Additional and Selective Licensing Scheme

Licensing schemes aimed at improving the management and standards of privately rented properties in that area.

Additional Licensing

Lancaster City Council currently operates a mandatory licensing scheme across the district as required by law for particular types of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).  Additional licensing broadens the definition of a HMO, bringing more properties under the remit of HMO licensing.

Selective Licensing

Selective Licensing is a scheme which allows a local authority to introduce licensing conditions to all other private rented housing within a designated area. Selective Licensing can only be introduced if certain conditions are present:

  • Low housing demand
  • The area is experiencing a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour and some or all of the private sector landlords are failing to adequately manage anti-social behaviour within their tenancies

Selective Licensing can run for up to five years and can only be renewed with permission from the Secretary of State.


A consultation on the proposed schemes took place from October to December 2017 and an evaluation of the consultation can be viewed here:

Evaluation of consultation on licensing of the private sector in the Morecambe's West End (PDF, 2.5MB)


Last updated: 01 May 2018