New application for a Mandatory (HMO) Licence

This application will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Before you continue please ensure you read all the following information.

One licence is required per property.

The term of a HMO licence is for 3 years (unless revoked by the Council either with or without the licence holder’s agreement).

HMO licences are non-transferrable. If a property is sold or the existing licence holder is no longer the most appropriate person to be the licence holder, a new HMO licence must be applied for.

You will also have the opportunity to attach certain documentation to this application form. It may assist if you have these documents saved in an easily accessible folder on your computer, tablet, smart phone, etc. You can attach any or all, of the following documentation, where applicable.

  • Landlords Gas Safety Record (LGSR),
  • Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR),
  • Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)
  • Portable Appliance Test record (if applicable)
  • Smoke alarm certification (if applicable),
  • Emergency lighting certification (if applicable),
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

If you do not provide the documents now your property will be prioritised for intervention from a Housing Standards Officer.

The HMO licence fee is £650 plus £30 for each additional bedroom. A £50 discount is available on the initial fee for applicants who were accredited with Wirral Council before the 28th February 2018, or are currently accredited with an approved third party scheme, these being either the National Landlords Association or Residential Landlords Association.

£200 of the total fee is payable upon submission of this application. The remaining balance is payable upon granting the licence.

The Council will endeavour to issue a licence as soon as possible after you have submitted all relevant documents with your application. This should take no longer than 8 weeks, however, if for any reason the licence has not been issued during this period, a licence will be automatically authorised and issued. The only exception to this will be applications deemed to be more complex and, with these particular cases, the period will only be extended once for a limited time and the applicant will be notified accordingly before the expiration of the original 8 week period.

PLEASE NOTE – It is suggested that after you have registered/logged in and before you start the application process please click on ‘My Account’ and complete the ‘My Profile’ section. Here you can enter information on other relevant persons who may have an interest in the property, such as other individuals, managing agents, mortgage providers, etc, that can be used in completing some fields in this application.

Please note: If you make a paper application there will be an additional £100 fee.

All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

  • Register
  • Login

Please enter the email address you wish us to contact you on regarding this application.

This email address is already linked to an incomplete application. Would you like to resume the existing application, or start a new one?

Your application has now been started. If you stop your application and need to resume it at a later date, click the Resume Application link on the website and enter the following code:

This code has also been emailed to you. Please keep a note of this code so that you can resume your application later in case you do not complete it in one go.