Renfrewshire Council

Taxi licence

If you want to use a vehicle to operate as a taxi in Renfrewshire, you must have a licence.

A taxi can be both pre-booked and/or hailed in the street.

How do I apply?

The Council introduced a new system for receiving applications for grant and renewal of these licences on 30 June 2020. Applications are submitted electronically with supporting documents being uploaded and verified. Payment will also be made via the system. Once confirmed in order, licence holders will receive the form electronically to print, sign and return to the Council to allow the application to be accepted and processed.  Please note that until the signed application form is received in the Council your application has not been submitted. 

Apply for a taxi licence

Guidance notes and conditions of licence can be found under related documents. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

What documents do I need?

  • a bill of sale (if an application to change your vehicle has been made in the last six weeks or if the application is for a new grant) or a vehicle registration document. Either of these must be in the name of the licenceholder. If there is a leasing agreement in place, the lessee's name should appear;
  • a vehicle inspection pass certificate from the Council's inspection centre at Underwood Road, Paisley. Guidance on taxi vehicle inspections can be found under related documents;
  • an MOT certificate, if the vehicle is more than 12 months old;
  • a comprehensive insurance certificate and schedule showing public hire use (for renewal applications). This must be in the name of the licenceholder. If there is a leasing agreement in place, the lessee;
  • a leasing agreement (if applicable);
  • evidence of entitlement to work in the UK; and
  • a check on previous convictions for applicants seeking a new licence, who were born or have been resident outside the UK for six months or more.

Guidance notes can provide more details on information to be submitted. These can be found under related documents.

How much is the licence fee?

Information on fees for all licences can be found in under related articles - click on 'civic application fees'.

Please note you will have to pay a fee(s) for any new plate(s) needed for your vehicle.

What criteria must be met to apply?

Renfrewshire Council has various policies for vehicles. The Civic Enforcement Officer can provide more details.

The main policies affecting you when making an application are:

  • type of vehicle used must be on our approved vehicle list;
  • must be coloured white;
  • must be less than eight-years-old from the date of first registration; and
  • must be subject to six monthly inspections from the time they are five-years-old from date of first registration.

How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within three months. A decision must be made within nine months.

Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.

What happens if there is an objection or representation to my application?

If an objection or representation is received the application must be considered at a Regulatory Functions Board meeting. You will be formally invited to attend. A copy of the letter will be sent to you with the citation.

What conditions are attached to my licence?

A copy of the conditions will be sent to you once your taxi licence has been granted.

You are required to have a full understanding of these conditions. These conditions form part of your licence and must be kept.

How long does the licence last for?

Applications for the grant of a licence generally last for a year. Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two-year period.