Private sector housing licensing

We have 3  type of property licensing in Newcastle

  1. Mandatory HMO Licensing

  2. Selective Licensing

  3. Additional 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.

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


Property Licensing Guidance January 2020.pdf


Selective and Additional Licensing Boundary.pdf


Fees and Charges.pdf


Making an application for a licence

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.

You are not yet able to apply for a licence for the new scheme. The online system will be live in due course.


Training for licence holders

The Private Rented Service is offering FREE training in preparation for the new Property Licensing Scheme. To book a place please contact the Private Rented Service on 0191 2771438 or email:

  • 28th January              City Library               
  • 6th February              Civic Centre                 
  • 19th February           City Library               
  • 2nd March                   Civic Centre                 
  • 19th March                 City Library               
  • 2nd April                       Civic Centre            
  • 6th April                       Civic Centre             
  • 15th April                    Civic Centre             
  • 23rd April                    Civic Centre             
  • 27th April                    Civic Centre            


Places are free but booking is essential, for more information or to book a place contact Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, if you have any access needs please do not hesitate to let us know.  


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.


Public register

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


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