Property licences for landlords
Some private rented properties need to be licensed before their owners can rent them out.
Apply for a licence
If you're a landlord in the Stapleton Road area, the Eastville and St George area or a landlord of a large three storey house in multiple occupation, fill in the rented property licence application form. Agents can fill in the form on behalf of landlords.
Fit and proper person declaration
Each additional person involved in the management of property requiring a licence under the Housing Act 2004 needs to complete the fit and proper person declaration form.
There is a cost for a licence. The licence normally lasts for five years, and the cost covers the full five year period. Full details can be found on the individual licence pages.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. Contact us at any time after submitting your licence application.
This property licensing appeals document (pdf, 345k) (opens new window) sets out the appeals procedure in relation to Bristol City Council property licensing.
Landlord Development Programme
It's a condition of property licensing to complete the Landlord Development Programme. Find out about the Landlord Development Programme at the West of England Housing website.
Copies of licenses
To request a copy of your license after it's been issued, email us at email@example.com It costs £24 for each copy.
Licensing in Eastville and St George
On 2 February 2016, Cabinet declared that Eastville and St George West wards are areas where rented properties will need a licence under the Housing Act 2004. You can read the minutes from the meeting on 2 February 2016.
New additional and selective licensing schemes started on 1 July 2016 and will run for five years.
If you’re a private landlord renting out properties in these areas, you’ll need a licence.
Bristol private housing stock 2017
This is report by the Building Research Establishment on the Private Housing Stock in Bristol 2017.