Additional (HMO) Licensing

Additional (HMO) Licensing

On 21st September 2017, the Council approved the designation of an Additional (HMO) licensing scheme for all privately rented houses in multiple occupations within parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport.  Additional licensing requires landlords who privately rent out houses of multiple occupations within designated areas to obtain a licence from the Council. 

The designation comes into effect on 1 March 2018 and will last for a period of 5 years up until 28 February 2023.

What properties need a licence?

Properties requiring an additional licence includes those as defined by section 254 of the Housing Act 2004, which are occupied by 3 or more persons comprising 2 or more households, where the property is of any storey with sharing facilities or has been converted into self- contained flats that fall within section 257 Housing Act 2004 and are converted flats that do not comply with 1991 building regulations and where more than one third are rented out on short term tenancies.

Landlords will be required to meet a range of licence conditions, and show that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

A Public Legal Notice was issued following the approval.

Where does the designation cover?

The designation covers parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport. A map of the areas and list of the roads included is set out in the document below:

AL Designation Final (pdf 666KB)

Do all rented properties need a licence?

No, there are some properties exempt from licensing see the full list here.

What are the licensing conditions?

There are a number of licensing conditions that landlords will be required to comply with.

How much will a licence cost?

The full list of fees is shown in the table below. Landlords may apply for a reduced level of fee and can choose one discount from either having their property accredited (within the first 6 months of the scheme), where the licence holder is a Sefton accredited managing agent or where landlords make an early bird application (within first 3 months of the scheme). 

Additional (HMO) Licensing


£ Annual Equivalent

£ Weekly Equivalent

  Full Fee








 Accredited Managing     Agent (licence holder)




  Early Bird








  In addition :



  7-12 units



  13-20 units



  21+ units



How to apply for a licence?

From 1st March 2018 you will be able to apply for a licence online.  You are not required to apply before this date.  Full details of how to make an application will be available on this page in due course. 

Penalties for non-compliance

It is an offence if the landlord or person in control of the property:

  • fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property, or
  • allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence

A fine of any amount may be imposed.  In addition, breaking any of the licence conditions can result in fines of any amount per offence.

Refusals of licence applications

We can refuse a licence application if we decide you are not a fit and proper person or if the property does not meet the licensing conditions.  

Appealing against a licence refusal

You may appeal if the council decides to:

  • refuse a licence
  • grant a licence with conditions
  • revoke a licence
  • vary a licence
  • refuse to vary a licence

You must appeal to the First-tier Property Tribunal normally within 28 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of Additional (HMO) Licensing FAQs

Who can I contact if I have any queries about Selective or Additional (HMO) Licensing schemes?         

Housing Standards, Team Sefton Council, 1st Floor Magdalen House

30 Trinity Road, Bootle   L20 3NJ Email:

Background Information

The designation of the selective licensing scheme was subject to developing a robust business case and extensive consultation.  Details of these and other relevant background information can be found by accessing the links below:

Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing - Business Case documents

Sefton Licensing Business Case (pdf 2.44MB)
Appendix1 SL Designation (pdf 385KB)
Appendix2 Draft Selective Licensing Conditions (pdf 156KB)
Appendix3 AL Designation (pdf 431KB)
Appendix4 Draft Additional Licensing Conditions (pdf 157KB)
Appendix5 Risk Analysis (pdf 216KB)
Appendix6 Designation (pdf 143KB)

Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing - Cabinet Report 

The Cabinet report (item number 57) , appendices and decision can be viewed here  

Background Documents

Appendix 1 Consultation Feedback Report (pdf 3.95MB)
Appendix 2 Consultation Activities (pdf 370KB)
Consultation Questions And Responses (pdf 253KB)
You Said We Did Poster (pdf 122KB)
Background 1 Survey Online (pdf 399KB)
Background 2 Neighbouring Boroughs Survey Results (pdf 79KB)
Background 3 Written Responses (pdf 396KB)
Background 4 RLA Response (pdf 336KB)
Backgound 5 NLA Response (pdf 322KB)
Backgound 6 Home Safe Scheme Response (pdf 203KB)
Background 7 SL Designation (pdf 412KB)
Background 8 Draft Selective Licensing Conditions Amended Aug17 (pdf 206KB)
Background 9 AL Designation (pdf 691KB)
Background 10 Draft Additional Licensing Conditions Amended (pdf 206KB)
Background 11 Consultationdoc (pdf 2.72MB)
Background 12 EIA Selective Additional HMO Licensing Schemes (pdf 22KB)

If you would like to be kept updated on the proposed licensing schemes, please contact:

Last Updated on 20 December 2017