Do I require planning permission for an HMO?

HMOs with four occupants or fewer will generally not require licensing or planning permission.

However, if there are five or more occupants – from two or more households who are sharing amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom, will typically require licensing, and may require planning permission.

Every council is different and will have different requirements for planning permission, so it is important to always check with your local authority when planning to convert a property to an HMO.

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