Selective licensing

Selective Licensing fees and charges

The Selective Licensing scheme will come into effect on 1 September 2022 and end on 31 August 2027 (midnight).

The fees, discounts and charges were approved by the Council in May 2022.

Table showing fees and charges for Selective Licensing scheme
Fee type Stage One Stage Two Total
Early bird £178 £222 £400
Accreditation £178 £102 £280
Standard fee £178 £302 £480
Higher Rate (1 September 2023 onwards) £539 £569 £1,100

Fee Types

The stage one fee is the same. A decision on stage two fee and any discount will be made at the point the Council require the stage two fee to be paid.

  • Early bird: This is available from 1 September 2022 to 30 November 2022. To qualify, the application must be duly made and all certificates must be submitted with the application.
  • Accreditation: Available to accredited licence holders and managing agents.  To qualify, the application must be duly made with accreditation obtained and all certificates must be submitted with the application between 1 September 2022 to 30 November 2022. This discount will be available throughout the scheme for new rented homes, providing the application is made within 12 weeks of the tenant moving in.
  • Standard – this is the default fee from 01 September 2022 to 31 August 2023 unless the Early Bird or Accreditation Fee is applied.
  • Higher Rate – this will be the default fee from 01 September 2023 until the end of the scheme unless it is proved the house was newly rented within 12 weeks of the date of the application.

Block licence

Where a property consists of self-contained flats and all the flats are rented, then Council can issue a “block licence” to cover all the flats instead of a licence to each flat.

Each flat will be subject to the stage one fee and then a discount applied on the stage two fee. The block licences are available under the early bird and accreditation fees, with the block licence discount applied as well.

For full details, see the Block licence page.

Why is there a stage one and two fee?

The Council can charge a fee to cover the costs associated with running the scheme and enforcing the scheme. The stage one fee covers the application processing costs whereas the stage two fee covers inspection, on-going scheme and enforcement costs.

Can I pay the licence fee in instalments?

It is not possible to set up a payment plan or further instalments.

Refunds

The licensing fees are set to recover the costs of the licensing scheme as a whole. Refunds are only made as listed below. Refunds will be made to the card used for the payment.

The retained amount covers the costs incurred by the Council.

Refund Policy

Table showing Selective Licensing Refund Policy

Application Type

Circumstance

Refund

New or Renewal application:

Property did not require a selective licence at the time the application was made and still does not require one.

Landlord may be required to submit documentary evidence

Stage one payment – full refund

Stage two payment – full refund

New application:

Property has ceased to require a selective licence since application was made and intention notice not yet issued.

Stage one payment –  amount paid minus £70

New application:

Property has ceased to require a selective licence since application was made. Intention notice issued however decision notice not yet issued

Stage one payment –  nil

Stage two payment – full refund

Renewal application:

Property has ceased to require a selective licence since application was made. Intention notice not yet issued

Stage one payment –  amount paid minus £50

Renewal application:

 

Property has ceased to require a selective licence since application was made. Intention notice issued however decision notice not yet issued

Stage one payment –  nil

Stage two payment – full refund

New or renewal application

Intention notice issued. Stage two not paid. Application withdrawn by Council.

Stage one payment – amount paid minus £20

Revocation of licence (new or renewal licence)

After decision notice is issued

Stage one payment –  nil

Stage two payment – nil

Overpayment of fees

Where a landlord has overpaid fees, then any overpayment on stage one will be transferred to stage two and then any remaining difference will be refunded. Stage two overpayment then any difference will be refunded.

Stage two – difference refunded