Houses in multiple occupancy
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?
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.
- 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.