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The law requires that certain types of rented property are licensed in order to meet standards that ensure a house is safe for the occupants

In order for us to process your application, a valid application must be made.  See the relevant area specific application form for a checklist of supporting documentation that must be submitted.

On receipt of a valid application, an officer will contact you to arrange an inspection of the licensable property. Following a satisfactory inspection, a draft licence will be issued for your comments, followed by a Full Licence which is valid for a period of 5 years.

Additional Licensing Schemes also look to tackle wider community issues such as waste, anti-social behaviour, energy efficiency and property security. 

Cardiff Council have declared two areas within Cardiff as Additional Licensing Schemes, namely Cathays and Plasnewydd.  The Additional Licensing Scheme in Cathays first came into effect on 1 July 2010 and again on 1 January 2016 which came to an end on 1 January 2021.  The Plasnewydd Scheme first came into effect on 3 November 2014 and from 1 January 2021 for a period of 5 years unless revoked beforehand.    Both Schemes apply to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) within the areas except those exempted by the relevant sections of the legislation.    

Consultation on further declaration of the Cathays scheme will be carried out during 2021.  Any existing additional HMO licenses issued under the previous Cathays scheme will continue until they expire and renewal would not be required until the scheme is redeclared. Any valid applications pending on expiry of the scheme will be held or where requested returned to the applicant.   



The HMO licensing fee will be dependent on the area within which your property is situated and will be as follows: 

Mandatory HMO Licence: £630 per property. The licence will last for a period of up to 5 years, after which it will need to be renewed.
Additional HMO Licensing: £550 per property. The Licence will last for a period of up to 5 years.
Change of Owner: The fee for issuing a Licence to a new owner in respect of a currently licensed HMO varies according to the condition of the property and is determined on receipt of a correct application. Current fees are £50 where our records show that the property is fully up to standard and no inspection is required, and £330 if our records show that the property is not up to standard and an inspection is deemed necessary. You will be advised of the relevant fee following the receipt of your application.  If application is approved, the Licence will be issued for the remaining period of the existing licence.
Mandatory HMO Licence (Renewal): £520.  The licence will last for a period of up to 5 years, after which it will need to be renewed.
Additional Licensing (Renewal): £475.  The Licence will last for a period of up to 5 years.

Fees can be paid by cheque (payable to Cardiff City Council), by  payment card over the phone or BACs bank transfer (Request detail on application).


In order to make an application for a  HMO Licence, please complete a HMO Licence Application Form and return to:

HMO Licensing, Room 116 County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW or via email to

Note both mandatory and additional applications can be completed on the same form. Renewal application should only be used when applying to renew an existing licence due to expire where there have been no changes to ownership or property. 

Public Register of Licensed HMO's in Cardiff

The Housing Act 2004 requires every local authority to maintain a public register of premises licensed as a HMO.

The full copy of the register can only be viewed at County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW and you will be required to arrange an appointment. Individual property public register HMO licensing information can be provided to members of the public on request. 

Full printed copies of the register can be provided and posted on request for which the Council will make a charge.

Note you cannot use details on the register for marketing purposes or without the consent of the individuals listed on it.  

For further information on Data Protection please see Vale of Glamorgan Council's Privacy Notice