Apply for a House of Multiple Occupation Licence

Apply for a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence

If you are renting out a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) which has five or more unrelated people occupying it you will need to apply for a licence.

Contact us if you are unsure about whether your property needs a licence. A licence is valid for up to five years.

Apply for or renew a HMO licence using the links below.

Apply for a HMO licence*

Renew a HMO licence*

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You will need to provide:

  • A fully completed and signed application form
  • All required enclosures as outlined in the application form (Part 7 Licence Application Form, Part 6 Renewal Licence Application Form)
  • The full licence fee

Once the application is deemed valid, we will:

  • write to you to arrange a licence inspection
  • consult with other departments in The Council to check that the licence holder and manager is a 'fit and proper' person
  • if nothing is identified at the inspection or the consultation send a notice of intent to grant a licence giving 21 days to make representation
  • if no representation is received within 21 days we will issue the licence.

It normally takes three months to process a straight forward application, but could take up to a year.

Amending a licence

There is no fee to ammend a licence but you must inform us of any changes to the licence holder or manager, which includes change of address.  If you wish to amend the number of people on your licence we will need to carry out an inspection to check on room sizes and amenities.  To make a change to your licence email

A licence is non transferable, you will need to apply for a new licence if the licence holder changes.