Discretionary Licensing Consultation

This consultation has now closed

Information about the proposals can be found below.  Consultation responses are being considered and a decision will be make in due course.  

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. 

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

A number of drop-in events were held in January, February and early March.  Events from mid-March onwards had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions. 

If you have further queries about the consultation please email: