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.
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
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 Selective Licensing TeamAddress: Town Hall