The below information provides some helpful answers to queries regarding HMO licensing in our district

Do I need to apply for a HMO licence?

A property needs a mandatory HMO licence if it is both:

  • A HMO
  • Occupied by five people or more who do not form a single household 

For guidance on what constitutes a HMO please visit the page Houses in Multiple Occupation.

What changes came into force in October 2018?

Recently, there were two major changes to HMO legislation. These were:

  • The three storey element has been removed
  • The introduction of minimum rooms sizes (please see the bottom of the page for our rooms sizes)

What form do I need to complete to apply for a HMO licence?

This can be done online on the government website or by completing the form (HMO Application Form (PDF Document, 0.49 Mb)) and sending this through to

How long does a HMO Licence last for?

A HMO application lasts for 5 years. You will need to renew your application when it is about to expire. Please contact our office to organise this.

What supporting documents are required?

These are:

  • Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the licence holder of the property
  • Gas safety certificate
  • Valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) certificate
  • Fire safety risk assessment. 
  • Electrical installation condition report
  • Fire alarm test certificate
  • Floor plans of the property with an approprate key

How much does the application cost?

  • There is an initial fee of £290 payable with the submission of the application which covers the administration of the application (non-refundable)
  • If an officer intends to grant a licencse, a further fee of £380 will be required before the licence is issued

Payments can be made by calling 01530 454 563 or through the customer services team on 01530 45 45 45

What happens when I submit an application?

Your application will be processed one all supporting documents have been submitted together with the initial fee of £290.

Once an application has been submitted, an officer will ensure the correct documentation and fee has been submitted. Then, an officer will assess your application and organise a housing inspection. After completing this, an environmental health office will decide whether or not to grant a licence (subject to the second fee being paid).

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