Selective licensing of privately rented properties
The Housing Act 2004 provides Councils with the power to introduce licensing of privately rented properties in selected areas. This requires that all private rented properties in that selected area have a licence. Certain property standards and conditions are required to be met in order for a licence to be granted.
There are currently two areas in Newcastle which are designated selective licensing areas. Additional Selective Licensing areas have been designated from 6th April 2020.
Greater High Cross
This area has been designated selective licensing area since 2010. Following a formal assessment and consultation process the Council introduced the current scheme which came into effect on 12 October 2015 and will run to no later than 11 October 2020.
Byker Old Town and Allendale Road South
This area has been designated selective licensing area since April 2011. Following a formal assessment and consultation process the Council introduced the current scheme which came into effect on 1 October 2016 and will run to no later than 30th September 2021.
Newcastle City Council launched a consultation, on the 5 November 2018, on a proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme which will cover up to 18,000 rented properties in the city. This consultation closes on 27 January 2019. Visit Commonplace, our consultation website, to take part in the consultation.
Standards and conditions for selective licensing
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.
Making an application for a licence
All applications for a 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.
Need more information?
email the property Licensing team or telephone 0191 211 6102.