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

Closed 13 May 2018

Opened 19 Feb 2018

Feedback updated 14 Dec 2020

We asked

The consultation on the council’s proposal to introduce a new HMO licensing scheme in 12 central wards of Bristol was open for 12 weeks from 19 February 2018 until 13 May 2018. This consultation is now closed.

The consultation sought feedback from the public (including tenants, landlords and other citizens) on the licensing proposals, including the cost of a licence and various discounts, and asked for information about respondents’ experiences of renting or living near Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

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

Information Booklet


You said

We received nearly 2,750 responses to the consultation survey, the results of which are available in the Consultation on proposal for an additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation 2018 report.

We did


This consultation is now closed and your feedback is being analysed.

We consulted on the council's proposal 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.

The proposed Additional Licensing scheme 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.


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.


What happens next

All consultation responses will be considered, analysed and information regarding the findings will be made available. These findings will be taken into consideration before deciding whether or not to recommend to the council’s Cabinet to declare a new scheme.

Any report to Cabinet and its decision will be published and if a scheme is approved, it cannot come into force for three months following the Cabinet decision.

If you have opted to be informed of the outcome of this consultation, you will be sent a copy of any Cabinet decision.


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


  • All residents


  • Housing