Houses in multiple occupation licence

A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1 ‘household’ (eg a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. It’s sometimes called a ‘house share’.

You must have a licence if you’re renting out a large HMO. Your property is defined as a large HMO if all the following apply:

  • it’s rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
  • tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

Cost

For new 5 yearly licence:

  • Band A - £668 (Max permitted occupancy 6 persons)
  • Band B - £816 (Max permitted occupancy 7 - 9 persons)
  • Band C - £838 (Max permitted occupancy 9 - 14 persons)
  • Band D - £978 (Max permitted occupancy 15 or more)

Licence renewal fee is 50% of application fee.

Apply now

Apply online at Gov.uk:

Pay online

You can pay for your licence online right now using our secure payment system. Make sure to select the correct service from the left-hand side.

Legislation

You can find the current HMO regulations here:

Guidance

You can find current HMO guidance here:

Public register

You can find a list of all licensed HMOs in the district here:

Officer decisions

Report a licensing issue

Tell us about a licensing issue here:

Further information

You can contact the Environmental Health team for assistance:

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