Birmingham Selective Licensing

What Landlords Need to Know

Welcome to DPS Sales & Lettings’ information page on Birmingham’s new Selective Licensing scheme. As your trusted estate agent, we aim to provide you with all the necessary details about this scheme. Please note that while we offer this information, we do not directly handle the application process. Landlords are encouraged to submit their applications directly through the provided links.

What is Selective Licensing?

Selective licensing is a scheme introduced to ensure that all private landlords in designated areas maintain a certain standard for their properties. The primary goals are:

  • Improving the private rented market.
  • Ensuring properties are of a decent standard.
  • Giving tenants confidence that properties in the designated areas are healthy and safe to live in.

Key Points:

  1. Coverage: The scheme covers 25 of Birmingham’s 69 wards. View the list of covered wards.
  2. Licensing Cost: Each licence costs £700 and is valid for up to five years.
  3. Enforcement: Birmingham City Council will begin enforcing the scheme from 4 September 2023. Landlords without a license may face legal consequences, including unlimited fines or rent repayment orders.
  4. Exemptions: Properties licensed as HMOs, managed by educational establishments, or let by registered social landlords (e.g., housing associations) are exempt.

How to Apply:

  1. Check Eligibility: Ensure your property is in one of the designated wards.
  2. Gather Required Documents: Before applying, you’ll need details of anyone with an interest in the property, measurements of all rooms, current electricity and gas safety certificates, and a payment method for the licence fee.
  3. Online Application: Applications can only be made through the Birmingham City Council website. If you face any issues, you can reach out to them at

Additional Information:

  1. Licence Holder: There must be a designated licence holder for each property. This person should ideally be in ‘control’ of the property, meaning the individual who receives the rent.
  2. Overseas Landlords: Landlords residing overseas can hold a selective licence, but it’s recommended to have a local property manager.
  3. Safety Requirements: Ensure your property meets all safety requirements, including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire regulations for furniture.
  4. Selective Licensing Conditions: Landlords are expected to meet certain conditions related to health, safety, security, and anti-social behaviour. Read the full conditions.

Note: This page is for informational purposes only. DPS Sales & Lettings does not provide a direct service for handling the application. Landlords are encouraged to apply directly through the Birmingham City Council’s website.

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