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The Planning Policy Document below provides the policy approach to planning applications seeking a change in use from residential property to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in parts of Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Harborne wards, defined by an Article 4 Direction. A map of the area is available below

The decision to introduce measures to manage the growth of HMOs by dispersing the locations of future HMOs and avoiding over-concentrations occurring, is to be able to maintain balanced communities. The Article 4 Direction came into effect from 30 November 2014, meaning planning permission will now be required to convert a family dwelling (C3) into a small HMO (C4). Planning permission is already required for a change from a dwelling to a larger (Sui Generis) HMO.

Account will be taken of the proportion of HMO properties in the local area. Conversion of C3 family housing to HMOs will not be permitted when 10% or more of the houses, within a 100 metre radius of the application site, would not be in use as a single family dwelling (C3 use).

To check the current threshold around your property, contact:

John Richardson on 0121 303-7954 (john.richardson@birmingham.gov.uk) or

Neil Vyse on 0121 303 - 7954 (Neil.vyse@birmingham.gov.uk)

South Development Planning and Regeneration

PO Box 28

Birmingham B1 1TR

Self-declarations: If as owner, you wish to self-declare a property in this area that was in HMO use before 30 November 2014, you can write with details of the property, the date on which it began operating as an HMO and the numbers of current occupants sign and date the letter and send to the above address.

Should you require planning permission to extend your property in the future, you will still need to provide evidence of its HMO use.

NOTE: The requirement for an HMO to have planning permission is not to be confused with the Mandatory HMO Licensing Scheme which applies to properties with 3 or more storeys and 5 or more tenants. The criteria and process for obtaining a mandatory licence is completely separate from planning permission. Details can be obtained from http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/hmo or HMO Licensing Team, 0121 303 4009.


Planning Policy Document for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

Confirmation of the Article 4 Direction

Making the Article 4 Direction

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