Additional licensing scheme

You must apply for a licence under the additional scheme if you’re renting out a small House of Multiple Occupation (HMO), as prescribed by the Housing Act 2004.

A property is defined as a small HMO if all of the following apply:

  • it’s rented to three or more people who form more than one household
  • tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

Buildings which are converted entirely into self-contained flats which do not comply with the Building regulations 1991 section 257 Housing Act 2004, are also required to be licenced under the additional licensing scheme.

These types of properties are considered potentially high risk, and therefore would enable the council to ensure that regulations in relation to fire safety standards, basic amenities and general management of the properties are being met.

For more information see the additional licensing designation.

Additional licensing scheme fees

Landlords and agents:

  • new applications - £1405
  • renewal to cover the administration and inspection costs of the licence procedure - £997

There is a discount of £75 available on the first application, for landlords who are currently members of an accredited scheme.

Licensing registers