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

Do I need to apply for a HMO license?

A property needs a mandatory HMO license 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 license?

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 License 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 DBS check for the manager of the property
  • Gas safety certificate
  • Valid EPC certificate
  • Fire safety risk assessment
  • Electrical installation condition report
  • Fire alarm test certificate

How much does the application cost?

  • There is an initial fee of £290 which covers the administration of the application (non-refundable)
  • If an officer intends to grant a license, a further fee of £380 will be required

For further information on our fees, please consult the fee structure document at the bottom of this page

What happens when I submit an application?

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

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