Fees and discounts for property licences.

An HMO needs an additional licence when it is located in one of scheme areas and is occupied by at least three people, who don't make up a single household and who share a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities.

More information about what an HMO is and what a household is.

In areas with selective licensing schemes, a fee is payable for non HMOs. A non HMO is a home occupied by:

  • one or two people
  • one family

Fee structure for Central Bristol additional licensing scheme

New application

Total cost: £1255

  • First payment: £414, payable when submitting the licence application.

  • Second payment: £841 payable upon successful application before the licence is issued.

The second payment is less any licensing scheme discounts.

The licence lasts five years.

Bedminster, Brislington West and Horfield additional licensing scheme from 6 April 2022

You may apply from the 6 April 2022 and we will not consider enforcement for an unlicensed property until after the 6 July 2022, giving you up to 3 months to submit a valid application.

Total cost: £1,300

  • First payment: £1,000, payable when submitting the licence application.
  • Second payment: £300, payable upon successful application before the licence is issued.

The second payment is less any licensing scheme discounts.

The licence lasts five years.

Bedminster and Brislington West selective licensing scheme from 6 April 2022

You may apply from the 6 April 2022 and we will not consider enforcement for an unlicensed property until after the 6 July 2022, giving you up to 3 months to submit a valid application.

Total cost: £799

  • First payment: £499, payable when submitting the licence application
  • Second payment: £300, payable upon successful application before the licence is issued

The second payment is less any licensing scheme discounts.

The licence lasts five years.

Licensing scheme discounts

Rent with confidence scheme

To qualify for the £150 (£50 under the Central licensing scheme) licence fee Rent with Confidence (RWC) discount, licence holders or managers of licensed properties must have the accredited level of membership with one of the RWC approved providers when you apply for a licence.

This scheme isn't managed by the council. Contact the Rent with Confidence approved providers directly. You can find a list of approved contractors on the West of England Rental Standard website.

As the applicant, it's your responsibility to prove RWC accredited membership. If you can't provide evidence of qualifying membership (usually an accreditation certificate) by the deadline for Part 2 payment, the licence holder isn't eligible for reward.

Discount will only be awarded if you are an accredited member not just an ordinary member of the organisation.

Safety and performance certificates

Within three months of the licence being issued we need to see copies of the property's:

  • gas safety certificate 
  • electricity installation condition report (EICR)
  • energy performance certificate(EPC)

You either get:

  • a £150 discount on the part two payment if you give us satisfactory copies of the documents before we issue the proposed licence
  • or a £150 refund if you give us satisfactory copies within three months of the full licence being issued

The Private Renting Team provide accommodation to help prevent homelessness in Bristol. If you agree to working with them by providing your whole property to let, you may be entitled to a licence fee refund from them.

To find out how this could work for you, email private.renting@bristol.gov.uk or visit  Get help with renting out your property.