Apply for or renew an HMO licence

Do I need an HMO licence?

If your answer to any of the questions below is 'no' you do not need a HMO licence. You will need a Landlord Licence instead. Please see 'Apply for a Landlord Licence'

  • Do you privately rent a property within Liverpool City Council's boundaries?
  • Is the property occupied by five or more unrelated people? Please include children and babies.
  • Do two or more separate households live in the property?
  • Do the occupants of the property share a bathroom, kitchen or WC?
Please note: Flats in purpose-built properties with three or more other self-contained units, e.g. student apartment blocks, need to have individual Landlord Licences.

How much?

Following the Hemming and Gaskin court cases, we have changed the way our fees are charged. The first payment is a non-refundable administration fee. The second payment is for compliance and must be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted.

All fees are for new licences and renewals.

  • Up to six units of accommodation: £980.

    Payment 1 - £392 non-refundable
    Payment 2 - £588 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted

  • 7-12 units of accommodation: £1,103
    Payment 1 - £441.20 non-refundable
    Payment 2 - £661.80 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted

  • 13-20 units of accommodation: £1,144
    Payment 1 - £457.60 non-refundable
    Payment 2 - £686.40 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted

  • 21+ units of accommodation: £1,186
    Payment 1 - £474.40 non-refundable
    Payment 2 - £711.60 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted

Before you start

It is the responsibility of the property owner, manager or managing agent to make sure that the property has a valid HMO licence at all times.

We may contact landlords when a licence is due to expire, however it is your responsibility to renew it.

Apply for or renew an HMO licence online

You can now apply for or renew an HMO licence online using our licensing and regulations portal LAR.

You must:

  • register and create an account on LAR 
  • go to ‘Apply For A Licence’ in the left hand menu and select ‘HMO Licence - Initial’ for a new application, or ‘HMO Licence - Renewal’ for a renewal.

Once you have an account, you can also track the progress of your application and make payments too.

Register for a LAR account and apply online

Apply by post

If you want an application form posted to you, you will need pay a £30 charge upfront. Additional copies sent out at the same time will cost £10 each. 

Please contact hmo.licensing@liverpool.gov.uk with the property address and your receipt number once you have paid, using the button below. A form will not be sent out without this payment. 

Pay for a paper form 

Completed forms must be returned to us by email or hmo.licensing@liverpool.gov.uk or posted to:

Public Protection Division
HMO Licensing
Cunard Building
Water Street
Liverpool
L3 1AH

How long will the licence last?

Licences can be granted for up to five years unless the property has been unlicensed for a period when it should have been licensed, or we have recent evidence that it has been poorly managed.

Help and advice

You can also meet with a licensing officer for information and advice about your HMO. The charge for this service is £81.30 per hour. Please contact hmo.licensing@liverpool.gov.uk to arrange an appointment.