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

Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licence fees

HMO licence application fees 2019 to 2020

Our fees are reviewed every financial year; any changes in fees take effect from 1 April and run until 31 March. 

Each licence is unique to the property and the level of risk presented by factors such as the size, layout, escape routes and room locations. The licence fee is calculated based upon the information you provide us with on your application and is largely dependent on the size of the property.

The council usually issues licences for the maximum period of five years but shorter licences may be issued if requested or where there are reasonable grounds to issue shorter licence periods.

Typically, the cost for a new five year licence on a small HMO is around £550 and a large HMO £750. The price for your licence may vary between these ranges and if you own an exceptionally large and/or complex building the price may be higher. If you require more information on fees before making your application, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team.

Once you have completed your online application, in most cases, the fee will be automatically calculated based on the information in your application. Before submitting the form, you will be directed to make the payment online. Otherwise, where the fee isn't automatically calculated, we will calculate the cost and send you an invoice.

Save £15 by applying for your HMO licence online: submitting your application in Word/PDF format incurs £15 charge.

If you are making a paper application, an invoice will be sent to you following receipt of the application and supporting information. Please note that if you require a licence for less than five years you must complete the paper application.

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