Three Rivers District Council is responsible for issuing and enforcing a wide range of licences, permits, consents, and registrations. 
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  We have made changes to our Private Hire Vehicle and Operator licences. As of 16th July 2018, following a consultation, our Private Hire Vehicle licence standard conditions , Private Hire Driver licence standard conditions and Private Hire Operator licence standard conditions have been updated. These conditions were approved at Regulatory Services Committee on 20th June 2018. Please click on each link to read the new conditions. These conditions supersede all previous conditions, and apply to all current and new licences.    




As of the 1st June 2018 Three Rivers District Council will no longer be accepting cash or cheque payments for any applications. If you wish to submit applications by post you will need make payment over the phone by calling 01923 776611. Alternatively if you are coming into our offices to submit an application, payment by card only can be made in our reception.
Payments for Sundry Invoices can be made via BACS -  The Council’s bank details are Account name: Three Rivers District Council, Sort code 30-97-07 and Account 00912478. On any payment you must quote your reference number which appears on your invoice (10 digits in length beginning with 7) Alternatively payment for an invoice can be made by using our On-line Payment System    


Current Licensing Consultations

Please click here to view any current consultations taking place.

Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Licensing 

Any Hackney Carriages (taxis) or private hire vehicles (minicabs) that wish to operate in Three Rivers must be licenced by us. Separate licences will be required for vehicles, drivers and operating companies.
Private Hire Operator Licence

Complaints about taxi or private hire drivers, vehicles or operators
Please see our complaints page

Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing

Individuals or organisations which provide certain licensable activities, such as selling alcohol, providing regulated entertainment, or supplying
late-night refreshment, must hold licences to authorise these activities, under the Licensing Act
Where these activities are intended to take place within Three Rivers District, we are responsible for issuing the licences needed by organisers. 
Current Applications
You can see details of the applications we are currently consulting on here: 
Types of licences 
About the Act
Download the current list of Responsible Authorities here:
Public registers for Licensing Act 2003 are available to view here:

Gambling and Lotteries

You will need to apply for a gambling licence or permit if you wish to operate any of the following:gambling.png
Small society lotteries - this licences charities and small societies to hold raffles and lotteries
Gambling Premises - such as bingo halls, betting shops
Gaming - including gaming machines and club gaming, e.g. fruit machines in a pub, bridge clubs etc

Charitable Collections

Anyone who intends to collect money or other property in public places for charitable purposes must be licensed by us. The aim of this is to ensure that genuine charities benefit from such collections, and that members of the public are not caught out by dishonest or fraudulent collectors.
To view who has been granted a licence to carry out collections in our district please view our register:
Annual Diary of Licensed Collections 

Street Trading

Street trading means the selling, exposing for sale or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) or the supplying or offering to supply any service in a street for gain or reward. 

A street includes any road, footway or other area that is within seven metres of a road or footway and is not enclosed and to which the public have access without payment.

ice-cream.pngIt is an offence to trade on streets anywhere within the District without a street trading consent.

This includes the selling of cars or other vehicles on the street. If you wish to report a vehicle or vehicles being offered for sale on the street you can do so by contacting us.

Scrap Metal Dealers

Any person who carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer in Three Rivers District needs to be licenced by us.



Licences and consents administered by other departments or organisations

There are a number of types of licence and registrations that the Licensing Department do not deal with. Please see below for more information.
  • Door supervision and security licences  -  The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is responsible for licensing all individuals and companies working in the security industry, including door supervisors and security guards.
  • Performing rights licences  -  Businesses playing music may need to obtain licences from the Performing Rights Society (who license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music) and Phonographic Performance Limited (who licence the playing recorded music and/or music videos in public). If you are showing copyrighted films in public, you will usually need a licence from the film's distributor. Many studios are represented by distributors such as the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation or Filmbank Media, who issue both single screening licences and annual licences. The British Film Institute also distributes a variety of classic films, including in specialist formats.

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