Additional HMO licensing schemes

Licensing for smaller Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in twelve wards

Following extensive consultation, Housing Committee agreed to the introduction of two additional HMO licensing schemes in the city.

Additional licensing has applied in the following five wards in Brighton & Hove since 5 November 2012

  • Hanover and Elm Grove
  • Moulsecoomb and Bevendean
  • St Peter's and North Laine
  • Hollingdean and Stanmer
  • Queen's Park

This scheme ended at midnight on 4 November 2017 and, until the new citywide additional licensing scheme begins in March 2018, only licences relating to larger HMOs (over three storeys and over five occupiers) expiring that day need to be renewed. Any planning requirements in these wards are not affected by this licensing scheme ending and they continue to apply as before.

It has also applied in the following seven wards since 2 November 2015

  • Brunswick & Adelaide
  • Central Hove
  • East Brighton
  • Goldsmid
  • Preston Park
  • Regency
  • Westbourne

​​View the list of street covered in by additional licensing in these seven wards (PDF 350KB)

If you are unsure if an HMO is in one of these wards, go to our maps and enter the address or postcode of the house. Click on local information and then select 'What's my ward?'.

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.

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.

How to pay

You will be given the opportunity to pay using our online payment system towards the end of the online application process​. Please ensure you include the first line of the licensed property address in the relevant section of the payments page.

If making an online payment is not possible for you, please call us on 01273 293156.

Please note an application is not valid until payment of the fee has been received.

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 committee - 20 June 2012

  • Subject: Proposed Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) & Amendment of Standards for Licensed HMOs
  • Wards affected: Hanover and Elm Grove, Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, St Peters and North Laine, Hollingdean and Stanmer, and Queen’s Park
  • Meeting agenda (PDF 200KB)
  • Designation notice (PDF 32KB)

Housing and new homes committee - 17 June 2015

  • Subject: Proposed Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and Revision of HMO Licensing Fees
  • Wards affected by proposed additional licensing: Brunswick & Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Goldsmid, Preston Park, Regency, Westbourne
  • Wards affected by HMO licensing fees: All wards
  • Meeting agenda (PDF 240KB)
  • Designation notice (PDF 41KB)

Housing and new homes committee – 15 November 2017