Proposal to introduce a new HMO licensing scheme in 12 central wards of Bristol

Closes 13 May 2018

Opened 19 Feb 2018

Results expected 1 Aug 2018

Feedback expected 15 Aug 2018


The council proposes to introduce an Additional Licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation in the 12 wards that make up central Bristol – Ashley, Bishopston & Ashley Down, Central, Clifton, Clifton Down, Cotham, Easton, Hotwells & Harbourside, Lawrence Hill, Redland, Southville and Windmill Hill – with the aim to improve poor management and poor housing conditions.

It would apply to all private rented houses or flats in this area that are let to three or more people who aren’t related and who share some facilities, like kitchens or bathrooms.

Landlords would need to apply for a licence and meet licensing conditions.

You can see the information booklet and map through the links below:

Information Booklet


Why We Are Consulting

The Housing Act 2004 gives local authorities the power to declare Discretionary Licensing areas where problems in the private rented sector have been identified.

Our research tells us that Houses in Multiple Occupation are most likely to be in poor condition and suffer poor management practices and would benefit from this type of intervention.

Where properties are being managed badly and/or in poor condition this can affect the health, safety and wellbeing of tenants and/or for neighbours, other residents and members of the public.


  • Ashley
  • Bishopston and Ashley Down
  • Central
  • Clifton
  • Clifton Down
  • Cotham
  • Easton
  • Hotwells and Harbourside
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Redland
  • Southville
  • Windmill Hill


  • All residents


  • Housing