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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 18th July 2019.

The publicity period is now closed. Comments received during the six week period will be considered and reported at the council’s Cabinet in autumn this year. The Cabinet will determine the confirmation or otherwise of the direction. If confirmed, the direction will come in to force on Monday 8 June 2020.

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.

Declare HMO's

Responding online is the quickest and easiest way to comment.

Alternatively, you can also respond by email or post at the following addresses:

Write to: Planning and Development, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham, B4 7DJ.

The following documents are available to download

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