Nottingham Selective Licensing: What you need to know

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Nottingham Selective Licensing

Find out everything you need to know on Nottingham Selective Licensing.

Nottingham City Council introduced Selective Licensing in August 2018 which covers 90% of homes in the private rental sector within the city boundary. The cost of a licence is £890 per property which lasts for five years.

Nottingham City Council provided an update on the scheme in August 2021. Read the Selective Licensing update.

A licence is a legal requirement and each rental property you own will need one. You must now have a licence to rent your property within designated Nottingham City Council areas. If you have not submitted an application already then you may now be liable for a £30,000 fine.

The application deadline was 1st August 2018 for most Landlords. Extensions were granted to those with 40+ properties or to letting agents with a portfolio of over 120 properties which would submit applications on behalf of their Landlord clients.

If you have recently purchased a property within the licensing area then you must apply for a licence before you move tenants in.

Keep calm though, we can help you with the information below.

Is your current Letting Agent doing everything they can for you?

Has your current Letting Agent done everything they can to help you in applying for your Selective Licence? Have they kept you informed about Licensing requirements and applied for your Licence well within the deadline? Are they ensuring you will remain fully compliant within the 5 years? If not, talk to us to receive free Selective Licensing advice. Call 0115 9243304 or email

Struggling with your application?

Is everything too complicated or do you not understand anything on the Selective Licensing application form? We can apply for you. Call 0115 9243304 now to take all the stress away or view the below brochure to find out more.

What happens if I don’t apply?

Nottingham City Council have stated that they will begin to fine Landlords up to £30,000 if they do not have a licence for their rented property. We understand the Council have started checking council tax records, Land Registry and housing benefit records to find those who have not applied. If you have not begun applying for a Selective Licence then we would recommend doing this immediately.

selective licensing informationClick to download our Nottingham Selective Licensing information pack here

The new Nottingham licensing scheme for Landlords was implemented as of 1st August 2018. The aim of the scheme is to ‘raise the standards in the privately rented sector, and to ensure that all tenants living in them are able to enjoy a safe, comfortable and well managed home’. A landlord will need a licence for every property they own within the affected areas.

This is a big blow for Landlords who already keep privately rented properties to a high standard.

We calculate that 94% of Landlords will be affected by this Licensing Scheme.

Should I have applied by now?

Anyone who owns a privately rented home in the designated Nottingham areas should have applied for a licence by now. If you have recently purchased a buy to let property and it falls within the Licensing area then you must apply before you move a tenant in.

Applications for Selective Licensing opened on 1st July 2018.

Is my property in the Selective Licensing area?

Visit the below website and enter your rental property postcode to find out if you are within the licensing area.

The designated areas  for Nottingham Selective Licensing is as follows:

Arboretum, Bestwood, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Basford, Berridge, Bridge, Clifton North, Clifton South, Dales, Dunkirk and Lenton, Leen Valley, Mapperley, Radford and Park, Sherwood, St Ann’s, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey.

Gedling Borough Council have also started a Licensing scheme for the Netherfield area.

What is the cost?

Nottingham City Council is charging a Nottingham Selective Licensing fee of £890 per property. This is reduced to £670 if a Landlord is accredited by DASH or Unipol. At the time of writing, the cost of the licence is tax deductible.

The licence is paid for in two parts. The first payment is £520 (£485 for accredited Landlords) and is paid when you submit your application via the Council website. The second amount payable is £370 (£185 for accredited Landlords) and is payable once the full licence has been granted.

You will of course have to factor in other costs which will help you achieve ‘approval’ for a licence. This includes the cost for:

  • Public liability insurance
  • A DBS check (now voluntary)
  • An electrical safety certificate (optional but advisable)
  • A valid gas safety certificate
  • An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) -Above an ‘F’ rating
  • A PAT test for portable appliances in the property
  • Relevant Landlord training (if your property is not managed by Walton & Allen)

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What does the licence involve?

When applying for a Selective Licence you need to prove that you are a ‘fit and proper’ Landlord. You also need to show that your property is suitable for tenants to live in. Nottingham City Council will ask for relevant documentation and information relating to each property.

Read more information on the Selective Licensing conditions.

Walton & Allen Letting Agents Nottingham handle all Licensing conditions on your behalf if your property is managed by us. If you are concerned that you cannot continue to meet the licensing requirements on your own then talk to us to see how we can support you.

What if you don’t have a licence?

The council also state that anyone who hasn’t applied for a licence could receive a civil penalty of up to £30,000, or prosecution on summary conviction which carries an unlimited maximum fine. Landlords may also be prevented from holding a licence in the future.

Can you get a fee reduction?

Nottingham City Council have said there will be no discount for having multiple properties. The full licence fee must be paid for every property you own in the affected areas. You can get a discounted fee by applying to certain accreditation bodies such as DASH or Unipol. Unfortunately, there are other costs to apply and you may have to spend money in improving your property to meet their standards.

We detail how to get a fee reduction here.

Don’t have your property managed  by Walton & Allen? Email to talk to us about how we can help you stay complaint. We’ll also try to match your current managing agent’s fees.

Nottingham Landlords who live abroad

Non UK landlords will not be able to qualify for a licence and so will need a managing agent to be the ‘licence holder’. We can take that responsibility for these individuals, but only on a fully managed basis. This is because there are significant responsibilities during the 5 year licence period. Monitoring is required, including rent collection and reactions to Nottingham City Council requests during that time. E.g. tenant antisocial behaviour.

What are your next steps for Selective Licensing?

Walton & Allen can help you. We have experience of Selective Licensing requirements as we have helped Landlords get licences within the Ashfield District Council area in North Nottinghamshire. As of the time of writing we have submitted over 350 applications to the City Council on behalf of our Landlord clients.

We can advise on the following:

    • Learn the requirements of getting a licence
    • Learn the steps you need to take to retain the licence
    • Have the opportunity to ask any questions about the scheme

Need help filling in your Selective Licensing application form?

We can do it for you. Email to take away all the stress. For us to undertake this process you will need to be a fully managed Landlord client.

Need more advice?

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You can email with any questions, where our Nottingham Selective Licensing team will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also call 0115 924 3304.

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