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Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

Guidance, information and documents to apply for a HMO licence.

Published on: 30 December 2020

Last updated: 30 December 2020

Application, fees, and guidance documents

Before completing an application please read our guidance documents

new HMO licence application PDF, 281.65 KB, 12 pages


Renewing a HMO licence PDF, 107.38 KB, 6 pages


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Apply for a new HMO licence

Apply online

Renew an existing HMO licence

Renew online

Pay Part B of HMO licence fee*

Pay online

*Payable within 14 days of us issuing you a notice of intention to issue a HMO licence

Assistance with submitting your application

We're able to provide additional support in completing your application form and supporting documents.

The cost for this service is £89 per officer hour based on the amount of assistance provided.

If you need assistance, you can contact our team.

Licence fees

The HMO licence fee is split into 2 parts:

  • Part A is payable when submitting the application online and covers the cost of processing the application.
  • Part B becomes payable when the licence has been approved and prior to the licence being issued and covers the cost of enforcing the scheme. 

Fees are capped at 25 units of accommodation.


Part A

Part B

Price per unit of









The maximum amount payable is £8750 for a new licence and £7875 for a renewal of an existing licence.

Registered charities who are providing accommodation solely for vulnerable persons in the HMO in question, are exempt from licence fees. They must still apply for a HMO licence for the property.

Fees must be paid online while making your application.

In the unlikely event you are unable to make an online payment while making an application, you can pay online using the button below. When making the payment please quote the HMO case reference number. You will find this reference on correspondence relating to this licence. When prompted to select a 'WCC Area', please select “HMO Licence Fee Inc”.  

Please ensure that you retain your electronic payment receipt as you will be required to produce this receipt, if requested, as proof of payment. 

Pay online