How will licensing work

Selective licensing

Anyone who owns or manages a property which falls within a selective licensing area must apply to the council for a licence. The council will issue a licence if it is satisfied that:

  • property falls within the designated selective licensing area
  • the proposed licence holder is a fit and proper person and must be the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • proposed manager is a fit and proper person
  • proposed management standards are satisfactory

Properties with a selective licence are shown on the council’s public register and interactive maps.

Mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing

Anyone who owns or manages an HMO which falls within the mandatory licensing conditions must apply to the council for a licence. The council will issue a licence if it is satisfied that:

  • HMO is suitable for occupation by the maximum number allowed under the licence, or can be made so by the imposition of conditions
  • proposed licence holder is a fit and proper person, and must be the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • proposed manager or agent must be the person having control of the property
  • proposed manager or agent must be a fit and proper person
  • proposed management standards of the property are satisfactory

Properties with a Mandatory HMO licence are shown on the council’s HMO public register and HMO interactive map.

Need to send us documentation or amend the details of your licence?

You can now upload documentation such as safety certificates (gas, fire, electrical and portable appliance), tenancy agreements or floor plans directly to your licence using the new upload function below. You can also request an amend to your current licence using this form. All you will need is your licence reference number which is quoted on your licence and any correspondence that we send you relating to your licence. 

Document upload/details update form

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