We will:

  • acknowledge your application within 10 working days 
  • email you if there are any problems 
  • email you to request payment
  • carryout the fit and proper persons check
  • arrange an inspection
  • issue the proposed licence for you to check
  • issue the final licence
  • add your licence details to the public register 

Please note that because of the volume of new applications, inspections will be carried out between January -December 2014.

We would like you to:

  • complete the application form and attach all the documents we need (extra charges may apply for incorrect applications)
  • submit the application electronically (by email),
  • tell us if you are thinking about changing the property in anyway
  • pay for your licence online or by card over the phone
  • attend the property inspection,
  • tell us if you are thinking about changing the property in anyway
  • check the proposed licence 

The inspection:

A Housing Officer will meet you at the property to check the following:

  • compliance with licensing standards
  • compliance with the HMO Management regulations
  • improvement work required to make the property safe. 
  • documentation such as a gas safety certificate, electrical report, Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), proof of accreditation etc. (please make copies available to the officer on inspection)

You do not have to meet all the standards at point of application.  If compliance work is required a condition will be applied to your licence with timescales for completion and you will be issued with a schedule of works to complete.  Please refer to our Enforcement and Licensing Policy .

Licences will be granted if: 

  • the property requires a licence;
  • a valid application form is received; 
  • the house is reasonably suitable for occupation for a maximum number of households or persons;
  • the proposed licence holder is a fit and proper person and is the most appropriate person to be the licence holder, and;
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory.

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