Impact on WRS Licensing due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) –
26 March 2020 - Update for taxi and private hire licence holders across Worcestershire

In light of the latest Government guidance aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), all licensing surgeries have now been SUSPENDED until further notice.

This has implications for TAXI licence applications as follows:

With effect from 26 March 2020 applications for NEW licences CAN NOT be processed.

Temporary arrangements have been made to allow RENEWAL applications to be made by email.

More information on how to make your renewal application is available from the links below. Click on the name of the Council that issued the licence you want to renew:

Bromsgrove District Council Worcester City Council
Malvern Hills District Council Wychavon District Council
Redditch Borough Council Wyre Forest District Council

You will see that the temporary arrangements require you to complete a declaration form and submit this will your normal application form. These are:

Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Licence Declaration on renewal during coronavirus disruption

Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Driver Licence Declaration on renewal during coronavirus disruption

Private Hire Operator Licence Declaration on renewal during coronavirus disruption

We understand that you may have a number of other questions or queries during this difficult time, and we will continue to update our taxi licence guidance for licence holders. In the meantime please do not contact our offices unless it is a matter of extreme urgency, as our staff cannot provide any further information at this time.
For the most up to date information on the coronavirus pandemic and what individuals and businesses should be doing to prevent the spread of the disease, please visit the Government’s website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus. This website also contains details of the financial packages the Government is providing to support businesses through these unprecedented and challenging times.
Revisit this page often to keep updated with licensing developments.

Update 26/03/2020 - we have received the following information from the Department for Transport in relation to the continued working of taxis and private hire vehicles.

WRS Licensing:

Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) undertakes the licensing function on behalf of the licensing authority, including administration, regulation and enforcement, for all 6 Local Authorities of Worcestershire. These are:

Bromsgrove District Council Licensing

Worcester City Council Licensing

Malvern Hills District Council Licensing

Wychavon District Council Licensing

Redditch Borough Council Licensing

Wyre Forest District Council Licensing


All matters outside of the powers delegated to WRS are referred back to the Local Authority for decisions or actions by their elected members i.e. Licensing Committees.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services have a number of licensing regulatory and registration powers and duties. The Licensing section deals with the following licenses and registrations:

  • Licensing Act 2003 - alcohol sales, late night refreshment and other forms of regulated entertainment
  • Gambling Act 2005
  • Temporary Event Notices
  • Lotteries
  • Scrap Metal Dealers Licences
  • Animal Licences
  • Sex Shops
  • Street Collections
  • House to House Collections
  • Tattoo, Ear Piercing, Electrolysis Registrations
  • Taxi Licensing
  • Street Trading
  • Caravan Sites (Wychavon only)

Licensing Surgeries

***PLEASE NOTE - LICENSING SURGERIES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19***

When it is possible to resume normal service, surgeries are available as follows:

Bromsgrove District Council
Parkside
Market Street
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B61 8DA

Tuesday 13:30 – 16:00
Thursday 9:30 - 12:00

Worcester City Council
The Hive,
Sawmill Walk,
The Butts,
Worcester
WR1 3PB

Tuesday 09:30 – 12:00
Thursday 13:30 – 16:00

Malvern Hills District Council (Appointment only, call 01684 862151)
The Council House
Avenue Road
Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 3AF

Wychavon District Council
Wychavon Civic Centre,
Queen Elizabeth Drive,
Pershore
WR10 1PT

Tuesday 13:30 – 16:00
Thursday 9:30 - 12:00

Redditch Borough Council
Town Hall
Walter Stranz Square
Redditch
B98 8AH

Tuesday 9:30 – 12:00
Thursday 13:30 - 16:00

Wyre Forest District Council
Wyre Forest House,
Finepoint Way,
Kidderminster
DY11 7WF

Tuesday 9:30 – 12:00
Thursday 13:30 - 16:00