Homes and property Selective licensing: renting out houses in designated areas

Apply for a licence

Complete our online form to apply for a selective licence. The form is made up of four parts:

  • one to three – applicant and management information
  • four – property information (fill in one for each house/flat you rent out)

Applications will be processed within six weeks. If you have not heard from us in this time, you should not assume a license has been granted.

If your property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) with five or more unrelated occupiers, check whether you need to apply for a Mandatory HMO licence instead.

If you have any queries email

For technical help with filling in the form call: 0333 600 6330

Cost of a licence

The licence fee is £650 for the first property and £550 for any others.

Each licence will last for the full duration of the designation, which is five years.

Refusal of a licence

We can refuse to grant a licence if the person or manager applying is not a ‘fit and proper’ person or if they are not the most suitable person to be the licence holder or the management arrangements are not satisfactory.

In situations where there is no prospect of the property being licensed, we can apply for an Interim Management Order (IMO) to take over the management of the property. If granted the IMO would last up to a year until suitable arrangements are put in to place. If this takes longer, we can apply for a Final Management Order (FMO), which if granted can last up to five years.  

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