Apply for a selective licence

Anyone who rents a property to tenants in 16 wards of the city must have a licence. The property owner or managing agent must make sure this licence is valid at all times.

If five or more people live in the property you may need to apply for an HMO licence. Find out more about HMO licences. 

Check if you need a licence

There are 16 wards in Liverpool where privately-rented properties must have a licence. Use our postcode look-up to see if your property is in a ward where a licence is needed.

How much?

See our fees, discounts and exemptions for information on how much your licence will cost. You have until 30th June 2022 to qualify for the early bird discount.

Decide who should be the licence holder?

The licence holder should be in most cases the person/company who does the following as they will be the most appropriate person to be the licence holder out of everyone involved in the management of the property.

  • Who collects the rent?
  • Who issues and ends Tenancies
  • Who carries out the day to day management of the property (who do the tenants contact if they need to report repair issues)?
  • The person/company that does the above should be the licence holder

The Licence Holder must also have a valid UK address that legal notices can be served at.

Before you start

Before your start your application make sure that you have all the relevant documents to hand:

  • proof of address 
  • gas certificate 
  • property details 
  • tenancy details 
  • safety information 
  • names, addresses, and emails of all interested parties 
  • 'fit and proper' information 

How to apply

To apply for a licence you must first create an account on our Licensing and Regulations (LAR) system. You can then access the application form and guidance on how to complete it.

Once you have an account, you can also track the progress of your application and make a payment and also raise queries.

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

Register and apply for a licence online via LAR

How to pay

The first fee instalment will be requested when you submit your online application.

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

Track an existing application submitted online

If you have already made an application online you can track it's progress via LAR.

Track an existing application in LAR