Additional HMO Licensing

Salford City Council has designated an additional HMO licensing scheme in Salford. Under the scheme, private landlords who rent out a three or four person small HMO property in Salford, will be required to obtain a licence from the council, subject to any statutory exemptions.

If granted, a licence will be issued with a number of conditions which the landlord must comply with. You will find a copy of the declaration below.

This scheme will commence on 19 July 2021 and will last for five years. All licences will end on 19 July 2026.

It is a criminal offence to operate a privately rented property without a licence. A landlord will also commit a criminal offence if they fail to comply with any of the conditions of a licence. The licence conditions can be found below.

Prior to designating an area for additional HMO licensing, the council is required by law to consult with people, businesses and organisations that are likely to be affected by the proposals and also consider any views fully before making a decision.

The council has produced a consultation document which sets out a detailed explanation of the proposals and explains additional HMO licensing in more detail. If you wish to view the consultation document, you can find it below along with the licence conditions.


The fees below will apply whereby Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the application process have been completed and all relevant supporting documentation is uploaded.

Accredited landlords (Landlords and the property must be accredited prior to 19 October 2021).

What is Additional HMO Licensing?

The Housing Act 2004 provides a power for Local Authorities to licence HMOs which are not covered by Mandatory Licensing. Part 2 of the Housing Act provides for Additional Licensing of HMOs for example, in a particular area or the whole borough for those not covered by Mandatory Licensing.

An Additional HMO Licensing scheme will require all Houses in Multiple Occupation, irrespective of the number of stories that are occupied, by three or four persons to be licensed. The licence will be issued with licensing conditions, that must be adhered too.

It is proposed that Additional HMO Licensing will be introduced across the whole of Salford.

Why introduce Additional HMO Licensing?

Privately rented housing, including small HMOs has grown considerably within Salford and is an important part of providing a range of housing in the city, so it is important that the properties:

  • are of a good standard
  • are safe for tenants, and
  • are well managed

The council believe that introducing Additional HMO Licensing will help to:

  • improve property conditions within these HMOs
  • improve management standards
  • ensure residents will be afforded the same protection as people in licensed HMOs

About the consultation

The results of the consultation are available to download at the bottom of the page.

You can still view the consultation proposal report below:

Licence Fees

Applications Part 1 - application fee Part 2 - granting of the licence fee Total fee

Additional HMO new applications (base fee)







Additional HMO subsequent applications







Early application made within first three months of scheme received before 19 October 2021







Early subsequent application made within three months of scheme received before 19 October 2021







Accredited landlord new application made within three months of scheme received before 19 October 2021







Accredited landlord subsequent application made within three months of scheme received before 19 October 2021







Licence conditions

As a licence holder you must adhere to the additional licensing conditions, which can be found below.

For more information on HMOs in Salford you can visit our dedicated HMO webpage

You can also read the council enforcement policy, which explains how we deal with non-compliance.

Further details

  • Write to us at Landlord Licensing Team, Salford City Council, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5BY
  • Email us at:
  • Call us on: 0161 793 3344

This page was last updated on 4 March 2022

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