Homes and property Apply for a selective licence

Apply for a licence

Complete our online form to apply for a selective licence.


Fees and additional charges

Payment will be required electronically once your application has been approved.


To understand the legislation involved with this licence. Read the schedule 4 of the Housing Act 2004 

Application process

Check if your property needs a selective licence.

Applications will be processed within six weeks. If you have not heard from us in this time, you should not assume a licence 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 we refuse your application for a licence

The consequences of refusing to grant a licence are serious for both the landlord and us.  

As we would have a duty to take on the management of the property by making an Interim Management Order (IMO). 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.  However a full option appraisal will be carried out before any decision to refuse to grant a licence is made and the making of a management order should be regarded as a last resort.

Where a proposed licence holder or manager is assessed as being not ‘fit and proper’, we will work with that person wherever possible with a view to agreeing an alternative person who is fit and proper.

Making an appeal

You may appeal if we decide to:

  • refuse a licence
  • grant a licence with conditions
  • revoke a licence
  • vary a licence
  • refuse to vary a licence.

Appeals should be made to the Residential Property Tribunal, normally within 28 days. The Tribunal will also hear appeals regarding any enforcement notices that the Council may serve.

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