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Applying for a Licence

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Anyone can apply for a licence, but they must nominate a person or a company to be the licence holder.

This would often be the owner, but could also be a managing agent or anyone else, provided that the licence holder has sufficient financial control over the property.

Alternatively you can download an application form from the documents at the bottom of the page.  

Please complete the form, in conjunction with the HMO Licence application guidance notes, and return to us along with the fee and requested supporting documents.

What will I need for the application?

Nottingham City Council require the below information to consider your HMO application as duly made:

  • Information in relation to the applicant, proposed licence holder and manager, this includes their name, address, telephone number and email address
  • All questions in relation to the fit and proper persons status completed
  • All declarations signed, printed and dated by the correct person(s)
  • Clearly labelled sketch plans; one for each floor with amenities and dimensions
  • A valid Gas safety certificate (where there are gas appliances in the property)
  • A valid Electrical Installation Condition Report
  • A valid Emergency Lighting Testing and Inspection Certificate (where emergency lighting in present in the property)
  • A Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection Certificate (where there is a zoned fire alarm with an electrical control panel in the property)

Without all of the required information, we will not proceed with the application and it may be returned to you. We will write to the applicant/ owner to request the information before returning the application, though this may incur additional fees.

Fees

With effect from 1st December 2013 the HMO Licensing fees will be as follows:

Description

Licence application fee

Discount/Comments

Standard fee

£910

 

Standard fee

(multiple applications)

£870

£40 discount on the second and subsequent applications, if multiple applications are made at the same time from the same proposed Licence holder and manager, as only one fit and proper check will be required.

Accredited HMO fee

£795

£115 discount - must be accredited at the time of the application.

Accredited HMO fee

(multiple applications)

£755

£115 discount for accreditation PLUS

£40 discount for multiple applications (as described above).

Licence renewal fee

£830

 

Licence renewal fee

(multiple applications)

£790

£40 discount on the second and subsequent applications, if multiple applications are made at the same time from the same proposed Licence holder and manager, as only one fit and proper check will be required.

Licence renewal fee (accredited HMO)

£730

£100 discount for accreditation.

Licence renewal fee (accredited HMO and multiple applications)

£690

£100 discount for accreditation PLUS

£40 discount for multiple applications (as described above).

Finders Fee

£150

Where the Council has to do more than the normal amount of administrative work to identify an unlicensed HMO and bring it into the licensing regime.

Extra correspondence

£30 for each occasion

Where the Council has to do more than normal to obtain further information or to secure a valid Licence application during the licensing process.

Application to vary a HMO Licence

 Free

   No charge

The City Council may decide to issue the Licence for any amount of time, up to a maximum of five years. 

What happens if I do not apply for a renewal before the date of expiry of my current Licence?

Nottingham City Council will apply the fee which is applicable at the time the application is received for renewals, irrespective of whether any lower fee was applicable at the time a previous Licence expired. 

How To Pay For a Licence

Payment can be made by cheque (payable to Nottingham City Council) or over the telephone by debit or credit card.  Please note that the City Council does not accept cash.

Requirements For a Licence

The Council will consider whether:

  • the property is suitable for the number of persons requested
  • the proposed licence holder and manager are 'fit and proper persons'
  • the arrangements for managing the property are satisfactory as per the HMO Managemnt Regulations

The Council will use the information you provide in the application and may also inspect the property to make its assessment.  It will then either refuse or grant a licence.  Licences will have certain standard conditions relating to the management of the property and may have other conditions requiring, for example, the installation of further amenities.

Appeal Against Condition

Before issuing the full licence we issue a draft licence.  This gives you the opportunity to study the document and then make representations to us.  Once the full licence has been issued, you have 28 days to appeal to the Residential Property Tribunal (RPT).  Please visit the RPT pagesfor details of how to appeal.  

Failure To Apply For a Licence

Landlords and agents who fail to apply for a licence face prosecution, fines of up to £20,000, get a criminal record and the City Council may apply for all the income the property has generated, whilst unlicensed, to be seized, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  If the landlord is convicted of failing to apply for a licence, tenants will also be able to apply to have their rent repaid.

Further Information About HMO Licensing

Please click here to visit the DASH - Decent and Safe Homes website for further information or the Legislation website Statutory Instrument 2006 No. 371. You can also contact the HMO Team within Environmental Health.

If you are the owner, manager or person in control of an HMO and are in any doubt whether it needs a Licence, please contact the HMO Team within Environmental Health on 0115 915 2020 (Options 5) or by e-mail at hmo@nottinghamcity.gov.uk  for clarification.

Planning Permission

There are restrictions which apply to changing the use of dwellings.  Please visit the Planning pages of the web site for further information, particularly in relation to the Article 4 Direction which applies directly to the conversion of single family dwellings into HMOs.

Additional Licensing

Nottingham City Council ("the Council"), Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG, in exercise of its powers under section 56 of the Housing Act 2004 ("the Act") has on the 25th September, 2013 designated the area as subject to Additional Licensing.  Please see our specific page on Additional Licensing of HMOs for the Public Notice.

The Additional Licensing Scheme comes into effect 1st January 2014.Please visit the Additional Licensing of HMOs page which will be updated regularly, as new information becomes available.

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