Restrictions on HMO and permitted development

Article 4 planning and guidance 

Article 4 Directions remove the right to carry out certain types of 'permitted development'. If you want to do work that is covered by an Article 4 Direction you will first need to apply for planning permission. Within the city there are two main types of Article 4 Direction:

  •  'House in Multiple Occupation'(HMO)
  • Directions restricting work to specific properties

Houses in multiple occupation

Article 4 Direction means that you need to obtain planning permission to convert a family dwelling to an HMO with between 3 and 6 unrelated people sharing in the Nottingham area. Planning permission is already required for properties shared by 7 or more unrelated people.

See our guidance notes for more on HMO planning. 

Most privately rented homes in Nottingham also now require a license. Please see our HMO Licensing guidance page for more information. 

Specific properties 

Article 4 Directions have also been put in place on several specific properties, mostly within conservation areas.

These impose restrictions on minor building work, such as small extensions, outbuildings, and changes to windows and doors.

The details of each direction vary, and you are advised to use our Minor Works Enquiry Service if you are thinking of doing work within the area.

Areas covered by article 4:

  • Devonshire promenade
  • Foxhall road
  • Sneinton
  • Strelley village
  • Waterloo promenade
  • Wellington terrace

Other restrictions

Where planning permission is granted but we have a concern that works done in the future may give rise to problems, we may put a condition on the planning permission. 

 Conditions are often imposed:

  • on properties with small gardens, to prevent extensions or outbuildings taking up too much of the open area 
  • to limit the conversion of integral garages, if there is a concern that it would leave the property without adequate parking space
  • Where there is a concern that a new window in a particular wall could affect the privacy of a neighbour if put in without planning permission

Useful documents 

Contact Details

Planning and Building Control
LH Box 5
Loxley House
Station Street