Private sector housing licensing

We currently have 2 type of property licensing in Newcastle

  1. Mandatory HMO Licensing

  2. Selective Licensing


New licensing schemes commence 6 April 2020

Between 5 November 2018 and 27 January 2019 we carried out a 12 week consultation on a proposed licensing scheme for private rented properties. The proposal included a mixture of Additional HMO and Selective Licensing designations covering approximately 68% (18,000) of private rented properties in the city..  This consultation has now closed but more information can be found here.


The findings of the consultation have been reviewed and a revised designation was taken to Cabinet for approval on the 17th June 2019. All papers in relation to Cabinet on the 17th June 2019 can be found here.  Below are links to the individual papers

Cabinet approved the proposal to introduce new Selective and Additional Licensing designations. The new scheme will commence on Monday 6th April 2020.

More information will be available in coming months on the scheme, property standards, making an application. Landlord training and support will also be made available prior to the scheme commencing. More information will follow soon.


Training for licence holders

Licence holders are expected to improve and maintain their knowledge and competency by undertaking training and development in housing related matters. It is also a licence condition that licence holders complete at least five hours housing related training each year. This may include attendance on training courses relating to housing either locally or nationally, completing a recognised online training course or attending a relevant private landlord meeting or event. Evidence to support this must be produced to the licensing team upon request.

The Private Rented Service offer courses which would assist in complying with this requirement of the licence. Please contact the Private Rented Service in relation to course dates and costs on 0191 2771438 or email:


Public register

All properties which currently have an HMO or Selective Licence can be viewed on our public register.


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