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Taxi licensing

The Council administers the licensing process for hackney carriage drivers and proprietors and private hire drivers, vehicles and operators.

Drivers and applicants need to be a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a licence.

Tax check

What you'll need to do to meet new rules if you're applying for a taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence.

You’ll need to complete a tax check if you’re:

  • renewing a licence
  • applying for the same type of licence you previously held, that ceased being valid less than a year ago
  • applying for the same type of licence you already hold with another licensing authority

Frequently asked questions and interim arrangements

What is the legal status of North Northamptonshire Council? Has it superseded licences/plates previously issued by the old Councils? 

North Northamptonshire Council is the unitary authority for the area of North Northamptonshire. This came into existence on 1 April 2021 as a consequence of The Northamptonshire (Structural Changes) Order 2020 SI2020/156 made under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. 

What is the geographical boundary of North Northamptonshire? 

North Northamptonshire comprises the areas of the former districts of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough. 

Which Licensing Authorities are now part of North Northamptonshire Council? 
Corby Borough Council, Kettering Borough Council, Wellingborough Borough Council and East Northamptonshire Council. 

Can Kettering Borough Council licensed operators operate throughout the whole of North Northamptonshire. Can they now despatch work to vehicles other than Kettering Borough Council licensed vehicles (ie North Northamptonshire vehicles)?

A private hire operator licensed by one of the previous constituent authorities is now deemed to be an operator licensed by North Northamptonshire. As a North Northamptonshire private hire operator, they can use private hire vehicles and private hire drivers licensed by North Northamptonshire. Until such time as updated licences are issued, this will include any vehicle or driver with a current licence issued by one of the former constituent authorities. 

What tariffs are applicable in private hire vehicles for North Northamptonshire? 

It will be a matter for each operator to set their own fares. 

Will former driver, vehicle and operator licences be converted into North Northamptonshire licences? 

Yes. The Council will be issuing updated licences to private hire operators, drivers and vehicles and hackney carriages and drivers in due course.

Find out about taxi licensing in your area:

If your area isn't listed, you may be a resident of West Northamptonshire.

Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the council changes.

Last updated 18 October 2022