Property licences in Eastville and St George

Find out if you need a licence and apply for a licence in Eastville and St George.

Apply for an additional or selective licence

You can check the map of Additional and Selective properties to see if your property is in the licensing area. 

Additional licensing

Additional licensing applies to properties in areas of the city where additional licensing schemes have been declared.

Additional licensing usually applies to privately rented flats or houses with three or more unrelated people, living in two or more households and sharing some basic facilities (i.e. most HMOs).

Selective Licensing

Selective licensing applies to properties in areas of the city where selective licensing schemes have been declared.

Selective licensing usually applies to privately rented properties occupied under a single tenancy or bedsits with individual tenancies.

If your property does not meet the criteria for selective licensing, but is an HMO, you may need to apply for an additional licence.

If your property requires a licence, you have 28 days to make an application from the date on which it became licensable.

If your property has been let since 1 July 2016 and we didn't get your application until after 30 September 2016, your property will be counted as unlicensed. You'll have to pay a higher fee and won't be eligible for the rewards listed.

This doesn't apply to properties that are newly rented after 30 September 2016. In this case, you'll pay the new application fee if you make the application within 28 days of letting. After this date, your property will be counted as unlicensed. You'll have to pay a higher fee and won't be eligible for the rewards listed.

Cost

There is a cost for a licence. The licence lasts for five years, and the cost covers the full five year period.

An application for a property licence is not valid, and is not considered to be a full application, until the application and full payment of the licence fee is received.

Additional licences

Licence fee for a property found to be unlicensed

£1550 paid upfront

Upfront fee for a new application.

This is only for new landlords who make an application within 28 days of the property being let for the first time after 30 September 2016

£1000

Reward for compliant landlords

A current satisfactory gas safety certificate, a current electrical installation condition report (with no defects under category 1 or 2) and a valid energy performance certificate (EPC).  Fire alarm and Emergency lighting certificates will also be required  for additional licensing where applicable.

-£200

Fee paid by compliant landlords 
Doesn't include landlords of 'unlicensed' properties.

£800.00

Pay for your licence at pay council bills, fines and permits online.

If you want to pay by cheque, send these to:

Private Housing Team (100TS), Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS.

Write the property address or UPRN on the reverse of the cheque. Make the cheque payable to Bristol City Council.

Selective licences

Licence fee for a property found to be unlicensed

£770 paid upfront

Upfront fee for a new application.

This is only for new landlords who make an application within 28 days of the property being let for the first time after 30 September 2016

£470

Reward for compliant landlords

A current satisfactory gas safety certificate, a current electrical installation condition report (with no defects under category 1 or 2) and a valid energy performance certificate (EPC). 

£100

Fee paid by compliant landlords 
Doesn't include landlords of 'unlicensed' properties.

£370

Pay for your licence at pay council bills, fines and permits online.

If you want to pay by cheque, send these to:

Private Housing Team (100TS), Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS.

Write the property address or UPRN on the reverse of the cheque. Make the cheque payable to Bristol City Council.

Loans to assist with works

You may be able to apply for a loan to help pay for any works need to meet the licence requirements indicated in the schedule provided following the inspection of your property.

The loan can't be approved for any works completed prior to the signing of the formal loan agreement.

Apply for the loan

Complete and return the Landlord Loan enquiry form (word doc, 64k) (opens new window) to your caseworker within 21 days of the schedule date.

Once we receive the completed form, we'll make a referral to our loan partner, Wessex HIL, who will contact you to discuss the loan options available to you.

Loans can be approved for any amount up to £15,000 depending on the cost to deal with the necessary repairs and the maximum repayment term will be five years, with a fixed interest rate of 4%.

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