Licensing services update

All Civic/Taxi Driver/Taxi Operators Licences/Liquor Licences

This guidance is for current licence holders and anyone planning to apply for a new licence.  It explains the changes we are making to our licensing service to help minimise the disruption caused to licence holders by COVID-19.

General guidance

Please note that the public reception at Municipal Buildings, Greenock will be closed until further notice.

Face to face appointments

We are currently not offering face to face appointments.  Paperwork can be posted by Royal Mail, submitted electronically or hand delivered by posting in the letterbox which is located in the carriageway at the rear of the Municipal Buildings, Greenock and which will be clearly signposted.

New Applications - All new applications are suspended.  Please note if you submit a new application (civic/taxi driver/taxi operator/liquor licences etc.) it will not be processed until further notice.

Renewal Applications - We will endeavour to continue processing any renewal applications submitted prior to the expiry date of existing licences.  However applicants should note that it is likely that renewal applications will take longer than the usual timescales to process in light of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  An application for renewal in relation to a licence should be lodged prior to the date of expiry in order that an existing licence continues.

DVSA has announced that MOT tests across the UK have been suspended for six months due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic .Legislation due to be introduced on 30 March 2020 will come into immediate effect .

The council will suspend licenced vehicle testing from close of business on Monday 30  March 2020. Between now and Monday 30 March 2020 only vehicles with an MOT expiry date prior to 1 April 2020 will be tested .

All operators must note that the standard of roadworthiness of a licenced vehicle has not been relaxed . All operators and drivers require to comply fully with the vehicle standards stated in the taxi inspection manual.

Submitting Applications for Renewal - Renewal applications can be submitted to the licensing section by post or email.

Civic, Taxis, Miscellaneous and Liquor Licensing - Applications should be submitted by post or email.

Please ensure that applications for alcohol licences and civic licences are completed in full, signed and copies (not originals) of the relevant documentation are submitted.

By Post: The Licensing Section, Inverclyde Council, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock PA15 1LX.

By Email: Scan the signed form and documents as pdf files and send an email to

Payment: Payment can be made by telephoning the Contact Centre on 01475 717171 with your card details (please quote your name and licence number), BACS payments (details of which are undernoted) or by posting a cheque.

Licensing Board and General Purposes Board -  Please note that all Licensing Board meetings and meetings of the General Purposes Board will be postponed until further notice.  Licensing staff will be in touch with applicants advising of revised dates when known.

Contact Details - Licensing staff can be contacted by telephoning 01475 712139 or by email at

We ask that callers restrict their calls, in this emergency period, to telephoning between 10am and noon and between 2 - 3pm.

All licence holders are encouraged to keep up-to-date with government guidelines and advice in respect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Finally please note as the current situation develops it may be necessary for working practices to change.

Inverclyde Council Licensing Section will aim to maintain continuity of business, insofar as is possible, during these challenging times.

Details for BACS payments:
Account No. 00438747
Sort Code: 80-91-25

Page last updated: 7 April 2020