A new, simple, sensitive and selective kinetic spectrophotometric method was developed for the determination of trace amounts of phenylhydrazine over the range of 0.02-0.30 μg/mL. The method is based on the inhibitory effect of phenylhydrazine on the oxidation of methyl red by bromate in acidic and micellar medium. The reaction was monitored spectrophotometrically by measuring the decrease in absorbance of methyl red at 518 nm with a fixed-time 0.5–2.0 min from initiation of the reaction..The relative standard deviation of 0.08 and 0.2 μg/mL phenylhydrazine was 1.7 and 2.4%, respectively. The method was applied to the determination of phenylhydrazine in water samples.