Apply for a property licence

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If you need help with the form, read our guide to licensing


Before you apply

  • Legal changes to property licence fee payments - Applicants for licences now only need to pay the first part of the fee with their application. The Council will request the additional “fee on grant of licence” just before the licence is issued. After an HMO Licence is granted, refunds will only be made in exceptional circumstances because the fees are calculated to cover the Council’s costs. See full list of fees. If have any queries on this matter, please email us on or 020 8937 2384.
  • The person applying must be the landlord or the agent who is responsible for managing the property - this should also be the person who is able to authorise, organise and pay for essential repairs to the property
  • A licence may be issued for up to five years
  • A licence is for the property and not for you as an individual. If you have properties outside of the borough you will need to apply for a licence with the relevant local authority
  • A Selective licence application takes approximately 15 minutes and a house of multiple occupation (HMO) will take around 30 minutes to complete.  You can save the form at any stage and go back to it if you need to
  • Read our privacy notice which explains what information we collect, how we use your information. 

What you'll need for your application

1. Full details of the license holder (if the applicant is not the proposed license holder). The licence holder must be the landlord or the person who is responsible for managing the property (to whom the tenants pay rent to).

2. Details of freeholder(s) and lease holder(s).

3. Mortgage company and any person or organisation that has a legal interest in the property.

4. A scanned copy of the current gas safe certificate. This will need to be uploaded as part of the application.

5. If you're applying for a mandatory or additional licence, you will need to categorise the rooms as follows:

  • bedroom
  • bedroom with WC
  • bedroom with shower or bath
  • bedsit (bedroom with cooking facility)
  • bedsit with WC (bedroom with cooking and water closet and wash hand basin)
  • self contained flats.

You will also need to provide the following information:

  • the number of bedrooms, living rooms (communal rooms), communal kitchens, bathrooms, shower rooms, WC (water closet with wash hand basin)
  • room sizes (in metres squared) for all bedrooms, bedsits, communal kitchens and communal rooms. (e.g. living room)
  • number of cooking facilities within the communal kitchen
  • the locations and description of all rooms within the property.

6. Details of fire alarm system and health and safety provisions in place, for example extinguishers, alarm sounders, fire doors and emergency lighting.


What happens after you apply?

Once you have applied and paid the correct fee, your application will be processed and you will be sent a draft licence, together with conditions that must be met.

The owner can make representations at this stage and, if agreed, they will be incorporated in the full licence conditions (if no agreement can be reached, the applicant has the right of appeal to the Residential Property Tribunal).

The licence will then be granted and following this the property licence will be issued.


Following the issue of the licence, the property will be inspected within the licence period. This is to ensure that the conditions are being met and that there are no serious hazards within the property.


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