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Licensing - Birmingham City Council

Find all the information you need about HMO, Additional, and Selective Licensing in within Birmingham City Council. According to BCC figures, 69,000 rental properties will require either additional or selective licences from 5th June 2023.

Mandatory HMO Licensing

National mandatory HMO licensing is in place for all properties let to at least 5 people who are not from 1 ‘household’ (for example a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. It’s sometimes called a ‘house share’.

Additional Licensing

From 6th June 2023, all HMOs not included in the national mandatory scheme will require an Additional Licence.

Selective Licensing

From 6th June 2023, all privatley rented properties with 25 of 69 Wards in Birmingham which aren’t included in the national mandatory or additional licensing schemes will require an Selective Licence.

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Important Dates

22nd May 2023
Expected date that landlords will be able to submit a licence application.

5th June 2023
Licensing schemes commence.

4th September 2023
Date from which the council will start enforcement action for landlords who have not applied.

Licensing Conditions

There are a set of different nationally required standards for each type of licence. Each Local Authority has the powers to add to these requirements so it’s always important to check the standards for each area you have a licensable property. 

Licence conditions – Mandatory HMO Licensing

Licence conditions – Additional Licensing

Licensce Conditions – Selective Licensing


National mandatory HMO Licence

Fees for the financial year 2022/2023

Type of Fee HMO Occupants 5 Persons HMO Occupants 5 Persons HMO Occupants 12+ Persons
Part A (application fee) £420 £470 £515
Part B (licence fee) £705 £745 £785
Total £1,125 £1,215 £1,300

Fees for optional HMO services 2022 to 2023

Description Fees
Fee paper application to send £20
Paper application to process £65
Advice visit £200

Additional Licence

Part A (application fee) £325
Part B (licence fee) £430
Total £755

Selective Licence

Part A (application fee) £375
Part B (licence fee) £375
Total £700

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