Selective licensing

A selective licensing scheme means that all private landlords in a designated area must have a licence to rent out a privately-rented property.

Selective licensing aims to improve the private rented market. It means property must be of a decent standard for a landlord to rent out.

Selective licensing also gives tenants confidence that houses and flats in a designated area will be healthy and safe to live in.

Selective licensing in Birmingham

Following our successful application to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, we now have permission for a selective licensing scheme covering 25 of Birmingham's 69 wards.

The scheme started on 5 June 2023. Each licence costs £700 and will last for up to five years.

You only need a licence if your property is in one of the 25 wards covered by the scheme.

Read a list of the 25 wards.

Exemptions to the scheme

You will not need a new selective licence if your property is:

  • licensed as an HMO
  • managed directly by an educational establishment
  • let by a registered social landlord such as a housing association

You can find a full list of exemptions on the UK legislation website.

Check if you need an additional HMO licence.

Enforcing the new scheme

We may take you to court if your property does not have a licence.

The court could give you an unlimited fine or issue a rent repayment order. A rent repayment order means you have to repay rent to any tenant living in an unlicensed property.

Apply for a selective licence

You can only apply for a selective licence through this website.

Apply for a selective licence.

Email us at if you have any problems with our online application form.

Page last updated: 3 January 2024

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