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New City-Wide Article 4 Direction and Cancellation of Existing Selly Oak, Harborne and Edgbaston Article 4 Direction relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

The City Council made a decision to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction, which will mean a planning application must be submitted for proposals to convert family houses (C3 use class) to small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) accommodating between 3 and 6 people (C4 use class).

A 6-week period to publicise the city-wide direction took place between Thursday 6 June 2019 and Thursday 18 July 2019. Comments received during this period were considered at the council’s Cabinet meeting on 17 December 2019 and Cabinet resolved at that meeting to confirm the new city-wide Article 4 Direction and the cancellation of the existing Selly Oak, Harborne and Edgbaston Article 4 Direction.

The new direction will therefore come in to force on Monday 8 June 2020 and the existing direction will be cancelled on the same day. In the existing Article 4 Direction area this means that there will be no change to the current rules for the conversion of C3 houses to C4 HMOs.

If you are the landlord of an existing small HMO, we are asking that you declare this to us and provide details of the address of the property and any evidence to show that it is an existing HMO.

This will ensure that we have as much information as possible about existing HMOs in the city before the Article 4 Direction becomes enforceable. The process for declaring existing HMOs will remain open until the Article 4 Direction comes in to force on Monday 8 June 2020. After this date existing HMOs which have not already been declared may require the submission of an application for a certificate of lawful use or for retrospective planning approval.

Declare HMO's

If you have any queries about either the existing or the new direction then please contact:

Telephone: 0121 303 4529
Write to: Planning and Development, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham, B4 7DJ.

The following documents are available to download

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