Consultation on proposed selective licensing scheme

We are consulting on a proposed selective licensing scheme for private rented housing in Liverpool in 2021. The scheme would cover areas of the city that have high levels of privately rented homes and acute problems with complaints. 
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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 for more information.

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.

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 (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

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. See above for a list of payment cards we accept.

Please 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. Forms sent without prior payment will not be processed.

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

Pay for a paper form 

Completed forms must be returned to us by email or posted to:

Private Sector Housing
HMO Licensing
Cunard Building
Water Street
L3 1AH

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

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

Help and advice

We can only provide advice and guidance over the phone at the moment. The charge is service is £81.30 per hour - the minimum appointment length is two hours.

Please contact to arrange an appointment. Do not delay making an application for a licence while waiting for this service.