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Discretionary Licensing Consultation

What is Discretionary Licensing?

Licensing schemes are put in place to help tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, poor property conditions and poor property management. 

There are two types of licensing schemes:

  • Additional Licensing
  • Selective Licensing

The term ‘Discretionary’ refers to the local authority’s power to choose to implement and consult on these licensing schemes.

We are considering licensing proposals to include Selective and Additional Licensing in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

Questionnaire update

It has been brought to our attention that the monitoring section of the selective licensing and additional licensing questionnaires did not have a monitoring question asking people’s sexual orientation.
 
We sincerely apologise for this error. The online versions of the survey have been corrected and the paper surveys in the libraries will be replaced with the correct version by Thursday 23rd January.
 
If you have been impacted by this mistake and would like the opportunity to input your monitoring data please complete the survey online or pick up a hard copy in your local library or from one of the roadshows. You will need to input the ID number which you can find on the letter that came with your original questionnaire. This will help us avoid duplicate responses.

Our Proposals

If you're a tenant, resident, landlord, letting agent or business living or operating in the area you could be affected by the proposals, we'd love to hear what you think. If you live or operate outside the proposed licensing designations and might be indirectly affected by the proposal, we would also like to hear your views.

Additional licensing

This affects small Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) across the area that fall outside of mandatory licensing, and applies to all rented properties with shared facilities that are occupied by three or four persons from two or more households. 

Selective licensing

This applies to all rented properties in specific areas that have been identified through a defined evidence base. 

If the schemes are approved, all qualifying landlords would be required to hold a licence, which is subject to a fee. We are only allowed to use the licence fee income on the costs of administering the scheme. There are proposed discounts on fees for landlords who apply as an ‘early bird’ and/or for landlords who are accredited or a member of a recognised body.

Drop-in events

Give your feedback in person.

Date and time

Location

Thursday 16 January
12-4pm

Sovereign Centre, Boscombe
600 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth
BH1 4SX

Saturday 18 January
10am-2pm

Dolphin Centre (under escalator)
110 Dolphin Centre, Poole BH15 1SZ

Tuesday 21 January
2-4pm

Boscombe Library
32 Hawkwood Rd, Bournemouth BH5 1BY

Saturday 25 January
10am-2pm

Bournemouth Library
22 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RQ

Tuesday 28 January
5-7pm

Winton Library
Wimborne Rd, Bournemouth BH9 2EN

Friday 31 January
2-4pm

Westbourne Library
Alum Chine Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8DX

Monday 3 February
5-7pm

Southbourne Library
118 Seabourne Rd, Bournemouth BH5 2HY

Saturday 8 February
10am-2pm

Sovereign Centre, Boscombe
600 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth
BH1 4SX

Wednesday 12 February, 10am-12pm

Hamworthy Library
Blandford Rd, Poole BH15 4BG

Saturday 15 February,
10am-12pm

Westbourne Library
Alum Chine Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8DX

Tuesday 18 February,
2-4pm

Springbourne Library
297A Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth
BH8 8BX

Thursday 27 February
10am-2pm

Sovereign Centre, Boscombe
600 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth
BH1 4SX

Saturday 29 February
10am-2pm

Bournemouth Library
22 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RQ

Monday 2 March
5-7pm

Boscombe Library
32 Hawkwood Rd, Bournemouth BH5 1BY

Saturday 7 March
11am-1pm

Southbourne Library
118 Seabourne Rd, Bournemouth BH5 2HY

Wednesday 11 March
9am-1pm

Druitt Hall, Christchurch
High St, Christchurch BH23 1AJ

Thursday 12 March
2-6pm

Poole Central Library
Dolphin Shopping Centre, Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1QE

Wednesday 18 March
5-7pm

Bournemouth Library
22 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RQ

Saturday 21 March
10am-2pm

Sovereign Centre, Boscombe, 
600 Christchurch Road,
Bournemouth BH1 4SX

Monday 23 March
2-4pm

Winton Library, Wimborne Road
Bournemouth BH9 2EN

Thursday 26 March
2-6pm

Rossmore Library
Herbert Ave, Poole BH12 4HS

Saturday 4 April
10am-12pm

Springbourne Library
297A Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth
BH8 8BX

Consultation is open between the 13th January 2020 and the 6th April 2020