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.

  • 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, may not need an HMO licence - please contact privatesector​.housing​ for more information.

How much?

Fees are paid in two parts. The first payment is taken when you submit your application - this is an administration charge. We will request the second payment when we are ready to grant your licence and carry out compliance checks to make sure you meet the licence conditions.

All fees are for new licences and renewals.

  • Up to six units of accommodation: £980

    Payment 1 - £392 non-refundable
    Payment 2 - £588 

  • 7-12 units of accommodation: £1,103
    Payment 1 - £441.20 non-refundable
    Payment 2 - £661.80

  • 13-20 units of accommodation: £1,144
    Payment 1 - £457.60 non-refundable
    Payment 2 - £686.40

  • 21+ units of accommodation: £1,186
    Payment 1 - £474.40 non-refundable
    Payment 2 - £711.60 

How long will the licence last?

Licences can be granted for up to five years. A licence application will be reviewed and could be made shorter if:

  • a property has been unlicensed for any period when it should have been licensed
  • we have recent evidence that it has been poorly managed
  • you do not respond to notices or request for information from us
  • you do not have the correct planning consents

This list is not exhaustive and there are others issues that may mean we grant a licence for a shorter period.

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.

Payment cards we accept

We accept Visa Credit, Visa Debit, UK Maestro, International Maestro, MasterCard, Electron and JCB and you must be registered with 3D Secure 2 (also known as verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode) for your payment to be authorised.

Read our privacy notice which tells you how we use your data.

Register for a LAR account and apply online