House in multiple occupation (HMO) - licence, fees and rules

Apply for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence

Please check whether you need a licence

If you are a landlord or manager of a licensable HMO and the property is not licensed, or the licence is coming to an end within the next two months, you must apply for an HMO licence for the property with the council right away.

Apply for a licence online

Apply for an HMO licence

Alternatively please print off a copy, complete and post it back to us: HMO licence application form (PDF)


Please check HMO licence fees

Who can apply for a licence?

Anyone can apply for a licence. A lot of conditions apply as to who can be licensed or involved in the management of licensable HMOs. Contact the Private Sector Housing Team for more information.

How long does the licensing process usually take?

Two months

What happens if your application is not processed by this council within the normal approved time period

It is in the interest of public safety and public health that the council processes the application. The council may be required to consult other external agencies prior to making a decision. Therefore, should you not receive confirmation that your licence application has been granted or rejected within two months of submission you may not start your business.

If you have not heard from us in that time period

Please contact Private Sector Housing

Complaints concerning the process

In the first instance, please contact us. Anyone who is refused a licence or objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Any change in circumstance

Licences cannot be transferred from one person to another. If you are looking to change the use or layout of a licensable HMO, you must consult with us about this.

Last updated: ‎23‎/‎11‎/‎2017‎ ‎11‎:‎30‎:‎17