Private sector housing licensing

Private sector housing licensing

Selective Licensing Re-designated in Byker and High Cross

Between Monday 9th November 2020 and Sunday 31st January 2021 Newcastle City Council consulted on re-designating Selective Licensing Schemes for private rented accommodation in Byker and Greater High Cross.

A proposal was taken to Newcastle City Council Cabinet on Monday 21st June 2021 to re-designate both areas for a further 5 years on the grounds of Anti-Social behaviour. Cabinet agreed to designate both Selective Licensing areas. The cabinet papers can be found here

A letter providing more information on the designation, and a copy of the formal designation notice is available in the link below. 

Selective Licensing Designation Notice June 2021.pdf


Property licence impact surveys

Let us know how you think!

We are keen to understand the impact that property licencing in Newcastle has had on landlords, tenants and communities and we want to offer everyone the chance to give us some feedback about what has made a difference, and what has not.

Go to our Letstalk pages and complete our short surveys.  Surveys should take no more than 5 minutes and will really help shape our work going forward.  We will feedback on the results of the surveys in our next news letter so will be able to see how your experience compare.



Property Licensing

We have 3  type of property licensing in Newcastle

Mandatory HMO Licensing 

Mandatory HMO licensing  applies to all HMO’s having 5 or more occupants living in 2 or more households who share facilities i.e. kitchen, bathroom. All such properties require a licence.

Selective Licensing 

7 Selective Licensing areas are designated in the city. All private rented properties within a Selective Licensing Area require a licence unless otherwise exempt.

The designation which commenced in April 2020 includes the following areas

  • Cowgate
  • East End Terrace
  • West End Terraces
  • HHRS
  • Scotswood Village 

The designation which commenced in October 2021 includes the following areas

  • Byker Old Town 
  • Greater High Cross

Additional Licensing

All HMOs in Newcastle will require a licence. Therefore, any property which is occupied by 3 or more people in two or more households with shared basic amenities will require a licence. This includes ‘’257 HMO’s’’ (under section 257 of the Housing Act 2004).



Guidance and Information

All Selective licences are subject to conditions which the licence holder must comply with either immediately or within a specified period of time. The Housing Act 2004 stipulates mandatory conditions that must be included in every licence granted. We can also impose any other specific property conditions considered necessary for regulating the management, use and occupation of premises plus its condition and contents.

Property Licensing Guidance

Following feedback from landlords the guidance document is regularly reviewed and updated. Please ensure you regularly check back to ensure you have the most up to date information (last updated 28th August 2020).


Selective and Additional Licensing Boundary.pdf


Fees and Charges.pdf


Fire Alarm Testing and Maintenance Self Declaration



Making an application for a licence

Applications for a licence can now be made. All applications for a new licence must be made online and paid in two parts as part of the application process. You will need to set up an account to complete a property licence application and to track the status of your application.

What do I need to apply?

  • room sizes and property facilities
  • details of property structure and safety equipment
  • names and addresses of persons and organisations with an interest in the property
  • payment card details
  • certificates e.g. gas safety, electrical, EPC etc.

Please see the FAQ document below if you are struggling to comply with these requirements as a result of Coronavirus.

Apply for or renew a Property Licence


Temporary Exemption Application



Frequently Asked Questions

Please follow this link to access a list of Frequently Asked Questions. This includes information on how Coronavirus may impact the delivery and compliance of Selective and HMO licensing. Please email if you have any questions which have not been answered.

This FAQ document will be updated on a regular basis



Training for licence holders

The Private Rented Service is offering FREE training in preparation for the new Property Licensing Scheme.   New dates will be announced on this page shortly, but to sign up to receive notifications about training events and other landlord news you can subscribe to our monthly e bulletin at

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 training that will help with this requirement.



Landlord tool kit

When applying for a licence a landlord is asked to provide a management statement and evidence what management practices they have in place to prevent, and where necessary manage, problems that might arise during a tenancy.  The Private Rented Service have developed a landlord tool kit which includes guidance on writing your management statement and document templates including tenancy agreements, reference applications, rent schedules, letter templates and more.  You can view and download these documents online from our Landlord Toolkit or if you would like templates sent to you please contact us at 


Public register

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

Public Register .

If you believe a property requires a licence but is not on the public register please let us know by using this anonymous online form

Report an unlicensed property

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We welcome all intelligence on unlicensed properties. If you are aware of unlicensed properties please let us know by completing this anonymous online form.

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