewal badge (moved onto a 3 year licence) will be £185.00 (from 4th May 2015). 
  6. A direct check on the DVLA driving records for all licensed drivers will come into effect. 

Taxi enquiries are only taken between 9.00am & 12.00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Applications for new and renewal licences, including changes of vehicle, ownership and other transfers can be handed in between 9am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday, but please note our later opening time on a Tuesday of 9:15am.

Rossendale Borough Council does not send out information/application packs or other forms.  These must be obtained from our website.

Please note that a hackney carriage always remains a hackney carriage. It must adhere to the rules and regulations laid by Rossendale Council and can only be driven by drivers licensed by Rossendale Council. Rossendale Borough Council would expect licensed hackney carriages to predominantly operate within the Borough of Rossendale. If you wish to operate a Rossendale hackney carriage outside of the Borough, you are advised to obtain your own independent legal advice.


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Taxi Licensing

 Driver Information

 Vehicle Information

Other Applications 

First time & New drivers

New vehicle licences 

Change of ownership 

Renewal drivers

Renewal vehicle licences

Change of vehicle detail



Change of address



Notification of accident


Telephone: 01706217777 Option 7

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