Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licensing

If you rent out a property that is a house in multiple occupation (HMO), you may require a licence from your local authority. You will also need to apply for planning permission to change the usage of the property to a HMO.

Applying for or renewing an HMO licence - Form and fees

A licence application/renewal form can be downloaded from this page or you may request a printed application form by email.  Please read the application guidance notes for help in  completing your application or call us for assistance.

Applications to renew an existing HMO licence should be submitted two months before the existing licence expires. 

  • We need to know about any changes that may have occurred. 
  • You will need to provide updated information about your status as a ‘fit and proper’ person to act as the licence holder.
  • The new licence will last for a further five years. 

Fees

The licence fee for new applications and renewals  is £344 - you will be invoiced after you have submitted your application.

New Licences - What you are required to submit with an application

With your application you must provide:

  • A floor plan of the property indicating room sizes, location of the bathroom, toilet and kitchen facilities plus the position of smoke alarms, emergency lighting units and fire doors  
  • A current gas safety certificate (if the property has a gas supply).  Any application received without this certificate will be invalid.  Failure to provide an appropriate gas safety certificate within 14 days of request may result either in legal proceedings or a refused application.  The case may be referred to the Health and Safety Executive.
  • A valid electrical installation condition report.  If you do not have one, you will be asked to supply one within a specified period of time as a condition of the licence.
  • A portable appliance test certificate for any electrical equipment you supply as part of the tenancy. If you do not have a certificate, you will be asked to supply one within a specified period of time as a condition of the licence.
  • A declaration that all upholstered furniture supplied complies with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988.  To comply with the regulations, your furniture must:
    • Carry a permanent and non-detachable manufacturer’s label
    • Have fire resistant filling material
    • Pass the ‘match resistance test’ as prescribed
    • Pass the ‘cigarette test’ as prescribed.
  • Details of what fire precautions currently exist in the property, including the location of any fire doors and smoke alarms.  If your property does not comply with required standards you will be required to install additional fire safety measures within a specified period of time as a condition of the licence.
  • A written statement for each occupier of the terms on which they occupy the property, such as a tenancy agreement

Renewal Licences - What you are required to submit with an application

With your application you must also provide:

  • Property floor plan: if the property plan from your original licence application is no longer accurate.  
  • Safety certificates:  You must provide renewed safety certificates (gas, electrical, fire alarm, emergency lighting, portable electrical appliances) if any of them are out of date.  You must also provide an updated declaration that all upholstered furniture you provide as part of the tenancy is fully compliant with fire safety regulations. 
  • Fit and proper person declaration: this must be completed and signed by the proposed licence holder and any manager.

Last Updated: 4 May 2022