Additional Licensing for HMO's

Nottingham has had a scheme of Additional Licensing for HMOs since 2014. The current scheme is due to close on 31st December 2018 and a new 5 year scheme will begin on 1st January 2019.

The Consultation on the 2019-2023 scheme is now closed and the response can be found in the Executive Board report here.

The 2019-23 Additional Licensing Scheme was approved on 18th September 2018. The Statutory Public Notice is available here.

And a map of the 2019-23 Designation is available here.

The new fee structure for Additional and Mandatory Licensing was approved on 18th September 2018. This comes into effect immediately and applies to all HMO licence applications made on or after 19th September 2018. 

Revised licence conditions were also approved on the 18th September 2018. These come into effect immediately and apply to any new or pending applications. These will be applied to existing licences upon licence renewal.

Current licence holders will be notified in coming months as to how the new scheme (2019-23) will affect them.

Very generally; Additional licensing applies to shared houses and flats which have 3 or more occupants, from 2 or more households.


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 = 3 households
  • A couple and a 1 friend = 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


Some flats are also covered under the Additional Licensing Scheme if they are occupied as HMOs.


The Housing Act 2004 sets out that the requirement for a licensing fee and this is set by the Local Authority. The fee will be collected in two parts and the first part payment is required for an application to be considered as duly made*

*Duly made is the point in which we accept an application as being submitted with all of the information that is legally required. 

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?

You will need to make a new licence application and 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 over the telephone by debit or credit card. Please note that the City Council does not accept cash. Once your application is received and reviewed a member of the team will contact you to make the first payment. The second part payment will become due when the licence is granted. If the licence is not granted the second part payment will not become payable.

Payment can be made by cheque (payable to Nottingham City Council) until the 31st December 2018 after that date cheque`s will no longer be accepted.

Coming in 2019; only card payments will be taken via the new online application system and will be required before the application is submitted to us.

The fee is none refundable.

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 Management 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. Licenses 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(s)

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.

Failure to apply for a licence

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.

In cases where a successful prosecution or multiple financial penalties are issued may result in a Banning Order against the guilty person, this would mean they are unable to hold a licence and may result in their properties being taken over by the Council.

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 2000 (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.


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