Private rented property licensing

Fees, discounts and refunds


Before we can process your application for a licence, you will need to pay the licence fee. The application form calculates your fee, you must select the correct licence type and the correct number of bedrooms available for letting on the application form.

Fees are paid in two instalments. The ‘Part A’ fee is payable when you apply for a licence and the ‘Part B’ fee is payable when we issue you with a full licence. If we do not issue you with a full licence for any reason you will not have to pay the ‘Part B’ fee.

Type of licence

Part A processing and determining the application

Part B administration, management and enforcement of the licensing schemes


Mandatory licence

£1050 (+ £70 per bedroom above 5)

£450 (+ £30 per bedroom above 5)

£1500 (+ £100 per bedroom above 5)

Additional licence




Selective licensing designations

1, 2, 3 & 4





For mandatory, additional or selective licence applications:

How long is the licence valid for?

Licences are typically valid for five years however, properties with evidence of poor management or other housing related problems will only be given one or three years, depending on the severity of the issue.


The ‘Part A’ fee covers the cost for processing the licence, refunds will only be issued in exceptional circumstances and where we have not issued a draft licence.

We do not refund fees if the property no longer needs a licence before the licence expires. For example, if the property becomes owner occupied or is no longer let as an HMO in year 3 of a 5 year licence.

Page last updated: 23 February 2024


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