• Apply for permits

  • Update: CTA continually reviews its permit application process to ensure that we are issuing permits to operators that meet the exemptions.  CTA will now only issue permits to providers who we can be assured meet the requirement to operate for non-commercial purposes.

    In order to be issued a Section 19 permit your organisation must have at least 3 non-related directors/trustees/committee members.    If you do not have this please explain in the section on the application form.

    Please use the new form attached below.

    The Community Transport Association (CTA) is a designated permit issuing body and we are able to supply section 19 and section 10B permits to our members. If you wish to apply for a permit, please download and fill in the relevant form below. You can email a scanned copy to permits@ctauk.org or via post to Community Transport Association, 12 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 1JF.

    Please note: Membership of CTA does not guarantee you will be issued a permit.  These are considered using different criteria and we must ensure you meet all of these before issuing.  


    Please note: In March 2019, the Department for Transport issued a Statutory Instrument (SI) which amends the 1985 Transport Act to make clear that a permit can only be applied for, and held by, an organisation that is exempt from the directly applicable EU regulation (EC1071/2009) setting out the PSV operator licensing requirement.

    On 1st October 2019, legislative effect was given to the ‘short distance’ exemption in Great Britain (only for England, Wales and Scotland). This has meant that CTA, as a designated body, has had to amend it’s application form for section 19 permits to take into account this new interpretation. There have been no changes to the section 10B application form.

    If you have any questions or would like some support completing the form, you can contact our advice service via advice@ctauk.org in the first instance. If you are applying for a section 19 permit, our advice is first to read the guidance on filling in the permit application form before getting in touch to discuss your enquiry. 


    CTA will process applications within 3 weeks, we do aim to issue permits within 5-10 working days, but be advised it may take 3 weeks.

    Section 19 Permits

    Download: Section 19 Standard Permit Guidance for Applicants

    Download: Application for a Section 19 Standard Permit

    Section 10B Permits

    Download: Application for a Section 10B Permit


    Please note, CTA is not able to issue section 22 permits. If you want to apply for a section 22 permit you will have to contact the office of the Traffic Commissioner. You can access their application form here or call them on 0300 123 900.