Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

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3. Mandatory HMO licensing

Mandatory licensing of HMOs is required by law, and is operated by all local councils in England and Wales. Currently, mandatory licensing applies to:

  • All HMOs with 5 or more occupiers living in 2 or more households, who share an amenity such as a kitchen, bathroom or toilet, regardless of the number of storeys. The storey requirement was removed from the previous definition on 1 October 2018.
  • Other changes to the regulations mean that some flats, including those over shops, will also require a licence if they are occupied by 5 or more people, from 2 or more separate households.


Apply for your new licence or renew your existing licence

The mandatory HMO application form can be accessed by clicking the Start button below.

Please note: If you already have a paper application form, these will be accepted until 1 April 2020. After that date applications may only be made online.


The licensing fees for 2019/2020 have changed and these are now split into two parts:

  • Part A needs to accompany the completed application form. Part A costs are £220.00.
  • Part B will need to be submitted when the application is complete. Part B costs are £590.00. There is a reduction in cost of £125, at this stage, if you are accredited under a nationally recognised scheme.

Please note due to the high volume of applications, you may experience some delay in receiving your new or renewed licence. We will issue email acknowledgments of your application and receipt of payment.


Further reading

More information on HMO licensing is available on the page Licensing of houses in multiple occupation in England: a guide for landlords and managers

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More info about the journey

You will need:

  • The applicant's details
  • The proposer's details (if applicable)
  • The agent or manager's details (if applicable)
  • Details of owners / interested parties
  • Mortgagor details (if applicable)
  • Freeholder details
  • Leaseholder details (if applicable)
  • Details of other relevant persons
  • Details of the property to be licensed
  • Building plans
  • Electrical, fire, furniture and gas safety information and certificates (as applicable)
  • Property management details
  • Details of any other HMOs
  • A debit or credit card to pay the initial (part A) application fee
  • Your application will be reviewed by a council officer whom will then be in contact with you
  • Our online form is the best way to register or renew an HMO licence