House in multiple occupation (HMO) licence

Apply for, vary or renew your licence

Apply for a HMO licence

You can apply online for a HMO licence or download an application form and return to us.

Mandatory licences last for up to five years from date of issue.

Additional licences expire on 20 December 2017.

You'll need to pay a fee when applying (they cover the costs of operating the scheme).  Our fees increased from 4 April 2016.

The fee depends on the type of property: 

  • one or two storey properties - the fee is £200 per room available for letting
  • three or more storey properties - the fee is £240 per room available for letting
  • property for charity use - the fee is halved.

You can get discounts if:

  • you are an accredited landlord - a current member of an approved accreditation scheme, for example UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership (UKLAP) - for a £100 discount. Valid membership details must be provided and verified to received this discount.  This is for new applications only and not renewals.
  • 50 per cent reduction on the licence fee for registered charities. 

We also offer an assisted application service which covers completing the application, supporting documents and plans. This is available for £300 per property.  

Please contact the Residential Enforcement Team for more information.

We also charge the following penalty fees:

  • £300 penalty fee where no application has been made and the property is then subsequently discovered by the Council.  The Council may also decide to prosecute the landlord for committing an offence under Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004.

Download an application form here.

Change (vary) your HMO licence

If you need to change or vary your HMO licence you can apply online or download an application form and return to us.  

There is no fee for a variation to your licence.  Please be aware that we may need to inspect your property prior to issuing a variation to your licence.

Please note, we cannot transfer a licence to a new licence holder.  You would need to apply to revoke your current licence and the new applicant would be required to submit a new application complete with full fee. We do not refund licensing fees.

Reasons to change your licence could be:

  • change your address / name (e.g. due to marriage / divorce)
  • change the name of your manager
  • increase or decrease the number of occupiers

Download an application form here.

Renew your HMO licence 

Prior to the expiry of your licence you must submit a new application with the supporting documents and fee.  You can apply online or download an application form and return to us.   To enable us to process your application, we would recommend submitting your application a minimum of 60 days before your current licence expires.

Any applications received after the expiry date of the previous licence, will be required to pay the “new” application fee”.

The fee depends on the type of property: 

  • one or two storey properties - the fee is £160 per room available for letting
  • three or more storey properties - the fee is £200 per room available for letting

You can get a discount of 50 per cent if you are a registered charity.  No other discounts apply.

Download an application form here.

Alternatively, you can apply online at the Government's website:

Apply online for a HMO Licence

Change your HMO Licence

Renew your HMO Licence

Please contact the Residential Enforcement Team for more information.