Additional HMO licensing scheme

Licensing for smaller Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

Following extensive consultation, Housing & New Homes Committee agreed to the introduction of a citywide HMO licensing scheme from 1 March 2018.

Unless additional licensing schemes are ended beforehand, they last for a period of five years. They apply to smaller houses in multiple occupation, consisting of two or more storeys, with three or more occupiers from two or more households sharing facilities.

For further information on the scheme go to our frequently asked questions about our additional licensing schemes.

Standards of the licensing scheme

Properties that are required to be licensed should meet certain standards. You can read details of these in our HMO Licensing Standards (PDF 295KB).

How to apply for an HMO licence

Fees are calculated automatically when you complete the application form. You can check the fees on our HMO licensing fees page.

HMO Licensing and Planning

Please note that processing an HMO licence application and issuing a licence does not grant any planning consent that might be required for the property to be used as a house in multiple occupation. Additional planning controls exist in Brighton & Hove meaning that full planning permission may be required to rent a property as an HMO.

If you are unsure if planning consent is needed, please see our planning pre-application advice webpage on houses in multiple occupation.

Related committee meetings

Housing and new homes committee – 15 November 2017