Article 4 Direction for Houses in Multiple Occupation

On 20th September 2017 the Council issued a ‘non-immediate’ Article 4 direction for HMOs in parts of Bootle, Litherland, Seaforth, Waterloo and Southport. There will be a 1 year period before this direction is implemented. The direction removes permitted development rights for the change of use from a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouse) to a use falling within Class C4 (Houses of Multiple Occupation).

A copy of the Direction, a map defining the areas covered and the supporting evidence for the making of the article 4 direction can be viewed below.

Article 4 Direction (pdf 1MB)
Map to which the Article 4 Direction applies (Southport) (pdf 6.61MB)
Map to which the Article 4 Direction applies (Bootle, Seaforth, Litherland and Waterloo) (pdf 7.24MB)
Supporting evidence for making the Article 4 Direction (pdf 6.02MB)

Comments may be made concerning the Article 4 Direction until Friday 15th December 2017 by email to  or by post to Local Plan Team, Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ.

Any comments must be made by 5pm on Friday 15th December 2017.

The Article 4 Direction, will come into force, subject to confirmation by the Council, on Thursday 20th September 2018.


Last Updated on 21 September 2017

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