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Apply for a house of multiple occupation licence (HMO)

HMOs and planning permission

If your HMO is lived in by more than six people, you'll need Planning and building control. Your licence will be limited to one year if you do not have the right planning consent when we grant your licence.

As the licence holder, you'll need to get planning permission within 12 months. This is of the date of issue of this licence. Or you will have to reduce the number of people living in your property.

Bedroom sizes

  • the smallest bedroom size in a licensable HMO is 6.51m2
  • the smallest bedroom size in a large HMO with more than 6 occupants is 7.5m2

This is a national planning standard and has been approved in our Local Plan

Landlords are advised to check planning requirements before applying for planning consent.