Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing Scheme Consultation

The Council has carried out a consultation is underway to see whether local people want Sefton Council’s housing licensing schemes for privately rented properties extended for a further five-years, until February 2028.

You can find an Easy-read explanation of the consultation here.

Licensing schemes

Since March 2018, Sefton Council has had a Selective Licensing scheme for private landlords in the Bootle area.

There is also another licensing scheme which is called ‘Additional (HMO) Licensing which is only for houses of multiple occupancy (rented to at least three people, who are not part of the same family) for privately rented property situated in parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-Le-Sands and central Southport.

With the current schemes due to end on 28th February 2023, Sefton Council carried out a 12-week consultation on its proposal to extend them until February 2028.

This consultation closed on Sunday 31st July, 2022.

The results will be considered by the Council.


Introducing the current licencing schemes has enabled Sefton Council to work with private landlords in the areas covered to improve their standards of management.

This has resulted in improved living conditions for their tenants as well as improvements for the wider areas, such as reduced anti-social behaviour.

By extending the scheme for a further five years Sefton Council aims to build on this success and bring about further benefits for landlords, tenants and those communities.


Background Documents

You can use the following links to find: 

Further reading


  1. Selective Licensing Designated Area - Bootle

  2. Selective Licensing Conditions

  3. Additional Licensing - Designated Areas, Southport, Seaforth & Waterloo

  4. Additional (HMO) Licensing Conditions

  5. Selective & Additional HMO Licensing Case Studies

  6. Fit and Proper Person Policy

  7. Civil Penalty Policy

  8. Risk Analysis of Introducing Licensing Schemes across designated areas and mitigating measures

  9. Requirements for the Designation of an Area for Selective Licensing.

  10. Equality Impact Assessment

Further information

If you want to be updated on the proposed housing licensing schemes, you can contact  .

You can use these links to find out more about our current schemes:

Last Updated on Monday, September 5, 2022

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