Additional Licensing

HMO Licensing 

Additional Licensing requires houses in multiple occupation (HMO's) shared by 3 or more unrelated people who share facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms, to have a licence in a designated area. Purpose built flats will be covered in this scheme.

The new Additional Licensing scheme area designation (map), applies from the 1 January 2019.  You need to check if you now require a licence for the new scheme as the area designation has changed please see the designation map. 

Download the fees and prices for HMO properties here:

Fees Table

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.

Before issuing the full licence (or refusal) we issue a draft licence (or refusal).  This gives you the opportunity to study the document and then make representations to us. 

Once the full licence (or refusal) has been issued, you have 28 days to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal FTT). 

Please visit the FTT pages for details of how to appeal. 


Some flats are also covered under the Additional Licensing Scheme and some buildings with flats may require a licence, or more than one licence.

  • flats within purpose built accommodation

(where there are 3 or more occupants from 2 or more households, see the definition for households above)

  • Converted blocks of flats

The whole building could require a licence

  • Buildings with self-contained flats

Some buildings can also require more than one licence.

If one (or more) of the flats is occupied as a HMO then this will need a licence (as mentioned directly above), however, the whole building may also need a licence if:

  • it does not meet the 1991 Building Regulations (or those thereafter)
  • no more than two thirds of the building is owner occupied

This is unless all of the flats within the building are licensed separately.

More information on Building Regulations can be found on the Government Website.


Households: a household can be one person or several people. A group of people that are related, or living as a couple or family are 1 household*.

*includes couples, same sex couples and children including fostered and adopted and any other relatives.

Note: Where tenants claim to be related we expect landlords and/or managers to have taken out appropriate checks to be confident that they are related and the property is not being occupied as a HMO.


  • Three friends equals 3 households
  • A couple and a 1 friend equals 2 households
  • A couple living with their parent are 1 household
  • A couple, sharing with 3 strangers who are all friends but not related would be 4 households
  • 2 friends would be 2 household because they are not related
  • 2 families would be 2 households


Landlords and agents who fail to apply for a licence face the risk of further enforcement action which could include a financial penalty of up to £30,000 or a prosecution with an unlimited fine. In addition to this, a record of non-compliance with Housing Law may affect your ability to hold a licence.

Accreditation last for 3 year under the Nottingham Standard (Unipol or DASH).

Landlords who claimed a discount on their licence fee as a result of being accredited must maintain their accreditation for the duration for their licence or return the discount/pay the difference between the lower and standard fee if it lapses.

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