Selective Licensing

Selective Licensing Application 

Before you start

  • Proof of right to reside (to live) in the UK 
  • Gas Safety Certificate                                          
  • Energy Performance Certificate 
  • Evidence of landlord insurance for the property

You may also need to provide the following if relevant

  • Emergency Escape Lighting Test Certificate (if this is present in the property)
  • Fire Alarm Test Certificate where there is a fire alarm control panel
  • Most recent portable appliance test (PAT) certificate
  • Building regulations completion certificate and planning consents (If applicable)
  • Evidence of relevant training (if undertaken) by proposed licence holder
  • Written Fire Safety Risk Assessment (If applicable)
  • Evidence of relevant training (if undertaken) - for example the DASH online Landlord Development course   or EMPO Professional Training for Property Professionals

More information on these requirements is available here

HMOs are no longer included in additional licensing, however the individual flats within them will need a selective license if privately rented.

*A licence will last up to 5 years and one licence will be required for each private rented property, not each landlord. Landlords and property managers (person receiving the rent) need to apply for a licence, not tenants.

This handbook has been created to help guide landlords and letting agents through the Selective Licensing process.

Why is Selective Licensing needed?

The council has collected evidence which suggests that too many people in Nottingham are paying rent on private properties which are not safe or of a decent standard. In this video, Steve Matthews, Principal Environmental Health Officer, describes common problems with conditions in private rented properties and how Selective Licensing will help to drive up standards.

When will it start?

The scheme has been accepting applications since July 2018.

It is the responsibility of the person who has control of the property (usually the person who receives the rent for the property) to apply to the council for a licence. This can be the owner or manager. 

If you are in the process of selling your property and it falls within the designated area you can apply for a temporary exemption notice (TEN).

You can only make an application if you are the owner or person in control of the property. 

A temporary exemption notice lasts for three months. You can renew for an extra three months in special circumstances. If the property still needs a licence after this period of time, you must apply for a property licence straight away.

If you wish to apply for a temporary exemption, please download, complete and return the Temporary Exemption Request Form to selective.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

For more information on temporary exemptions please view the document below.

Temporary Exemption from Licensing 

Please see details of statutory exemptions here


The new Selective Licensing scheme does not cover all areas of the city. It’s estimated to cover over 30,000 privately rented homes in a designated area. It's really important that you check if your property is in a designated area.

Is my rental property is within the Selective Licensing area?

Some properties, such as those managed by Housing Associations and Nottingham City Homes properties are exempt from licensing.

Fees and Discounts

Table 2: Fees for Selective Licensing




Standard fee

1st payment £460

2nd payment £320

Total £780

For non-accredited landlords

Fee for accredited properties

1st payment £360

2nd payment £120

Total £480

The proposed licence holder is accredited with the Nottingham Standard (either Unipol or DASH)


The Council will only give a refund if:

  • a duplicate application has been made
  • an application has been made for an exempted property by mistake

Click here for details of full Table of Fees for Selective Licensing

In addition to the two refund reasons stated we have recognised that awareness of the selective licensing application process takes time for landlords to become familiar with.

Therefore, we have introduced a temporary change to our refund policy where a full or part refund may be allowed in certain circumstances.  This only applies to selective licence applications made up to 31st January 2019.

Requests for refunds received after 31st January 2019 will not be considered. Further details of this temporary arrangement can be found by clicking on the link below.

Click here for Guidance on refunds.

A number of property owners already deliver good quality and well managed homes and have gained Nottingham Standard accreditation via DASH or UNIPOL.

Landlords are still encouraged to apply for the “Nottingham Standard” and the many benefits it brings via DASH or Unipol, but after this date they won’t be able to benefit from a discount on the licence fee.

More information on accreditation is available from DASH or UNIPOL

The Council believes that the fee should not lead to landlords increasing rent. The Council recognises that some landlords may choose to do this. The Council has worked hard to offer lower fees to accredited landlords, with savings of £300 on the licence applications fee.

If landlords do increase rents, this should be following the correct, legal procedures and should not exploit this opportunity. The Council is not permitted to make a profit from the scheme.


 It is against the law for any landlord to rent out a property in designated Selective Licencing areas without a licence. We will work with other partner agencies across Nottingham to find unlicensed properties and take legal action.

Landlords with unlicensed rented properties can face a financial penalty notice of up to £30,000 or an unlimited fine from the court.​ You could also have control of your unlicensed properties taken away from you, and be ordered to repay up to 12 months rent to us or your tenants. 

Landlord Forum 6th November 2018

Following legal advice, where there is genuine difficulty for landlords in being able to submit an application in time due to the number of properties, the council is proposing to allow landlords with more than 30 properties and agents with more than 120 properties to apply over 3 months. 

This is only in agreement with the council and is subject to the council receiving a full list of the all properties and timescales of when the applications will be submitted. Anything other than this will be considered only in exceptional circumstances on a case by case basis. 

There were 11 prosecutions in total between 2016 to 2018 with fines totalling £68,887.


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.

You are free to use any information supplied for your own personal use. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner. 

If you are unhappy with the response provided or with the handling of your request, you can ask for an internal review by email: informationrights@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or writing to the

Information Governance Specialist,
Freedom of Information Team,
Legal & Governance,
2nd Floor,
Loxley House,
Station Street,

Your request for an internal review should be made to the council within forty working days of the date of this letter. Please quote reference IG-11179 in all communications.


If you remain unhappy after receiving the response to your initial complaint you can request an independent review from the Information Commissioner's Office at FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution,

Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,

 You may also contact the Information Commissioner's Office by telephone on 01625 545 745

Updates can be found on our social channels: @mynottingham, @nottmrenters

Email: selective.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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