Private rented sector licensing schemes

Following consultation in summer 2017, two new licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city were agreed at the Housing & New Homes Committee on 15 November 2017. The aim of the schemes is to improve consistency of management and maintenance standards in the city's private rented housing.

A new city-wide Additional Licensing Scheme for smaller Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) not covered by mandatory licensing was introduced on 1 March 2018. For more information about mandatory and additional licensing of HMOs in Brighton & Hove, please visit our HMO Licensing page.

The Designation for Selective Licensing in 12 wards in the city has been withdrawn by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government while our application is reconsidered for approval.

You can also read the report on the responses to the licensing consultations (PDF 2.41MB).

The full background on the decision to propose the schemes is given in the private rented sector discretionary licensing reports discussed by the Housing & New Homes Committee on 16 November 2016  and 14 June 2017.

Additional licensing scheme

Councils can introduce additional licensing schemes for HMOs smaller than those to which the mandatory scheme applies​ where certain conditions are met. The council has been operating schemes in parts of the city since 2012, and introduced the scheme city-wide from 1 March 2018. This affects properties of two or more storeys occupied by three or more people who are not from the same family and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

Further information on the new additional licensing scheme is below.

Please visit our HMO Licensing page for more information about mandatory and additional licensing of HMOs in Brighton & Hove.

Selective licensing scheme

The Designation for Selective Licensing has been withdrawn by the Secretary of State while our application is reconsidered for approval. We will inform you of a decision in due course.

Further information on the selective licensing proposals is below.

If you have any queries about our selective licensing scheme, please email selective.licensing@brighton-hove.gov.uk.