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 description of your property 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






There are three discounts available:

For all applications for an additional or selective licence:

  • From 1 March 2022 to 31 May 2022, an early bird discount of 30% off the licence fee (this discount will automatically be deducted from your fees on the application portal)

For mandatory, additional or selective licence applications:

  • Gold Standard Charter landlords receive 50% discount from their ‘Part B’ fee
  • Gold Standard Charter landlords who have also signed up to the council’s Finders’ Fee scheme will not be charged the ‘Part B’ fee

For more information regarding the Gold Standard Charter click here 

For more information on the council’s Finders’ Fee scheme click here

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: 27 February 2023

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