Selective Licensing started on 1 September 2022 and requires rented properties (houses, flats, bungalows etc.) within the Oxford City Council administrative area to have a licence unless the home is already licensed as an House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) or there is an exemption.

Application fee

The application fee is charged in two stages. The Stage 1 fee is paid when submitting the application. The Stage 2 fee is paid when the draft licence is issued. If the application is eligible for an accreditation discount, the discount is taken from the Stage 2 fee after the application has been reviewed by an officer. Discounts are dependent on the original application meeting all criteria. 

When submitting the application, you are required to give pre-authorisation for the Stage 2 payment. As the application has not yet been reviewed by an officer at this stage, the system is set to pre-authorise the maximum amount that may be charged. This is known as continuous payment authority. You must allow the system to pre-authorise your card to submit the application. 

Apply for a licence



Apply for a property licence

Help with making an application

See our Selective Licensing application guide for help with making an application. A video guide is also available to view.

Contact the Property Licensing Team

Address: Property Licensing Team
Regulatory Services and Community Safety
Oxford City Council
Town Hall
St Aldate's

Telephone: 01865 252285

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